Great Stirrup Cay Cruise Port
Port of Great Stirrup Cay: An Overview
Perhaps the most famous occupant of Great Stirrup Cay -- located in the Bahamas' Berry Island chain, 130 nautical miles due east of Fort Lauderdale -- was Captain Bertram of the British Navy, but Native Americans, pirates and members of the Spanish and American armed forces have also inhabited the cay throughout its history.
Norwegian Cruise Line purchased the 250-acre island from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977. A string of significant improvements was made in 1988, followed by a second $25 million two-phase renovation, which is slated for completion in early 2012. The retreat is now outfitted with a new tender channel, dining and bar areas, welcome pavilion, band stand, private beachfront cabanas, children's play area, straw market, Aqua Park and marina basin, which has increased the available beachfront space for visitors. (The island has five beaches, but four are unmaintained.)
Simply relax on the beach with a chair or umbrella, nap in a hammock, get a massage, or choose from one of many activities and shore excursions that include snorkeling, stingray adventures, eco-tours, kayaking and personal watercraft trips, and parasailing. Visitors can also play beach volleyball and Ping-Pong, check out the Aqua Park, rent water floats and take a ride down the Hippo Slide.
One main bar and two smaller bars are located at the east end of the beach. Norwegian has also partnered with Bacardi to open a Bacardi Rum Bar on the island; it's touted as the first permanent Bacardi bar location in the Caribbean.
A straw market features several stands that sell T-shirts and other standard Caribbean souvenirs.
What's for Lunch
An island barbecue -- offering chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, fruit and various other items -- is offered for free to all visitors.
Watch Out For
Alcohol, souvenirs and shore excursions will cost extra. Onboard accounts can be used by passengers to purchase beverages and shore excursions.
What Sets It Apart
Norwegian was the first cruise line in the industry to offer its passengers access to a private Caribbean island.
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Epicsalt2515Loved this place! ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian EpicMilliejohnGreat beach, Very wide, lots of room. Snorkel area which was pretty good. Lots of lounge chairs. Some shady spots. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skypoohfan1519Absolutely Beautiful!!! ... Read more
My favorite stop on the cruise. Nice relaxing day at the beach with food & drinks included. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkyGambler and FlashGreat beach. Plenty of chairs, food and drink! ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Epicyyanks15love Great Stirup Cay ... Read more
We just went to the beach, swam, and ate the buffet. It was great! Plenty of water sports available but we didn't do any of those. Just enjoyed the beach and water. Buffet is nothing that great but it was certainly adequate and there were drink ... Read more
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