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 GemdisneygirlEven though it was overcast, it wasn't too hot so we all enjoyed our day, water was beautiful beach was great and very clean, found 4 chairs all together and right by the water. Enjoyed the shopping area also ... Read more
At Great Stirrup Cay we had the large cabana and it was worth every penny. We had priority tender and a beach area that was not crowded. Perfect day. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Gemmitchk220Beautiful Island with the most beautiful water and beach. Not much shade. Bring your sunblock. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skypuglife442beautiful island with lots to do outdoors ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkyShermcruiserWe didn't stop there because they are working on the island. We had a sea day. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkysciprianiWe preferred a beach day! The drinks and food were also included on the island which made our day even better! ... Read more
I'm so sad to write this review but I feel I have to let everyone know that NCL's security is not really great when it comes to having a public disturbance while on the private island. (see second part of this review down below - warning it's ... Read more
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