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About Great Stirrup Cay

Perhaps the most famous occupant of Great Stirrup Cay -- located in the Bahamas' Berry Islands chain, 130 nautical miles due east of Fort Lauderdale -- was Captain Bertram of the British Navy. 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 in 1977 and has invested in several significant updates throughout the years, including the introduction of a zipline and exclusive villa area in 2019. The sun, the food, the vibe (lots of rum cocktails are served) and the snorkeling make this a perfect day off the ship.

The ship anchors outside of port and uses tenders to transfer passengers to and from shore. The tender journey lasts approximately 10 minutes and once ashore, it's less than a two-minute walk from the dock to the information kiosk, where excursions can also be booked. Restrooms and beach wheelchairs are located nearby.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    Toastboy
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Overall I'm impressed with the ship, and amazed by the crew.
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    Nopenope
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Disappointed
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 4
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
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    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

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    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    rcafguy
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    The crew were wonderful. Some remembered us from previous cruises .
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    LondonZordan
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Get Away from the NCL Getaway
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

    Cons

    A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

    Bottom Line

    There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

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    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cr...

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    drsalch
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oh, the brussel sprouts!
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    reedbn202
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The Cruise of Disappointments
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Tortola
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    ladaallo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not Very Good
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    edsbiggbuck
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 5
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      King's Wharf
    • Day 9
      King's Wharf
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

    Cons

    Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

    Bottom Line

    Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages

    Reviews

    Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Cruise Line long has been a pioneer in creating a contemporary cruising experience, m...

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    happilymarried1
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    3rd time with NCL
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    NNunez12
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst cruise we've ever been on!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Freeport ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Freeport
    • Day 4
      Nassau
    • Day 5
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 6
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sky - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed activity schedule and lively onboard atmosphere

    Cons

    Only sails short, three- to five-night itineraries

    Bottom Line

    Perfectly sized ship for short trips to Bahamas, with fun, festive atmosphere

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sky Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Sky is not the newest ship at sea, but it packs a big punch with a fun slate of nonst...

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    Ckutch
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst experience of 3 with NCL
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    klp7301
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Exceptional customer service
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Nassau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Nassau
    • Day 4
      Freeport
    • Day 5
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 6
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sky - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed activity schedule and lively onboard atmosphere

    Cons

    Only sails short, three- to five-night itineraries

    Bottom Line

    Perfectly sized ship for short trips to Bahamas, with fun, festive atmosphere

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sky Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Sky is not the newest ship at sea, but it packs a big punch with a fun slate of nonst...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    anneluise
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Underwhelmed and over priced
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    fsnycruisereview
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great getaway for Northerners
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