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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.

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    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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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy
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    bwatton
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    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
      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

    Reviews

    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    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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    Oconnor
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Something for all...
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    • 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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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Curacao
    • Day 8
      Bonaire
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 12
      Miami
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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.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    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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    nfish
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Poor Layout
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    DISAPPOINTMENT
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    • 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
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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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)
    Ship Details

    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.

    Reviews

    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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    mSh311y
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    First time cruisers!
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    Liljo22
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    New Cruise at the Top of My List
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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

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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Great Stirrup Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 4
      Nassau
    • Day 5
      Miami
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    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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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • 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:
    Tampa
    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)
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      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Freeport
    • Day 4
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    jf33180
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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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.

  • 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 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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    bigshel99
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Very nice holiday cruise
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