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.
Good to Know
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 SkyErin01NCNice island, but with lots of construction. We paid for a cabana and were placed at the very end - about a mile from the tinder that took us over. DO NOT GET A CABANA. There are over 300 chairs on the beach, some are under trees in the shade. $300 ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skydar81ret03We did some shopping but did not go to the beach. We were sunburned from the day before. The tender ride was very smooth. I got a little impatient waiting to go back to the ship, but that was really not an issue with anyone or anything but me. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkyWeekendBikerNot bad. Very rocky cay that has been transformed by Norwegian. Still a work in progress, but overall pretty cool. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Gemtito_susanGreat experience We are happy we got to experience the beautiful water and beach. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skyexluna83Not Norwegian's fault that it was raining the day we had this stop, but ugh, Great Stirrup Cay was beyond underwhelming. It felt just, grossly commercialized (and this is compared to my vague memories of Royal Caribbean's Coco Cay that I was on, ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skyjeep boyGood extra day of fun in the ocean. ... Read more
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