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 Gemaventurera35Norwegian's private island. There was another ship docked... I couldn't tell which, but that meant a crowded beach and having to trek around to find a beach chair. First come first serve. We ended up paying for a covered pair - $35 The beach is a ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkyKikigoesBuffet was good. Drinks were excellent. Water looked clean and inviting. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian GemHersheymomAwesome, awesome, awesome. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Gemrescue911Nice island. Long walk to cabanas for a handi-capped person. No transportation. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian SkyGeronimo JazzBeautiful beach with great food options and several bars. ... Read more
Beautiful beach! Be mindful of the coral in the sand as you go in the water. Reserve a clamshell and use an excursion credit if you have it available to you and aren't doing any other excursions at GSC. ... Read more
Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Skyajbabyboomer46Easy disembarking from ship to Island via tender...very organized and efficient. Clean beach...enough lounge chairs...but lunch buffet could have been more desirable. ... Read more
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