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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Great Stirrup Cay is a small island in the geographical center of the Bahamas, owned since 1977 by Norwegian Cruise Line. Since that time many have enjoyed the peaceful, remote island as part of an exciting NCL cruise, and for those wanting an out-of-the-way-destination and the feel of having their own private vacation spot, Great Stirrup Cay is an obvious choice. Its coral and limestone formation and breathtaking white beaches make this a truly memorable stop on a Caribbean cruise, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities and tourist attractions.

Where the Ship Docks

NCL ships arrive at Great Stirrup Cay and remain anchored offshore; passengers are ferried to the beaches in a specially designed LT-1 landing craft. On arrival visitors can go immediately to one of the shops or restaurants constructed near the waterfront, or are free to relax and explore. NCL has a strict schedule for arrival and departure of the landing craft, so access to and from the ship is limited during the day.

What to See and Do

Because of its remote location and uninhabited spaces, the island is perfect for leisure and exploration. The sand beaches stretch far to the north and south of the main landing area, and visitors will find numerous plant and animal species in their native habitat. Lizards, land crabs, iguanas, great snowy egrets and even arctic terns are seen at Great Stirrup Cay on a regular basis. The beaches are lined with majestic coconut palms and there is an abundance of marine life to be explored beneath the gentle surf. One of the highlights of a visit to this island is the ability to rent snorkel gear for the entire day, complete with lessons for those who have little or no experience. NCL's Dive-In programs also includes paddle boating, parasailing, kayaks, 2-person sailboats and special boogie boards with underwater viewing. A live Calypso band is usually on hand to perform day and night.

Eating/Drinking

There are two full service bars near the beach, an island barbeque restaurant that offers up chicken, hot dogs, pizza, salads and a wide variety of fruits, and full restroom facility, all located near the landing craft arrival area. Food is served buffet style and is available throughout the day. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for those who want to take their food to a private area.

Getting Around

Most of the organized activities at Great Stirrup Cay take place near the landing area, but there are a number of things to see and do simply by walking. Nature trails take visitors to the center of the island, and the nearby building remains from a one-time U.S. military installation and satellite tracking station are within easy reach for the curious. A special jogging path is located near the restaurant area and the new beach volleyball courts and games area is also only a few minutes walking from the landing zone.

Miscellaneous But Important

Access to the island is restricted to passengers enjoying a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation, as the company owns the property outright. There are no banks or traditional stores located on the island, although cash sales are allowed for certain items bought at the Straw Market shops located on the beach.

 
The beach in Great Stirrup Cay. The place where cruise travelers spend most of their time.

The beach in Great Stirrup Cay. The place where cruise travelers spend most of their time.


The lighthouse of Great Stirrup Cay, originally built in 1863.

The lighthouse of Great Stirrup Cay, originally built in 1863.


Lunch time on the island.

Lunch time on the island.


There are many hammocks on Great Stirrup Cay beach that you can use to relax and to sleep.

There are many hammocks on Great Stirrup Cay beach that you can use to relax and to sleep.

 

Cruises to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas


7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 17, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $3,099 Norwegian Escape February 17, 2019
February 24, 2019 $749 $779 $779 $929 Norwegian Escape February 24, 2019
March 3, 2019 $679 $699 $699 $749 Norwegian Escape March 3, 2019
March 10, 2019 $799 $829 $849 $879 Norwegian Escape March 10, 2019
March 17, 2019 $779 $829 $849 $929 Norwegian Escape March 17, 2019
March 24, 2019 $729 $799 $879 $949 Norwegian Escape March 24, 2019
March 31, 2019 $699 $749 $749 $899 Norwegian Escape March 31, 2019
April 7, 2019 $649 $829 $849 $949 Norwegian Escape April 7, 2019
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Harvest Caye; Costa Maya, Mexico; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 17, 2019 $479 $529 $819 $979 Norwegian Jade February 17, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 18, 2019 $479 $549 $829 N/A Norwegian Sky February 18, 2019
March 4, 2019 $509 $529 $799 $2,079 Norwegian Sky March 4, 2019
March 11, 2019 $679 $699 $739 $2,129 Norwegian Sky March 11, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Havana, Cuba; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 22, 2019 $699 $1,119 $2,129 N/A Norwegian Sky February 22, 2019
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 23, 2019 $829 N/A $1,399 $1,529 Norwegian Epic February 23, 2019
March 16, 2019 $779 N/A $1,099 $1,199 Norwegian Epic March 16, 2019
March 30, 2019 $749 N/A $1,099 $1,349 Norwegian Epic March 30, 2019
April 13, 2019 $849 N/A $899 $1,099 Norwegian Epic April 13, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 27, 2019 $399 $449 $879 N/A Norwegian Sky February 27, 2019
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 2, 2019 $599 N/A $649 $699 Norwegian Epic March 2, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 7, 2019 $399 N/A $529 $629 Norwegian Epic March 7, 2019
3 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 8, 2019 $379 $399 $929 $1,599 Norwegian Sky March 8, 2019
April 26, 2019 $459 $519 $689 $1,579 Norwegian Sky April 26, 2019
May 3, 2019 $359 $399 $619 $1,609 Norwegian Sky May 3, 2019
May 10, 2019 $339 $419 $599 $1,679 Norwegian Sky May 10, 2019
May 17, 2019 $369 $379 $669 $1,679 Norwegian Sky May 17, 2019
May 24, 2019 $519 $529 $789 $1,829 Norwegian Sky May 24, 2019
May 31, 2019 $369 $419 $669 $1,929 Norwegian Sky May 31, 2019
June 14, 2019 $399 $439 $679 $1,679 Norwegian Sky June 14, 2019
July 5, 2019 $399 $449 $699 $1,859 Norwegian Sky July 5, 2019
July 12, 2019 $399 $529 $699 $1,849 Norwegian Sky July 12, 2019
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 11, 2019 $729 N/A $749 $849 Norwegian Epic March 11, 2019

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