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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 Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 7, 2019 $399 $549 N/A N/A Norwegian Breakaway December 7, 2019
December 21, 2019 $1,149 $1,199 N/A N/A Norwegian Breakaway December 21, 2019
February 1, 2020 $739 $889 $1,269 $1,479 Norwegian Breakaway February 1, 2020
February 15, 2020 $649 $829 $999 $1,099 Norwegian Breakaway February 15, 2020
March 7, 2020 $699 $979 $1,079 $1,149 Norwegian Breakaway March 7, 2020
March 14, 2020 $599 $729 $899 $949 Norwegian Breakaway March 14, 2020
March 21, 2020 $447 $545 $741 $790 Norwegian Breakaway March 21, 2020
April 4, 2020 $965 $1,000 $1,098 $1,252 Norwegian Breakaway April 4, 2020
April 11, 2020 $902 $972 $1,021 $1,182 Norwegian Breakaway April 11, 2020
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 11, 2019 $149 $169 N/A $1,249 Norwegian Sky December 11, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Bliss
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
December 13, 2019 $549 N/A $869 N/A Norwegian Bliss December 13, 2019
February 16, 2020 $699 $799 $849 $949 Norwegian Bliss February 16, 2020
February 23, 2020 $679 $719 $749 $1,019 Norwegian Bliss February 23, 2020
March 1, 2020 $405 $517 $531 $622 Norwegian Bliss March 1, 2020
March 8, 2020 $529 $549 $549 $649 Norwegian Bliss March 8, 2020
March 15, 2020 $549 $649 $649 $699 Norwegian Bliss March 15, 2020
March 22, 2020 $549 $629 $649 $749 Norwegian Bliss March 22, 2020
March 29, 2020 $524 $594 $629 $734 Norwegian Bliss March 29, 2020
April 5, 2020 $1,409 $1,629 $1,629 $1,839 Norwegian Bliss April 5, 2020
April 12, 2020 $1,049 $1,149 $1,149 $1,299 Norwegian Bliss April 12, 2020
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 8 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
December 13, 2019 $429 $499 $649 $699 Norwegian Gem December 13, 2019
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
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
December 14, 2019 $429 $499 $629 $799 Norwegian Breakaway December 14, 2019
February 22, 2020 $499 $799 $879 $1,099 Norwegian Breakaway February 22, 2020
March 28, 2020 $549 $749 $899 $999 Norwegian Breakaway March 28, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2019 $149 $179 $529 $1,399 Norwegian Sky December 16, 2019
December 30, 2019 $549 $579 $899 $2,949 Norwegian Sky December 30, 2019
3 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 20, 2019 $209 $239 N/A N/A Norwegian Sky December 20, 2019
December 23, 2019 $339 $349 N/A $1,449 Norwegian Sky December 23, 2019
January 3, 2020 $189 $199 $329 $1,149 Norwegian Sky January 3, 2020
April 24, 2020 $449 $529 $859 $1,649 Norwegian Sky April 24, 2020
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Bliss
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 20, 2019 $1,149 $1,249 $1,299 $1,449 Norwegian Bliss December 20, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 26, 2019 $499 $579 $899 N/A Norwegian Sky December 26, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 27, 2019 $559 $579 $699 $949 Norwegian Sun December 27, 2019

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