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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


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; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 15, 2020 $376 $502 $677 $1,483 Norwegian Sky May 15, 2020
July 6, 2020 $510 $664 $853 $1,777 Norwegian Sky July 6, 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; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 20, 2020 $280 $329 $499 $1,700 Norwegian Sky May 20, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 22, 2020 $195 $244 $349 $496 Norwegian Breakaway May 22, 2020
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
May 25, 2020 $300 $349 $622 $1,329 Norwegian Sky May 25, 2020
September 7, 2020 $321 $447 $650 $1,392 Norwegian Sky September 7, 2020
September 21, 2020 $279 $349 $499 $1,182 Norwegian Sky September 21, 2020
October 5, 2020 $419 $601 $790 $1,518 Norwegian Sky October 5, 2020
October 16, 2020 $440 $622 $860 $1,539 Norwegian Sky October 16, 2020
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
May 29, 2020 $300 $349 $552 $1,196 Norwegian Sky May 29, 2020
July 24, 2020 $489 $589 $789 $1,969 Norwegian Sky July 24, 2020
October 30, 2020 $412 $475 $594 $1,434 Norwegian Sky October 30, 2020
December 11, 2020 $377 $440 $587 $1,392 Norwegian Sky December 11, 2020
December 18, 2020 $259 $329 $480 $1,427 Norwegian Sky December 18, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 1, 2020 $307 $370 $559 N/A Norwegian Sky June 1, 2020
June 8, 2020 $419 $489 $657 $1,441 Norwegian Sky June 8, 2020
June 15, 2020 $499 $729 $1,099 $1,749 Norwegian Sky June 15, 2020
July 27, 2020 $531 $678 $888 $1,623 Norwegian Sky July 27, 2020
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
June 5, 2020 $244 $307 $363 $1,350 Norwegian Sky June 5, 2020
June 12, 2020 $393 $449 $664 $1,399 Norwegian Sky June 12, 2020
July 31, 2020 $419 $454 $573 $1,567 Norwegian Sky July 31, 2020
August 7, 2020 $356 $363 $517 $1,420 Norwegian Sky August 7, 2020
August 14, 2020 $363 $377 $545 $1,441 Norwegian Sky August 14, 2020
August 21, 2020 $391 $384 $517 $1,273 Norwegian Sky August 21, 2020
August 28, 2020 $321 $363 $517 $1,252 Norwegian Sky August 28, 2020
September 4, 2020 $356 $419 $545 $1,476 Norwegian Sky September 4, 2020
September 11, 2020 $377 $419 $545 $1,518 Norwegian Sky September 11, 2020
September 18, 2020 $250 $300 $449 $1,280 Norwegian Sky September 18, 2020
2 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 2 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 20, 2020 $179 $230 $349 $1,224 Norwegian Sky June 20, 2020
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
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
June 20, 2020 $923 $1,049 $1,483 $1,553 Norwegian Pearl June 20, 2020
June 27, 2020 $895 $1,056 $1,385 $1,434 Norwegian Pearl June 27, 2020
July 4, 2020 $797 $895 $972 $1,217 Norwegian Pearl July 4, 2020
July 11, 2020 $846 $944 $1,056 $1,175 Norwegian Pearl July 11, 2020
July 18, 2020 $867 $972 $1,042 $1,448 Norwegian Pearl July 18, 2020
July 25, 2020 $944 $1,042 $1,091 $1,364 Norwegian Pearl July 25, 2020
August 1, 2020 $797 $902 $1,133 $1,315 Norwegian Pearl August 1, 2020
August 8, 2020 $895 $923 $1,287 $1,378 Norwegian Pearl August 8, 2020
August 15, 2020 $839 $923 $993 $1,119 Norwegian Pearl August 15, 2020
August 22, 2020 $895 $944 $1,126 $1,343 Norwegian Pearl August 22, 2020
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; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2020 $279 $329 $499 $2,862 Norwegian Sky June 22, 2020

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