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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


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
January 22, 2021 $429 $479 $739 $1,529 Norwegian Sky January 22, 2021
February 5, 2021 $429 $479 $739 $1,529 Norwegian Sky February 5, 2021
February 19, 2021 $449 $499 $759 $1,559 Norwegian Sky February 19, 2021
February 26, 2021 $449 $499 $739 $1,579 Norwegian Sky February 26, 2021
March 19, 2021 $399 $449 $649 $1,649 Norwegian Sky March 19, 2021
March 26, 2021 $449 $499 $649 $1,679 Norwegian Sky March 26, 2021
April 2, 2021 $259 $299 $499 $1,499 Norwegian Sky April 2, 2021
April 16, 2021 $279 $319 $549 $1,679 Norwegian Sky April 16, 2021
May 7, 2021 $249 $499 $529 $1,419 Norwegian Sky May 7, 2021
May 28, 2021 $279 $375 $529 $1,527 Norwegian Sky May 28, 2021
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Puerto Plata; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 $549 $699 $899 $1,199 Norwegian Escape January 23, 2021
January 30, 2021 $779 $979 $1,179 $1,429 Norwegian Escape January 30, 2021
March 27, 2021 $849 $949 $1,099 $1,499 Norwegian Escape March 27, 2021
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Joy
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Puerto Plata; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 24, 2021 $699 $729 $849 $1,149 Norwegian Joy January 24, 2021
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
January 25, 2021 $499 $579 $849 $1,959 Norwegian Sky January 25, 2021
February 1, 2021 $499 $579 $879 $1,959 Norwegian Sky February 1, 2021
February 8, 2021 $499 $549 $879 $1,959 Norwegian Sky February 8, 2021
February 15, 2021 $499 $549 $879 $1,959 Norwegian Sky February 15, 2021
February 22, 2021 $499 $549 $879 $1,959 Norwegian Sky February 22, 2021
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Encore
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 28, 2021 $609 $629 $769 $849 Norwegian Encore January 28, 2021
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
January 29, 2021 $429 $479 $739 $1,529 Norwegian Sky January 29, 2021
February 12, 2021 $449 $499 $739 $1,629 Norwegian Sky February 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 $449 $499 $699 $1,599 Norwegian Sky March 12, 2021
12 Nights Central American Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Joy
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Cartagena; Panama Canal/Gatun Lake,Panama; Colon; Puerto Limon; Roatan, Bay Islands; Harvest Caye; Costa Maya, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 31, 2021 $1,349 $1,849 $2,199 $2,449 Norwegian Joy January 31, 2021
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Getaway
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Puerto Plata; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 6, 2021 $599 $619 $849 $999 Norwegian Getaway February 6, 2021
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 6, 2021 $779 $999 $1,149 $1,399 Norwegian Escape February 6, 2021
February 13, 2021 $699 $899 $1,049 $1,349 Norwegian Escape February 13, 2021
March 20, 2021 $849 $949 $1,099 $1,499 Norwegian Escape March 20, 2021
April 3, 2021 $1,069 $1,289 $1,419 $1,599 Norwegian Escape April 3, 2021
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Bliss
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Puerto Plata; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 7, 2021 $1,099 $1,169 $1,349 $1,489 Norwegian Bliss February 7, 2021
February 14, 2021 $749 $899 $1,049 $1,149 Norwegian Bliss February 14, 2021

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