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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


4 Nights Cuba Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 17, 2019 $579 $699 $1,029 $2,659 Norwegian Sky June 17, 2019
June 24, 2019 $549 $649 $999 $2,199 Norwegian Sky June 24, 2019
July 8, 2019 $579 $779 $979 $2,899 Norwegian Sky July 8, 2019
July 15, 2019 $599 $829 $979 $2,599 Norwegian Sky July 15, 2019
July 22, 2019 $579 $679 $899 $2,199 Norwegian Sky July 22, 2019
July 29, 2019 $529 $699 $979 $2,479 Norwegian Sky July 29, 2019
August 5, 2019 $549 $749 $1,059 $2,499 Norwegian Sky August 5, 2019
3 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 21, 2019 $449 $479 $529 N/A Norwegian Sun June 21, 2019
June 28, 2019 $449 $479 $679 $899 Norwegian Sun June 28, 2019
July 5, 2019 $629 $649 $679 $999 Norwegian Sun July 5, 2019
July 12, 2019 $499 $499 $559 $799 Norwegian Sun July 12, 2019
July 19, 2019 $519 $549 $599 $829 Norwegian Sun July 19, 2019
August 2, 2019 $449 $479 $549 $749 Norwegian Sun August 2, 2019
August 9, 2019 $459 $499 $559 $699 Norwegian Sun August 9, 2019
August 16, 2019 $499 $549 $649 $849 Norwegian Sun August 16, 2019
3 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 21, 2019 $419 $449 $649 $1,449 Norwegian Sky June 21, 2019
June 28, 2019 $429 $469 $599 $1,549 Norwegian Sky June 28, 2019
July 19, 2019 $449 $499 $649 $2,099 Norwegian Sky July 19, 2019
August 9, 2019 $429 $479 $649 $1,809 Norwegian Sky August 9, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
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 22, 2019 $399 $499 $599 $1,249 Norwegian Dawn June 22, 2019
June 29, 2019 $679 $829 $999 $1,449 Norwegian Dawn June 29, 2019
July 13, 2019 $629 $699 $949 $1,199 Norwegian Dawn July 13, 2019
July 20, 2019 $649 $749 $999 $1,249 Norwegian Dawn July 20, 2019
August 3, 2019 $599 $749 $899 $1,199 Norwegian Dawn August 3, 2019
August 10, 2019 $619 $699 $899 $1,199 Norwegian Dawn August 10, 2019
August 17, 2019 $599 $699 $899 $1,099 Norwegian Dawn August 17, 2019
August 24, 2019 $599 $749 $849 $1,049 Norwegian Dawn August 24, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
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
July 1, 2019 $479 $499 $779 N/A Norwegian Sky July 1, 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
July 5, 2019 $519 $539 $659 $1,599 Norwegian Sky July 5, 2019
July 12, 2019 $509 $569 $679 $1,649 Norwegian Sky July 12, 2019
July 26, 2019 $449 $479 $549 $1,499 Norwegian Sky July 26, 2019
August 2, 2019 $479 $499 $649 $1,699 Norwegian Sky August 2, 2019
August 16, 2019 $529 $579 $639 $1,779 Norwegian Sky August 16, 2019
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New York, NY
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Departure: New York, NY
Arrival: New York, NY
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New York, NY; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; New York, NY
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 6, 2019 $649 $699 $849 $1,199 Norwegian Dawn July 6, 2019
July 27, 2019 $599 $679 $899 $1,199 Norwegian Dawn July 27, 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; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 12, 2019 $299 $329 $599 $1,599 Norwegian Sky August 12, 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
August 19, 2019 $299 $329 $599 $1,599 Norwegian Sky August 19, 2019
5 Nights Cuba Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 19, 2019 $549 $799 $1,149 $1,499 Norwegian Sun August 19, 2019
November 4, 2019 $659 $929 $1,479 $1,799 Norwegian Sun November 4, 2019

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