Great Stirrup Cay Port Guide

A cruise aboard one of the Norwegian Cruise Line's ships to Great Stirrup Cay Port in the Bahamas is definitely a unique and exciting adventure. Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, this uninhabited, private island playground/beach paradise is the first of its kind industry-wide. The northernmost in the Berry Island chain, it is located approximately 50 miles from Nassau, Bahamas. While always family-friendly, this particular destination caters more to singles or couples. This coral and limestone island is only 2.5 miles x 1.5 miles, yet offers plenty to do for surf and sand lovers. The main beach is where most of the action is, while the west and south shores are unmaintained and left in their natural, wild state with plenty of tropical foliage and vegetation guests can hike through on footpaths. The ship anchors off-shore and passengers are tendered to the island. Some ships offer reservations for tendering, others are on a first-come/first-serve basis. Once on the island, walking is the mode of transportation.

Shopping

Visit the Straw Market for T-shirts and other Bahamian souvenirs. Guests have the option of charging purchases to their ship-board credit accounts or paying cash.

Things to See

If you love plenty of activity, this is the place for you! Snorkeling instruction and equipment is available for up to 300 guests. The reef that surrounds the island is teeming with tropical fish and plantlife of all descriptions and this is a great way to get up-close and personal. Catamaran-style paddle boats with viewing windows and Stingray Vu-boards, similar to "boogie boards", with viewing ports are another way to catch the awesome underwater sights. Take a leisurely sail around the island with one of the 2-person sailboats available, or grab a buddy and paddle around in a 2-person kayak. For just kicking back and enjoying the water, foam floats and party rafts are also available. To get a birds-eye view of the sparkling waters and white sand beaches, give the parasailing a try, either alone or in tandem. To enjoy the water view without getting wet, 3 deep-sand volleyball courts are always active, along with 2 ping-pong tables. Take a walk down the path and visit the lighthouse, built in 1863. Or simply lounge in one of the 1,000 beach chairs available (800 with umbrellas) or catch a quick nap in a hammock strung between towering palms. "Olympic"-style competitions are frequently held and definitely limber up for the limbo contests, accompanied by a calypso band. After all the activity, you may want to enjoy a beach-side massage. Note, the going rate is $1.00 per minute for the massage. Whatever you decide, 'casual' and 'relaxed' are the order of the day. 

Restaurants and Bars

Barbecue chicken, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, salads, fresh fruit and other delectables are served up by the cruise line in buffet-style on the main beach for a real dining treat. There is a main bar and a smaller one located at the east end of the beach for tropical delights and soft drinks to quench your thirst. Full bathroom facilities are available.

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