Great Stirrup Cay

This is the first-ever private island in the Bahamas used only for cruise passengers, and has been owned by NCL since 1977.

The marina is approximately 12 feet deep at low water and is home to the island’s four tenders. Great Stirrup Cay offers magnificent white sand beaches, majestic palms and calm, pristine waters where an abundance of colourful marine life inhabits the surrounding coral reefs.

If you love plenty of activity, this is the place for you! Snorkelling instruction and equipment is available for up to 300 guests. The reef that surrounds the island is teeming with tropical fish and plant life of all descriptions and this is a great way to get up-close and personal.

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Why visit Great Stirrup Cay ?


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The first-ever private island in the Bahamas

Used only for cruise passengers

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.

The dining facility includes a central pizza making station, two grills, hot and cold food stations, as well as fresh fruits and breads. There are two full bars on either side of the facility for added convenience. The four pavilions, each more than 1800 square feet, offer picnic tables with a total seating capacity for more than 500 guests.

A £250 million upgrade was completed early in 2017, and includes a new zip line which has 1,000 feet of line, a new half-mile oceanside boardwalk that spans the length of the shore, with more than 100,000 feet of pathway, and enhanced and expanded dining options and a new atmosphere.

Great Stirrup Cay has a tropical marine climate, with year-round daytime temperatures ranging from the low to high 80s F. The dry season begins in November and lasts through April, while the rainy season commences in May and extends through October, with the heaviest rains taking place from June through August.

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.

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