Norwegian Cruise Line was the first to purchase their own private tropical island. Great Stirrup Cay is the perfect stop for laying on a tropical beach, laying on a hammock between palm trees, and to go snorkeling. Last year, Norwegian announced a $25 million renovation to the island that will add many great features.
Ships are unable to dock at Great Stirrup Cay due to the shallow waters. Passengers must board tenders that will take you to the island. During storms and rough seas due to cold fronts in the winter, it can be unsafe to board the tenders. If the captain feels it is unsafe, the stop at the island is canceled and the ship will have a day at sea.
Boat rentals, para-sailing, catamarans, rafts, and snorkeling are all available on Great Stirrup Cay. All snorkelers much wear a life vest, they can be rented on the island for $7, or $35 for snorkeling gear and the vest. For the same amount, you can get good snorkeling gear on eBay and use it more than just that one day.
A barbecue lunch is served on the island. There is also a small straw market that is run by locals. This is the only place where you can use cash on the island. You can also pick up the ship’s cell phone tower from the island if you need to stay connected.
The following ships stop at Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Pearl.