Great Stirrup Cay Travel Guide

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     A nice lazy place to relax 

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     Not enough time..... 

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     Cruiseline island 

Great Stirrup Cay Things to Do

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    by windoweb Written Mar 16, 2012

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    NCL has a great private island experience. Once you tender over to the island from the ship they serve a beach lunch complete with live music. The beach is lovely. The water was cool the day we were there so we did not snorkel. There were other people snorkeling though.

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    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 24, 2006

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    While on the island you can take advantage of the BBQ that NCL puts on for the cruisers. This is included for no fee and is pretty darn good. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, and assorted sides and deserts. There are picnic tables scattered all over so we snagged one in the shade. At least it started out in the shade. There is also a nice little band playing the whole time.

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    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Besides snorkeling you can take a nice hike along several trails on the island. Just beyaond the bathroom building you will see a few pathes. Remeber that it is warm and there are trees but not much shade so be smart and buy some water to take with you. There is an old lighthouse on the island that was built in 1863. Many people like to take a look at it.

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Great Stirrup Cay Transportation

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    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 24, 2006

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    The only way to get to the island from your cruise ship is to board a tender. These are smaller two level boats that come up to the side of the ship. While compared to the ship they are small they actually hold over 100 people. We rode in and back on the lower level and it was a smooth trip both ways. Another nice way to get to know your fellow passengers.

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Great Stirrup Cay Warnings and Dangers

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    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Do not drink the tap water on the island. While there are signs posted all over people still do it and then they get sick. Shuck out a few bucks and buy the bottled water. In the long run it is a lot cheaper then the possible medical bills!

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Great Stirrup Cay What to Pack

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    by thecatsmeow Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do wear sandels or watersocks if you don't plan on wearing flippers. While the beach is very sandy the water has many rocks and of course fish in it. Protect your feet!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a towel with you! You can sign for one onboard before you leave the ship. There are none available on the island. Be sure to bring it back onboard on your return and turn in your slip or you will be charged for it by the cruiseline. Also be sure and take your sunglasses and sunscreen with you. The sun is very intense and there are umbrellas but they do not really provide the protection you need. No need for bugspray so don't bother.

    Photo Equipment: Bring along a disposeable underwater camera. There are a lot of fish and other marine life to see and take snapshots of.

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Great Stirrup Cay Favorites

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    Sea of Blue Umbrellas, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

    by cruisingbug Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian Cruise Lines' private island in the Bahamas. You must take a tender boat from the ship to the island. The beach is narrow, so try to arrive early for the "best" seats (there are beach chairs and hammocks available). Swimming and snorkeling are on the left side, boating (and sunbathing) on the right. You can rent paddle boats, kayaks, mini-cats, and jet skis, as well as floats, kickboards and snorkel gear. There is also a mini Straw Market on the island, and a permanent BBQ for lunch.

    Fondest memory: Bar staff will bring you a Bahama Mama right on the beach (in an $8 souvenir cup)!

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