• Great Stirrup Cay
    Feel Free Great Stirrup Cay

    Norwegian's Private Island

    Feel Free

Great Stirrup Cay, our idyllic private island paradise, is reserved just for our guests. Unwind on white-sand beaches and enjoy the many ways to explore paradise. Snorkel with sea turtles and colorful fish in warm turquoise waters. Peacefully glide along the coastline in a kayak, craft your own delicious taco at the new complimentary Abaco Taco, and then simply relax in your private beachfront cabana. Do it all – or nothing at all – the choice is yours.

Explore OurIsland Activities

Indulge in OurDining Options

Beach Buffet

Beach Buffet

Grab a bite to eat at our newly redesigned 8,500 square-foot complimentary beach buffet.
Abaco Taco

Abaco Taco

Build your own taco in the new complimentary Abaco Taco Bar.
LandShark Bar and Grill

LandShark Bar and Grill - Coming Soon

Grab a refreshing cold brew or cocktail and a mid-afternoon bite at LandShark Bar & Grill (a la carte).

Explore OurBars & Lounges

Bacardi Bar

Bacardi Bar

Get a freshly muddled mojito made at the Bacardi Bar.

Jumby Beach Grill

Jumby Beach Grill

Sip a cold one at Jumby Beach Grill, now with two new freestanding bars

Lighthouse Beach Bar

Lighthouse Beach Bar

Enjoy beautiful island views at the Lighthouse Beach Bar.

Bertram’s Bar

Bertram’s Bar

Grab a drink and meet some new friends at the lively Bertram Bar.

Patron Bar

Patron Bar

Sip on a refreshing margarita made with Patron at the Patron Bar.

Bars & Lounges Great Stirrup Cay

What You Need To Know

  • Port Name & Location
    Ship will ANCHOR OFF SHORE at this port and guests will be tendered ashore.
  • Time Zone
    EST (Eastern Standard Time)
    UTC/GMT -5 hours
  • Language
    The local language is English.
  • Currency & Shopping
    US Dollar (USD), Your Stateroom Key Card
    Crafts and souvenirs.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organized Shore Excursions for beaches, parasailing, snorkeling, kayak tour. Shuttles available.
    • Famous For
      Lounge on the Beach, take a swim, go snorkeling, paddle a kayak, or simply just relax in a hammock on our very own private island.
    • Fun Fact #1
      This island oasis sprawls an impressive 250-acres.
    • Tip
      Grab a bite at our new 8,500-square foot beach buffet which includes a central pizza making station, two grills, hot and cold food stations, as well as fresh fruits and breads.

Ships thatSail to Great Stirrup Cay

Take a Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway
Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay on board Miami's Ultimate ship, Norwegian Getaway. Enjoy the panoramic views of the along The Waterfront, our revolutionary quarter-mile oceanfront promenade lined with spectacular island views.
Take a Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway
Stunning meets sophisticated on Norwegian Breakaway. Live it up at the heart of our Breakaway Class ships- 678 Ocean Place, one space that connects three dazzling decks of bars, dining, shopping, entertainment-and non-stop action.
Eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem
If stunning beaches and turquoise waters are what you seek, this delightful vacation on Norwegian Gem is just the ticket. Plunge below the surface for beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life.
Western Caribbean on Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Cruise to The Caribbean and Bahamas on board Norwegian Epic.
Great Stirrup Cay on Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky
Get ready for the ultimate tropical experience. To make it even better guests drink for FREE on board the beautiful Norwegian Sky.

Coming SoonExclusive Lagoon Retreat

Through the Norwegian Edge, Great Stirrup Cay will offer the ultimate island luxury experience with a brand new exclusive lagoon retreat featuring a secluded, pristine beach; exclusive dining options; luxury beach villas and so much more.

  • Secluded beach
  • Modern reception area overlooking the beach for reserving activities or relaxing in the outdoor terrace
  • Tranquil lagoon with a convenient swim-up bar
  • Beachfront luxury villas for rent ranging from studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villas
  • Family beach area for all ages to enjoy
  • The Silver Palm Restaurant with a two-story deck offering scenic views
  • Private party room available for reservation
  • Complimentary access for guests of The Haven and Suites and guests who book a Mandara Spa massage on the island. Limited capacity for purchase
Shore Activities
Restrooms
Tram Stops
Bertram's Cove Beachfront

We've expanded our beach front so there's more room for all your sand-castle needs

Hippo Water Slide

At 40-foot high and 175-foot-long, it's the world's largest inflatable water slide

Susan's Rock Snorkel Center

Snorkel and Float rentals

Beach Volleyball

Get your game on and play against your old friends or new ones

Mat and Float Rentals

Bask in the sun on one of our individual or group floats, cocktails optional

Mat and Float Rentals

Bask in the sun on one of our individual or group floats, cocktails optional

Mat and Float Rentals

Bask in the sun on one of our individual or group floats, cocktails optional

Bandstand

Enjoy the sights and sounds of live calypso music throughout the day

Cabanas On The Cay
Massage Cabanas
Splash Academy
Clam Shell Sun Shades

Be SPF savvy and rent your own covered lounge for the whole day

Clam Shell Sun Shades

Be SPF savvy and rent your own covered lounge for the whole day

Clam Shell Sun Shades

Be SPF savvy and rent your own covered lounge for the whole day

Clam Shell Sun Shades

Be SPF savvy and rent your own covered lounge for the whole day

Ebb-N-Flo's Water Adventures

Meeting point for water adventures and safety demonstrations

Berried Treasures Bazaar

Bahamian arts and crafts for purchase

Tour Information Booth

Wave Runner, Parasailing, Kayak Tour, Eco Boat Adventure, Stingray & Snorkel Rental

Ping Pong

Game on! At your leisure enjoy a game of ping-pong

Fate Of The Fancy Snorkel Trail Adventure
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Jumbey Beach Grill

Complimentary island BBQ lunch buffet

Patrón Bar

Frozen specialty drinks, cocktails and beer

Bertram's Bar

Complimentary island BBQ lunch buffet

Bacardi Bar

Complimentary island BBQ lunch buffet

Lighthouse Beach Bar

Get your drink on at our bars for all your libation needs

Bobolink Beach Bar

Frozen specialty drinks, cocktails and beer

Tweed's Tenders & Beach Wheelchair

Wheelchairs available, limited availability

First Aid
Group Pavilion

IslandHISTORY

106 AD old map

106 AD

The Lucayan Indians are thought to be the first settlers on Great Stirrup Cay.

1600s pirate ship

1600s

With the increase of sea-faring traffic, Pirates begin to migrate to the area, looking for the trade ship to loot and pilage.

1700s map

1700s

British Naval officer, Captain Bertram, for whom Bertram's Cove is named, makes his home on Great Stirrup Cay. His grave marker is located on the main beach.

1860s island coast

1860s

Federal troops used the island to store provisions during the Civil War. The surrounding waters still contain evidence of battles.

1863 lighthouse

1863s

The lighthouse on Great Stirrup Cay is built over great protest since the local economy was supported by shipwreck salvaging.

1940s bird thumb

1940s

The US Air Force creates a satellite tracking station. Closed in 1991, what's left remains near the lighthouse.

1977 great stirrup cay island

1977

Belcher Oil Company sells Great Stirrup Cay to Norwegian Cruise Line (known then as Norwegian Caribbean Line) and becomes the first cruise line to offer a private island experience.

Great Stirrup Cay

Today

We invested $25 million to preserve and enhance this 250-acre Bahamian treasure for your enjoyment.

family stingray encounter

Fun For the Entire Family

The ultimate family vacation just got better! Do the things you want, when you want. That's the freedom and flexibility you have on Great Stirrup Cay. The island offers many family friendly activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, Eco-Boat tours, and even a Stingray Encounter. So it's no wonder that Norwegian Cruise Line is among the top large-ship cruise lines for families in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards.
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