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Reasons to Cruise to Great Stirrup Cay

Have you ever had dreams of frolicking on your own private island? If you’re looking for a unique and secluded getaway, now is your chance to indulge your wishes and cruise to Norwegian Cruise Line’s very own private island. Yes, you read that right. Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian’s private paradise reserved just for their cruising guests. Complete with relaxing private cabanas and exhilarating water sports, Great Stirrup Cay offers cruisers the chance to holiday their way.

Where Is Great Stirrup Cay?

Located on the northern tip of the Bahamas' Berry Islands, Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian's Private Island reserved for its cruise guests. Bertram's Cove on Great Stirrup Cay is named for British Naval Officer Captain Bertram who made his home on the island in the 1700's.

Why You Should Visit Great Stirrup Cay

Ready to set sail? Here are three great reasons to cruise to Great Stirrup Cay.

Ride a Wave Runner on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's Private Island

#1. Award-Winning Cruise Ships

Norwegian’s ships sail to this island, making it an exclusive retreat for its guests. Here are just a few of the ships you can sail on to reach this perfect piece of paradise:

Norwegian Bliss – Custom built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss features the largest race track at sea, original new dining concepts, heart-racing waterslides, and so much more!

Norwegian Getaway - Enjoy the panoramic views along The Waterfront, our revolutionary quarter-mile oceanfront promenade lined with spectacular island views on Norwegian Getaway.

Norwegian Breakaway - Live it up at 678 Ocean Place, one space that connects three dazzling decks of bars, dining, shopping, entertainment-and non-stop action on Norwegian Breakaway.

Norwegian Epic - With Studios designed and priced for the solo traveler and the private Haven, plus more than 20 different dining options, you'll understand why Norwegian Epic offers Freestyle Cruising on a truly grand scale.

Norwegian Sky - Guests drink for FREE on board the beautiful Norwegian Sky. Get ready for the ultimate tropical experience.

Book a Private Cabana on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's Private Island

#2. Countless Opportunities for Fun & Relaxation

Whether you’re sunning on the sandy shores or cracking open some coconuts in your Cabana on the Cay, you and your guests are sure to enjoy the activities Great Stirrup Cay has to offer. There are many recreational options for you to explore on this impressive 250-acre island.

Picture walking along a secluded beach, sipping daiquiris in your own private cabana, and reading on a hammock under some shady palm trees. Sound good? Of course it does. With Great Stirrup Cay activities, you can enjoy all the beauty this private paradise has to offer.

What to Do in Great Stirrup Cay

  • Visit the Underwater Sculpture Garden
  • Take a Wave Runner Tour
  • Parasail along the beautiful coastline
  • Relax on the beach
  • Snorkel among the marine life
  • Take a Kayak Tour
  • Enjoy a Stingray Encounter
  • Paddle Board on the ocean
  • Zipline along the island
  • Shop in the marketplace
Enjoy Snorkeling in Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's Private Island

#3. Delicious Food & Drink Options

After you've exhausted all your leisure activities, you can go grab some grub at Jumbey Beach Grill or create your very own personalized taco at Abaco Taco. Still hungry? Dining at Great Stirrup Cay is always an impressive spread, including a pizza making station, two grills, and fresh tropical fruits at its gigantic 8,500 square foot complimentary beach buffet.

Prefer to go the cocktails route? No problem. You'll have many drink options at Bacardi Bar, including refreshing fruity daiquiris and freshly muddled mojitos. Feeling like some tequila? Patron Bar is the place for you. It's always 5 o'clock on the island.

Have you cruised to Great Stirrup Cay? What was your favorite moment?