Posted by: cruise2 | 20 March, 2010

Great Stirrup Cay – NCL’s Private Island

 
Norwegian Cruise Line announced at Cruise Shipping Miami that it will make 
major enhancements to its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, located 120 
miles east of Ft. Lauderdale in the Berry Island chain of the Bahamas. The 
250-acre island will undergo a two-phase renovation, totalling in excess of 
$20 million, spanning 22 months and scheduled to be completed by the end of 
2011.

"We have one of the best private islands, particularly for swimming and 
snorkelling. With these improvements, we can provide an even more enjoyable 
island experience for the more than 9,000 guests who visit Great Stirrup Cay 
weekly during the height of the season," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian 
Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "Highlights of the enhancements 
include an expanded beach front, exciting island excursions, additional 
dining facilities, private beachside cabanas and a new kid's area."

The first phase of improvements to Great Stirrup Cay is already underway. 
This includes the excavation and formation of a new entrance channel for 
tenders, marina basin and arrival area with welcome pavilion that will be 
the site for new tender landings and docks. Once this is complete, the 
island's current beach front will be expanded significantly to accommodate 
more visitors.

New infrastructure and landscaping to enhance the guest experience is 
planned in the second phase including new dining and bar facilities; several 
comfort stations; a band stand; cruise programme activity area; private 
beachfront cabanas; a kid's play area; straw market; and beach volleyball 
courts. Several new island activities and shore excursions will be added 
including wave runners, a floating Aqua Park with a variety of water toys, 
kayak tours through man-made rivers within the island, an eco-cruise, and a 
stingray encounter experience. These are in addition to the existing 
snorkelling; floats; inflatable hippo slide; and parasailing that are 
currently offered.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has owned the island since 1977 when it became the first cruise 
line to offer an uninhabited tropical island experience exclusively for its 
passengers. Great Stirrup Cay offers  white sand beaches, majestic 
palms and calm, pristine waters where an abundance of colourful marine life 
inhabits the surrounding coral reefs.

Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl regularly 
call on Great Stirrup Cay throughout the year.

For more information on Norwegian or to book a cruise, call
The Cruise People  1-800-961-5536
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