Written by: Cruise News
Extensive upgrades include 1,000 foot-long zip line; expanded dining options; and an exclusive access retreat with air-conditioned villas to open by Summer 2017
June 2, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed details of the new experience that awaits guests at the company’s 250-acre private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. And let me say, they are going all out on these improvements.
As a part of Norwegian’s $400 million investment program called The Norwegian Edge™, the cruise line is revolutionizing the destination now through summer 2017 to provide new luxurious amenities, new adventure activities, enhanced and expanded dining options that, together, will present an upgraded atmosphere for guests visiting the island.
Great Stirrup Cay’s 10 acre beach will soon feature a half mile long oceanside boardwalk that will span the length of the shore with more than 100,000 square feet of pathway, offering easy access to the beaches, as well as a new shaded areas with benches. Just adjacent to the beach, guests can visit a new half-acre entertainment and activity complex, featuring a stage for live music, games and entertainers; basketball and volleyball courts, complete with bleachers; ping-pong tables; and a shaded picnic area.
An air-conditioned reception area will serve as the central hub for family-fun where guests can plan their day, reserve activities, rent board games and have access to expansive changing rooms.
A new 1,000 foot zip line course will provide a bird’s eye view of the island and the sea, and will have two parallel lines.
All dining and bar venues will be updated island-wide, adding new resort-style decking, shaded areas, high-top seating at all bars and family-style seating. This will add 50 percent more seating capacity at all dining outlets.
A new complimentary taco bar, Abaco Taco, will be added near the island’s entertainment hub, where guests can create their own favorite tacos.
The island’s 8,500-square foot buffet will be redesigned to provide faster and more efficient service for guests, and the deck surrounding the buffet will be expanded so guests can enjoy their lunch at new seating areas.
The center of the island will feature a shaded lounge area with new furniture and bar service.
Building on the brand’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Great Stirrup Cay will also feature a LandShark Bar & Grill, offering casual dining and drinks. Menu items will be available à la carte.
Exclusive Lagoon Retreat
Beginning in Summer 2017, a private area of Great Stirrup Cay will feature a secluded beach; oceanview restaurant; Mandara Spa; and 22 air-conditioned private villas available for reservations, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms.
The lagoon will be available on a complimentary basis to The Haven and Suite guests, along with guests who purchase an on-island Mandara Spa service. In addition, a limited amount of passes to the Lagoon will available for purchase on each sailing.
The lagoon will feature a floating swim up bar, a partitioned family beach area along with grassy areas for play, swing sets, and picnic tables. Guests can also reserve a private room for functions with up to 75 guests, with food and beverage service available.
The lagoon’s Mandara Spa will have four treatment rooms offering spa services.
Guests who purchase a reservation for one of Great Stirrup Cay’s beach villas will get a full lux experience from ship to shore, as they will be whisked away in an air-conditioned shuttle from the tender marina to the lagoon reception area.
Studio villas feature an outdoor terrace, private bathroom and living/dining area, and can accommodate two to four guests.
One bedroom villas accommodate four to six guests and feature a bedroom, private bathroom, living and dining areas and outdoor terrace with a hot tub.
The ultimate island escape, Great Stirrup Cay’s two bedroom villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and feature two bedrooms, two private bathrooms, living and dining areas, and an expansive outdoor terrace with a dining area and hot tub.
Exclusively for guests of the lagoon retreat, the two-story Silver Palm restaurant will offer complimentary dining with both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a rooftop terrace.
All luxury villas will also include food and beverage service for guests.