Great Stirrup Cay

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Great Stirrup Cay

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For many, a cruise to the Great Stirrup Cay in Berry Islands represents a perfect holiday to am archetypical Caribbean uninhabited island, the kind you imagine yourself on when asked the classic question “If you were on a deserted island...” The only difference is that throughout your day on the Great Stirrup Cay, once disembarked from your MSC cruise ship, you will be able to not only laze under the sun in comfortable sun beds or directly on the fine, white sand, but also to participate in all of the typical beach and water activities in and by the turquoise waters washing the island: snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, and the fun standup paddle boarding (paddling along the ocean surfing using a long paddle while standing on a surfboard, SUP).

On land, you will find a bar with experienced staff, who can prepare refreshing beverages and all types of cocktails, as well as a BBQ area, Ping-Pong tables, and classic and beach volleyball courts. A shopping area and child areas, as well as restricted-access beaches are also included in your Caribbean holiday in the Bahamas. Even walking among the palm trees and the vegetation of the Great Stirrup Cay is a fun and interesting experience.

You can also visit a still-functional lighthouse dating to 1863 or look for locations for fun, spontaneous excursions, of which Great Stirrup Cay is rich. For example, there are the remains of the defensive system installed by the United States during the Second World War to defend the eastern coast of the island. Among these structures, along the southeastern coast, there are two cable houses, now partly hidden by vegetation, in which two cables laid along the ocean bottom as part of a system of anti-submarine defense terminate.

Must see places in Great Stirrup Cay

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    Great Stirrup Cay beach

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  • FATE OF THE FANCY SNORKEL ADVENTURE – AT LEISURE

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    Get set to discover the underwater secrets of an old shipwreck on “The Fate of The Fancy” snorkel trail, a fascinating exploration of marine wildlife that also serves to illustrate the fate suffered by the 17th-century buccaneer, Lord Chevalle. His ship, The Fancy, is said to have fallen foul of a huge octopus-like sea monster – called a lusca – that dragged it to the depths of the sea just off the coast of Great Stirrup Cay. Since then, the wreck and various “outposts” such as a piano, cannons, swords and even some treasure chests have become home to a large variety of aquatic wildlife, which the 17-station underwater trail will give you plenty of opportunity to explore, regardless of whether you’re a novice snorkeler or seasoned expert. Please note: participants must be able to swim. Snorkel equipment is included in the price of the tour.
    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults$35.00Price per person

    • Children$32.00Price per person

  • KAYAK TOUR

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    Leave your ship and prepare to board a watercraft of a very different, albeit equally enjoyable kind: a kayak. Giving you an opportunity to get some gentle exercise in the great outdoors while savouring spectacular views of the coastline and marine life such as conch, starfish and even stingrays in the water, this tour is a perfect way to relax in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Team up with a friend for the tour, since the kayak is suitable for two – halving the effort you need to paddle, but doubling the fun. You’ll naturally be given some instruction on how to handle the craft, but after that it’ll be plain sailing all the way. To end the tour, you’ll return to the beach and then re-join your ship when you feel ready. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2 h

      • Adults$49.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • STAND UP PADDLE BOARD

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      Get with the last word in emerging water sports, earn yourself some bragging rights for when you get home and have a go at the “baddest” way to have a blast since, well, forever. Easy to learn and huge fun to do, stand-up paddle boarding – or SUPping as it is also known – will let you navigate the waters of Bertram’s Cove. See if you can spot any marine life as you go and enjoy the gorgeous views of the shoreline before returning to the beach. You can then go back to the ship whenever you’re ready.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          1 h

        • Adults$22.00Price per person

        • Children$22.00Price per person

      • WAVE RUNNER TOUR – DOUBLE (1 DRIVER + 1 RIDER)

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        Team up with a pal and prepare to thrill to the feel of skimming over the surf on a WaveRunner™, one of the coolest personal watercraft you’re ever likely to find. After receiving a thorough safety briefing and information on handling the craft and deciding who’ll get the driver’s seat, you’ll board your WaveRunner™ and set off to enjoy a fully guided and narrated tour. You’ll spend about 1 hour riding around Great Stirrup Cay, with views of landmarks such as the lighthouse on Great Stirrup Cay, Slaughter Harbour and the party developed, but otherwise deserted Cistern Cay possibly included on the way. You can then choose the time you return to the ship yourself. Please note: the listed price is per two-person watercraft (not per person); only one person needs to book, with tour payment chargeable to only one account. The price cannot be charged to multiple accounts. The name of a companion sharing the WaveRunner™ with the paying guest must be registered at the Excursions’ Desk on board the ship following embarkation. Guests wishing to be the driver of WaveRunner™ must be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid driving licence; however, guests of at least 16 years of age and who are in possession of a valid driving licence can be permitted to drive the watercraft provided they remain under the supervision of an accompanying paying adult with a valid driving licence who would ride pillion. To ride pillion, guests must be at least 8 years of age; up to the age of 18, all children must be accompanied by a paying parent or legal guardian. The combined weight of both driver and rider must not exceed 450 lbs. All participants must complete and sign a liability release form and wear a USCG approved life jacket and a wetsuit.
          • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

            Difficulty Level
            Strenuous

          • Duration
            1:30 h

          • Adults$105.00Price per person

          • ChildrenNot available

        • WAVE RUNNER TOUR – SINGLE (DRIVER ONLY)

          ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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          Unleash the boy or girl racer within you on an outing that gives you a chance to ride your very own WaveRunner™, a personal watercraft that spells tons of fun and slices through the water like a knife through butter. After you’ve been given a safety briefing and handling instructions, nearly 1 hour of guided riding will begin. To keep you entertained, you’ll be provided with interesting information throughout your exciting ride. Be sure to look out for special landmarks like the lighthouse on Great Stirrup Cay, Slaughter Harbour and the partly developed, but uninhabited Cistern Cay. You can return to the ship at your own pace when you’re ready. Please note: This tour is for single drivers only. Guests must be at least 18 years of age, weigh no more than 450 lbs and be in possession of a valid driving licence to ride the WaveRunner™. All participants must complete and sign a liability release form, wear a USCG approved life jacket and a wetsuit.
            • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

              Difficulty Level
              Strenuous

            • Duration
              1:30 h

            • Adults$75.00Price per person

            • ChildrenNot available

          • STINGRAY CITY BAHAMAS

            CITY TOUR

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            Start your adventure on the Southern Dock at Great Stirrup Cay where you will be greeted by the professional staff of Stingray City Bahamas. You will be given a briefing on the equipment and safety tips for a fun interaction with the Rays. Here you will embark on your short speedboat ride that will whisk you to a shallow pool with a white sandy bottom surrounded by gorgeous views of the Berry Islands. This all too short picturesque trip abounding with bird life and sea life ends at Stingray Cay, where the calm crystal clear waters are the home to many Southern Stingrays. Here you will be assisted and supervised by the professional staff into the stingray habitat where you will be able to interact with and even feed one of the tame stingrays. Entry into the 3-8 feet deep water is an easy step from the large swim platform. Even non-swimmers can enjoy the rays. These amazing animals will surprise you with their gentleness and while interacting with them, they will find a special new place in your heart. After feeding, snorkeling, and taking pictures with your new friends, you will return to Great Stirrup Cay with the memories of a life time. Please note: Photos are taken during the excursions and guests may purchase photos after their tour. Photos are for cash purchase on the island.
            • Possibility of swimming

            • Limited seats

            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              1:30 h

            • Adults$52.00Price per person

            • Children$49.00Price per person

          • BAHAMAS MARINE LIFE ENCOUNTER ECO BOAT TOUR

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            Join us aboard our fully shaded Eco pontoon catamaran boat for a wildlife encounter and Bahamian ecological experience that is great for nature lovers of all ages. If you want to get out in nature and see the abundance of wildlife and the natural beauty of the Bahamas, this is the tour for you. Your friendly Bahamian crew will keep you entertained throughout the tour and point out some fun facts as well as some interesting information about the local eco system. You will begin your tour by cruising over the shallow, crystal clear waters surrounding the Berry islands in search of marine life to bring aboard the boat for everyone to see and hold. Keep an eye out for stingrays, conch, starfish and an abundance of other marine life along the way as you cruise around the islands. Experience nature at its finest! Please note: On board amenities include fully-shaded boat, restroom and cash bar (water, sodas and juices). Please bring cash to purchase extra items onboard the eco boat.
            • Possibility of swimming

            • Limited seats

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              1 h

            • Adults$42.00Price per person

            • Children$32.00Price per person

          • CLAM SHELL – ALL DAY

            SEA & SUN

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            Grab your loved one, pair up with a friend or go it alone for a day of doing only what you fancy in your own personal clamshell. Providing welcome shade and kitted out with two comfortable beach loungers, the clamshell is the perfect setting for romantic tête-à-têtes, chewing the fat with a pal or pursuing your own interests. Savour the views, swim in the Caribbean Sea, squish the sand between your toes, read, doze, laze around – in short, do everything for which holidays are made. Thoroughly relaxed, when you’re ready to leave, you’ll then return to the ship ready for the evening’s entertainment. Please note: the listed price is per two-person clamshell (not per person); only one person needs to book, with tour payment chargeable to only one account. The price cannot be charged to multiple accounts. The name of a companion sharing the clamshell with the paying guest must be registered at the Excursions’ Desk on board the ship following embarkation.
              • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                Difficulty Level
                Easy

              • Duration
                00 m

              • Adults$32.00Price per person

              • ChildrenNot available

            • HIPPO WATER SLIDE (ALL DAY)

              SEA & SUN

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              As the name implies, the Hippo Water Slide is shaped in the form of a hippopotamus. But what the name fails to reveal is the sheer enormity of the inflatable slide, which measures about 40 feet in height and 175 feet in length – dimensions that have earned it the accolade of “the world’s largest inflatable water slide”. Armed with a pass to the slide for an entire day, you’ll be able to whizz all the way down the structure – as high as a three-storey building – time and time again. Regardless of your age, when you squeal with delight on your slippery way down, the child in you is sure to be giving you a heartfelt high five. Please note: guests must be at least42 inches in height to participate.
                • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Moderate

                • Duration
                  00 m

                • Adults$22.00Price per person

                • Children$22.00Price per person

              • LARGE INFLATABLE RAFT – ALL DAY

                SEA & SUN

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                Spend a day being the master of your very own Caribbean island, albeit one made of an inflatable raft. This is your chance to fly your imaginary flag and found your “republic of me” for a few delicious hours in the sun, with the cloudless sky above and the azure blue of the water below. Test the brine with a languid toe, slip into the watery embrace for a refreshing swim, recharge your batteries with a daytime snooze and savour fabulous views of forever and beyond – and all in whichever order you prefer and at a pace set entirely by you. When you’re ready to leave, your day of “island life” comes to a close with your return to the ship.
                  • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Easy

                  • Duration
                    00 m

                  • Adults$29.00Price per person

                  • Children$29.00Price per person

                • REEF SNORKEL & SANDBAR PARTY BOAT

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                  We begin the tour with some great snorkeling at a beautiful coral reef where colorful fish and a wide variety of friendly marine life abound. After an informative snorkel equipment and site orientation, grab your snorkel gear and take the plunge into the crystal clear turquoise Bahamas waters beneath the boat. To get the most out of your snorkeling experience, join your snorkel instructor for a guided tour of the area and be sure to participate in the fish feeding frenzy. If snorkeling isn’t your thing then go for a swim, grab a floating lounge chair, suntan, or start early with the happy hour drinks. After snorkeling, we will relocate the boat to a beautiful shallow water sandbar area where everyone can relax on a comfy floating lounge chair with a drink in your hand or join the crew for some fun games and prizes. Everyone gets one complimentary Rum Punch, Pina Colada or fruit punch. After that, all drinks are available at happy hour prices. Please Note: We recommend to wear bathing suit and to bring cash for extra drinks, towel, sun protection and sunglasses. Minimum age to drink alcohol is 21 years and this is also the minimum age to participate to this excursion.
                  • Drink included

                  • Limited seats

                  • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Moderate

                  • Duration
                    2:30 h

                  • Adults$49.00Price per person

                  • Children$44.00Price per person

                • SNORKEL VEST RENTAL - AT LEISURE

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                  Snorkel vests are a mandatory piece of snorkelling equipment, which all snorkelers, regardless of experience or skill level, are required to wear.
                    • Duration
                      00 m

                    • Adults$9.00Price per person

                    • Children$9.00Price per person

                  • SOFT FOAM FLOAT – ALL DAY

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                    Time to clear your head, think, work on your tan, indulge in some quality beach life or float on the sea can be yours to savour for a whole day and – if you wish – in utter solitude, giving you a chance to relax in the peace and quiet afforded by your very own personal soft-foam float. De-stressing while floating around on the Caribbean Sea, basking in the sun and soaking up superb views has never been easier – or more enjoyable. Your beachy outing begins and ends with your transfer from and back to the ship when you’re ready to leave.
                      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                        Difficulty Level
                        Easy

                      • Duration
                        00 m

                      • Adults$15.00Price per person

                      • Children$15.00Price per person

                    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
                    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

                     

                    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

                    Bahamas

                    Music and islands
                    Music and islands

                    As you arrive on your cruise to the Bahamas – seven hundred islands scattered over 3800 sq.km. of crystal clear tropical seas in the northern part of the Caribbean – you will discover beaches and interesting hikes in the hinterland, still partly to be explored, as well as lots of sports.

                    For those who choose the beach and are travelling with children, Taino Beach, in the area of Lucaya, is the ideal location with its small playground. If you are looking for one of the most isolated beaches in the entire archipelago, an excursion you should not miss is to Blue Lagoon Island: beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise waters and a hidden lagoon.

                    A vacation in the Bahamas isn’t a true vacation without an excursion to the historical forts and monuments of Nassau: Fort Montague, the oldest on the island of New Providence; Fort Charlotte, whose cannons have always only fired blanks; Fort Fincastle, which due to its shape resembles a steamship. Music is the other great passion of the inhabitants of the Bahamas: it is the sound track of the life on this Caribbean archipelago.

                    Often played live, in restaurants, casinos and even in beach bars. From the most traditional steel drum bands, to rake ’n’ scrape, a music similar to reggae, played with an unusual instrument, a saw; and then calypso, soca and junkanoo.

                     
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