Great Stirrup Cay was the first private island purchased by any cruise line back in 1997. Norwegian Cruise Lines has decided to give it a well needed $400 million upgrade. The upgrade is part of Norwegian’s “Norwegian Edge” investment program. Some of these upgrades include a zip line, new restaurants, some new activities, and new villas.
Among the renovations, there is a new zip line course and an underwater sculpture garden. The 1,000 foot zip line will have two zip lines parallel to each other. The underwater sculpture garden, that comes with a waterproof map, will be a great experience for for those who wish to explore the sea.
Great Stirrup Cay will also soon feature a new half-mile boardwalk. There will be a new complex adjacent to the beach that will include a basketball court, volleyball court, ping pong tables, and a stage for live entertainment. The complex will also have bleachers, a shaded picnic area, an air-condition reception area where people can rent board games, and changing rooms.
When guests work up an appetite, they’ll be able to stop by Abaco Taco, Great Stirrup’s new, and free, customizable taco bar, located near the entertainment complex. They can also check out the LandShark Bar & Grill, drawing from NCL’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett. Menu items will be priced a la carte, and indoor and outdoor seating will be available.
All existing bars and restaurants will be updated, including new decking, shaded areas, and high-top seating at all bars along with family-style seating. This will increase seating capacity by 50% at all venues. The island’s 8,500-square-foot buffet will be redesigned for efficiency, and seating will be added there as well.
One of the feature of the island will be the Lagoon Retreat, a private area featuring a private beach, an ocean-view restaurant, a covered family area, a four-room Mandara Spa, and 22 air-conditioned villas. The Lagoon Retreat will also feature a swim-up bar, a family beach area with shallow water, a grassy area for activities or dining at picnic tables, the Silver Palm, a complimentary restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating as well as a rooftop terrace.
There will be many new villa types available. Studio villas will accommodate two to four people, one-bedroom villas will accommodate four to six people, and two-bedroom villas will accommodate up to 10 people, with two bathrooms. All of the villas feature an outdoor terrace, a private bathroom, living rooms, and dining rooms. All food and beverage services will also be offered in the private villas. Guests who rent one of the beach villas will be driven from the tender area to the Lagoon Retreat’s reception center via a shuttle.
Access to the Lagoon Retreat will be available to Haven and other suite passengers, as well as anyone who purchases an on-island Mandara Spa service. A limited number of Lagoon passes will also be available to all passengers for purchase on each sailing.
The new picnic spaces and other public areas are expected to be complete by January 2017. The villas are scheduled to open for summer 2017.