Monday, February 8, 2016.
Happy Chinese New Year!!! Today was Day 2 of the cruise and we went to Great Stirrup Cay in Bahamas as our first island destination.
We woke up early to have breakfast together with everyone at 7:15 a.m. and so that we could be early enough to eat together. Breakfast was great with lots of healthy selections. Yum! Scrambled eggs, bacon was thin and crispy and especially the sausage was good too.
Great Stirrup Cay is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas and was actually bought by the Norwegian Cruise Line from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977 to develop it into a private island for cruise ship passengers.
I had never been to the Bahamas before and was super excited to be there! I knew the Bahamas were a hot tropical island so we were all dressed for beach and swimwear.
By 9:30 a.m., we had boarded the Tandem boats to be transported to the small island of Great Stirrup Cay.
The weather was nice with sun, billowy clouds, and there was a breezy wind too.
Melissa, Alice, and I rode on one tandem boat and one of the first to arrive.
Thus, we decided to explore the island a bit first and walked along the path towards the coast. We walked past the small man-made beach, enjoyed the scenery before heading back to the main area. Along the way, we encountered a bus that would take us back to the main area. We took the short ride and wound up at the entrance where we saw the rest of our friends.
We decided to just hang out. Although the site says you can do snorkelling with sea turtles, kayaking, or go on a zip line, we opted to just take it easy and veg at the beach. We found some empty lounge chairs and faced the open sea. (Be aware though as there were some blue covered chairs that are fee-based.)
I was really shocked that it was actually quite chilly that day in Great Stirrup Cay!! It was really windy and the wind was actually cold too. Good thing we had some of the beach blankets to help us keep warm.
We enjoyed lunch from the buffet line and barbecue.
It was a nice day at the beach but I couldn’t get over how chilly it was there. I thought the Bahamas were supposed to be hot and dry? Haha.. Also, we found that weren’t many things to do there so after we checked out some of the souvenir shops, we all ended up taking the tandem boats back to the cruise ship ahead of the last-call time.