Little Stirrup Cay?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 04:35 PM.
#1
St Louis, MO
1,798 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Pardon my ignorance. We haven't done a Bahamas cruise in quite some time. Been sailing the Western Caribbean mostly. I noticed that Carnival is now calling @ "Little Stirrup Cay" and "Half Moon Cay" on some of the Bahama sailings. Is Little Stirrup Cay a newly found/purchased island or are they using/sharing some other cruise lines private island? Thanks for any info in advance.
#3
San Diego, CA
5,239 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Little Stirrup Cay is Royal Caribbean's Coco Cay.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Past Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy- March 2003 (4 Day Baja Mexico)
Carnival Pride- February 2007 (7 Day Mexican Riveria)
Carnival Spirit- November 2007 (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riveria)
Carnival Freedom- February 2008 (7 Day Western Caribbean)
Carnival Elation- February 2009 (4 Day Baja Mexico)
Carnival Spirit- July 2009 (7 Day Southbound Alaska)
Carnival Dream- November 2010 (7 Day Eastern Caribbean)
Carnival Liberty- March/April 2012 (7 Day Eastern Caribbean)
Carnival Miracle-July 2014 (7 Day Alaska)
Carnival Inspiration- September 2016 (4 Day Baja Mexico)
62 Days at Sea and Counting!
#5
Charlotte NC
135 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by bike1964
Thanks. I had a feeling it was either RCCL's or Norwegians. That's interesting?
They are substituting Little Stirrup/Coco Cay instead of Key West now. Long story short, pier docking issues in KW. Island still belongs to RC
#6
4 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
We are going there on the Fascination next week, March 11th cruise, which I believe is the first time Carnival is using the island. We were at Little Stirrup (Coco Cay) 10 years ago on the Sovereign of the Seas. I will let you know what we thought when we get back!!
#7
napa
173 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Lucky you if you're going to stop at Coco Cay. It's an awesome island. When you first come ashore, walk to your left about a quarter mile or so, past where all the lounge chairs are set up. You'll get to a beach that's a little more secluded and has the warmest (I should say hottest) water I've ever felt. More like a hot tub than bathtub temp.
You'll also see many iguanas, and there are hammocks all over the island. See one you like, just plop on in.
The snorkeling is 10 times better than Half Moon Cay. The main beach where everything is set up has a sunken plane and if I remember a small sunken ship. Lots of fish everywhere.
It's truly one of my most favorite places I've ever been to.
#8
Brookhaven, GA.
5,523 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Little Stirrup Cay is a Royal Caribbean Island.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature

GOTTA LOVE CRUISING
I am not in a hurry, I am on VACATION!!

Emerald Seas 8/80-Bahamas
Carnival Fantasy 5/92-Bahamas

Carnival Fantasy 4/94-Bahamas
Norwegian Sea 11/02-Western Caribbean
Carnival Triumph 11/04-Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Celebration 3/07-Bahamas
Holland America Eurodam 4/09-Eastern Caribbean
Celebrity Eclipse 4/11-Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas 2/12-Western Caribbean (17th Anniversary )
Holland America Eurodam 3/12-Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Epic 11/12- Eastern Caribbean
Celebrity Silhouette 4/13- Western Caribbean
Disney Dream 1/14 Bahamas
Royal Princess 4/14- Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Epic 4/14 Western Caribbean
Celebrity Constellation 2/15 Bahamas (20th Anniversary)
Star Princess 4/15 California Coastal
Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam 4/16- Western Caribbean
#9
29,344 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
In the past when we went there via RCCL you had to pay someone to move the lounge chairs near the water.

They had a make work system of piling them up a few hundred feet from the water and than guarding them so you had to pay locals to move them so you could use one.

Than 3 seconds after you left the chair goes back to the pile to be "sold" again. Nice work if you could get it.
#10
32 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
I have a question. Is there really a benefit signing up for the snorkeling excursion? I have my own gear and planned to just snorkel right off of the beach. Do I have to sign up and pay 39.95 /p ? If so...what do you get besides the gear for this price? Do they take you out in a boat and you snorkel off of the boat?
#11
Atlanta GA
491 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by mom-o-sam
We are going there on the Fascination next week, March 11th cruise, which I believe is the first time Carnival is using the island. We were at Little Stirrup (Coco Cay) 10 years ago on the Sovereign of the Seas. I will let you know what we thought when we get back!!
Would love to know what you think, we are sailing the Fascination in May.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Donna---



Discovery (1 day cruise to Bahamas) May 2006
Carnival Holiday (1st real cruise) December 2008
Carnival Elation (20th Anniversary) April 2011
Norwegian Star (SPRING BREAK) April 2012
Carnival FASCINATION (May 2013)
Norwegian Getaway (July 2014)
#12
Ocala, Fl.
10,876 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
My wife and I go to Coco Cay (Little Stirrup Cay) all the time on Monarch OTS. It's a nice little island, but isn't as good as Half Moon Cay. Coco's beach is not even in the same league as HMC's. Its kinda rocky, and has a lot more sea grass.

Other than the beach being inferior to HMC's, the rest of the experience is about the same. Both have a buffet area, cabanas (for an additional fee), bars and water based sporting activities (some for extra fees).

Plenty of pics of Coco Cay in my Monarch review here:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439969
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Grady's Past Cruises

Royal Caribbean: 36, Carnival:23, Celebrity: 2, Other Lines: 4

#13
Ocala, Fl.
10,876 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by golfadj
In the past when we went there via RCCL you had to pay someone to move the lounge chairs near the water.

They had a make work system of piling them up a few hundred feet from the water and than guarding them so you had to pay locals to move them so you could use one.

Than 3 seconds after you left the chair goes back to the pile to be "sold" again. Nice work if you could get it.
This is certainly not the case anymore. The chairs are already set out when guests arrive and are included.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Grady's Past Cruises

Royal Caribbean: 36, Carnival:23, Celebrity: 2, Other Lines: 4

#14
Richardson, TX
71,088 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by golfadj
In the past when we went there via RCCL you had to pay someone to move the lounge chairs near the water.

They had a make work system of piling them up a few hundred feet from the water and than guarding them so you had to pay locals to move them so you could use one.

Than 3 seconds after you left the chair goes back to the pile to be "sold" again. Nice work if you could get it.
I have been there and dont remember this happening either. When were you there?

People just picked up their chairs and moved them where they wanted to sit if they didnt like where the lounge chair was. Everything there was free when I was there. Its a private island and other than liquor type drinks or bottled water I mean and souveneirs it was all free, including the BBQ.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Celebrity Summit, 11/30/13, Celebrity Summit, 12/7/13, Celebrity Constellation, 2/7/14, NCL Epic 3/2/14, RCL Allure 5/4/14, Allure 11/2/14, Quantum 12/12/14
#15
SW Ontario
2,369 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by bike1964
Thanks. I had a feeling it was either RCCL's or Norwegians. That's interesting?
Norwegian's is Great Stirrup Cay. It's actually right next to Coco Cay. We could see the RCI ship anchored in the water from our spot on the beach at GSC.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Sailed:
CCL Liberty ~ August 2013

HAL Zuiderdam ~ July 2012 (Review & photos)

CCL Imagination ~ January 2012 (Review & photos)
NCL Sky ~ March 2011 (Review & photos)
NCLA Pride of America ~ July 2009
#16
Atlanta, GA
1,702 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
Yep, GSC and Cococay are within a mile or two of eachother. When we were at CocoCay on Majesty of the Seas, I was out by the snorkeling lifeguard station talking to the lifeguard. We could clearly see Norwegian Sky not that far away and I said to the guard speculatively "Hmm, our ship is bigger and I think we have more passengers. I say we BOARD AND STORM 'ER!"
He thought that was pretty funny!

Originally posted by amcankid
The snorkeling is 10 times better than Half Moon Cay. The main beach where everything is set up has a sunken plane and if I remember a small sunken ship. Lots of fish everywhere.
It's truly one of my most favorite places I've ever been to.
Yes, two (small) planes sunk, plus a bank of cannons and some other things. The lifeguard station (floating dock) I mentioned above is near the cannons and is also where they feed the fish. There were HUNDREDS, probably thousands there. Just astonishing! It was awesome!

Originally posted by castle12552@bellsouth.net
I have a question. Is there really a benefit signing up for the snorkeling excursion? I have my own gear and planned to just snorkel right off of the beach. Do I have to sign up and pay 39.95 /p ? If so...what do you get besides the gear for this price? Do they take you out in a boat and you snorkel off of the boat?
Yes, I think they take you on a boat for that price. If you're bringing your own mask, snorkel and fins you might want to rent a snorkeling vest (they said it was required) but skip the full excursion, because you can swim out to where the sunken objects are without too much trouble.
You'll want to attend one of the quick orientation sessions by the dive shack, as they will tell you where the sunken objects are.

I envy you your snorkeling visit to CocoCay, BTW. I'd be in seventh heaven if my upcoming cruise swapped Nassau for Cococay. Cococay, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk, a beachgoer's paradise itinerary.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Magic, 10/07/2018 -- great itinerary and a new ship class to explore!
Independence of the Seas, 2/1/2018 -- 70,000 Tons of Metal music cruise, 60 bands, 4 stages!
Carnival Vista, 10/1/2017 -- with 6 friends, new ship and first time to Grand Cayman!
Independence of the Seas, 2/2/2017 -- 70,000 Tons of Metal music cruise, third year "survivor"!
Carnival Conquest 10/9/2016 -- HMC (missed), Amber Cove and Grand Turk.Cruise Critic review
Independence of the Seas, 2/04/2016 -- 70,000 Tons of Metal music cruise, second-year "survivor"!
Carnival Conquest, 10/12/2015 -- Nassau, HMC (missed) and Grand Turk -- Columbus Day escape
Liberty of the Seas, 1/22/2015, 70,000 Tons of Metal music cruise, my first time and it was amazing!
Carnival Freedom, 10/13/2014, HMC, Grand Turk and Nassau -- two faves and one meh port
Carnival Victory, 10/14/2013, HMC, Nassau and Grand Turk -- good inexpensive getaway!
Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1933799
Carnival Liberty, 9/29/2012, HMC (missed), St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk -- great 7-day itinerary! Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1721966
Carnival Imagination, 1/30/2012, Key West, Cozumel -- birthday cruise and mom's anniversary cruise! Review: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=96886
RCCL's Majesty of the Seas, 10/25/2010, Nassau, Key West, Cococay -- first cruise and hooked on cruising!
#17
Gardendale AL
1,792 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by DarthGrady
My wife and I go to Coco Cay (Little Stirrup Cay) all the time on Monarch OTS. It's a nice little island, but isn't as good as Half Moon Cay. Coco's beach is not even in the same league as HMC's. Its kinda rocky, and has a lot more sea grass.

Other than the beach being inferior to HMC's, the rest of the experience is about the same. Both have a buffet area, cabanas (for an additional fee), bars and water based sporting activities (some for extra fees).

Plenty of pics of Coco Cay in my Monarch review here:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439969
This is the same way I feel. Last time we walked around the whole Inland. Their is a lot of brush and very rocky on the other side but a fun day. I don't think you can find better sand then HMC.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


[url=http://www.cruisecritic.com][IMG]http://clocks.cruisecrit
#18
4 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
We never did make it to Little Stirrup Cay on the March 11th sailing of the Fascination. The sea's were too rough to make for safe tendering. We went to Freeport instead! Not a good substitute in my opinion. I am interested to know if the Fascination has been able to make it there yet!
#19
Huntersville,NC
716 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
Looking to book a July cruise here..For those whom have sailed recent with CCL. Do they offer lunch like HMC or do we buy our own there. Also is this a tender island ..? THX for any info...
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature





Easter Cruise Review-http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1821517



July 2013 Trip report LSC http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1886942



Conquest-Aug-2015- Jamaica Summer vacation.