Our first stop on Norwegian Sky is not at a port and will therefore involve us anchoring just off shore from a private island. At Great Stirrup Cay our visit will be accomplished using a tendering process.
For guest that would like to get on the island early there is a boarding ticket process available the night before. Our option, the free for all tendering process begins at 11am. This works out great for us as we are normally late-risers on vacation.
Joining the short queue after having breakfast on board the ship, we find a seat on the upper deck of the tender.
Rocking next to the towering Norwegian Sky we are afforded some protection from the blazing sun as we are mesmerized by the warm and clear tropical blue waters of the Bahamas.
Free from the ship, towels, sunglasses, hats and hands are required to escape the heavenly heat.
“Hoosier your mama?”
I inquire of a fellow passengers sitting next to me that I discover is from Indiana. Next to her, is her “mama” who is a Peyton Manning fan. Just like that we have something in common because Peyton is my Fantasy Football QB. The ride is about ten minutes and soon we are disembarking on Great Stirrup Cay.
The sounds of island music welcomes us. It sets a nice tone for a fun day of food, volleyball, lounging, playing games, swimming, beer drinking and food. Yes, more food and beer drinking.