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First Look At Norwegian’s Newly-Expanded Great Stirrup Cay

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Great Stirrup Cay has long been a favorite stop for Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Now, a long-in-the-works expansion is being rolled out. We recently got a look at the high-end villas and private lagoon which make up Silver Cove, as well as the ziplines which criss-cross the entire island and more.

Welcome To Silver Cove

The biggest change to Great Stirrup Cay is the long-under-construction, finally-completed Silver Cove. This secluded, exclusive area features stylish villas (some of which even include bedrooms.) with access to your own private beach.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

Silver Cove is an entirely separate area with restricted access.

As past visitors to Great Stirrup Cay know, there have long been cabanas available for rent. The large cabanas sit on an incline, while the smaller cabanas are actually closer to the beach and the ocean.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

The small cabanas have long been a popular draw on Great Stirrup Cay.

But the cabanas, both small and large, pale in comparison to the gorgeous new villas at Silver Cove. For one thing, each of the 38 villas includes not only a beautifully furnished sitting area, but also such features as a TV with on-demand programming available.

Silver cove villa

If you somehow get tired of looking at the gorgeous views, you can always watch the television. (Photo courtesy of NCL)

But perhaps our favorite feature, especially in the smaller studio villas, is the full bathroom, perfect for rinsing the sand off in the shower or washing up before heading back to the ship.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

The bathroom in the villas might even be nicer than those found on the ship.

But wait, as they say in the ad business, there’s more. Because some of the new villas actually have bedrooms. There are both one and two-bedroom villas

Silver Cove Two Bedroom Villa

The two-bedroom villa is perfect for those who want to truly enjoy a luxurious day. (Photo courtesy of NCL)

Those wanting to escape the heat will be happy to hear that the villas are fully air-conditioned. Several also have wet bars in the entertainment area.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

Silver Cove also features a restaurant, a Moet champagne bar, a reception area and, of course, a staff prepared to help cater to your every whim.

Elsewhere On Great Stirrup Cay

The island has seen other improvements made to it in recent months, including the addition of ziplines for daredevils looking to fly across the sky.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

Don’t want to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground? Why not take to the sky.

In addition to the buffet which is available to all guests, a food truck offers a menu that, while limited, is a nice change of pace from the standard burgers and grilled chicken.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

As an added bonus, the food truck menu offers two dessert options, including the always-popular Bahamian rum cake.

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

And of course, the island has plenty of places to grab a drink including the Lighthouse and Bacardi Bars, as well as the main reason to love Great Stirrup Cay: the sandy beaches and beautiful ocean.

NCL Encore Silver Cove Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

Great Stirrup Cay Encore Silver Cove

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