Coco Cay, Bahamas: Known by Royal Caribbean as Coco Cay, this small island is officially called Little Stirrup Cay, part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. It is a day-at-the-beach kind of island, and leased by Royal Caribbean for private use. The island features all sorts of water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skis, and so on. There is also a small straw market, and locals from the neighboring island of Great Harbour Cay bring in their wares. The only permanent residents on the island are a few chickens that roam around.
The island has no dock, it is only accessable by tender. We have been there twice, in 2000 and 2010, and one missed attempt earlier in 2010. The tender operations take place on the north side of the island, and the conditions are sometimes too rough to tender. At present, this is the only port-of-call we have missed in our cruises.
The ship's crew brings lunch on shore and cooks a traditional beach cookout, with burgers, hot dogs, and barbeque offerings. It's intended to simply be a relaxing day at the beach, and it certainly lives up to that goal.
You will often see a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship in the area as their private island, Great Stirrup Cay, is adjacent to Coco Cay.