The late 1600s through the early 1700s were the notorious age of the pirates. The Bahamas were the ideal locale for these notorious buccaneers to lurk about, due to the numerous islands and islets with complex shoals and channels, providing places for them to hide while waiting to plunder ships. Legend has it that while sailing from the island of Nassau in 1696, pirate captain Lord Chevalle encountered a vicious, half-shark, half-octopus man-eating creature named Lusca. It is believed that Lusca was responsible for the ship disappearing near the Berry Islands, the location of Great Stirrup Cay!
Playing off this story line, Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced the ""Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure,"" for guests to enjoy during their time on their private island of Great Stirrup Cay. Guests can explore and hunt for clues underwater that lead to the treasure that the Fancy was carrying. The trail is highlighted by 17 different underwater scenes that depict the shipwreck and Lusca's legend, including cannons, a sunken piano, treasure chests, swords and more. The route features some authentic artifacts that are more than 300 years old! In addition, the artifacts are eco-friendly and are expected to stimulate additional marine life.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities on the island and Norwegian Cruise Line has now enhanced that experience with this exciting snorkel trail! To experience it, guests can rent snorkel equipment at a rate of $29 per adult or $15 per child for the entire day.