Royal Caribbean is in the middle of a massive renovation to their private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay. The cruise line is adding a huge waterpark and attractions that is transforming the island into the “Perfect Day”.
Part of the renovation included a pier for cruise ships that has eliminated the need for tenders. This past Saturday, two cruise ships docked at CocoCay for the first time.
Cruise Industry News is now reporting that Royal Caribbean is considering having up to three cruise ships visit the private island in one day. Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean, gave comments during yesterday’s earnings call when the cruise line reported record first quarter earnings.
Bayley said that CocoCay is currently designed for a peak of up to 10,000 cruise passengers in a day. Considering that only one-third of the island is currently developed, Royal Caribbean believes the island can hold up to 12,000 passengers if more areas are developed.
Over the past few weeks, new attractions have begun to open on CocoCay. Here is a rundown of all of the new features being added to CocoCay.
Thrill Waterpark will lie at the heart of Perfect Day at CocoCay, daring the most adrenaline-seeking guests to conquer two brag-worthy water towers with 13 slides – the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean – as well as the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool. Key features of Thrill Waterpark will include:
- Daredevil’s Tower – Guests will push their limits on seven exhilarating slides, including twin Dueling Demons drop slides and the duo of Manta Raycers; the high-speed, fully vertical Screeching Serpent; the coiling Green Mamba; and the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America.
- Splash Summit – Adventurous squads will share the thrill with six multi-rider slides, including The Twister, a winding tube slide for two sharing a raft; The Slingshot, a zero-gravity slide for four; and the four-lane Splash Speedway racing slides.
Adventure seekers of all ages can also ride the tide at the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and leave their cares on land as they soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on a 1,600-foot zip line – ending with the only splash water landing in the region.
At Oasis Lagoon, guests of all ages can explore the coves of the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool – whether looking to spend fun time with family, share a few cocktails with friends or simply laze around in the tropical sun. Sunbathers can make their way through three distinct coves, each with a vibe of their own.
A tethered helium balloon takes adventure to new heights, offering Caribbean views from up to 450 feet above the island.
Miles away from ordinary, guests will find the ultimate beach escape on Chill Island. Vacationers can expect pristine, crystal-clear tropical waters and white powder-like sand, making for the perfect day at the beach. Chill Grill, the largest dining venue on the island, will offer beachside dining with fresh bites.
Guests will fuel their competitive fire on the action-packed South Beach with volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball. After working up an appetite, they’ll be able to grab a bite at the Snack Shack or wade out to the floating bar to cool off with a drink. If relaxation is more their speed, photo-worthy teepee cabanas, as well as daybeds, are perfect for napping and snapping in the shade.
At the exclusive Coco Beach Club, travelers will experience an upscale take on the island’s authentic Caribbean vibe. The first and only overwater cabanas in The Bahamas will offer discerning guests a new level of laidback luxury. With an overwater hammock, waterslide and private attendant, guests will have everything they need for a few hours of complete indulgence. In addition, beachside cabanas and daybeds will offer up a private slice of paradise. Elsewhere, guests can find Zen at a freshwater infinity edge pool and bar, spanning an expansive 2,600-plus feet, or enjoy an exclusive dining venue that serves up freshly made Mediterranean fare with a side of ocean views.
Nine Royal Caribbean cruise ships will be stopping at Perfect Day on CocoCay on select itineraries over the next two years. They include Allure of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas.