$250 million transformation by Royal Caribbean makes sleepy island into an incredible one

Published on : Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Royal Caribbean has transformed once-sleepy private island in the Bahamas into a incredible island offering upscale tourism. Perfect Day at CocoCay has a record-setting water slide and a massive wave pool to five new complimentary dining venues and quiet sandy beaches.



Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International’s president and CEO said in a statement, they are so proud to bring their 50-year legacy of innovation ashore to transform an incredible island that now completely revolutionizes private destinations in the vacation industry.



At CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark, the fiery red and orange Daredevil’s Peak water slide towers over the park are other 12 slides. At 135 feet, it’s North America’s tallest water slide. CocoCay is also home to the Caribbean’s largest wave pool, a 1,600-foot-long zip line and a helium balloon tethered to the ground that provides guests with a vantage point 450 feet high.



Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, has a large swim-up bar and private cabanas. McDaniel believes Royal Caribbean may create some cruising converts with this private island offering packed with activities. She said that beyond creating incredible experiences for the avid customers that’s where an investment of this magnitude has the potential to really pay off — to catch the eye of those who might not have ever tried cruising but are intrigued by this exclusive new experience.



There’s an added benefit to cruise line private islands, McDaniel said. They help the cruise lines stagger their itineraries and relieve crowds in popular ports. Perfect Day at CocoCay had its grand opening over the weekend. The itineraries that include a stop at the revamped island are listed online.


One area of CocoCay won’t be completed until December. When it opens at the end of the year, Coco Beach Club will feature the Bahamas’ first overwater cabanas, each with its own slide into the ocean. There will also be a 2,600-foot beachfront infinity pool and a club and deck area.



CocoCay is the first in a planned collection of Royal Caribbean Perfect Day islands.  Several other cruise lines have private islands in the Bahamas, among them Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay and Holland America’s Half Moon Cay.


































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