March 15, 2018
It was a busy evening in New York on Wednesday, as several huge changes were revealed that will change the landscape of cruising – literally.
Royal Caribbean International unveiled the first details of the new ‘Perfect Day Island Collection‘, a series of private island destinations around the world.
The first in the collection, Perfect Day at CocoCay, will boast a number of distinct experiences and new features. Coco Cay – the company’s private island in The Bahamas – will be getting:
- The tallest waterslide in North America
- The Caribbean’s largest wave pool
- The highest view in The Bahamas from a helium balloon 450 feet in the air
- The largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean
Scheduled for completion in fall 2019, the new Perfect Day at CocoCay will offer seven distinctive island experiences.
The Perfect Day Starts Here
Setting the stage for the perfect day is the arrivals plaza, visible to guests as soon as they step ashore. A welcoming party of live music will be playing as cruisers come ashore. A zip line ride will fly across the harbor, and you can get soaked by more than 30 water cannons on a shipwrecked Galleon, or by the Sprayaway Geyser, spraying water 82 feet in the air. Splashaway Bay will give kids fountains, pools, sprinklers, geysers, water cannons and whirlpools – plus five kid-size waterslides and two massive drench buckets.
At Captain Jack’s, the island hangout and meet-up spot, guests can grab a drink at the rowboat bar and enjoy waterfront views or chow down on chicken wings and crispy steak fries – the house specialty. For a nautical, world-traveled vibe, guests can opt to head to Skipper’s Grill for lunchtime favorites like burgers, sandwiches, tacos and salads. Some food items will incur an added fee.
Thrill Waterpark will lie at the heart of Perfect Day at CocoCay, with two 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 – seven 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.
- Family Tower – 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.
Guests can ride the tide at the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and soar above it all on the 1,600-foot zip line – ending with the only splash water landing in the region.
At Adventure Pool, youngsters will find an obstacle course with lily pads, a rock-climbing wall and swing ropes to bounce, climb and swing to their heart’s content.
At Oasis Lagoon, guests of all ages can explore the coves of the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool. Guests can make their way through three distinct coves, each with a vibe of their own. Guests can splash right in at the kid-friendly beach entry, have drinks at the swim-up bar before catching some rays on one of three mini swim-up islands with in-water loungers, or treat themselves to total relaxation in a private cabana, complete with its own cabana attendant. ($)
A Sky-High Perspective
With Up, Up and Away, cruisers will go airborne 450 feet above in a colorful helium balloon, allowing them to take in the island from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas. The sure-to-be iconic attraction will be visible from anywhere on the island as well as ships docked in port. This will be tethered to prevent any Wizard Of Oz moments from happening.
Discover an Out-of-Office Oasis
Guests will find a beach escape on Chill Island. Chill Grill, the largest dining venue on the island, will offer beachside dining with fresh bites. Guests will also find beach day favorites here, including wave runner excursions, boat tours, snorkeling to see the spectacular marine life, as well as plentiful cabanas and daybeds for relaxation under the shade.
Amp Up and Wind Down
South Beach will feature volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball. After working up an appetite, guests will 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.
Elevate the Perfect Day
At the exclusive Coco Beach Club, the first and only overwater cabanas in The Bahamas will offer guests a luxury stay at Coco Cay. 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 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. The Coco Beach Club will be extra fee, and will be available for reservations by all guests regardless of their cabin category.
Perfect Day at CocoCay will roll out in phases, beginning September 2018 with the completion of the pier, and the majority of the island will launch spring 2019. Coco Beach Club, the final experience to be completed, is set to open Nov. 2019. Additional Perfect Day Island Collection destinations in Asia, Australia and Caribbean will be announced at a later date.