The last day of our cruise brings us to Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Ideally, I prefer to have my last day onboard be a sea day, but I will never complain about spending time at CocoCay because of how much fun it is spending time there.
While this may have been my fourth time visiting CocoCay in two weeks, the weather last week was far from perfect, so today looked to be a way to end on a high note.
We did not arrive to CocoCay until almost 10am, which meant there would be a rush among guests to get off the ship at the same time. Moreover, we were sharing the island with Independence of the Seas.
What does two ships mean? There are 4100 passengers on Harmony and 3000 passengers on Independence, so while far from a full capacity day (CocoCay can handle 9-12,000 guests), it certainly would be busier than earlier this summer.
We started off with breakfast at Park Cafe, partially because I neglected to put a breakfast order in with my Genie the night before. I certainly don't mind a bagel and schmear to start my day.
By the time we finished eating, the gangway was open and we were on our way downstairs.
Walking down the pier, it certainly looked like a great day. Not oppressively hot and low humidity meant a comfortable outdoor experience.
We had nothing reserved, so grabbed a chair near Oasis Lagoon and then hopped into the pool. The pool was indeed very cold. We all braved the temperature and shivered a bit before getting used to it.
Later in the afternoon, the sun came out more and that helped make being in the water a bit warmer.
The kids went to Splashaway Bay for some kiddy slide time. While not the CocoCay water park by any means, it got some energy out for the kids.
For lunch, I had to go to Snack Shack for my favorite complimentary food: mozzarella sticks and the "secret sandwich".
To my surprise, the line for Snack Shack was really long and moved slowly. I'm not sure if they were just overwhelmed with a lunch rush, or something else, but it was the longest line I've ever experienced there. Regardless, they got the line moving and I had my food soon enough.
The afternoon was spent at the pool, and it was an opportunity to hang out with friends from the group cruise one more time.
All aboard was 4:30, so we headed back to the ship in mid-afternoon.
Since it was a 7-night cruise, unvaccinated kids needs to get a covid test done prior to disembarkation. Our genie escorted us in and got the tests complete quickly.
Back in the room, we showered, changed, and snuck in a quick nap.
Chips and dips from Sabor were waiting for us in the room, which was a nice pre-dinner snack.
We were not sure which restaurant to go to for dinner, but decided on going back to 150 Central Park.
I was glad we went back, because their entrees are really good. I really liked combining the halibut with cauliflower to combine flavor and texture.
After dinner, we said our goodbyes to friends in the pub before calling it a night.
Overall, it was a fantastic group cruise and it felt so good to see friends and make new ones along the way. After two other cancelled group cruises, this was an especially important sailing that I am glad happened without any incident.
If you'd like to join us for a group cruise in 2022, we have two more scheduled.
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