Perfect Day at CocoCay

View the 2020 Perfect Day at CocoCay cabana map

In:
17Feb2020

Royal Caribbean has an updated map of its cabana and daybed locations on Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The new map lists locations in the newly opened areas of South Beach and the Coco Beach Club.

Cabanas at Perfect Day at CocoCay are available for rent in six different areas, while day beds are availble in four areas.

8 things you should know about the Coco Beach Club before you go

In:
10Feb2020

Royal Caribbean just opened the Coco Beach Club at Perfect Day at CocoCay, and it is already a big hit with guests who love having a secluded enclave to enjoy during their visit to the island.

This extra-cost venue is all about providing an exclusive, brag-worthy spot to anyone that values being in a limited-access spot.

Having just visited the Coco Beach Club, you will not want to miss any of these important tips prior to checking it out for yourself.

No tickets needed

If you buy admission to the Coco Beach Club, there are no shore excursion tickets to show.

When you check-in at the entrance, the staff will scan your SeaPass card and be able to see your admission purchase and grant you access.

If you do decide to leave the club to venture around the island, the staff will give you a bracelet to make reentering super simple.

Food is amazing

Royal Caribbean's culinary offerings in the Coco Beach Club are worthy of a specialty restaurant back onboard a ship.

You will not find burgers, hot dogs and other typical island fare here.  Instead, there is lobster, steak, grilled fish, ceviche, babaganoush and plenty more to enjoy.  The menu reminds me of a cross between Coastal Kitchen and Solarium Bistro, and it is so good that you will want to come very hungry to the meal.

Moreover, you can order unlimited entrees at the Coco Beach Club restaurant, so feel free to try a couple of dishes while you are there.

Day beds and loungers are first-come, first-seated

The beach club offers lounge chairs, day beds and in-pool loungers throughout the club and they are available to whomever claims them first.

There are plenty of beach lounge chairs and umbrellas, but if you want an in-pool lounger or day bed, be sure to get to the club as soon as you can.

Book early before it sells out

Royal Caribbean has clearly hit a home run with the Coco Beach Club, because passes to this exclusive area sell out quickly.

If you want to visit, be sure to book a spot as soon as you can prior to the cruise.  

Access Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner site in the months leading up to your cruise and book a pass to ensure you get in.

Ask to be on waitlist if it does sell out

If you are too late to buy a pass because it is sold out, then you can ask the Shore Excursion desk once onboard about being put on a waitlist.

This happened to me after I booked a cruise at the last minute and passes were sold out.  The Shore Excursion staff on your ship can add you to the waitlist upon request.

Keep in mind that the waitlist may or may not work, but it is the last hope for getting in if it is sold out.

Coffee and tea available in the morning

The Coco Beach Club is the only place on Perfect Day at CocoCay that serves coffee in the morning.

If you hurried off the ship to get one of those day beds by the infinity pool, you will be happy to know there is coffee, tea and Danishes available to enjoy in the morning.

The coffee cart is located to the left of the entrance area as you walk into the Coco Beach Club.

Reservations needed for lunch

The Coco Beach Club restaurant takes reservations for lunch to prevent lines or extended waits to dine.  

There is a staff member throughout the day at the entrance to the restaurant taking reservations, with lunch running between 11am and 3pm.

Stop by there early to secure a spot for your family.

Towels provided

No need to grab towels off the ship, because the Coco Beach Club provides towels for you to use during the day.

In fact, these towels are not the typical blue Royal Caribbean towels. The cruise line came up with a special towel just for the Coco Beach Club, adding to that sense of exclusivity.

I tried it: Coco Beach Club at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
04Feb2020

Royal Caribbean opened the Coco Beach Club a few days ago, and I had the chance to try out this new exclusive beach area on the cruise line's private island.

The premise of the Coco Beach Club is simple: an area of Perfect Day at CocoCay for guests who are looking for an exclusive area that offers upgraded service and food choices.

Located between Chill Island and South Beach, Coco Beach Club is a short 10 minute walk from where your ship docks.

 

Admission is purchased before the visit, and loaded onto the SeaPass card, so when you arrive, the staff scans your SeaPass card for entry. 

Coffee and tea is served in the morning, something unavailable elsewhere on CocoCay.

The bar at the center of the club offers plenty to drink, and like anywhere else in Perfect Day at CocoCay, the drinks cost extra (unless you have a drink package, then it is included).

Once inside, you have the choice of going to the beach, hanging by the infinity pool, or any point inbetween.

The beach here has been dredged and refined, and the result is water clarity and color that reminds me more of one of the Virgin Islands than the Bahamas.

There is complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas along the beach, with towels provided as well. In fact, the towels are not the standard blue Royal Caribbean towels, but special Coco Beach Club logoed grey and white towels.

The infinity pool is a spectacular area, where you can wade and enjoy the day.  Many guests commute between the beach and pool as they see fit.

 

 

 

There is also complimentary beach chairs and pool loungers available, and these are first-come first-served.

There is additional seating to the left of the infinity pool on a deck area, that features rocking chairs, umbrellas and couches.

 

Of course, I cannot overlook the cabanas. Coco Beach Club offers two varieties of cabanas: beach cabanas and the floating cabanas.

The floating cabanas represent the most luxurious cabana offerings by Royal Caribbean to date. In true Bora Bora style, two sets of floating cabanas are found on either side of the Coco Beach area. View many more floating cabana photos.

Floating hammock, private shower, mini-bar and water slide are just some of what makes these floating oasis' stand apart.

Beach cabanas are at the back of the beach area, and feature an upgraded cabana experience compared to cabanas outside the Coco Beach Club.

While these cabanas do not have a water slide or private shower, they are still well-appointed private retreats.

So why should you pay extra to go to the Coco Beach Club instead of enjoying the ample complimentary areas of Perfect Day at CocoCay, along with their more reasonably priced cabanas?

The answer is how much you value being somewhere special and exclusive.

Just like a first class seat on an airplane that gets to its final destination at the same time as economy seated passengers, the Coco Beach Club is all about offering an elevated day where you feel like you are somewhere special.

The service reminds me of a day pass resort in Cozumel, where the wait staff is continuously checking if you need something.

The cabanas are a step or two ahead of what a private cabana is all about.

And the restaurant is food worthy of being a specialty restaurant on a cruise ship. It reminded me of a blend between Coastal Kitchen and Solarium Bistro.

Appetizers are served at a buffet, while a waiter takes your entree and drink orders.

The menu offers anything but your standard beach food: filet, lobster, grouper, ceviche and baba ganoush, for example. The food is included with your admission.

Caesar Salad

Grouper

Coco Lobster sandwich

Maine Lobster

You certainly do not need to buy admission to the Coco Beach Club to have a great day at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Far from it, because Royal Caribbean crafted a private island experience that sets the new standard for what we can expect from them. The beach club is about offering something more, if you so desire.

The costs will vary from sailing to sailing. Originally a day pass cost between $50 - $90 per person, but in the days since the club opened, prices have jumped up to $199 per person (I paid $79 for my visit). The beach cabana begins at about $1000, and the floating cabana ranges between $1500-$3000.  Not cheap at all, but the prices match the level of service and upgrades you would expect for that price.

Overall, I had a great day at the Coco Beach Club and thought it mixed great service with upgraded, well, everything. Having been to Perfect Day at CocoCay quite a few times last year, I felt like the Coco Beach Club experience was a measurable step above what I had been used to elsewhere on the island.  Considering how impressive Perfect Day at CocoCay has been, holding the Coco Beach Club in such high esteem says something about what this venue is all about.

Does the Coco Beach Club sound like paradise to you? Let us know in the comments if you plan to buy a pass!

Coco Beach Club Floating Cabanas Photo Tour & Walkthrough

In:
04Feb2020

Royal Caribbean opened the Coco Beach Club last week, and the crown jewel of this exclusive beach area are the floating cabanas

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Royal Caribbean offers a variety of Perfect Day at CocoCay cabanas, with the floating cabanas being their signature and top-end offering. There are a total of 20 floating cabanas guests can rent for the duration of their visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay, and I took a walk through of these brand newly added slices of paradise.

There are two sets of floating cabanas available to book, flanking both sides of the Coco Beach Club area.

Royal Caribbean says the floating cabanas are their attempt to bring a bit of Bora Bora to their private island.

  

Each floating cabana features a private slide into the ocean, overwater hammock, dining area, freshwater shower & wet bar.

Each floating cabana in Coco Beach Club can accommodate up to eight guests and feature loungers, a dining area, charging outlets, a minifridge, snorkel gear and a dedicated cabana attendant.

 

If these photos give you the sens of being a great way to spend a day, you would be right. Royal Caribbean designed these cabanas to be the ultimate way to relax in luxury while visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay.

 

The price of a floating cabana will vary from sailing to sailing, but you should expect to pay somewhere between $1500 - $3000 per cabana.

Coco Beach Club debuts at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
31Jan2020

Royal Caribbean officially opened the Coco Beach Club at its private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The exclusive beach club touts the first floating cabanas in The Bahamas, an oceanfront infinity pool, beach cabanas, a dedicated restaurant with upscale dining and an exclusive bar. Rounding out Perfect Day at CocoCay is the opening of two refreshed beaches – Breezy Bay at Chill Island and South Beach – open to all guests on the island.

The centerpiece of the Coco Beach Club is the clubhouse, which features a bar serving specialty cocktails, including the Coco Cuvee signature drink, and a 2,600-square-foot, oceanfront infinity pool with in-pool loungers, daybeds and poolside service. 

The exclusive restaurant, complimentary and only for beach club guests, serves up an elevated menu that features fresh lobster, grouper and steak, plus a spread of salads, fruits and starters.

The Coco Beach Club features 20 floating cabanas. Each floating cabana features a private slide into the ocean, overwater hammock, dining area, freshwater shower, wet bar and an unbeatable ocean vista for a day of uninterrupted indulgence. 

Guests can also choose from 10 beach cabanas.

All cabanas in Coco Beach Club accommodate up to eight guests and feature loungers, a dining area, charging outlets, a minifridge, snorkel gear and a dedicated cabana attendant that will tend to a guest’s every need, from beachside drink to delicious bites.

Royal Caribbean has also revamped the South Beach area of Perfect Day at CocoCay, with volleyball and beachside basketball. A third Snack Shack location has been added, along with guest-favorite floating bar.

First look: Coco Beach Club opens at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
31Jan2020

Today is the official opening of the Coco Beach Club at Perfect Day at CocoCay, and we have the first look at what this exclusive space finally looks like.

Royal Caribbean opened up the Coco Beach Club to guests on Symphony of the Seas, and photos of the new area have started appearing on social media.  

Entrance to Coco Beach Club. Photo by Igor Benkovic

The Coco Beach Club is a exclusive area of Perfect Day at CocoCay that offers an oceanfront infinity pool, upgraded cuisine and the only floating cabanas in the Bahamas. Plus, there is a complimentary restaurant at Coco Beach Club featuring lobster, snapper, and steak— plus a buffet of soups, salads, and starters. 

Entry to the Coco Beach Club requires an additional cost. Guests can choose between a day pass to the Coco Beach Club, as well as the option to reserve a cabana or floating cabana.

Exact prices will vary from sailing to sailing. Check your Cruise Planner for exact options and pricing.

Coco Beach Club Pool & Bar

The freshwater infinity pool spans 2,600 square feet, and the exclusive dining venue serves up freshly made Mediterranean fare.

Photo by Linken DSouza

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

Photo by Linken DSouza

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

 

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Floating cabanas

The Coco Beach Club is home to the first and only floating cabanas in The Bahamas.  It offers guests an additional level of luxury when relaxing.

Photo by Linken DSouza

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Photo by Amanda L.

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Photo by Igor Benkovic

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

Beach

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

Beach Cabana

Photo by ‎Karen Morris

Lunch menu

Photo by George Oeth

 

Check out even more photos of the Coco Beach Club!

Are you excited to try the Coco Beach Club? Let us know in the comments which areas look the most appealing to you!

View the Perfect Day at CocoCay 2020 map

In:
30Jan2020

Ready to begin planning your day at Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay?

We have the latest map of the island in the Bahamas to share that provides a graphic map of the island, with a listing of where everything is and what you can do while visiting.

 

What are you most excited to experience in Perfect Day at CocoCay? Share with us in the comments below so we can all get excited together.

10 things you didn't know about Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
30Dec2019

Perfect Day at CocoCay is Royal Caribbean's private island in The Bahamas, and it has become an instant hit with so many guests who visit the island. 

Royal Caribbean has added so many great activities and things to do, and I wanted to share some of the lesser-known tricks, secrets and need to know tips about this private destination.

Wave pool is the secret thrill

Thrill Waterpark is home to a lot of fun activities that will get you pumped for a fun day, and while the water slides are what most people gravitate towards, the lesser-known but still awesome thrill is found in the wave pool.

Perfect Day at CocoCay features the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and if you venture to the deepest part of the pool, you will find some significant waves waiting for you.

If you want to encounter roughest surf in the wave pool, be sure to go to the extreme left or right of the pool and as deep in as you can manage. The force and height of the waves is at their greatest in this location.

Kids splash area is awesome

Families will consider a variety of fun things to do while at Perfect Day at CocoCay, but they should not overlook the two kids splash areas.

Captain Jill's Galleon and Splashaway Bay are very large freshwater splash and play areas between Oasis Lagoon and Thrill Waterpark.  They feature water slides, geysers, drench buckets and more and it is all totally complimentary and well-worth any kids time.

Sure, Thrill Waterpark has some amazing activities, and there are lots of fun shore excursions you can try, but do not overlook spending a few hours at either Splashaway Bay or Captain Jill's to take advantage of an included and fun spot.

Crispy Chicken sandwich is the best food on the island

Photo by Twangster

Royal Caribbean completely revamped their lunch offerings at Perfect Day at CocoCay when the island got its makeover, and among the many changes is the food.  

In my opinion, the best food on the island is the Crispy Chicken sandwich from the Snack Shack. 

Served on a brioche bun, you will find a freshly fried chicken patty with the perfect amount of secret sauce, garnish and more.  Try it and thank me later.

Look for the in-water seating at Oasis Lagoon

At 33,175 square feet, Oasis Lagoon is the largest fresh water pool in the Caribbean.  When you think of a pool, you think swimming, but there are lots of fun spots to chill inside the pool too.

There are stools at the swim up bar, underwater benches surrounding the vegetation in the pool, and even in-pool lounge chairs to enjoy.

Underrated excursion: Up, Up  & Away

If you are looking to plus your day at Perfect Day at CocoCay and want to try something fun that will not break the bank, the Up, Up & Away helium balloon ride is a must-do.

Up, Up  & Away will take you up to 450 feet up in the air to provide the highest vantage point in The Bahamas. The views at the top are incredible, and you can maneuver around the balloon to take it all in.

Be sure to bring your camera, because you will find some amazing photo opportunities.

Ice cream sandwich hack

Photo by Nick Vitani

If you scream for ice cream, then check out this awesome way to enhance this time-honored dessert.

At Chill Grill, grab a few chocolate chip cookies and then take them to the soft serve ice cream station.  Put them together, and you have a DIY ice cream sandwich!

The best part about this trick is that it is totally free, so repeat it as many times as you like!

Bring cash for the Artisan Market

Did you know there is a straw market at Perfect Day at CocoCay? Bahamian vendors have set up a few shops near Chill Island to peruse hand crafted goods.

It is important to know that you need to bring cash with you off the ship to shop at the straw market, because the local vendors do not work for Royal Caribbean and thus, cannot accept your SeaPass card.

You do not need tickets

If you booked a shore excursion, there is no need to worry about losing shore excursion tickets.  At Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean loads your purchases onto your SeaPass card instead.

Since you need your SeaPass card anyway to get on and off the ship, keep your SeaPass card with you at all times for identification, and for enjoying any activities you have booked.

Toddlers in diapers are welcome to use all pools

Unlike onboard the ships, toddlers in swim diapers are allowed to use any of the pools at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Health rules are different on land versus onboard a ship, and while kids in swim diapers are restricted to designated areas of the pool deck to splash around, there are no restrictions at CocoCay, so feel free to let the kids join you for the fun in the water!

WiFi and drink packages are honored at CocoCay

Many first time cruisers are surprised to hear that any WiFi or drink packages purchased on their cruise will also work at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

There is no additional charge to use your internet or beverage packages on the island, so it is added value for anyone visiting.

Guide to Perfect Day at CocoCay Cabanas

In:
18Dec2019

If you are looking for a mix of privacy, luxury and excellent service while at Perfect Day at CocoCay, one of Royal Caribbean's cabanas are the perfect solution.

Royal Caribbean offers guests the opportunity to rent cabanas at Perfect Day at CocoCay for the day during the ship's visit to the private island.

What's included with the cabanas?

The cost of a cabana rental at Perfect Day at CocoCay includes a variety of amenities:

  • Private cabana for use during the day
  • Towels
  • Complimentary water bottles
  • Sofa and resort-style chairs
  • Complimentary food delivery options from Snack Shack
  • Complimentary use of two floating beach mats
  • Lockable storage
  • Charging outlets
  • Cabana concierge service to deliver food and beverage orders
  • Thrill Waterpark cabana only: Complimentary admission for up to 6 guests to Thrill Waterpark
  • Coco Beach Club cabanas only: Include full day pass to Coco Beach Club.

If you are wondering what is not included with a cabana rental, WiFi access and alcoholic beverages are extra, although if you purchased a package for either on your ship, these will be honored at no additional cost on CocoCay.

How much are the cabanas?

The price of a cabana at Perfect Day at CocoCay will vary from sailing to sailing, and you can get specific pricing once you have a deposit placed for your cruise.  Simply log into Royal Caribbean's site and access the Cruise Planner.

Prices for the Chill Island cabanas, Thrill Waterpark cabanas and Oasis Lagoon cabanas can run anywhere between $299 and $999 for the day. Pricing is per cabana, not per person.

The Coco Beach Club cabanas are priced a bit higher, with the Coco Beach Club Cabana starting at $1049, and the Coco Beach Club Floating Cabanas at around $2500. Pricing is per cabana, not per person.

Chill Island Cabanas

The Chill Island cabanas are a great choice for families wishing to spend a lot of time in and around the beach. Located on the north side of the Chill Island area, these cabanas are separated from the rest of Chill Island to provide a sense of exclusivity.

Chill Island cabanas can accommodate up to 8 guests and feature resort-style chaise lounges, a lush sectional sofa, complimentary towels, nearby snacks at Chill Grill, and a Cabana Concierge. Additionally, a cocktail table that houses conveniences like a personal Bluetooth speaker upon request to play your own music, a combination lock lid for storage and a USB outlet. Two floating mats and snorkeling gear available upon request.

These cabanas are conveniently located near the jet ski and snorkel tours.

Your Cabana Concierge will provide you with 8 towels and stock your cooler with 8 complimentary water bottles. Additional water bottles will be available for purchase.

Thrill Waterpark Cabanas

If you plan to spend the day enjoying the slides and pools included at Thrill Waterpark, then the Thrill Waterpark cabanas are a great choice.  These cabanas provide a private enclave during the day, just steps away from the the tallest waterslide in North America, biggest wave pool in the Caribbean and raddest obstacle course around.

There are a few different cabana locations throughout Thrill Waterpark, and Royal Caribbean will assign one to you. The three areas are:

  • Near Daredevil's Peak
  • Near Family Tower
  • Near the wave pool

If you prefer a specific location, speak to the shore excursion team onboard your cruise ship at least 24 hours prior to your arrival at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Thrill Waterpark cabanas can accommodate up to 6 guests and offer a lush sectional sofa and 2 resort-style chairs, as well as power outlets.

Perhaps the most lucrative perk of these cabanas is the fact it includes admission to Thrill Waterpark for up to six guests in the price. Factoring the price of a full day pass to Thrill Waterpark pass into the cost of the cabana, it provides one of the best values of any cabana on CocoCay.

Your Cabana Concierge will provide you with 8 towels and stock your cooler with 8 complimentary water bottles. Additional water bottles will be available for purchase.

Oasis Lagoon Cabanas

The Oasis Lagoon cabanas are just steps away from the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.  It is also convenient to the swim up bar and DJ music played throughout the day. In short, these are the most centrally located cabanas on the island and provide convenient access to the beaches, restaurants and Oasis Lagoon pool nearby.

Oasis Lagoon cabanas can accommodate up to 8 guests and offer a lush sectional sofa, chaise lounges, a Cabana Concierge, secure space for your belongings and more. There is also a cocktail table that doubles as a personal Bluetooth speaker upon request to play your own music, a combination lock lid for storage and a USB outlet.

Your Cabana Concierge will provide you with 8 towels and stock your cooler with 8 complimentary water bottles. Additional water bottles will be available for charge.

Coco Beach Club Cabanas

Located in the Coco Beach Club, the Coco Beach Club Cabanas provide a private space for your family to enjoy, along with a full day pass to the Coco Beach Club for up to eight guests.

The Coco Beach Club cabanas are larger than the cabanas outside of the Coco Beach Club, with 4 lounge chairs and a sectional sofa, unlimited bottled water, as well as your own dining area, a ceiling fan and lockable storage.

Your Cabana Concierge will provide you with eight premium, complimentary towels and stock your cooler with an unlimited supply of bottled water. You can order from the menu in your cabana upon arrival for complimentary food from the upgraded restaurant at Coco Beach Club.

Coco Beach Club Floating Cabanas

If you want to enjoy a Bora Bora-style day at Perfect Day at CocoCay, then the Coco Beach Club Floating Cabanas are for you.  The Floating Cabanas are good for up to 8 guests to enjoy, along with access to the Coco Beach Club.

The Floating Cabanas feature an overwater hammock, as well as private slide into the ocean.

Your Floating Cabana includes a sectional sofa, dining area, lounge chairs, lockable storage, charging outlets, eight premium towels, overwater hammock, cabana-to-sea slide, and unlimited bottled water.

How to book a cabana at CocoCay?

The easiest and best way to reserve a cabana is to book it online via Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner site.  Cabanas can be reserved in the months leading up to a cruise, and it is not uncommon for cabanas to sell out even before the cruise begins. Another advantage of booking cabanas before the cruise is there are sometimes sales that bring the price down.

You can also opt to wait to reserve a cabana once onboard the ship at the Shore Excursion desk.

If having a cabana is important to you, definitely prebook them as early as you can to have one reserved.

Are the cabanas at CocoCay worth it?

A cabana at Perfect Day at CocoCay is not cheap, but they provide exactly what they advertise: a private enclave on the island for your family to enjoy, with upgraded service and options to enjoy.

The Thrill Waterpark cabanas offer the best value, since they are the only ones to include waterpark admission with the cost of the cabana. If you have four to six guests and were planning to do the cabana anyway, a cabana is arguably a good investment for the day.

The other cabanas are, as advertised, private enclaves for a splurge-worthy day at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Just like upgrading your seat on an airplane to first class, a cabana is about treating yourself to additional service and comfort.

Since cabanas can handle six to eight guests, if you can split the cost of the cabana with another family, that can greatly assist in making the value of a cabana worth it.

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