Perfect Day at CocoCay

Video: Royal Caribbean Constructs Thrill Waterpark at Perfect Day at CocoCay

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13May2019

The jaw-dropping Thrill Waterpark is at the heart of the action on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean International’s newly transformed private island in The Bahamas. The cruise line has constructed the latest engineering feat on 9 acres of land with the superlatives to match, including the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and 13 exhilarating slides across two brag-worthy water towers – Daredevil’s Tower and Splash Summit. At the waterpark with the most waterslides in the Caribbean, adrenaline-seeking guests can put their courage to the test on the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America; go head to head on a series of single-rider racer slides, defy gravity on The Slingshot, twist and turn in the Green Mamba, and face the unknown on the Dueling Demons drop slides for the adventure of a lifetime.

Video: Royal Caribbean Redefines Island Time at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
07May2019

Royal Caribbean International’s Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas is set to redefine private island destinations. After a $250 million transformation, Perfect Day is the ultimate combination of thrill and chill. This unrivaled private island, only available to Royal Caribbean guests, provides an array of distinct adventures and iconic features from, the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak to Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean -- one-of-a-kind experiences that will top any bucket list.

Video: First look around Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
06May2019

Perfect Day at CocoCay is finally open! If you are wondering what Royal Caribbean has added to its private island, then today's RoyalCaribbeanBlog video is perfect for you!

We have a first look at the one-of-a-kind Perfect Day at CocoCay—the next-level private island exclusive to Royal Caribbean guests. The newly opened destination welcomes travelers to an experience like no other after a $250 million transformation of the cruise line's existing slice of paradise in The Bahamas.

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So check out the video and then let us know: What will be your first stop when you get to Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Infographic: Everything there is to do at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
06May2019

Royal Caribbean opened Perfect Day at CocoCay over the weekend, and there is a lot that you can see, do and experience on Royal Caribbean's private island. Just how much, you ask? Check out this new infographic to get a sense of just how much Royal Caribbean has packed into this island makeover.

Royal Caribbean opens Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
04May2019

Royal Caribbean officially opened its revamped private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The newly opened destination welcomes guests following a $250 million transformation of the cruise line's existing private destination in The Bahamas.

Guests sailing on Navigator of the Seas were welcomed to Perfect Day at CocoCay, where a number of new venues, activities and offerings were officially open for guest use.

While Royal Caribbean opened some areas of Perfect Day in the weeks leading up to this grand opening, today was the first day guests had the opportunity to try Thrill Waterpark.

At Thrill Waterpark, you can find Daredevil’s Tower, where guests can try a number ofsingle-rider waterslides of various heights, including the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America.

Additional highlights are the twin Dueling Demon drop slides, launching riders from a vertical position; the Manta Raycers, where friends can race down twin open flume slides; the high-speed, fully vertical Screeching Serpent; and the coiling Green Mamba, a massive aqua tube slide.

There is also lots for kids of all ages to enjoy. From three dry slides and 16 water cannons, to rope features and a splash pad, Captain Jill’s Galleon is an interactive play structure loaded with swashbuckling thrills. There's even Sprayaway Geyser, which shoots water 80 feet up into the air!

Of course, Perfect Day at CocoCay features the beautiful beaches that people have flocked to The Bahamas for years. Chill Island has beach favorites here, including jet skiing excursions as well as plentiful cabanas and daybeds for relaxation under the shade. 

The island features a 1,600-foot-long zip-line course that crisscrosses Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Perfect Day features the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, Oasis Lagoon, which has three distinct coves. Children can get in on the fun, too, with the kid-friendly zero-entry zone.

Skipper’s Grill is a waterfront restaurant that mixes the best views with an array of complimentary menu items,  like salads, sandwiches, tacos and burgers. 

The first—and only—Splashaway Bay ashore features two drench buckets, five slides (two tubes and three racer slides), as well as numerous fountains, water cannons, sprinklers and geysers. There is also an obstacle course featuring cannons and rope bridge.

Refer to our guide for Perfect Day at CocoCay prices and costs, including what is complimentary and what has an additional charge. We also have a list of Perfect Day at CocoCay waterslides & experiences height and weight requirements.

What are you most excited to try at Perfect Day at CocoCay? Let us know in the comments!

Royal Caribbean talks Cuba, early Perfect Day response and more during earnings call with investors

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02May2019

After each fiscal quarter, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. holds a conference call with investors to go over their quarterly results that were released earlier in the day.  While most of this discussion is mired in financial discussion, there are some interesting tidbits that guests can pull out of these discussions.

We rounded up the most intriguing bits from the earnings call that may provide guidance or a view of where the cruise line is going, and how leadership sees things currently.

No changes to Cuba...yet

Ever since the U.S. Administration made an announcement that it intends to clamp down on recent changes to America's policy towards Cuba, many have wondered what impact that will have on cruises to Cuba.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Chairman and CEO Richard Fain took a little time to speak on the subject, saying essentially that nothing has changed quite yet,  "If such legislation does ensue, we believe that we possess all defenses. And we're not expecting to change our itineraries as a result. The administration also commented on possible changes to the regulations that apply to travel to Cuba."

"At this point, we don't know if there will be any changes, what those changes might be? Or to what extent they would impact us. Only 3% of our itineraries currently go to Cuba. And any impact would depend on what the regulations say. And how much advanced notice we and our guests would receive."

Perfect Day impact

Throughout the call with investors, Royal Caribbean's executives were very bullish on the potential Perfect Day at CocoCay will bring to the cruise line's offerings. Not only is it looking like a really fun place to spend the day, but it also looks like it will bring a big return for the company.

Mr. Fain started off the call saying, " To say that, she is a beauty is a massive understatement and we believe that we have created a truly game changer for the cruise industry, in fact for the vacation industry."

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Jason Liberty spoke to the early returns the cruise line is seeing, "Perfect Day at CocoCay hasn't officially opened yet, but it's clearly fueling additional and higher-yielding demand for our Caribbean itineraries. Bookings and pricing have been exceeding our expectations overall for the Caribbean, with sailings visiting Perfect Day up by more than other Caribbean itineraries."

Guests spending onboard the ship is at the heart of higher revenue

If you are looking for a common thread among the recent strong financial results that Royal Caribbean has shown lately, the onboard purchases guests have been making is a good place to start.

Once again, onboard spending was up and clearly guests are enjoying the various packages they can purchase for their sailing.

Mr. Liberty mentioned, "On the onboard side, which has been exceptionally strong we saw an over index of spend on shore excursion our packages like beverage packaging, internet package and again more focused on the experiential stuff versus seeing more spend occur within the retail shops."

Perfect Day at CocoCay is engineered around guest experience

One of the analysts on the conference call inquired about the prospect of Perfect Day at CocoCay might seem overcrowded.  More generally, he wanted to know how all the new additions and expansion will not impact the  customer experience that would create a negative passenger experience.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley responded by saying, "We've designed Perfect Day to deliver what we think will generally be a perfect day for our customers. And we, from what we've seen so far with between 4,000 and 6,000 people on the island, we've got a huge amount of space available."

"So we've engineered designed for peak and the peak was way up close to 10,000. We obviously know we'll operate it with bigger ships coming to Perfect Day, and we'll see how we go. I think we're kind of feeling pretty optimistic about the potential for three ship calls versus two ship calls that could take us up to 12,000 a day. And remember, it's a fairly large island and we've only developed about a third of it."

New cruisers versus loyal customers

One analyst noticed a trend that Royal Caribbean is able to hold on to pricing premiums on new ships.

Mr. Bailey answered by talking about the cruise line's strategy of attracting people new to cruise, while retaining loyal customers, "I think we stated a few years ago one of our key areas of focus was on new-to-cruise in particularly in market like the United States we've been quite focused on growing our new-to-cruise segment. "

"We have changed some of our strategy so everything that we've done with the short product where we took the Voyager class ships and put them through role amplified and then place them into the short product with Perfect Day CocoCay has really stimulated that new-to-cruise segment. So that's part of it."

"Our loyalty customers continue to grow. They like the brands and they enjoy what we provide. I think the new ships, we've been very focused on not only the continuation of kind of on innovation in bringing new products and services to our guests. But we've done a lot more analytics on, really trying to understand what's going to attract those customers and bring them back and also be able to maintain higher yields."

New app rollout update

Many guests have been wondering when will a certain ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet gain support for the cruise line's new smart phone app.

Mr. Fain provided a brief update on the project rollout at the start of the call. "I'm particularly excited this is already been so broadly deployed that 60% of our guests can get it available. And, towards the end of the year it will be virtually all our guests. And the ratings that it's getting in the Apple App Store are 4.7."

Perfect Day at CocoCay: Everything you need to know!

In:
30Apr2019

Royal Caribbean is transforming its private island in the Bahamas to an all-new experience known as Perfect Day at CocoCay.  It promises to revolutionize the cruise line private island visit by offering a variety of new venues, activities and ways to indulge and relax. Perfect Day represents a major step forward in what guests can expect from a private island day.

Royal Caribbean is spending $250 million in making over CocoCay and will open the Perfect Day experience in multiple phases. Royal Caribbean thinks Perfect Day will deliver the kind of memorable vacations its guests want either on land or at sea.

What is Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Perfect Day at CocoCay is Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas and the first island in the cruise line's Perfect Day Island Collection, a series of private island destinations around the world.

Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas will boast a number of distinct experiences and iconic features, including racing down the tallest waterslide in North America, riding the tide of the Caribbean’s largest wave pool, or taking in the highest view in The Bahamas from a helium balloon 450 feet in the air, unwinding at the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, or enjoying the perfect beach day. Royal Caribbean hopes it can offer enough to create a guest's perfect vacation day – no matter what that may look like.

What types of slides, rides, cabanas, beaches, and pools are offered?

Guests can choose from a variety of things to do at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Beyond a traditional beach day, there are dining venues, a water park, beach club, helium balloon and more to try.

Here are the major highlights:

  • Thrill Waterpark
    • Daredevil’s Tower featuring, Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America.
    • Family Tower, a waterslide experience for families and kids with 6 slides.
    • Wave Pool, the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool.
    • Adventure Pool, kid-friendly obstacle course pool.
    • Zip Line, 1,600 feet long over the waterpark.
    • Captain Jack’s Grill
    • Snack Shack 
  • Splashaway Bay
  • Captain Jill’s Galleon
  • Chill Island 
    • Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool and bar
    • The beach
    • Chill Grill
    • Beach Side Cabanas
    • Up, Up and Away helium balloon
      • Rise 450 feet above Perfect Day at CocoCay in a colorful helium balloon and provides the highest vantage point in the Caribbean.
    • South Beach
      • Offering volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball. 
    • Coco Beach Club
      • Oceanfront infinity pool, upgraded cuisine and the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas.

    When does Perfect Day at CocoCay open? 

    The new pier that allows ships to dock at the island opened in March 2019. 

    The first phase of Perfect Day at CocoCay officially opened on May 4th with Thrill Waterpark, the Zip Line, Splashaway Bay aqua park, Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Captain Jill’s Galleon, Skipper’s Grill dining, Captain Jack’s dining, Chill Island, Chill Grill dining, and Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool available to all guests. 

    South Beach, Coco Beach Club and the overwater cabanas will open in December 2019.

    Which ships sail to Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    A number of Royal Caribbean cruise ships will offer stops at Perfect Day on CocoCay on select itineraries over the next two years. In 2019, 11 ships will visit Perfect Day at CocoCay. These include:

    • Adventure of the Seas
    • Allure of the Seas
    • Anthem 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
    • Symphony of the Seas

    When I can get off my ship and onto the island? When do I need to be back on board?

    Your Royal Caribbean ship will dock at the new pier Royal Caribbean has added to the island, eliminating the need for tenders.

    Just like any port of call Royal Caribbean visits, there are posted times and operating hours for Perfect Day at CocoCay. Refer to your Cruise Compass and onboard announcements for specific times, but your ship will spend many hours during the course of your visit.

    How much does Perfect Day at CocoCay cost? Is there an admission fee? 

    A majority of what Royal Caribbean offers at Perfect Day at CocoCay is complimentary, with some attractions and experiences carrying an additional cost.

    Some of the experiences that have no additional costs include Oasis Lagoon, Captain Jill’s Galleon, Splashaway Bay, and new sports courts on South Beach. Royal Caribbean has also enhanced its beaches like Chill Island and South Beach, both offering plenty of free beach chairs and beach side activities.

    Thrill Waterpark offers half and full day passes for an additional cost. They go onto your SeaPass card and you simply scan at the entrance to the water park. You can also purchase passes at the entrance if you did not pre-purchase prior to your cruise or on board.

    Up, Up, and Away and the Zip Line are treated as excursions, and carry an additional cost.

    A variety of dining venues are also included at no additional cost to ensure there is plenty of food to enjoy while on the island throughout the day. Five new complimentary dining venues are located throughout the island.

    You can view a full breakdown of what is included and what costs extra at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

    What are some other important things that may or may not have an extra charge?

    You will find complimentary freshwater showers, restrooms, and changing rooms available on the island.  Towels, umbrellas and beach chairs are complimentary to all of our guests.

    Lockers are available throughout the island for a nominal rental fee. 

    Cabanas are available for an additional cost

    What are the age, height, or weight restrictions or requirements for the slides, rides and experiences?

    There are no age restrictions for the experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Some slides and activities have height and
    weight restrictions, and you can refer to our list of restrictions for specifics.

    Many of the island’s other experiences, such as Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool, and Captain Jill’s Galleon, are open to all adventurers. 

    If there is bad weather and I booked water park admission, Up, Up and Away, zip line, or a cabana, will the excursion be canceled and will I receive a refund?

    If Royal Caribbean cancels the excursion, your onboard account will be fully refunded.

    Just like any shore excursion you book at any port Royal Caribbean visits, shore activities are subject to the same policy as the cruise line's shore excursions at other global destinations.  This essentially means you cannot opt for a refund/cancellation because the weather is not to your liking.

    Excursions can be modified or canceled up to 48 hours prior to port arrival without penalty. The deadline for tour exchanges is 48 hours before port arrival. 

    Will beverage or Wi-Fi packages be used at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    Yes, Royal Caribbean will honor beverage and internet packages purchased online or onboard its ships while visiting the island. 

    Royal Caribbean's Voom internet offerings are also available to use while on CocoCay.

    Do I need my SeaPass card to enter Perfect Day at CocoCay? How do I pay for things on the island?

    Just like any port of call your Royal Caribbean ship visits, you will need your SeaPass card to exit and re-board the ship. In addition, your SeaPass card is what you will use to pay for things on the island.

    Your SeaPass card or Royal Caribbean app is needed to scan your tickets for admission to the waterpark.

    The only exception is the straw market, which is operated by Bahamaians, and only US Dollars are accepted by these vendors.

    Can I fly a drone at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    No, drones may not be operated at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

    Can I use a GoPro camera at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    GoPro cameras are allowed to be used on the island, with the exception that for safety reasons any personal electronic device of any kind are not allowed on any of the following attractions:

    • All water slides at Thrill Waterpark
    • Adventure Pool in Thrill Waterpark
    • Splashaway Bay
    • Captain Jill’s Galleon

    On the island’s Zip Line, riders who wish to wear a GoPro must bring their own helmet mount that attaches securely to the helmet. If the staff notices the camera prevents a guest from safely participating in the activity at any time, they may ask the guest to remove or adjust the camera.

    Is there a pool or area for babies and toddlers to swim at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    Babies and toddlers with swim diapers can swim in all pools, and also in the ocean at all beaches. 

    Splashaway Bay and Captain Jill’s Galleon are also available to children. Splashaway Bay on Perfect Day at CocoCay is the largest edition yet, and comes naturally with three of its own waterslides.

    Is there transportation on Perfect Day at CocoCay?

    A tram service will run every 15 minutes at all times on the island and includes five stops: Thrill Waterpark, South Beach, Coco Beach Club, Chill Island, and Oasis Lagoon.

    A tram line will also serve Coco Beach Club exclusively during morning peak hours. All trams are accessible.

    Will I be able to find gluten free and vegetarian meal options on Perfect Day at CocoCay? What if I have other dietary needs?

    Royal Caribbean's dining venues on the island will offer gluten free and vegetarian options, as well as options to suit most dietary needs.

    Is there an option to stay overnight?

    Royal Caribbean is considering the possibility of designing the island to accommodate overnight and/or extended stays in the future. For now, visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay are only during the day.

    Up, Up and Away helium balloon launches at Perfect Day at CocoCay

    In:
    29Apr2019

    One of the signature attractions Royal Caribbean has added to its Perfect Day at CocoCay makeover has launched.

    The Up, Up and Away helium balloon takes guests 450 feet above Perfect Day at CocoCay, providing the highest vantage point in The Bahamas.

    The cost for Up, Up and Away will vary by season:

    • Age 13+: $39-$99 per person
    • Age 4-12: $24-$64
    • Age 0-3: Complimentary

    There are no age, height or weight restrictions for enjoying the helium balloon ride.

    Guests can book a ride on Up, Up and Away through Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner.

    Perfect Day at CocoCay is a private destination exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, located in The Bahamas. 

    Royal Caribbean opens two new Perfect Day at CocoCay venues

    In:
    22Apr2019

    Over the weekend, Royal Caribbean expanded its Perfect Day at CocoCay soft opening by providing guests access to Splashaway Bay and Skipper's Grill restaurant.

     

    With the official opening of Perfect Day at CocoCay coming up next month, Royal Caribbean opened up the two new venues a bit early. Both Splashaway Bay and Skipper's Grill are located close to the pier.

    Splashaway Bay is a complimentary aqua park for kids that shares the name of the aqua park available on select Royal Caribbean ships. 

     

    Skipper's Grill is another complimentary dining option on the island that provides lunch and snacks to guests.

    In addition to the newly opened venues, it appears Royal Caribbean has expanded its Voom internet access to the island, marking the first time any of its private destinations offer internet access on the island.  Guests with a Voom package purchased for their cruise can use the Voom at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

    These new openings builds on the soft opening that began in March 2019 when Royal Caribbean opened the Oasis Lagoon pool and a couple dining venues.

    The first phase of Perfect Day at CocoCay is officially scheduled to open in May with Thrill Waterpark, the Zip Line, Splashaway Bay aqua park, Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Captain Jack’s Galleon, Skipper’s Grill dining, Captain Jack’s dining, Chill Island, Chill Grill dining, and Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool slated to open. 

    South Beach, Coco Beach Club and the overwater cabanas will open in December 2019.

    Please note that these dates might be subject to change depending on the progress of construction.

    Perfect Day at CocoCay is a $200 million upgrade to the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas that was first announced in March 2018.

    Perfect Day at CocoCay waterslides & experiences height and weight requirements

    In:
    15Apr2019

    If your Royal Caribbean cruise is taking you to Perfect Day at CocoCay, you are likely in that getting-super-excited stage of cruise planning.  Before you try out all the fun experiences that Perfect Day at CocoCay has to offer, here are the important age, height and weight restrictions for the slides, rides and experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

    Royal Caribbean has no age restrictions for the experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Some slides and activities have height and
    weight restrictions

    Many of the island’s other experiences, such as Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool, and Captain Jill’s Galleon, are open to all guests. 

    AttractionPlatform HeightHeight RequirementMaximum Weight Limit
    Daredevil's Peak waterslide135 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
    Dueling Demons waterslides75 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
    Screeching Serpent waterslide50 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
    Green Mamba waterslide50 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
    Manta Raycers waterslides25 feet40 inches minimum300 lbs.
    The Slingshot waterslide60 feet48 inches minimum; or 40 inches minimum with a swim vest onMax single person: 300 lbs./
    Total raft weight limit: 550 lbs
    The Twister waterslide60 feet48 inches minimum; or 40 inches minimum with a swim vest onMax single person: 300 lbs./
    Total raft weight limit: 550 lbs.
    Splash Speedway waterslides40 feet42 inches minimum300 lbs.
    Adventure Pool Guests under 48 inches must wear a swim vest at all times N/A
    Wave Pool Guests under 48 inches must wear a swim vest at all times N/A
    Splashaway Bay slides Maximum 42 inches200 lbs.
    Zip Line N/A50 lbs. minimum
    300 lbs. maximum

     

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