Perfect Day at CocoCay

Best waterproof cases for your phone to use at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
03Jun2019

Perfect Day at CocoCay is filled with some incredible new additions, like water slides, the largest fresh water pool in North America, expansive beaches and zip lines.  With all these new additions, you might want to share these experiences with friends and family. 

Before you put your smart phone at risk to capture all these memories, here are the top picks for waterproof cases for your phone.

iPhone XS

Though the iPhone XS has an IP68 rating, which guarantees protection in water up to 1.5m deep for 30 minutes, I know I don't want to risk dropping it into a swimming pool completely unprotected. Not only do waterproof cases protect them from potential water damage, but also from dust and debris. 

Catalyst iPhone Xs Waterproof Case

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR has an IP67 rating and can survive submerged in water for up to one meter for up to 30 minutes. Just like the iPhone XS, better to be safe than sorry with a waterproof case.

JUSTCOOL iPhone XR Case

Samsung Galaxy S10

Whether you bought the small (S10E), medium (S10) or large (S10 Plus), there are plenty of cases out there for it. 

Catalyst Case

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has an IP68 water resistance, whcih means it s completely protected against dust "ingress" and it can withstand being in up to 1.5 meters of water freshwater for up to 30 minutes, but it is not indestructible.

Temdan Heavy Duty Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Waterproof Case

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Is there a particular waterproof case that you are absolutely love? Share your top picks in the comments

Video: Things I wish I knew before visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
30May2019

Visiting Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay soon? Looking for some good tips and helpful information before you arrive? We are sharing things that are great to know before your Royal Caribbean cruise stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Do you have a Royal Caribbean vacation that includes a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay in your future? If so, then you will want to find out all the cool things to know about Royal Caribbean’s private island — from things to do to things to eat! So pull up a hammock and join us in paradise today as we make a stop at Perfect Day at CoocCay!

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So check out the video and then let us know: what is your favorite thing to do at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Top 10 Perfect Day at CocoCay secrets and tricks

In:
23May2019

Royal Caribbean's private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, has caught a lot of cruisers' attention with all of the great activities and things to do.

If you are planning your own visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay, then here are our top ten tips and tricks for visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay.

1. Your drink package works at Perfect Day at CocoCay

If you purchase a Royal Caribbean drink package for your cruise, you can use the drink package benefits while at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This means if you have the Deluxe Beverage Package, you can enjoy unlimited alcoholic beverages, along with bottled water, sodas and more. Likewise, the Royal Refreshment and Soda Package benefits extend to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Just like on the ship, souvenir cups or drinks served in pineapples/coconuts are not included with your drink package benefits.  If you have the Deluxe Beverage Package, you can get a discount on the souvenir cup.  Or you can ask for the drink in a regular cup to pay no additional charge.

2. Your Voom package works at Perfect Day at CocoCay

If you have a Voom internet package, you will have internet connectivity at Perfect Day at CocoCay.  

WiFi coverage extends across the island, which means you can stay connected and share photos or videos with friends back home.  Heck, you can even post updates on our message boards!

3. Best times for shortest water slide lines

Thrill Waterpark is home to Perfect Day at CocoCay's incredible water slides, and as you might imagine, a lot of cruisers are going to want to try them all.  While lines for the slides are usually quite manageable, here are the best times to try the slides to have a minimal wait:

  • Before 11am
  • After 3pm

4. Secret menu item at Snack Shack

Snack Shack serves up some great food, but they also have a menu item that is not listed on the printed menu. If you ask nicely, you can get a chicken parmigiana sandwich that is essentially a cross between the crispy chicken sandwich, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.

5. Buy Thrill waterpark admission before the cruise to save money

If you want to go to Thrill Waterpark, you will absolutely spend less money if you pre-purchase it before your cruise.

Royal Caribbean sells its waterpark passes via the Cruise Planner site and regularly puts the tickets on sale.  If you want to save money (that is everyone), buy your tickets before you board the ship.

6. There is lots to do that costs nothing extra

There is a lot of attention for the activities on Perfect Day at CocoCay that costs extra, but there is a lot of fun things to do that costs absolutely nothing extra.

First and foremost, you can walk around Perfect Day at CocoCay without paying extra.  Just like any port of call, you can walk off the ship and explore on your own.

Here is a list of things that is included with your cruise fare when you visit Perfect Day at CocoCay:

  • Splashaway Bay
  • Captain Jill's Galleon
  • Skipper's Grill
  • Chill Grill
  • Snack Shack
  • Oasis Lagoon pool (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • Chill Island (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • South Beach (Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towels)
  • Sports Courts
  • Fitness Classes
  • Freshwater showers
  • Tram service
  • Beach access wheelchairs

7. Free tram service around the island

Keep an eye out for the complimentary trams that are found around Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Beginning when you walk down the pier, you will find tram service to take you down the pier to save some steps (you will have plenty at Thrill Waterpark).

Once on the island, there is complimentary tram service that can take you all corners of Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

As a bonus, many of the trams are solar powered!

8. If you want a quiet spot, go to Chill Island

If your idea of a fun day is quiet time getting away from it all, head to Chill Island.  Chill Island is accessible via the green pathway that is towards the left side when you walk onto Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Once at Chill Island, keep to the left side of the area for pristine ocean views that has no music or the sounds of people at the pool or water park.  Instead, you will find only the sound of the ocean waves.

9. DIY Ice cream sandwiches

You will find self-serve soft serve ice cream machines at Perfect Day, along with chocolate chip cookies.  See where I am going with this?

Grab two cookies, dispense ice cream between the two and combine for an awesome dessert.

10. Keep an eye out for chickens, iguanas and birds

This is a fun tidbit, but Perfect Day at CocoCay is home to more than just beautiful views.  If you walk enough of the island, it is not uncommon to see wild chickens roaming the grounds, along with iguanas that sometimes get close to the dining areas to see if any scraps of food rolled away.

Seagulls can also be found flying around, so be sure to keep an eye on your food.

Regardless of the animal, please do not feed any of them.

Did we miss any Perfect Day at CocoCay secrets? Share them in our comments!

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

In:
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

In:
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."

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