Private Island Updates Behind Schedule, Cruises Affected
Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay has been under construction for quite some time for enhancements and upgrades, including a brand-new pier. The cruise line recently sent out a letter to passengers on at least one cruise in the near future, which was scheduled to stop at CocoCay. It informs them that the pier won’t be completed in time for the voyage, and the ship will be stopping in Miami instead.
The letter that we’ve acquired is for the March 15, 2019 cruise on Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. It says Royal Caribbean will be providing complimentary shuttles to Bayside Market Place in Downtown Miami, and South Beach, which will run every 15 and 20 minutes, respectively.
Some of our members have already weighed in on the aforementioned voyage, and they’re not happy:
"Beyond furious! Not only did they Change our port from Cococay to Miami Florida last min, but they also told us there is nothing they can do. My Bahamas cruise is now a Florida cruise. I would’ve flown to Florida if that’s where I wanted to be! Anyone else upset about this?" - abhilme
"Leaving in a week March 15 on Anthem of the Seas and already there is a problem with the route. Last time we had to detour and lost a spot at a port because of excuses and now his time the only beach cococay and it’s already cancelled so lost our excursion as well. Not very impressed already and we haven’t even gotten on the ship yet. What’s left Nassau expensive and not so easy access to beach and lots of not so good reviews and port Canaveral also no easy beach access and no excursions of interest. So basically sitting on a ship for the 8 days...help any ideas??" - tiggermom92
“We were in Miami last year and we really wanted to go to coco cay. Like the cruiser above said, I know we will be happy once on ship. But this really was a big change in schedule. Really a bummer.” - jerseygirlmissy
There is no word on whether there are other voyages that will be affected by the behind-schedule pier construction. We reached out to Royal Caribbean for comment but have not heard back as of press time.
This is a developing story and may be updated as new information is received.