My daily paper had a wonderful article about the renovations for Coco Cay. Apparently taken from the Chicago tribune:
If your idea of a perfect day includes white sands, blue seas, and complimentary beach barbecues on a relatively quiet private island, Royal Caribbean International has you covered.
At least, that's what Royal Caribbean Cruises has been offering passengers on its Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean cruises since the line debuted its tiny Bahamas island, CocoCay, three decades ago. Now, as the focal point of the brand's "Perfect Day" program, CocoCay is getting a $200 million renovation.
The new-and-improved version of CocoCay will comprise 125 acres of "thrill and chill" attractions-including what will be one of the Caribbean's largest water parks. Dubbed "Perfect Day at CocoCay," it represents an effort to court millennials and new-to-cruise families.
Included in the revamp: two massive water towers and 13 water slides, including Daredevil's Peak, which, at 135 feet above the sand, will become the tallest slide in North America when it's completed next spring.
A 1,600-foot zip line will deposit guests into the water, while a helium balloon ride will take passengers up 450 feet in the air. All this takes place above the largest wave pool in the Caribbean. A freshwater pool, also the Caribbean's largest, has in-water loungers, a swim-up bar, and poolside cabanas.
If all that sounds like the opposite of your perfect day, there are plenty of opportunities to escape the crowds-two ships docking simultaneously at CocoCay can deposit as many as 10,000 travelers on the little island. Those looking to unplug should check out the island's new VIP zone, Coco Beach Club, where there will be Maldives-style over-water cabanas with private water slides that plunge into the sea. Each will be staffed by a cabin attendant who can fetch bottles of bubbly or a variety of snacks.
This two-pronged "thrill and chill" concept is part of a strategy that followed extensive market research. "We talked to a lot of customers and guests about what really would be their perfect day in the Caribbean on vacation," says Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean. "We're intending on delivering literally the perfect day for you," he tells Bloomberg, acknowledging that this can mean radically different things to different people.
Congrats to all you RCI cruisers!