All About the Royal Caribbean CocoCay Island in the Bahamas

What is Royal Caribbean's CocoCay Island?

CocoCay is Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas. While RCI has owned CocoCay for years, in 2019 the cruise line upped its game with a $250 million dollar renovation of the island. To get to CocoCay you must book a cruise on certain Royal Caribbean ships and certain cruises. Contact me for the latest ship schedules and any current offers by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The list of things to do on CocoCay is impressive! It's a fun destination for families because it combines theme park activities with pool time or beach time. And for those wanting more privacy, CocoCay is offering (as of January 31, 2020) a private Coco Beach Club where one can reserve the only over-the-water floating cabanas in the Caribbean, private dining, and concierge service all day long. Here's a list of the private island's things to do.

  • Daredevil's Peak is North America's tallest waterslide
  • The Wave Pool is the largest in the Caribbean
  • Adventure Pool offers an obstacle course for anyone brave enough to try
  • Splash Summit has 6 separate water slides
  • CocoCay's zip line is a 1600 foot long zip ride over the island
  • Splashaway Bay offers 5 slides and 2 drench buckets for family fun, along with fountains and pools
  • The Oasis Lagoon offers cocktails while you chill out in the pool
  • Captain Jack's is the island's main restaurant, offering live music and food
  • Up, Up and Away offers views of the island 450 feet up from a helium balloon
  • South Beach is a beach-side unwind spot on the island
  • Chill Island offers white sand and tropical waters while Chill Grill offers complimentary beachside barbecue and more
  • Coco Beach Club (open after January 31, 2020) is the private area of the island, offering cabanas, over-the-water cabanas, a restaurant, and concierge service. The over-the-water cabanas feature overwater hammocks big enough for two and swim-off into the surrounding waters. 
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Planning Your Day at CocoCay

Some of the features on CocoCay require admission, some don't. You'll want me to walk you through reserving your activities well before you sail. Here's a short list for you.

Complementary features on CocoCay

  • Oasis Lagoon
  • Splashaway Bay 
  • Captain Jill's Galleon (slides and water cannons)
  • Chill Island (complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas, too)
  • Dining - there are 5 complimentary dining venues on CocoCay
  • Tram rides (from ship to 4 stops on the island every quarter hour)
  • If you have purchased a beverage package on the cruise, you may use this on CocoCay
  • If you have purchased a wifi package on your cruise, you will be able to use this on CocoCay

Tickets required features on CocoCay

Half-day and full-day tickets for Royal Caribbean's CocoCay should be reserved ahead of time (kids under 3 are free). Tickets are required for the Thrill Waterpark, Wave Pool, and Adventure Pool. You will also reserve ahead of time for these amenities:

  • Cabanas
  • Coco Beach Club
  • Zip line
  • Up, Up, and Away helium balloon
  • Daybeds

Other CocoCay Island features

  • There are gluten free and vegan meal choices at the island's dining venues.
  • Charging stations for phones are available in select public locations and in the cabanas.
  • If you rent a cabana for the day at Thrill Waterpark you'll have complimentary entry to all the slides for up to 6 guests.
  • CocoCay Beach Club reservations will cover up to 8 guests. The Beach Club area offers an exclusive beach, club house, infinity pool, and The Grille restaurant along with concierge service.

Upgrades to Royal Caribbean ships that visit CocoCay Island

Royal Caribbeans' Amplified program has upgraded certain ships with new pool decks, slides and rides and larger pools. The bar areas have been refreshed as well, offering new bars and nightlife spots, video games, open mic nights, and food. The Amplified program also refreshed the ships's restaurants with new seafood, Mexican, and Italian dishes. Royal Caribbean's ships that are Amplified or scheduled to be Amplified are on this list:

  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Voyager of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Allure of the Seas 
  • Freedom of the Seas 
  • Explorer of the Seas 

How to Sail To Royal Caribbean's CocoCay Island

  • From Orlando (Mariner of the Seas or Harmony of the Seas)
  • From Miami (Navigator of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, or Allure of the Seas)
  • From Fort Lauderdale (Independence of the Seas, Odyssey of the Seas, Allure, and Oasis of the Seas)
  • From New York (Cape Liberty) the ships are Anthem of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas
  • From Baltimore (Grandeur of the Seas)
  • From Tampa (Brilliance of the Seas)
  • From Galveston (Enchantment of the Seas)
  • From New Orleans (Majesty of the Seas)

Not all departure dates are sailings that include CocoCay, so when we talk about your cruise I'll alert you to the sailings that don't include a stop at CocoCay Island. It's also important to pre-schedule the activities, cabanas, and Coco Beach Club well ahead of time. 

For More Information About CocoCay Island

Please contact me (sue@travelchangeslife.com) for access to an e-brochure and a short video that shows you CocoCay Island. I can send both to your e-mail address and answer other questions you may have. 

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