Virtuoso Global May 2019 Royal Caribbean International Presents a “Perfect Day at CocoCay”

Royal Caribbean International Presents a “Perfect Day at CocoCay”

The new private island offers a smorgasbord of tropical adventures.
The new private island offers a smorgasbord of tropical adventures.

In the context of a Caribbean vacation, what does a perfect day look like? Splash-landing from a spiraling waterslide? Retreating to a chill chaise in an overwater cabana? Kayaking from a palm-fringed beach? Taking a dip in a seemingly limitless pool? All of the above?

Check, says Royal Caribbean International, the cruise line that dreamed up all these superlative experiences – and more – and then, when it couldn’t find them on one island, put them all together at the private CocoCay in the Bahamas, calling it Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Beginning in May, select Royal Caribbean ships will begin calling on the island, effectively docking its floating resorts at a stationary one.

“With the private island, they’re taking the Royal Caribbean experience from ship to shore,” says Virtuoso advisor Leah Bergner. “It’s presented as, essentially, an extension of the fleet.”

Like the ships, the island incorporates both adrenalized and Zen attractions. Among its five slides, the water park hosts the tallest waterslide in North America – the corkscrewing, 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – as well as the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, the largest freshwater swimming pool in the Caribbean, and two mega-sized drench buckets. Thrill-seekers can cross the island via the 1,600-foot zip line. And a tethered helium balloon floats up to 450 feet above all the action for Instagrammable views.
Seven looping waterslides make up the exhilarating Daredevil’s Peak.
Seven looping waterslides make up the exhilarating Daredevil’s Peak.
On the chill end of the island’s spectrum, Coco Beach Club, coming in December, will offer overwater bungalows built above the turquoise shallows. Ideal for castaway couples or as family base camps, the butler-serviced, thatch-roofed oases accommodate up to eight guests and come furnished with a hammock, a minibar, and a slide into the sea. Other cabanas and umbrellas throughout the island, as well as spa services, create more opportunities to kick back in the shade.

Winner of Virtuoso’s Best Multigenerational Program in the cruise division for the past two years, Royal Caribbean aims to balance the interests of all ages.

“Royal Caribbean distinguishes itself by offering many different options for multigenerational families traveling together that satisfy many different interests,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Deborah Director. “This fantastic private island experience combines the best of land and sea in ways that entertain everyone.”
Snorkel straight from your overwater cabana.
Snorkel straight from your overwater cabana.
The first ships sailing in the Caribbean and the Bahamas to call at Perfect Day at CocoCay include Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, on May 4 and 10, respectively. The two Royal Amplified – extensively remodeled – ships feature pools twice the size of the originals, waterslides that race out over the sides of the ships, new tiki bars, laser tag games, escape rooms, and a range of fresh restaurants from Mexican to Italian. Every future itinerary aboard these two ships will also call at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Because of the island’s proximity to Florida, both seven-night eastern Caribbean and seven-night western Caribbean itineraries aboard the deluxe Oasis Class ships – the largest at sea – may visit Perfect Day at CocoCay for full-day port calls. The 6,687-passenger Harmony of the Seas departs Orlando on May 12 for a full day at the island before continuing on to Saint Thomas and Sint Maarten and returning to its home port. On May 11, the 6,680-passenger Symphony of the Seas leaves Miami for Honduras and Mexico, circling back to Perfect Day at CocoCay before heading back to Miami.
At the freshwater Oasis Lagoon, guests can opt for a private cabana or enjoy a cold drink at the swim-up bar.
At the freshwater Oasis Lagoon, guests can opt for a private cabana or enjoy a cold drink at the swim-up bar.
Guests sailing in Royal Suite Class have the services of a Royal Genie – “a personal concierge who quickly learns your style and intuitively makes sure you have everything you want before you wanted it,” says Director – available both on and off the ship to organize special experiences, such as securing a secluded cabana and stocking it with your favorite drinks, or throwing a birthday party.

As on the ships, food is complimentary at Perfect Day at CocoCay’s five restaurants, including the Caribbean-style Chill Grill and the Skipper’s Grill, which specializes in burgers and barbecued chicken.
Grab a cold brew from the self-serve station at the Chill Grill.
Grab a cold brew from the self-serve station at the Chill Grill.
In time for the end-of-year festive season in late 2019, Perfect Day at CocoCay will introduce South Beach, an oceanfront strand that will be home to sports courts, fitness classes, and beach chairs for camping out on the sand. Coco Beach Club’s overwater complex, including the Mediterranean-focused Grille at Coco Beach Club, will also open in December.
The Coco Beach Club will include an oceanfront 2,600-square-feet infinity pool, spa treatments, and waterfront dining.
The Coco Beach Club will include an oceanfront 2,600-square-feet infinity pool, spa treatments, and waterfront dining.
With a broad range of programs, activities, and island neighborhoods, Perfect Day at CocoCay will allow diverse visitors to define their perfect day. That, say advisors, makes a family vacation – rife with divided opinions on what to do – successful for everyone.

“I’ve seen it happen on ships where you think you outgrow things like wave pools, or that they’re not for you, but, like at Disneyland, you see it through a child’s eyes and become a kid again yourself. You drop the stress of the job/finances/responsibilities and cut loose,” says Bergner. “You can refresh and renew with Royal Caribbean because it’s not stuffy or pretentious. Everyone is having a good time.”

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