Royal Caribbean Always Enhancing the Perfect Day
Royal Caribbean International continues to outdo themselves with innovations on their ships, and their private islands have definitely not been forgotten. With their Perfect Day Island Collection which includes CocoCay in the Bahamas and Lelepa in Vanuatu, they are creating an exciting extension of their ships. “We are introducing Perfect Day Island Collection to ensure that we deliver the most memorable vacation for adventure-seekers on land, as well as on board our ships,” CEO Michael Bayley said.
Formerly known as Little Stirrup Cay, CocoCay was revealed in 2019 after undergoing a major facelift that cost $250 million. In 2022, A Perfect Day at Lelepa in the South Pacific will be available on South Pacific itineraries. Labadee in Haiti is also expected to undergo some changes in the near future. Royal Caribbean International has found a way to please all types of cruisers!
CocoCay focuses on the Thrill and/or Chill factors with the many options on the island. It starts with a local band and dancers as guests get off the ship and follow the colored brick paths to where they need to go. A green path leads to the ‘chill’ spots on the island, a blue path leads to the Thrill Waterpark and the red path tours the island.
The thrill factors for CocoCay include the Thrill waterpark with 2 water towers, 13 water slides and the largest wave pool in the Caribbean. This waterpark has a 135-foot tall Daredevil’s Peak slide for the ultimate thrill seekers, and overall, the most slides found in any Caribbean water park. The kid-friendly obstacle course pool is also an adventurous activity, but for the dare devils who want to be above water, there is a 1,600 foot zip line with – you guessed it – a water landing. For the smaller thrill seekers, the Adventure Pool is perfect to climb, bounce, splash, and swing.
Other levels of activity include the Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. There is a kid friendly beach area, a swim up bar as well as swim up islands. Guests can enjoy swimming around or simply lounging on in-water loungers or in private cabanas (cabana attendants are available) and soaking in the beauty of the Bahamian waters and skies. Another chill thrill available on the island is the helium balloon that goes up 450 feet in the air.
Since this island is somewhat an extension of the ship, there is bound to be plentiful food. On Chill Island you can find the largest dining area in addition to excursions, tours and other beach activities. South Beach area offers a long list of sports and beach activities, and the perfect spots to nap on a daybed or in a teepee cabana and of course get that Instagram worthy pic.
The exclusive Coco Beach Club is the ultimate luxury – over water cabanas with over-water hammocks. Now that IG post will make anyone jealous! The privacy at the Coco Beach Club includes a freshwater infinity edge pool and bar with freshly made Mediterranean food for dining.
CocoCay is the private island built to encompass what you would find a portion of in all the other islands in the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean International has brought it all together to better serve all their guests in one place since there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ vacation. Royal Caribbean’s Vicki Freed, SVP Sales and Trade Support & Service, said Perfect Day at CocoCay is ‘Royal Caribbean delivering the wow in a whole new way.’
Others may find a perfect day slightly different than what is offered at CocoCay, and that’s where Lelepa comes in. The Perfect Day at Lelepa is being built with sustainability in mind and Lelepa will be the first private, carbon-neutral destination in the world. They plan to safeguard the island’s ecosystem: “We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed,” Michael Bayley said. “That idea goes beyond simply protecting the ecological features of Lelepa and includes showing respect for the people and traditions that make this a special place.”
Royal Caribbean International has taken all the best features from many destinations and have made their own ‘Perfect Island’ for the Caribbean and with another soon to come in the South Pacific.