Upping the Cruise Experience

Upping the Cruise Experience

Would you go on a cruise just to stop at this island?

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Private island retreats for cruises are starting to become popular, with Disney Cruise Line and Holland America both having their own private islands exclusive to their passengers. Royal Caribbean has joined the fray and has taken it to a whole other level.

Technically, the cruise liner had their own island already, but it just underwent a $250 million transformation that took 14 months and over 1,000 workers to finish, before finally opening earlier this month.

The island, Perfect Day at CocoCay (exclusively for Royal Caribbean passengers), is 125 acres of adventure, as it is pretty much everything you can ask for and can accommodate up to 10,000 people at one time.

According to the company’s website, there are 21 water slides, including the tallest one in North America that towers at 135 feet. They have the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, along with a 1,600-foot zip line.

It’s also home to the Oasis Lagoon, which is the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool and happens to come with a swim-up bar and private cabanas. Not to mention, there are five different complimentary dining locations to choose from.

“We are so proud to bring our 50-year legacy of innovation ashore to transform an incredible island that now completely revolutionizes private destinations in the vacation industry,” said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International’s president, and CEO, in a statement.

There is a price for the fun though.  You will be charged somewhere from $44 to $99 per person for a full day at the water park and between $79 and $139 per person for the zip line. And if you wanted to take a balloon ride that would give you a vantage point 450 feet in the air, it would cost between $39 and $99 per person. Prices will vary depending on the season.

The island is the first of what they hope is a group of Royal Caribbean Perfect Day island retreats. They currently have plans to open more in the Caribbean, Asia, and Australia.

Popular online cruise review site, Cruise Critic was complimentary of CocoCay, with the site’s editor-in-chief, Colleen McDaniel believing that the “revolutionary” island is “really upping the cruise line private island game in terms of activities ashore.”

“Beyond creating incredible experiences for your avid customers, that’s where an investment of this magnitude has the potential to really pay off — to catch the eye of those who might not have ever tried cruising but are intrigued by this exclusive new experience,” she said.

“The Caribbean is the cruise industry’s most popular region, in terms of passengers and ship deployment,” McDaniel added. “So having private islands to add to itineraries is quite helpful to the lines to help preserve the in-port guest experience and the port’s own capacity.”

However, there is still one part of the island that will not be open until this December. It includes overwater cabanas- each with a personal slide into the ocean- and a 2,600-foot beachfront infinity pool. You can read more about this on CNN.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Would you go on a cruise just to stop at this island?

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75% I’ll pass
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