Royal Caribbean officially opened its new and improved
Bahamian private island, the first of five in a series it will brand with the "Perfect
The Perfect Day at CocoCay is a $250 million upgrade of the
CocoCay island that Royal Caribbean has been visiting for years. Its signature
feature is a 135-foot tower with seven water slides running off it. The Daredevil's Tower
is part of an extra-fee water park that will also include a wave pool, billed
as the largest in the Caribbean, and an adventure pool with an interactive
Another part of the island offers the Oasis Lagoon, the
largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Like some of the other features,
Oasis Lagoon has been open prior to the weekend's grand opening. The island has
been taking calls on its newly built pier since March.
A 1,600-foot-long zipline course crisscrosses Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Royal Caribbean said that 12 of its ships based on the East
Coast and Florida will visit CocoCay, including two in the short-cruise market,
the Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral and the Navigator of the Seas from
The larger, improved ships are designed to work in tandem
with the upgrades at CocoCay to make short cruises more appealing, especially
"The short cruises are very attractive -- it's like a
test drive for the new to cruise, because it's not a big investment in time, it's
not a big investment in money. So, by putting in better hardware, it's really
flipping the cruise industry upside down," said Vicki Freed, Royal
Caribbean's senior vice president of sales, trade support and services.
In a recent conference call for investors, Royal Caribbean executives
said that ships with CocoCay in their itineraries are booked better than those
The pier is designed to handle two large ships at a time.
Royal Caribbean president Michael Bayley said the island was built for a peak
load of 10,000 passengers but that Royal Caribbean has been looking at the
potential for three-ship calls.
Perfect Day at CocoCay's Oasis Lagoon is the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.
Some of the attractions will be free, while others will not.
Full-day entrance to the water park will cost $44 to $99, depending on
There is also a zip line ($39 to $99) and a helium
observation balloon ($39 to $99).
A second phase of Perfect Day is scheduled to open in
December. The upscale Coco Beach Club will have overwater cabanas, some of
which will rent for $1,599 a day, along with an infinity pool and a club area
that has day beds, loungers and an exclusive restaurant.
Four more Perfect Day islands are in the works worldwide,
including another re-worked island and three that will be new from the ground
up, Royal Caribbean said.