Anyone who reads Cruzely knows that we are big fans of CocoCay.
The Royal Caribbean private island recently underwent a $250 million renovation that took it from a sleepy spot in the Bahamas to a complete destination.
Visit today and you’ll find everything from white sand beaches to the Caribbean’s largest pool to ziplines, restaurants, cabanas, and even private over-the-water villas.
But the crown jewel of the island (and the first thing you’ll see from the ship) is the Thrill Waterpark.
Rising high above the rest of the island, the waterslides at Thrill Waterpark include the Daredevil’s Peak, which is the tallest waterslide in North America.
In total there are eight different slides at Thrill Waterpark on CocoCay, but that’s just the start. The park features a wave pool, an obstacle course over the water, showers, lockers, food, cabanas, and more.
We’ve spent time at Thrill Waterpark, and rank it as some of the most fun we’ve had on a cruise. If you’re a fan of waterparks, it’s on par with anything you’d find on land.
But there’s something we recently saw that makes us wonder if Thrill Waterpark on CocoCay is still worth it.
Some Cruises to CocoCay Carry a Big Price Tag
Unlike most of the rest of CocoCay, there is a charge for guests who want to visit Thrill Waterpark. The admission fee applies to every person over three years old.
How much you pay depends on your specific cruise. Royal Caribbean changes the price depending on the trip. As their website says regarding pricing, “Prices and pricing policies may vary by season and are subject to change without notice.”
When we first visited the waterpark on CocoCay in October 2019, the price in our cruise planner was quoted at $50.99 per person for admission. In other words, a family of four would pay $204 for a day at the waterpark.
That may sound high to some, but it’s actually in line with what you’d expect from a waterpark back home.
We looked up the regular prices of admission to some of the biggest and most well-known waterparks in the United States:
- Raging Waters (CA): ~$49 per day
- Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (TX): ~$53 per day
- Noah’s Ark (WI): ~$40 per day
But the price charged for Thrill Waterpark looks to be rising.
Someone sailing on the exact same cruise that we sailed — a 3-day trip aboard Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral — sent us their pricing. Their trip, departing in May 2020 saw pricing that was much higher than what we had on our October cruise. Take a look:
As you can see, the exact same cruise departing in May 2020 is charging $84 per person to visit Thrill Waterpark on CocoCay. That’s nearly 65% higher than the pricing on our cruise that was just seven months prior.
(Editor’s Note: Since publishing this article, another reader sent us their pricing of $139 per day during their cruise in August 2020. That’s $556 for a family of four to visit.)
For reference, a day at Disney World currently runs $109 per day.
Of course, this begs the question: Is Thrill Waterpark worth the money?
Is Thrill Waterpark Worth It at $84 a Day?
As we mentioned earlier, we loved CocoCay and had a blast visiting Thrill Waterpark on our cruise. We were fortunate enough to be given free passes from Royal Caribbean.
After visiting, we’d have no problem paying the $51 per person admission to go again. To us, it was comparable to the top waterparks in the U.S.; paying a similar price for the island’s waterpark seems fair.
At $84 per person ($336 for a family of four), we would think twice about paying that much.
There’s no doubt that Thrill Waterpark is the highlight of CocoCay, but the island still offers a lot to do for free without having to pay that much money. Instead, you can spend a day hanging out on the beach or by the pool on CocoCay, and then visit a waterpark back home for only about half the price.
The good news is that with the dynamic pricing that Royal Caribbean offers, your specific cruise might have a lower price for admission to CocoCay. At $51 per person, we think it’s a fair price. At $84, we’d save our money.
What’s your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.
For a list of more prices for activities on CocoCay, see our article here.