Royal Caribbean Announces Huge Updates to CocoCay

For those of you who have sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship departing the East Coast, there’s a good chance that you’ve visited CocoCay.

The private Bahamian island is owned by Royal Caribbean and serves as a popular port of call for its guests. Visit CocoCay and you can hang out on the beach, explore the island, play sports and games, and even do some souvenir shopping.

But now the cruise has has announced a major upgrade to the island that’s nothing short of jaw-dropping. Put simply, the island looks like it will become a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on land.

In a press release, the company explained that it will add tons of new features to CocoCay. Most notably, the island will soon have Thrill Waterpark — which will rival any waterpark in the world.

According to the statement from Royal Caribbean:

“Thrill Waterpark will lie at the heart of Perfect Day at CocoCay, daring the most adrenaline-seeking guests to conquer two brag-worthy water towers with 13 slides – the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean – as well as the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool. Key features of Thrill Waterpark will include:
Daredevil’s Tower – Guests will push their limits on seven exhilarating slides, including twin Dueling Demons drop slides and the duo of Manta Raycers; the high-speed, fully vertical Screeching Serpent; the coiling Green Mamba; and the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America.
Family Tower – Adventurous squads will share the thrill with six multi-rider slides, including The Twister, a winding tube slide for two sharing a raft; The Slingshot, a zero-gravity slide for four; and the four-lane Splash Speedway racing slides.
Adventure seekers of all ages can also ride the tide at the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and leave their cares on land as they soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on a 1,600-foot zip line – ending with the only splash water landing in the region.
At Adventure Pool, little adventurers will find an obstacle course with lily pads, a rock-climbing wall and swing ropes to bounce, climb and swing to their heart’s content.”

While that would seem enough of an improvement to brag about, it’s actually just one piece of the coming upgrades announced this week.

Also included are a number of additional improvements, including:

  • The company’s largest “Splashaway Bay“, a smaller water feature designed for kids.
  • The “Oasis Lagoon“, which will be the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool.
  • Up, Up and Away“, a helium balloon nearly 500 feet off the ground that will offer 360-degree views of the island and ships.
  • Chill Island“, a pristine beach for those that want to hang out by the water (complete with beach bars)
  • Coco Beach Club” which will feature over-the-water cabanas.

Here are some renderings to give you an idea of the scale of the project (click to enlarge):

According to the company the new improvements will roll out starting in September 2018, with most items completed in the Spring 2019 and the entire project finished by the end of 2019.

No word on how much the improvements will cost, but considering that Royal Caribbean regularly spends more than $1 billion on a single new ship, we have to imagine these improvements won’t be cheap!

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