CoCo Cay Island (officially Little Stirrup Cay ) is one of Bahamas' Berry Islands, an archipelago of small isles and cays. It is located approx 55 ml (90 km) north of Nassau The island is privately leased and used exclusively by Royal Caribbean for cruise ship tourism purposes. CocoCay is adjacent to the NCL Norwegian Cruise Line's private island Great Stirrup Cay.
The Coco Cay Island has with of approx 1 ml (1,5 km) east to west). Most of the tourist activities are in its eastern part, where are also the beaches. They front a coral reef basin. On the island's northern side there is a pier where the cruise ship's tender boats dock to embark / disembark passengers.
CocoCay Island refurbishments 2015
In 2015, to the CocoCay Island's amenities were added:
- The old cabanas ("cabanettes", accommodating 2 guests) were renamed to "Beach Loungers". Cabana rental costs USD 59 (for 2 guests) and include 2 bottles of water (in a cooler), towels, 2 beach mats (floating) and a fruit plate. Note: Alternatively, beach mats cost USD 18 PP. Update: Since September 2016, RCI lowered the beach lounger rental pricing to USD 45 and "regrettably" removed all the amenities that were previously included in the deal.
- Previously, Royal Caribbean passengers were provided with a pulled by a tractor shuttle transportation as an alternative to long distance walks. In 2015 were added new trams, which are quieter and taller, and the ride is smoother.
- Previously, the tram's path was south of the nature trail (passing by the barracks and ending east of the cabanas. The 2015 added new tram route is shorter, running north of the nature trail and also ending east of the cabanas.
- A new fresh water shower was added to the Barefoot Beach area (north of the bar Beach Lounger).
As a cabana alternative, on the South Beach (fka Barefoot Beach) are offered the new Beach Loungers - shaded (clamshell) loungers called "cabanette". Upon arrival, you go to the open-air bar area, meet your attendant and get towels.
- Loungers are available on first come - first served basis.
- Coco Loco (Royal Caribbean souvenir cups) are available at the beach bar.
- The new Floating Bar is located just a quick walk away from the lounger area.
- Beach Loungers can be pre-cruise booked (reserved) via the RCI's "Cruise Planner". Note: You only need to book the lounger under one person.
CocoCay Island refurbishment 2016
Royal Caribbean Cruises, which owns Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and RCI, assumed the lease of the isle upon Admiral Cruises' acquisition and renamed it Coco Cay. Royal Caribbean is one of the first lines to lease islands for exclusive use.
- Among the CocoCay's newly added amenities is the new swim-up bar located near Barefoot Beach (aka South Beach). The new bar is adults-only and was inaugurated in July 2016. It is freely floating in the ocean, meaning to get a drink the island's visitors have to swim to it. The bar's rules forbid diving, flips, stunts, horseplay, trucks, pushing, also diving or swimming under the bar. Other new (2016) addditions are new cabanas and a new island dock.
- There are a total of 35 beach bungalows, accommodating up to 6 guests each. They are located in the island's South Beach ("members-only") area. The rental costs USD 225 per day . Each bungalow rental deal includes beach mats (floating), beach towels and water. Transportation to and from the area is via private shuttles. To the amenities of the CocoCay's South Beach area were added new restrooms (located nearby, at ~5-min walking distance) and a total of 650 sunloungers.
- Since 2016, CocoCay offers full-day beach bed rentals. Rental costs USD 150 capacity up to 6 guests each) and is inclusive of 2 floating beach mats, beach towels and a cooler (with 4 bottles of water). Beach beds are positioned among the South Beach's palm trees and have adjustable curtain walls. Transportation to and from the area is via private Cocolimo shuttle.
CocoCay Island refurbishments and expansion 2017-2018
In early March 2017, Royal Caribbean announced a planned investment in Coco Cay. The expansion project includes building of a dedicated cruise ship docking pier, adding new features, amenities and shopping options.
- The new pier is able to handle the largest RCI ships (Oasis-class). Construction works will be done in several phases, with scheduled completion in 2019. The project will not affect the RCI's scheduled cruises to CocoCay. According to RCI, CocoCay's cruise ship pier should be complete by June 2018.
- Royal Caribbean also signed a 5-year agreement with The Bahamas government aimed to increase the cruise company's employment of Bahamian citizens. The company will also invest in a hospitality training program. The company will create a curriculum to prepare thousands of Bahamian students for maritime careers on RCCL ships. Classes will be lead by certified instructors providing theoretical and practical information and training to help students develop hospitality skills. Besides classroom teaching, students will also receive training from the company's onboard staff.
- By the 2017, Royal Caribbean also has joint ownership of the Freeport shipyard where major drydock refurbishments and ship maintenance works take place.
- On April 26, 2017, Royal Caribbean held an official groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held while the ship Enchantment of the Seas was docked in CocoCay as part of a 4 nights / 5 days Bahamas cruise roundtrip from Miami to Nassau, (April 25), Coco Cay and Key West Florida (April 27).
- Among the island's newly added amenities are basketball court, bocce ball court (for up to 4 players), bowling court, volleyball nets, large-size pool table.
CocoCay Island expansion 2018-2019
In mid-March 2018, RCCL announced the company's private island renovation project for CocoCay. The project will be completed in phases - starting in September 2018, with scheduled opening by 2019 spring (most new attractions) and completion by November 2019 (when Coco Beach Club will be inaugurated).
Thrill Waterpark attraction to be constructed, with 2 water towers (Daredevil’s Tower, Family Tower) with a total of 13 slides. The Daredevil’s Tower complex consists of North America's tallest waterslide (named Daredevil’s Peak, height 135 ft / 41 m), Dueling Demons (2 drop slides), Manta Raycers (2 high-speed slides), Screeching Serpent (fully vertical slide), Green Mamba (coiling slide), as well as Caribbean’s largest wave pool (Adventure Pool ) with obstacle course (lily pads), rock-climbing wall, . The Family Tower complex consists of all 6 waterslides, including 1 tubed (The Twister, capacity 2 persons sharing 1 raft), 1 zero-gravity (The Slingshot, capacity 4 persons) and 1 racing (Splash Speedway, with 4 lanes).
Caribbean’s biggest freshwater swimming pool (named Oasis Lagoon) has a swim-up bar and water loungers. Caribbean's only Zip-line with water landing has length 1600 ft (488 m) and crisscrosses the island at heigths up to 50 ft (15 m). The Bahamas' highest vantage point (an attraction named "Up, Up and Away") is a helium balloon flying up to 450 ft (137 m) above ground.
Three new beaches - Chill Island (with private cabanas and daybeds), South Beach (specifically designed for beachside activities - volleyball, basketball, soccer, paddle boards, glass-bottom seakayaks, zorbs (nflatable bumper bubble balls) and Coco Beach Club (exclusive beach providing premium island vacation experiences with overwater cabanas). Coco Beach Club cabana rentals are inclusive of 1 hammock, 1 waterslide and dedicated service by a cabana attendant. The complex also includes a freshwater infinity pool, its own full bar and an exclusive restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine specialties.
Other newly added island attractions and amenities include:
- Shipwreck Galleon (kids park) has 30 water cannons. The Sprayaway Geyser sprays water up to 82 ft (25 m) in the air. Both are part of Splashaway Bay. This is the enlarged version of the Royal Caribbean ships upgraded onboard aqua parks for kids, fitted with fountains, splash pools, sprinklers, geysers, cannons, whirlpools, slides, 2 drench buckets.
- Captain Jack’s is a new bar and dining venue - designed as rowboat, with waterfront views, serving beverages and fast-food items (including chicken wings and steak fries).
- Skipper’s Grill serves lunch fast-food (including sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads).
- The beachside restaurant Chill Grill is CocoCay's largest. Also new is the food bar Snack Shack.
- Newly added amenities include wave runner and boat tours, snorkeling, private cabanas and daybeds for rental, several beach bars with upgraded menus.
CocoCay is one of Royal Caribbean's "Perfect Day Island Collection" - privately developed land destinations in the regions of Caribbean, Asia and Australia. RCCL's "Island Collection" project's total budget is USD 200 million.
Highlights: Private Island, watersports
Coco Cay cruise terminal
Before 2018, Royal Caribbean ships to CocoCay Island were moored (anchored) and their passengers were offloaded (tendered ashore) via the ship's tender boats. The tendering ride was about 15 min. The liner's tenders docked at a dedicated pier to embark / disembark passengers.
Cruise ship disembarkation on the island is in the morning, at around 10:30 am. After the tendering, passengers go to the Shore Excursions desk. To the building's back is a tram going to the Beach Lounger area. The route is also a long walk on the beach, so walking to the loungers / beach area is a great option to see the island's vast majority along your way.
Since June 2018, cruise ships dock directly at a new pier, where are able to berth the world's largest ships of the Oasis-class.
Port Coco Cay cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Coco Cay, Bahamas private island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Coco Cay cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Coco Cay, Bahamas private island.
If you lose the Coco Cay location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Royal Caribbean announced new private island collection. Line's Perfect Day Island Collection is due to launch via a $200 million refurbishment...March 15, 2018
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