Coco Cay (Bahamas private island)

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Coco Cay cruise port

Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
02:20 13 Dec 2018

Coordinates
25.81690 N, -77.93411 W

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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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (Bahamas) cruise port

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 covered pier where the ship's tender boats dock to embark / disembark passengers.

CocoCay Island refurbishments 2015

In 2015, to CocoCay'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, 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).

Note: For cabana rental prices see at port's "tours, shore excursion" section (at page bottom).

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island cabanas

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 (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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island beach bungalows

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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island waterslides

The new pier is covered and able to handle RCI's largest (Oasis-class) ships. 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 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.

On April 26, 2017, Royal Caribbean held an official groundbreaking ceremony while Enchantment of the Seas was docked here on a 4-day Bahamas cruise roundtrip from Miami to Nassau, (April 25), Coco Cay and Key West Florida (April 27).

Among 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), Tidal Wave (boomerang-style slide in the Family Tower area), as well as Caribbean’s largest wave pool (Adventure Pool ) with obstacle course (lily pads), rock-climbing wall and rope swing (in the swimming pool). 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).

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island wave pool

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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (waterslides, zip-line)

CocoCay has 3 new beaches:

  • Chill Island Beach offers  private cabanas and daybeds.
  • South Beach is specifically designed for beachside activities - volleyball, basketball, soccer, paddle boards, glass-bottom seakayaks, zorbs / nflatable bumper bubble balls. At South Beach  are offered bungalows, daybeds, teepees (cone-shaped tents).
  • Coco Beach Club is an exclusive beach with overwater cabanas providing premium island vacation experiences. Coco Beach cabana rentals are inclusive of 1 hammock, 1 waterslide, dedicated service (by an attendant). The complex also includes a freshwater infinity pool, full bar, an exclusive restaurant (serving Mediterranean cuisine specialties).

Other newly added island attractions and amenities include:

  • Shipwreck Galleon ("Captain Jack’s 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 aquapark. 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.CaptainJack’s Galleon" 
  • 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.
  • In May 2018, RCI announced plans to build permanent accommodations on CocoCay allowing Suite passengers to stay on the island overnight (or longer). The concept includes premium cabanas serving passengers on any of the RCI ships calling at CocoCay.
  • Note: For prices see at port's "tours, shore excursion" section (at page bottom).

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. The first ship scheduled to visit the new "Perfect Day CocoCay" was Navigator of the Seas - during the 3-day Bahamas cruise (May 3-6, 2019) from Miami to CocoCay (May 4) and Nassau (May 5).

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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island (waterslides, balloon)

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.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay Island map

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.

Coco Cay tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

CocoCay offers the following complimentary amenities and facilities:

  • dining venues (Skipper's Grill, Chill Grill, three Snack Shack bars)
  • Oasis Lagoon (swimming pool)
  • beach chairs, towels, freshwater showers, changing rooms, restrooms, sports courts, island tram service
  • Beach umbrellas and lockers are available for a nominal rental fee.
  • Bars and self-service beer stations are a la carte priced.
  • Captain Jack's dining menu is a la carte priced.
  • At surcharge are cabanas, daybeds, watersports equipment (diving, snorkeling, seakayaks, boats, etc).
  • There are no age restrictions on CocoCay, but some waterslides and activities (including helium balloon and zip-line) have height (120 cm) and weight (136 kg) restrictions.
  • CocoCay offers VOOM Internet and Wi-Fi packages and drink packages available for onboard purchasing and active on the island.
  • CocoCay doesn't offer dedicated daycare services. However, Royal Caribbean's kids program "Adventure Ocean" is complimentary and provides dedicated staff for supervised activities on the island.
  • Gluten free and vegetarian food is available at all dining venues.
  • There are designated smoking-allowed areas.
  • Charging stations are complimentary and available in all cabanas plus some public venues.
  • Most trash is recycled on the island, the rest is sent to the cruise ship.

Cabana rentals are available at all beaches, plus Thrill Waterpark and Oasis Lagoon (swimming pool). Overwater cabanas (capacity up to 8 persons) are available at Coco Beach Club. Cabana rentals are inclusive of attendant service, hammock, minibar, personal waterslide (going into the sea). Thrill Waterpark cabanas (up to 6 persons) are inclusive of entry fees, all waterslides and activities. Coco Beach cabanas are for up to 8 persons. Cabana rental prices are as follows:

  • Chill Island, South Beach and Oasis Lagoon (pool) cabanas are for 8 persons and cost $299-569.
  • The 6-person Thrill Waterpark cabanas cost $499-869 and are inclusive of park fees.
  • The 8-person Coco Beach Club cabanas cost $949-1549 and are inclusive of club fees.
  • The 8-person Coco Beach Club overwater cabanas cost $999-1599 and are inclusive of club fees.

Next are listed Royal Caribbean CocoCay shore excursions with prices.

Excursion Name / Booking CodeDurationPrice per Adult (USD)Price per Child (USD)
Aqua Park - Caylana's Castle Cove (ZC08)1 h2222
Aqua Park / Water Slide Combo (ZCC5)1 h3737
Beach Bungalows (ZCV3)full day279279
Beach Lounger for Two (ZCU5)full day4545
Certified Scuba Dive With Equipment (ZC04)1 h 30 min6868
Certified Scuba Dive Without Equipment (ZC05)1 h 30 min5757
CocoCay All Day Snorkeling at your Leisure (ZC06)full day3929
CocoCay Nature Walk (ZCC7)1 h 15 min3023
CocoCay Wave Jet Tour - Driver (ZC02)1 h 15 min109109
CocoCay Wave Jet Tour - Passenger (ZC11)1 h 15 min3333
Floating Beach Mat (ZC01)full day1818
Full-Day Beach Bed Rental (ZCV5)full day157157
Kayak Adventure (ZC07)1 h 30 min4343
Kayak Adventure and Snorkel Combo (ZCD7)1 h 30 min7257
Ocean View Deluxe Cabana (ZCh5)full day309309
Parasail Adventure Tour (QCC1)1 h104104
Reef Snorkeling and Sandbar Getaway (QCD5)2 h 30 min5747
Right Choice Glass Bottom Boat Tour (QCC3)1 h 30 min4233
Stingray City Bahamas (QCC8)1 h 30 min6749
Teen Adventure Pack (ZCC8)3 h5454
Water Slide - All Day Access (ZC10)full day2626

Coco Beach Club costs $54-99 (ages 13+), $24-64 (ages 4-12) and is complimentary for toddlers (ages 3-).

Helium balloon costs $39-99 (ages 13+), $24-64 (ages 4-12) and is complimentary for toddlers (ages 3-).

Zip-Line costs $79-139 pp. Thrill Wtarpark costs $44-99 (full day pass), $39-74 (half day pass) and is complimentary for toddlers (ages 3-).

"Thrill Wtarpark" plus "Zip Line" packages cost $99-179 (full day pass) and $89-149 (half day pass).

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.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 December, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
2 December, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
4 December, 2018
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
5 December, 2018
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
6 December, 2018
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEmpress Of The Seas07:0017:00
8 December, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
9 December, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
11 December, 2018
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
13 December, 2018
Thursday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00
14 December, 2018
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00
15 December, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
16 December, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
18 December, 2018
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineGrandeur Of The Seas08:0017:00
19 December, 2018
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
20 December, 2018
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
22 December, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
23 December, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
24 December, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEmpress Of The Seas07:0015:00
25 December, 2018
Tuesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAnthem of the Seas08:0018:00
26 December, 2018
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
27 December, 2018
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00
28 December, 2018
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineIndependence Of The Seas08:0017:00
29 December, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineMariner Of The Seas07:0017:00
30 December, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas08:0017:00

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