Posted on 06/01/2023
If you’re looking for thrill or chill—or the perfect combination of the two—there’s an entire private island destination for you. Pick almost any Caribbean cruise, from weekend getaways to weeklong sailings, on ships like Wonder of the Seas and the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas, and you’ll find your way to Perfect Day at CocoCay. At this slice of paradise in The Bahamas, discover everything from 13 high-speed waterslides—including the tallest one in North America—to a zip line, a helium balloon adventure and plenty of spots to kick back, like overwater cabanas and white sand beaches.
Consider this your guide to making the most of your island time, whether you’re looking to relax, get your adrenaline pumping or both:
If you want to get your adrenaline pumping…
Plunge down North America’s tallest waterslide
Time it takes: 30 to 40 seconds on average
What to expect: The bravest kids and adults alike can get their hearts racing on Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America at a towering 135 feet tall and one of the 13 waterslides that make up Perfect Day at CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark. Take a moment to enjoy the views from the top—and pick out your next stop on the island—before plunging down the 764 feet of exciting twists and turns.
Take in the views from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas
Time it takes: 7 minutes
Pro tip: Bring your camera to capture the stunning sights.
What to expect: Take your vacation to new heights by soaring up to 450 feet on the helium balloon adventure, Up, Up & Away. Tethered to the heart of the island, it promises beautiful views of all of Perfect Day at CocoCay and the turquoise blue waters surrounding the island—you may even spot marine life, too!
Zigzag across the island on the zip line
Time it takes: 45 minutes
What to expect: Get a birds-eye view of the thrill and chill in every direction on the island by crisscrossing above it on the exhilarating 1,600-foot-long zip line course with three parts. Zip by both waterslide towers in Thrill Waterpark and the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, see your ship from a new perspective, go over the water at Harbor Beach and catch a glimpse of Oasis Lagoon and the miles of beaches below.
If you want to get in some R&R…
Grab a drink at the swim-up bar in Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean
Pro tip: Ask for a Coco Loco cocktail, one of Royal Caribbean’s signature drinks
What to expect: It’s five o’clock somewhere, so head over to the in-water loungers and swim-up bar in Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool. Oasis Lagoon has different coves with unique vibes to explore, from the kid-friendly shallows where the whole family can play, to three swim-up islands with lively vibes and even private cabanas with attendant service that you can reserve for total relaxation.
Book an overwater cabana at Coco Beach Club
Pro tip: Make time to also enjoy Coco Beach Club’s private beach, infinity pool, restaurant and bar by renting a cabana.
What to expect: Coco Beach Club has beachside cabanas in addition to overwater cabanas, which are the first of their kind in The Bahamas, and they are the ultimate way to just kick back. The retreat is all about laidback luxury, and the cabanas come with serious perks, like a private attendant, overwater hammocks, food and drinks delivered right to your table, a freshwater shower, sun loungers and more.
Swim in the serene waters at Chill Island
Pro tip: Chill Island also has wave runners you can rent to check out all the sights of the island and beyond while enjoying the waves.
What to expect: On Chill Island, you’ll find miles of crystal-clear waters and powdery sand dotted with free-to-use umbrellas and loungers to maximize relaxation. Grab snorkels to discover schools of tropical fish, starfish and maybe even sea turtles, then you can recharge with sizzling bites at Chill Grill, which has several delicious complimentary dishes to choose from like barbecued chicken and Caribbean-style treats.
If you want to show the kids a good time…
Make a splash at Captain Jill’s Galleon and Splashaway Bay
Pro tip: Fuel up at Skipper’s Grill or Captain Jack’s—where there’s live music—before setting the kids loose.
What to expect: The youngest visitors on Perfect Day at CocoCay will love Captain Jill’s Galleon and Splashaway Bay. Captain Jill’s Galleon is a shipwreck complete with a crow’s nest, as well as slides and water cannons galore, while Splashaway Bay aqua park beckons the smallest swashbucklers with fountains, pools, kid-friendly waterslides and two drench buckets.