Royal Caribbean International – owner of the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas – has opened its first private island in the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for its passengers.
Costing some US$250mil (RM1.17bil), the island, named Perfect Day at CocoCay, is geared-up for water-based fun as well as relaxation. Here’s a look at some of the attractions awaiting vacationers at this new destination, served by 11 ships sailing from Florida and the northeastern ports in the United States.
White-knuckle water slides
Royal Caribbean is renowned for its onboard attractions, offering thrill-seeking passengers ever wilder times. The Ultimate Abyss water slide on board Symphony of the Seas, for example, is billed as the tallest slide at sea. In the same vein, the firm has equipped its private island with an attraction named Daredevil’s Tower, standing over 40m tall. Adrenaline junkies can test the tower’s twin drop slides, which launch riders from a vertical position. In total, daredevils have 13 waterslides to try out, located in a special Thrill Waterpark zone with capacity for up to 1,900 people. Vacationers can also go head-to-head on the four-lane Splash Speedway racing slides or try the Slingshot zero-gravity slide for four.
Spectacular swimming pools
The cruise line brand’s private island also boasts the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, dubbed the Oasis Lagoon. This watery hangout offers a sunbathers’ paradise, complete with a swim-up bar for grabbing a cocktail. In certain parts of the pool, swimmers can splash to the sound of an underwater sound system. Thrill-seekers can head to the island’s wave pool – also the Caribbean’s largest – where a timer counts down to the start of its big waves. And there are more aquatic attractions to come, with a further pool being developed. This vast beachfront infinity pool, featuring in-water loungers, is set to open in December as part of the Coco Beach Club development, which will also feature overwater cabanas, each with its own slide into the ocean.
A zip-wire course
Passengers sailing on Symphony of the Seas, currently the world’s largest cruise ship, can already whizz across the vessel on a zip line. Now, Royal Caribbean is offering visitors to its private island the chance to take in the view from the air with a zip-line course running over 480m, crisscrossing the island and ending with a splash landing.
Up and away
Another way to take in Perfect Day at CocoCay is in a helium balloon, promising 360° views over the island and The Bahamas from the highest vantage point in the archipelago. Here, Royal Caribbean provides the perfect opportunity for travelers to share breathtaking snaps of their experience on social media. The trip lasts 10 minutes, with each balloon taking up to 30 passengers. – AFP Relaxnews