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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Jew » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:09 pm

Royal Caribbean has announced a major upgrade to CoCoCay!

https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1350/royal-caribbean-eyes-next-generation-of-cruisers-with-multibillion-dollar-investment-in-ships-experiences-and-destinations/

Vacation time is precious, and travelers today have higher expectations and more options than ever. Consumers continue to invest more in experiences and make choices based on the range of emotional benefits gained from quality time away. Knowing this, Royal Caribbean International is making a multibillion-dollar investment in providing its loyal guests and the next generation of cruisers with the most advanced, customizable vacation adventures that will lead to rich, memory-making moments worth experiencing and repeating.

New Global Private Island Collection Debuts at CocoCay, Bahamas in 2019
A cruise vacation is much more than the ship itself. In one of the company’s most ambitious projects yet, Royal Caribbean is changing what it means to thrill and chill on vacation with the unveiling of its new Perfect Day Island Collection, a series of unrivaled and exclusive private island destinations around the world.

The first in the collection, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is a $200 million transformation of the cruise line’s existing private island in The Bahamas that will deliver the ultimate family destination in the Caribbean.

Highlights include:

  • Thrill Waterpark, featuring two brag-worthy water towers with 13 slides – the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean – will include the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America. In addition, the waterpark will feature the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool.
  • Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, with a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.
  • A 1,600-foot zip line that crisscrosses the island at up to 50 feet high and features the only water landing in the Caribbean.
  • A helium balloon, dubbed Up, Up and Away, floats up to 450 feet above the ground providing for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas.
  • Two specially designed beaches – Chill Island for the ultimate beach escape, complete with pristine, crystal-clear tropical waters and white powder-like sand – and plentiful cabanas and daybeds for relaxation; and the action-packed South Beach with volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball.
  • The exclusive Coco Beach Club, will offer an upscale island experience that will feature the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas.
Royal Caribbean ships departing from the U.S. states of New York, Maryland and Florida will call at Perfect Day at CocoCay, providing guests with vacation adventures like no other in the Caribbean. The island transformation will roll out in phases beginning September 2018 with the completion of a new pier, and by spring 2019 the majority of the island’s experiences will be open. Coco Beach Club, the final phase, is set to open November 2019. Additional Perfect Day Island Collection destinations in Asia, Australia and the Caribbean will be announced at a later date.

“It’s true that our ships are technological and engineering marvels in their own right and offer a multitude of unexpected experiences; but our destinations are an equally important part of the cruise vacation,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We are introducing the Perfect Day Island Collection to deliver the most memorable vacation for adventure seekers on land and on board our ships. Once completed Perfect Day at CocoCay will be the ultimate family destination in the Caribbean.”

Royal Amplified Fleet Modernization Will Deliver New Innovations On Every Deck
Adding to recently announced digital innovations, including frictionless check-in, stateroom technology and a new mobile app, the cruise line has committed $900 million to reimagining its fleet through a new modernization effort called Royal Amplified. Spanning 10 ships in four years, the program will touch every facet of the guest experience, and introduce a wide range of innovative features and bold, new experiences, including specialized pool spaces, experiential dining and nightlife concepts, and first-of-its-kind attractions like Sky Pad, an out-of-this-world virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience. Royal Amplified reflects the company’s passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to delivering the best vacation in the world.

Weekend Getaways Reimagined
Royal Caribbean’s increased popularity among millennials resulted in the cruise line being named “Cruise Line Brand of the Year” in The Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. This important, rising generation of travelers opts for more frequent and often shorter vacations, and Royal Caribbean is answering that call by amping up its short Caribbean getaways, setting a new industry standard. In summer 2018, Mariner of the Seas will undergo a $90 million modernization adding new thrills, including Sky Pad and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience; The Bamboo Room, a retro lounge with tiki-chic décor; and the fun, vibrant Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. Mariner will sail 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami, FL redefining the weekend getaway.

Sister ship Navigator of the Seas will follow in 2019, and receive an even more extensive modernization before joining Mariner of the Seas to offer short escapes. In 2019, both ships will call extensively on Perfect Day at CocoCay, making for the most ultimate quick getaway.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby ElvisLuv » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:54 pm

Jew wrote:Royal Caribbean has announced a major upgrade to CoCoCay!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2018/03/14/royal-caribbean-plans-massive-overhaul-private-island-cococay/424379002/

NEW YORK — Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, is about to get a massive makeover that will include the addition of one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean or Bahamas.

The $200 million overhaul of the 125-acre beach hideaway, to be renamed Perfect Day at CocoCay, also will bring the largest freshwater pool in the region, a helium balloon ride that takes cruisers 450 feet into the air and several other over-the-top features.

"We've been working on it for about three years," Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley told USA TODAY on Wednesday, describing a project on a scale never before seen for a cruise ship private island. "It's really about bringing the kind of innovation and creativity that we've brought the past few years to our ships and creating the kind of experience ashore that we think (will) deliver the perfect day."

Speaking with USA TODAY in advance of announcing the makeover Wednesday evening at a New York event, Bayley said the overhaul of CocoCay will include the installation of a pier that will be able to accommodate even the biggest of Royal Caribbean's 24 ships. Vessels visiting the island now must anchor off shore and ferry passengers to land, and the island is off limits to Royal Caribbean's biggest vessels.

"It's a big change," Bayley noted. "It's going to allow our Oasis Class ships to visit."

Measuring more than 225,000 tons a piece with room for more than 6,000 passengers, Royal Caribbean's three Oasis Class ships are more than 30% bigger than the world's next biggest cruise vessels. They are so big they only can visit a limited number of ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas.


Between this and MSC's coming Island, hopefully Disney will plus up Castaway

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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby ElvisLuv » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:55 pm

Jew wrote:Royal Caribbean has announced a major upgrade to CoCoCay!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2018/03/14/royal-caribbean-plans-massive-overhaul-private-island-cococay/424379002/

NEW YORK — Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, is about to get a massive makeover that will include the addition of one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean or Bahamas.

The $200 million overhaul of the 125-acre beach hideaway, to be renamed Perfect Day at CocoCay, also will bring the largest freshwater pool in the region, a helium balloon ride that takes cruisers 450 feet into the air and several other over-the-top features.

"We've been working on it for about three years," Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley told USA TODAY on Wednesday, describing a project on a scale never before seen for a cruise ship private island. "It's really about bringing the kind of innovation and creativity that we've brought the past few years to our ships and creating the kind of experience ashore that we think (will) deliver the perfect day."

Speaking with USA TODAY in advance of announcing the makeover Wednesday evening at a New York event, Bayley said the overhaul of CocoCay will include the installation of a pier that will be able to accommodate even the biggest of Royal Caribbean's 24 ships. Vessels visiting the island now must anchor off shore and ferry passengers to land, and the island is off limits to Royal Caribbean's biggest vessels.

"It's a big change," Bayley noted. "It's going to allow our Oasis Class ships to visit."

Measuring more than 225,000 tons a piece with room for more than 6,000 passengers, Royal Caribbean's three Oasis Class ships are more than 30% bigger than the world's next biggest cruise vessels. They are so big they only can visit a limited number of ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas.


Between this and MSC's coming Island, hopefully Disney will plus up Castaway

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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:56 pm

The new Celebrity Cruise Edge class ship looks awesome!!! Seems like it has some pretty cool suites onboard too!!

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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby jray21 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:58 pm



That sounds awesome!!!
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:11 pm

jray21 wrote:That sounds awesome!!!


What ever you do... do NOT read the comments on Royal's official Facebook Announcement.

Here, I can pretty much sum them up for you so you know what you are not really missing out on:

Super Bitchy Uneducated Overly Entitled Royal Caribbean Guests wrote:OMFG!!! I CAN'T BELIVED ROYAL CARIDNEBAN WOULD DO THIS TO US!! WE ARE ULTRA PREMEUM DIAMAND ELEITE STATUS GUESTESS. HOW CAN THEIR TURNT OUR ISNALD INTO ONE OF DEM DER MUSMENT PARKS?!? IF WE WANTED A MUSMENT PARK WE WOULD HAVD GONT TO ONE. WE GONNA GO BACK TO KARNIVAL IF DIS HOW ROYAL GONNA TREAT THEIR BEST GUEST.


There you go! Now just save your self and your time and don't go to FB!! You will thank me later!!
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:09 am

<sighs> In another lifetime, I/we will do many, many cruises. On big beautiful ships like this one looks like. :wink:
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:39 am

So looking forward to June when we take off on our cruise to the Eastern coast of Central America. We have 2 scheduled dives and I finally get to the Myan ruins. So excited! :b

:omg: Which reminds me, I need to get Alana and the kids new passports.

Sh!t! Better get on that when I get home from Atlanta.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:50 am

That RCCL Coco Cay upgrade looks amazing, I haven't been on a cruise in a while, and haven't taken the kids on one yet, but that's exactly the kind of feature that would entice me to consider one for our next vacation.

Speaking of kids and cruises, just generally speaking does anyone have any good or bad tips for cursing (edit: cruising) with younger kids? What's a good age to take them on their first cruise? Mine are coming up on 3 and 6 so we figured we're probably getting close.
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Re: The Cruise Ship and Cruise Line Discussion Thread!

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:12 am

^I've cursed around my kids since birth. Doesn't seem to have effected them... ...much.
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