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Saturday,  July 13, 2024 8:03 AM 

Royal Caribbean welcomes Symphony of the Seas, details private island plans


Royal Caribbean welcomes Symphony of the Seas, details private island plans
An artist's rendering of Royal Caribbean's re-imagined CocoCay, the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas

Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of Symphony of the Seas, currently the world's largest cruise ship set to make its maiden voyage in April.

Measuring 1,188 feet long and 215 feet wide and capable of hosting 5,500 passengers, Symphony of the Seas will be spread over 16 bridges including 2,774 cabins of various categories.

Symphony of the Seas will sail to Barcelona for its inaugural cruise on April 7, sailing the Mediterranean before repositioning to Miami in the fall, where it will begin cruising the Caribbean in November.

Among the top features will be the Ultimate Family Suite, which will include a 212-square foot balcony, a 3D cinema with a popcorn machine, a jacuzzi and a slide to move quickly between the first and second floors.

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Perfect Day Collection

Royal Caribbean is also transforming CocoCay, the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas, with a $200 million investment to create a new family vacation experience.

The first in Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day Island collection (which will see the cruise line develop a series of and exclusive private island destinations around the world), Perfect Day at CocoCay will include experiences such as:

  • 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. 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.

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