The Coco Beach Club, the cruise line’s new private island retreat, is the final phase of a $250 million transformation, including the first floating cabanas in the Bahamas, an oceanfront infinity pool, on-beach cabanas, a dedicated restaurant with upscale dining and a bar.
Other amenities at Perfect Day at CocoCay include the opening of two rehabbed beaches — Breezy Bay at Chill Island and South Beach — open to all guests on the island.
Each of the 20 floating cabanas features a private slide into the ocean, an overwater hammock, a dining area, a freshwater shower, a wet bar and ocean views. There also are 10 beach cabanas, which can each accommodate up to eight guests and feature loungers, a dining area, charging outlets, a mini-fridge, snorkel gear and the services of a dedicated cabana attendant from whom guests can order drinks and food.
In addition to the bar at the clubhouse, families can enjoy the 2,600-square-foot, oceanfront infinity pool with in-pool loungers, daybeds and poolside service.
The main restaurant, available only to beach club guests, serves a complimentary menu with such options as fresh lobster, grouper and steak, as well as appetizers, salads and fruits.
The revamped South Beach features volleyball and beachside basketball, as well as a Snack Shack, three bars — including the floating bar just offshore — and 10 new beachfront cabanas.
The $250 million transformation of the line’s private island in the Bahamas also includes Thrill Waterpark, which boasts 13 waterslides, including the tallest in North America; Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean; and Up, Up & Away, a helium balloon ride offering the highest vantage point in the Bahamas at 450 feet.
The first in Royal Caribbean’s new Perfect Day Island Collection of private island destinations around the world, Perfect Day at CocoCay welcomed its first guests in May 2019.
Of course, the other half of the cruise experience takes place on the ship itself, and Royal Caribbean has made a name for itself with its award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programs. Aquanauts, aged 3–5, can have fun conducting cool experiments and becoming Certified Jr.
Adventure Scientists, while Explorers, for ages 6–8, and Voyagers, aged 9–11, can join in age-appropriate activities and themed parties. Babies and tots have their own programs — a parent or caregiver must be present — and teens and tweens are not forgotten with their own games, sports and parties.
Royal Caribbean International offers itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a great place to bring your history-loving family. Located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the park is the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental army during the American Revolutionary War. Today, the 3,500-acre park boasts trails, replicas and other historical markers perfect for learning more about Valley Forge’s place in our nation’s history.