Without seeing Royal Caribbean (RCL) ads, you can''t watch television. Many of these ads feature pictures from CocoCay, the company''s reimagined private island in the Bahamas.
The island has completely changed the cruise-line-owned destination game. While private islands have generally been beaches that offer lunch, drinks, and possibly a gift shop, CocoCay has a wide range of beaches, the Caribbean''s largest pool, and many food options for free.
If you want more, Royal Caribbean''s private island, which can hold two Oasis-class ships simultaneously, has an added-fee water park and a beach club.
The company is expanding a new area on CocaCay, Hideaway Beach, an adult-only portion of the island that may or may not be necessary (the company has not commented on the topic).
CocoCay has given Royal Caribbean a big advantage over its competitors Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) - Get Carnival Corporation Report and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) - Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Report. Both of those firms offer more traditional Caribbean private islands, essentially beaches.
CocoCay, which appeals to families, is a success because it offers differing experiences. You may relax on the beach, like on the Carnival or Norwegian private islands, or you may opt for the swimming pool (still without spending more money). You may also choose from the upgraded water park or beach club experience.
Carnival has quite hazyly unveiled plans for its own private island experience in the Bahamas.
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Half Moon Cay, a nice sandy beach where ships can''t dock, is currently available. That means that visitors must take a tender, a smaller ship, to ferry them to the island. It''s traditional, but it''s not ideal for anyone who has motion problems. It''s more time-consuming than simply walking from the dock at CocoCay.
When CocoCay was revamped in 2018 and 2019, the addition of a dock that can accommodate two ships was one of Royal Caribbean''s major improvements.
Carnival has decided to leave Half Moon Cay as it is and instead construct a second private-island destination, in Grand Bahama on May 12th. A ground-breaking ceremony with a number of Carnival executives and Bahamian officials was held.
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The cruise line provided a lot of information, but it provided the following details:
The new Carnival Grand Bahama cruise port destination, expected to open in late 2024, is currently being developed on the south side of the island and will continue to serve as a gateway to Grand Bahama, offering guests additional opportunities and exciting features.
That''s vague, yet the company said that the new port expansion will include a "a pier capable of docking up to two Excel-class ships simultaneously."
The area will include "an area designated as a nature reserve and an interior pool feature," as well as many Bahamian-operated retail, food and beverage options for guests to enjoy.
During the first-hand presentation, the company provided various information to the media.
People should have a mile of beautiful Bahamian beach to enjoy. Well, well, have a water-park area, large pools, food and beverage facilities, and places for people to just really enjoy what they envision being aboard a ship and arriving in Grand Bahama, according to Carnival President Christine Duffy.
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Carnival has decided to construct something that appears to be a mix of a typical cruise port with shops and restaurants along with private-island-like amenities, such as a beach, a water park, and a pool.
Today''s ground breaking on our incredible new Grand Bahama location represents an opportunity to collaborate with the government and people of Grand Bahama to help the local economy by employment and business opportunities, meaningfully engage with local communities, and further expand our experience offerings for our guests who will have a breathtaking new port of call to enjoy.
Carnival makes the move while Royal Caribbean has already begun working on a private beach club concept on Nassau''s Paradise Island.
The Royal Beach Club is a two-storey pool that will accommodate kids, a 4,000 square foot splash pad, and a four-storey pool, as well as restrooms and cabanas, as well as support services.
On two acres, a reverse-osmosis plant, a waste-water facility, a waste-management facility, a storage building, and fuel storage are covered by the infrastructure, according to Matt Hochberg of Royal Caribbean Blog. The cruise line is not affiliated with the company.
The new private club will feature two dining pavilions that can accommodate 1,500 people.