Royal Caribbean readies private island experiences for cruise fans

Private island experience expected to draw Asian cruisers to the Caribbean; pictured, Perfect Day CocoCay in the Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International is launching a series of private island experiences under the umbrella of Perfect Day Island Collection for its cruise passengers.

The first offering in the collection is Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas, which will be opening in phases from November this year until December 2019.

The pier at Perfect Day at CocoCay will be the first facility to be ready. At press time, Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Chill Island and Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool are scheduled for completion in December 2018; Thrill Waterpark, the Zip Line, Splashaway Bay aquapark, Captain Jack’s dining, Skipper’s Grill dining and Captain Jack’s Galleon in May 2019; South Beach, Coco Beach Club and the overwater cabanas in December 2019.

Private island experience expected to draw Asian cruisers to the Caribbean; pictured, Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas

Numerous Royal Caribbean ships will call at Perfect Day at CocoCay, with sailing duration ranging from three to nine nights. They include Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, among others.

Describing the Perfect Day Island Collection as an “exciting development” for cruising in the Caribbean, Sean Treacy, who has recently left the company’s Singapore office to take on the new role of associate vice president strategic planning for international at Royal Caribbean Cruises’ headquarters in Miami, believes that these private island experiences will “resonate with the Asian market”.

He explained that while Asian cruise demand is good for longhaul sailings in Europe and Alaska, interest is relatively weaker for the Caribbean. The Caribbean currently gets 10 per cent of the cruise line’s Asian fly-cruise bookings.

But Treacy hopes the Perfect Day Island Collection would “grow Asian interest by some 10 per cent especially for markets in Asia-Pacific which have a higher interest for the Caribbean sailings”.

He noted that cruise itineraries outside of Asia are typically booked by Asian experienced, repeat cruisers.

“As the number of our guests in Asia grows, we will be seeing more bookings for sailings in other regions,” he said.

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