Celebrity Cruises joins the party at private Bahamas island CocoCay

Celebrity Cruises joins the party at private Bahamas island CocoCay


Celebrity Cruises made its first trip to sister cruise line Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamas island CocoCay this week.

The popular destination is rife with bells and whistles that cater to the adventuresome set that frequent Royal Caribbean ships, but the island is filled with tastes for all, including a new adults-only beachfront area called Hideaway Beach.

Celebrity Reflection was the first ship to visit on April 22, followed by Celebrity Beyond on April 23, both part of five-night western Caribbean sailings departing from Port Everglades, part of new shorter itineraries being offered by the premium cruise brand. Sailings also visit Bimini, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Key West.

Once known as just Little Stirrup Cay, Royal Caribbean now calls it Perfect Day at CocoCay, which received a $250 million overhaul first in 2019. The revamp added a 13-slide water park that includes the 135-foot-tall Devil’s Peak, one of seven slides on the castle-like tower that acts as an icon that can be seen from around the 125-acre resort.

Perfect Day at CocoCay also features a colorful helium balloon ride called Up, Up and Away that takes passengers up 450 feet on the rare calm days it’s not too windy, plus a 1,600-foot zip line and the largest wave pool in the Caribbean.