Royal Caribbean has been sprucing up its private island in The Bahamas, CocoCay. This year, the cruise line added a new dock, a water park and a huge lagoon pool and renamed the experience Perfect Day at CocoCay. Check out the video of this private island. It looks amazing!
While most of the new features opened this past May, the island still has a few new experiences that will open in January. The newest area, Coco Beach Club, is an upcharge option for passengers that includes an infinity pool, upgraded dining experience and cabanas.
Overwater Floating Cabanas at CocoCay
Who needs Bora Bora or the Maldives when you can rent an overwater cabana in the Bahamas for the day? That’s what Royal Caribbean is banking on.
These floating cabanas have a sofa, chairs, dining area, shower, cooler, lockable storage and charging outlets. But more importantly, they have an overwater hammock and a slide that takes you right into the ocean.
The price for this luxury cabana varies by sailing and fluctuates over time. For my cruise in 2021, the price is currently set at $1699:
The price includes the cabana for up to 8 people plus all the privileges of the Coco Beach Club.
My Problem with the Pricing of Overwater Cabanas at CocoCay
I was trying to explain to my husband why we wouldn’t be booking this overwater cabana. He was like, “Uh, we’re not booking it because it’s $1699 and that’s insane!” But actually that’s only one reason we’re not booking it.
The main issue I have with spending so much money to book this cabana is that I don’t think my kids would stay and play in it all day. CocoCay has a water park with tall slides, raft slides and a wave pool. There is absolutely no way my kids would want to skip all that fun stuff that they can plainly see getting off the ship to sit in an overwater cabana all day, no matter how awesome that cabana is.
If we were traveling with a group of adults who didn’t care about the water park, I wouldn’t mind splitting the cost with 3 other couples and lounging in luxury all day.
I also think it’s crazy that the cost of this cabana for 8 hours during the day is more than the cost of most overwater bungalows in Bora Bora for the entire night. Granted, you have to fly to Bora Bora, and that ain’t cheap, even when using miles and points to foot the bill. But still.
Sadly, my family won’t be frolicking on one of these overwater floating cabanas on our next Royal Caribbean cruise. But, I don’t think we will miss it. There is so much to do on CocoCay without it.
What do you think of these overwater floating cabanas in the Bahamas on CocoCay? Do you think the price is worth it, or would you rather plan a trip to Bora Bora or the Maldives?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.