Cococay is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Cococay and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.
CocoCay, formerly Little Stirrup Cay, is an island in the Bahamas’ Berry Island chain. Located between Freeport and Nassau, it provides 140 acres of private beaches, shopping and activities exclusively for passengers of Royal Caribbean, which has leased the island since 1990. Celebrity Cruises, which is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., also makes calls there.
There is plenty to do including exploring the coral reef, take to the water on a paddleboat, banana raft or floating mat or just chilling with a cool drink. Shore excursions include WaveRunner trips, kayaking, parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat rides. Additionally, there’s Caylana’s Aqua Park, a water based playground that features a floating sand castle. Note: Most of these incur an extra fee.
Coco Cay also offers a nature trail and a sunken replica of Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
The disabled cruiser visiting Cococay
Since the cruise ship does not dock and the disabled cruiser is tendered to the island from out in the harbor; if the water is too rough, the captain may not let the disabled cruiser off the ship. Anyone with limited mobility would have some difficulty. Anyone in a wheelchair would have to be carried on and off the tender.
Where You’re Docked
Cococay is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Ships anchor just off Coco Cay and tender passengers ashore.
Good to Know
You’ll incur additional fees for alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and shore excursions. The use of beach chairs is free, but an umbrella rental will cost you $12 for the day. Visitors can use their onboard accounts for such purchases while ashore.
Mixed and frozen drinks are offered at three bars on each of the island’s three private beaches.
A straw market offers the usual island souvenirs; purses, jewelry, clothing and the like. Hair-braiding is also available. You’ll need cash if you’d like to purchase any of the items offered there. There are no other shops or restaurants on the island.
A complimentary island barbecue with the usual grilled fare is available for lunch.
Visitors can use their onboard accounts for additional purchases of alcohol, souvenirs and shore excursions.
Points of Interest
- Cococay – a seven-
Cococay Accessible Excursions
Whether your cruise ship stops in
Cococay Accessible Guided Tour
This 4 hour accessible