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Guess how much this cruise liner’s private island reno will cost?

The 125-acre island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, is a key part of the cruise's "Perfect Day" experience.
March 25, 2018 12:00PM

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A perfect day on CocoCay costs Royal Caribbean International $200 million to build.

The private island in the Bahamas has been owned by the cruise liner for more than three decades, however a major overhaul is now needed to keep guests, particularly millennials, feeling like their “Perfect Day at CocoCay” met expectations, according to Bloomberg.

The “thrill and chill” renovation will include new water park features, including what will become the tallest slide in North America at 135 feet high, a 1,600-foot zip line, one of the Caribbean’s largest wave pools, a freshwater pool, as well as a VIP section of private water cabanas with their own water access via slides and an in-cabin attendant.

The island might have up to 10,000 visitors on a given day, though the cruise line is trying to cap it at around 6,500.

The phased renovation is scheduled to complete stage one in 2019, and Royal Caribbean is throwing down hints that it’s interested in buying up other private islands around Asia and Australia to create a “Perfect Day Island Collection.” [Bloomberg]Erin Hudson