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ready2board June 19th, 2007 04:34 PM

Cococay & Disembarking Questions
Can everything on Cococay be purchased with your ship purchasing card (sorry forget the name for it)? Just wondering about such things as drinks/food in the different establishments, souveniers, my wife getting her hair braided etc. Thanks for any info.

Also, it's been a few years since my first cruise....Is it better to put your bags out in the hall the night before disembarking then picking them up at the port or better to take them off yourself? I was thinking maybe put most of them in the hall except for maybe a carryy on????

momx4 June 23rd, 2007 12:26 PM

Cococay is RCCL's private island, and a very pretty little spot if you are actually able to get there. The ships stay a bit out at seas and you are tendered to the island for a day of fun. On our last cruise there in April, the seas were too rough and we could not tender over to it. Everything on the island can be purchased/rented by simply using your sea pass card. Jet ski's, trinkets, drinks, etc... RCCL actually does a really nice BBQ lunch for all guests there (chicken, ribs, hambers, hotdogs, etc...)

We always put our luggage out the night before by 10pm. The disembarkment process is really long, depending on what color your assigned and don't forget you have to vacate your stateroom by 7:30am!
Do you really want to be toting all your luggage around the ship as you wait for your color to be called... most waiting areas get pretty crowed fast.

tmcca June 23rd, 2007 05:24 PM

Coco Cay is a great place to spend the day. Your Sea Pass card can be used to purchase excursions, floaty mats, snorkel equipment, and drinks. As mentioned there is a free BBQ lunch. If you would like to do any shopping at the small straw market there you will need to bring money.

Disembarkation is always such a sad time. It is easier to put your bags the night before. As mentioned earlier it can take quite a while and lugging all of your bags is a pain. We have only done it once and won't do it again.

bizkilla July 25th, 2007 11:41 AM

I was quite surprised at the fun I had on this island. If the weather cooperates you will have a great time. Everything can be purchsed using the Sail card. Beware of the lunch. Its putrid at best :oops:

Dave the Wave July 25th, 2007 12:58 PM

The luch is qite good actually. Ribs, chicken, burgers, ect.... and the hungrier you are, the better it is. Beautiful place! 8)

bizkilla July 25th, 2007 02:56 PM

I guess we all have different tastes. but I sampled 6 other opinions on that day and all agreed the food was terrible. But again there are people that think its good and go for seconds.

Dave the Wave July 25th, 2007 03:09 PM

I am just glad to have food. We could take all the food that is wasted on cruise ships and feed all the starving children of the world. When my kids complain of chicken again, I tell them some kids don't even have food. Be glad!

bizkilla July 25th, 2007 03:36 PM

That age old analogy is outdated. Yes, I care about starving children in under devloped countries but when I spend my hard earned money on a vacation I better get something good. Im not saying I should get 5 star quality on a 2-3 star boat but I shouldnt get some nasty BBQ Ribs in tin foil either.

Dianeteach68 July 25th, 2007 10:24 PM

Know this one...
Last October, being total cruise novices, my husband and I went to Cococay with only about $30.00 between us.

Little did we realize that the island is all cash except for what RCL is doing.
Keep this in mind when you go there.


It is reallllllly lovely btw!

vdub July 26th, 2007 03:40 PM

CocoCay is a beautiful island and very relaxing. Grab a hammock and crash for a minute or two.

The food is fantastic and nothing on my plate went to waste.

Enjoy, relax and get stuffed!!!

erikhag July 31st, 2007 07:16 AM

I wasn´t aware that "other" cruiselines still force their passengers to vacate their cabins early the last morning, I´m an NCL-cruiser and with them you can stay in your cabin until it´s time to leave the ship.

Why do they do that?

Cassandra July 31st, 2007 09:53 AM

FYI - We just came back from Coco last week. Any of the huts that sell the typical souvenirs you have to pay CASH. Your shipboard card will not work. These people are from a nearby island & not associated with the cruise line. Items will be higher priced also (t-shirt - $17, Coco Cup $12).

We didn't read our Compass that day & could not buy anything on the island.

Hair braiding a single strand was like $4 or something.

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