What’s new in Florida cruises for 2019

Florida will once again be the beneficiary of the cruise industry’s biggest and best offerings, but it’s not just ships that will be of interest to Sunshine State cruisers in 2019.

The big news is private islands. Both Royal Caribbean and MSC have sunk millions into developing private islands in the Bahamas for those sailing out of Florida.

Royal Caribbean’s offering is at its existing destination CocoCay, but now renamed Perfect Day at CocoCay, with all the trappings of a theme park.

That includes a 13-slide water park, one of which will be the tallest in North America at 135 feet. In comparison, Disney’s Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach is 120 feet tall and Volcano Bay’s tallest slide, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, is 125 feet tall. CocoCay will also feature a helium balloon that rises to 450 feet, a 1,600-foot-long zip line featuring a splash landing in the harbor, a new set of overwater cabanas and the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean.

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