First overwater cabanas set to open in the Bahamas

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Royal Caribbean International is set to open the first overwater cabanas in the Bahamas in about two months. But that's just the beginning.

Thanks to a $250 million transformation, Royal Caribbean's once-sleepy private island retreat in the Bahamas is offering eye-opening travel amenities to its cruise passengers.

The island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, offers everything from a record-setting water slide and a massive wave pool to five new complimentary dining venues and quiet sandy beaches.

At CocoCay's Thrill Waterpark, the fiery red and orange Daredevil's Peak water slide towers over the park's other 12 slides. At 135 feet, it's North America's tallest water slide.

CocoCay is also home to the Caribbean's largest wave pool, a 1,600-foot-long zip line and a helium balloon tethered to the ground that provides guests with a vantage point 450 feet high.

Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean's largest freshwater pool, has a large swim-up bar and private cabanas.

When it opens on January 31, 2020, Coco Beach Club will feature the Bahamas' first overwater cabanas, each with its own slide into the ocean. There will also be a 2,600-foot beachfront infinity pool and a club and deck area.

CocoCay is the first in a planned collection of Royal Caribbean Perfect Day islands. Additional private island locations are expected in the Caribbean, Asia and Australia.

Several other cruise lines have private islands in the Bahamas, among them Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay and Holland America's Half Moon Cay.