CocoCay, Bahamas - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Private Island
CocoCay (Little Stirrup Cay), Bahamas History
Most of the Bahamian island cays are long and narrow due to the Caribbean currents and rock/reef structure that they are formed from. In 1985, Admiral Cruises originally purchased the lease to own and operate Little Stirrup Cay as an "Out-island" for it cruises after Norweigan Cruise Lines successfully purchased and operated the neighboring Great Stirrup Cay as the first private cruise destination in 1977. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, assumed the lease of the island upon acquisition of Admiral Cruises in 1988 and renamed it Coco Cay. Admiral / RCL was one of the first cruise lines to lease islands for their exclusive use. Unlike some of the other Bahamian island that have much more exciting and colorful pasts, CocoCay is a relatively small island and has seen little use or excitement until purchased by Admiral Cruises.