With the arrival of MSC Divina this morning, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises’ private island in the Bahamas, is finally open for cruise ships and guests. After almost three years of work the island has been transformed from a former industrial sand extraction site into a flourishing marine reserve and private island destination that will exist in harmony with the local ecosystem.
The vision for the island is to immerse guests in the natural beauty of their surroundings in the Bahamas. Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles – beliefs that shape everything from how venues are built, to how the island is run, to the kinds of activities featured on the island. Guests will be able to learn about the protection of the oceans and the importance of preserving coral reefs through dedicated edutainment programmes.
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles – beliefs that shape everything from how venues are built, to how the island is run, to the kinds of activities featured on the island. Having the first guests arrive on the island is a moment of great pride for all of us at MSC Cruises. We wanted to create for our guests something sustainable, with a higher purpose. Ocean Cay is not just a vacation island, it is a unique marine reserve where people and nature thrive in harmony.”
With over two miles of beautiful white sandy beach shore formed from the world’s best aragonite sand, guests will be spoilt for choice with seven distinct beach areas, each with their own allure and character so that guests can either switch off from it all with warm sand between their toes and the sound of the ocean or for those looking for something more active there will be beach games and water sports. Once the sun goes down guests can enjoy night time tours, stargazing on the beach or romantic sunset catamaran tours to bring the day to a very special close. The entertainment on the island will focus around the iconic Lighthouse with breathtaking sunsets and with live music or DJs and a surprising visual experience that will further enhance the atmosphere. Find out more about Ocean Cay activities.
Here are some photos from on board MSC Divina, an overview on the island first day.
During the next days all the MSC cruise ships based in the Caribbean will call to Ocean Cay:
- MSC Seaside on Dec. 06
- MSC Meraviglia on Dec. 07
- MSC Armonia on Dec. 15
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