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December 2019 Tourism Industry Travel News

MSC Cruises Welcomes First Guests Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve


MSC Cruises welcomed the earliest friends Thursday to the company’s private island vacation spot found in The Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

The cruise line spent some time working to transform the island from a vintage professional sand excavation site right into a beautiful tropical destination, while also revitalizing the encompassing ocean beds, marine life, and endangered coral.

In November, MSC Cruises revealed it canceled the earliest four planned calls at Ocean Cay after deeming the individual island destination not all set for guests. The cruise brand cited “adverse climate and unforeseen last-minute operational problems” for the delay.

“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,” MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said in a statement.

“Having the first guests arrive on the island is a moment of great pride for all of us at MSC Cruises,” Vago continued. “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.”

The expansion and construction of Sea Cay MSC Marine Reserve took practically 3 years to complete, and the island vacation spot will host all of MSC Cruises’ North America-based ships-MSC Armonia, MSC Divina, MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia-on different times.

The private island will offer you snorkeling, operate paddleboarding, kayaking, spa treatments, Bahamian arts, and crafts, a complimentary food court, multiple bars, traditional Junkanoo parades and lighthouse mild shows.

In the coming weeks, MSC Cruises may also introduce a Conservation Focus on the island, that will serve as a dynamic base for coral education and study.