MSC Cruises To Develop Caribbean Island Experience

MSC Cruises has confirmed it will develop a new marine reserve island experience in the Caribbean. The Geneva-based cruise line has signed a 100-year lease agreement with the Bahamas for the new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.


At 95 acres in size, the island will be the biggest development by a cruise company in the region and is scheduled to welcome its first guests by December 2017. A purpose-built berth and pier will allow seamless ship-to-shore transfers, accommodating MSC Cruises’ largest vessels including the upcoming MSC Seaside.


Formerly used for sand extraction,the line will spend USD 200 million to transform it into a lush island destination with 6 beaches (including a family beach with child-friendly facilities) and an inland lagoon offering water sports and beach games, while a comprehensive landscaping plan will have more than 80 indigenous flora species planted. A network of walking/running trails, bicycle rentals and stress-free transport options make getting around the island a breeze, while the more adventurous may opt for the zip-line overhead.


An architecturally-faithful Bahamanian village will house restaurants, bars and a 2,000-seat amphitheatre where live music and entertainment takes centerstage as an extension to MSC Cruises’ shipboard experiences, which will remain open throughout the vessels’ stay at the island. Guests of the MSC Yacht Club will be entitled use of the exclusive facilities at the northwest corner of the island, set aside as a spa and wellness sanctuary with private villas and massage huts.


Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve project will provide MSC Cruises a permanent Caribbean presence and will without doubt form a key component of the company’s strategy as it expands in the region. The line will soon have 4 ships cruising the Caribbean, including the MSC Divina and MSC Seaside out of Miami and the MSC Armonia and MSC Opera homeported in Havana, Cuba.


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