MSC Cruises opens its new private island in The Bahamas
MSC Cruises' private island nestled in the Bimini island chain of The Bahamas, opened to cruise passengers today with a call from MSC Divina.
"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,” said MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago.
The development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve has been a multiyear project in which MSC Cruises worked with multiple contractors and partners to transform what was once an industrial sand excavation site into a stunning tropical destination, including designating the surrounding waters as a flourishing marine reserve.
Located just 65 miles from Miami, Ocean Cay offers cruisers longer stays ashore, including nighttime activities such as lightshows and traditional Bahamian Junkanoo parades. While there are no waterparks or wild thrill rides, Ocean Cay offers up spa treatments, cabanas and eight beaches.
Four MSC ships will sail to Ocean Cay from Miami: Meraviglia, Seaside, Divina and Armonia. Other ports of call on these sailings include Nassau on short sailings and a wide variety of Caribbean ports including Ocho Rios, Cartagena, Costa Maya, San Juan and more.
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