The new video brings viewers along for a detailed look at what guests can look forward to while visiting the island, which is exclusive to MSC Cruises’ guests as part of itineraries in the Caribbean region.
Just 65 miles from the coast of Miami, Florida, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is a previous industrial sand extraction site that has been restored to a pristine piece of land in the Bimini chain of islands in the western Bahamas. The 120-square-acre restored island is surrounded by a 64-square-mile marine reserve and four smaller cays.
First guests will step onto the island on November 9, 2019, where the private island and marine reserve will immerse guests in the natural beauty of their surroundings with its white sand beaches, beautiful blue water and lush Bahamian greenery. Guests can seamlessly pass directly between the ship and island throughout the day and evening to take advantage of all of the facilities available onboard and ashore.
In the video, viewers can see some of the island’s key areas, including:
– Many of the island’s unique beaches, such as the Great Lagoon Beach, which is located in an inlet at the centre of the island. This is the largest single beach area and offers a haven with shallow crystal-clear water perfect for swimming and water sports.
– The iconic Lighthouse: A striking 30-metre tall landmark that is home to a Hemingway-style bar and a terrace where guests can take in the incredible sea view, have a cocktail, and enjoy live music. After sunset, guests can gather to watch a breathtaking light show.
– Seakers Food Court: A buffet restaurant that offers freshly prepared meals from a variety of international culinary traditions.
– Ice Cream Parlour: An ice cream shop and café that serves a wide variety of ice cream flavours and coffee drinks – the perfect cooldown just a short stroll from the nearby beach.
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. One of the priorities for MSC Cruises on Ocean Cay is the restoration of the coral. An integral part of the marine ecosystem, coral needs to be protected as they ensure biodiversity, provide a habitat for marine life and protect coastlines.
From November 2019 all MSC Cruises ships from Miami will call at Ocean Cay as part of the Caribbean itineraries.