MSC Cruises today unveiled ambitious plans to create its first private island with an exclusive marine reserve island experience in the Bahamas.
Over the next two years, MSC Cruises will work in partnership with the Bahamian Government and ecologists to develop the cay, a former sand extraction station, into a thriving marine reserve at a cost of around $200 million, transforming the local economy base from resource exploitation to resource conservation.
The island, called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest beaches in the world alongside an array of Caribbean-inspired experiences.
At 95 acres (38.5-hectares) in size, and with 2.4 km of pristine beachfront, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be the biggest island development by any cruise company in the Caribbean, as well as the only marine reserve island experience.
A comprehensive landscaping plan will see more than 80 indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs planted across the island.
For MSC Yacht Club guests, the northwest corner of the island has been set aside as an exclusive spa and wellness sanctuary, with private bungalows and massage huts.
As well as water sports and beach games, other highlights include:
• A family beach with kids’ restaurant, play areas and other useful facilities
• Inland lagoon
• Zip wire crossing the island
• Pavilion for weddings and celebrations
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will open to guests in November 2017.
Sales for the inaugural December 2017 cruises on MSC Seaside opened on 15 December 2015 with guests on board MSC Seaside’s maiden voyage from Miami will be the first to visit the island.
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