Sunday,  December 15, 2019  5:43 am

MSC Cruises cancels first four calls to Ocean Cay


MSC Cruises cancels first four calls to Ocean Cay
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

MSC Cruises has cancelled its first four calls to its private reserve, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

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Ocean Cay, a private marine reserve in The Bahamas exclusive to MSC Cruises' guests, was supposed to welcome its first visitors this November, but made the decision to cancel scheduled calls at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for Nov. 15 (MSC Seaside), Nov. 16 (MSC Meraviglia), and Nov. 17 (MSC Armonia).

The cruise company also cancelled a call to Ocean Cay on Nov. 9 aboard the MSC Meraviglia.

What happened?

Set on two miles of white, sandy beach in Bimini, Ocean Cay will feature a variety of marine activities for all ages, like snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. It also features several bars, restaurants, and lounge areas that make for ideal relaxation.

"The development of Ocean Cay has been a multiyear project in which MSC Cruises is working 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," MSC Cruises said in a statement to PAX.

"This has been an extremely complex project as MSC Cruises has been fully committed to developing the destination in the most eco-friendly and sustainable way. While we fully anticipated that the island would be ready to receive guests this week, upon further evaluation with our onsite team and learning about last-minute operational issues that could impact the guest experience, we made the decision to cancel scheduled calls at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve for Nov. 15 (MSC Seaside), Nov. 16 (MSC Meraviglia), and Nov. 17 (MSC Armonia).

Our work on the island is an on-going process as our commitment to protect, restore and conserve this beautiful cay is part of a multi-phased effort. In the coming months, MSC Cruises will also introduce a Conservation Center and thriving coral nursery on the island, which will serve as an active base for coral education and research."

For each impacted sailing MSC Cruises has replaced Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve with a new port of call and is providing all guests impacted with a $100.00 USD per stateroom shipboard credit and discount on a future cruise, equal to 20 per cent of what was paid on their current cruise (cruise fare only).


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