The natural environment will be front and centre at MSC Cruises’ new Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, with new details revealed on the private island ahead of its November 2019 opening.
Situated within protected waters of the Bahamas spanning 64 square miles (with an ambition is to further extend this parameter to ensure an even greater impact), Ocean Cay will provide MSC Cruises’ guests with plenty of opportunities to discover the wonders of the ocean.
From November 2019, all MSC Cruises ships from Miami will call at Ocean Cay as part of their Caribbean itineraries.
Here’s a look at the features and amenities which will be available at Ocean Cay:
MSC Cruises has placed a priority on the restoration of coral in the waters surrounding Ocean Cay and plans are underway to establish a coral nursery on the East side of the island with the goal of propagating even more coral, particularly the more endangered varieties.
The Ocean Cay team is already seeing an increase in marine life in the area and has identified 88 different species of fish around the island as well as lobsters, sea turtles and rays.
While no motorized watersports will be available at Ocean Cay, plenty of aquatic activities will be available for guests, including stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking.
For those who wish to discover marine life close-up there will be the opportunity to book a snorkeling & secluded island getaway. After snorkeling, guests are then taken to a private beach on the remote cay for swimming and relaxing in the water. Space is limited and guests are encouraged to book in advance.
Scuba diving will also be available with PADI-qualified instructors, while guests just looking to get a taste of diving can book a Discover Scuba Diving class to try it out in shallow waters with a PADI instructor.
Relax in luxury
Located at the northern tip of the island is The Spa at Ocean Cay, designed to immerse guests in their natural surroundings.
The Ocean Cay spa offering will stay true to the environmental principles of the island and the products used will be from AVEDA, a beauty brand known for its natural products and environmental commitments. A range of very special on-trend fitness sessions will also be available for those looking to find their inner zen. For instance, guests can choose from morning beach yoga, SUP yoga on paddle boards and sunset yoga.
The island has been designed to offer a family friendly experience with the Seakers Family Cove, a paradise for kids with a shallow lagoon to play in and a sandy beach for games. All of the beaches on the island will be monitored by lifeguards.
The MSC Cruises Kids Club staff will organize games and activities throughout the day at the Seakers Family Cove and there will also be dedicated teens’ programs including an activity in which teens learn to create content to inspire others with the beauty of the island.
The Seakers Food Court is conveniently located close by for families. Serving American classic dishes and kids’ favorites, the buffet will be complimentary for guests. Other dining options available on the island include food trucks and guests can also easily return to the ship throughout the day to take advantage of the full range of dining options on board.
After the sun sets, the area around the island’s 98 ft. red and white lighthouse will come to life. Guests will be able to enjoy a light show that can be enjoyed from the bar, and those craving a more chilled atmosphere can watch from the beach, sitting around one of the fire pits. A traditional junkanoo parade — inspired by the historic Bahamian festival and consisting of a feast of colorful costumes, music and dancing — will get people in the party mood.
The remote nature of the island means that guests can enjoy an evening of unbelievable stargazing under the Bahamian sky with an astronomy-themed stargazing experience. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink as the astronomer guide, using state of the art computerized tracking telescopes, finds the most striking star clusters, planets, nebulas and galaxies on display that evening.