News

First Guests Arrive On Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

First Guests Arrive On Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

MSC Cruises has welcomed the very first guests to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, its new private island destination in The Bahamas.

The island’s opening is a major milestone for MSC Cruises. As part of a multi-faceted restoration strategy, the company has transformed the island from what was once an industrial sand excavation site into a stunning tropical destination and has worked with environmental engineers and other experts to revitalise the surrounding ocean beds, marine life and endangered coral.

The environmentally-sound development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is a unique feat and it took nearly three years to complete an island destination capable of delivering the best possible guest experience, as well as meeting the company’s uniquely ambitious environmental targets. Some 7,500 tons of scrap metal were removed and throughout the clean-up process a team of expert divers and marine biologists carefully removed individual hard coral colonies from debris on the ocean bed and relocated them to an approved location outside the construction area. Actions were taken to create a biodiverse and sustainable environment and more than 75,000 plants and shrubs were planted across the island.

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: “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 holiday island, it is a unique marine reserve where people and nature thrive in harmony.”

On arrival at Ocean Cay guests will be greeted by endless sweeping vistas of crystal blue waters and some of the most pristine white sand beaches. From early morning until late evening, they will have plenty of time to soak up the spirit of The Bahamas and enjoy the day as they wish. Choose from one of the many shore excursions designed to discover the marine life close up, such as snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking; treat themselves to a luxurious spa treatment or relax in a private cabana; stroll the Bahamian village with authentic Bahamian arts and crafts by local artisans; grab a bite at the complimentary Seakers Food Court or from one of six food trucks located around the island; enjoy cocktails and drinks from multiple bars around the island; and catch one of a kind evening events such as traditional Junkanoo parades and lighthouse light shows.

In the coming months, MSC Cruises will also introduce a Conservation Centre on the island, which will serve as an active base for coral education and research. The natural, unspoiled beauty of the ocean and beaches is at the heart of the Ocean Cay experience, and the eco-friendly and sustainable practices on the island as well as designating the surrounding waters as a flourishing marine reserve are built around MSC Cruises’ commitment to protecting, restoring and conserving it.

Following the first call to the island, all four of MSC Cruises’ North America-based ships – MSC Armonia, MSC Divina, MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia – will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on different days. 
 
For more information about Ocean Cay, visit www.mscoceancay.com

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

More in News

Aegean Airlines Breaks Passenger Records in 2019

Neil SteedmanJanuary 19, 2020

WestJet to Launch Manchester-Halifax Service in June

Neil SteedmanJanuary 19, 2020

Date Announced for CLIA Ireland Cruise Conference 2020

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

Aer Lingus Unveils New Uniforms at CHQ in Dublin

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

Celebrity Cruises Confirms Global Leadership Appointments

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

GTI Travel Has a Vacancy for a Tour Operator

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

Cassidy Travel to Open New Travel Shop in Stephen’s Green Centre

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

Click&Go Seeks Customer Experience Executive

Neil SteedmanJanuary 17, 2020

Cork Airport Supports 12,000 Jobs Across the Country

Michael FloodJanuary 17, 2020

Copyright © 2019 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland