MSC Cruises to create $200m Caribbean island

Marine reserve in Bahamas for MSC’s cruise guests
MSC Cruises has confirmed it is to create a $200 million marine reserve island in the Bahamas for its Caribbean cruise guests. It will work with the Bahamian government and ecologists to develop a former sand extraction station into a “thriving marine reserve”.
The island will be named the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, with the line promising to offer guests “some of the finest beaches in the world”.
It will be 95 acres in size, with 2.4 km of beachfront spread across six beaches, and will be the biggest island development by any cruise company in the Caribbean, the line says.
It will also include a purpose-built berth and pier on the seafront so MSC Cruises guests will be able to step straight off the ship onto the island, which will have live music and entertainment at a purpose-built 2,000-seat amphitheatre and a number of restaurants and bars.
The ship and all on-board services – including a casino – will stay open while berthed at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
Other highlights will include a family beach with kids’ restaurant, play areas, an inland lagoon for tranquillity, a zip wire crossing the island and a pavilion for weddings and celebrations.
The line promises that the island will be “sympathetic to the culture and traditions of the Bahamas”, with more than 80 indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs planted across the island. There will also be a Bahamian village, plentiful restaurants and bars offering local specialities, shops and an arrival centre with island-themed music gazebo.
For MSC Yacht Club guests, the northwest corner of the island will be set aside as an exclusive spa and wellness sanctuary, with private bungalows and massage huts.
TTG Digital

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