MSC Cruises has released a new video preview of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the cruise line’s new private island destination that’s opening in the Bahamas this November. Watch the video here:
The video offers a look at a number of the island’s key areas. There is a tour of its beaches, including the Great Lagoon Beach, the island’s largest beach that is located in an inlet at the center of the island. Also on display is the destination’s 98-foot-tall Lighthouse that houses a Hemingway-style bar and terrace (home to a light show after sunset), as well as Seakers Food Court, a buffet restaurant serving dishes from a variety of international culinary traditions. There is also a look at the Ice Cream Parlor, which is a short walk from the beach.
All of MSC Cruises’ ships from Miami will call at Ocean Cay as part of their Caribbean itineraries, with the first call scheduled for November 9. Built on a previous industrial sand extraction site that has been restored by the cruise line, the new destination is part of the Bimini chain of islands 65 miles of Miami. The island, which spans 120 square acres, is surrounded by a 64-square-mile marine reserve and four smaller cays.
MSC says that the island was designed with ecological principles in mind, which shaped the design of its venues to the way in which the island is run and the kinds of activities that are available there. The cruise line says that one of the priorities for the destination is the restoration of the coral; an integral part of the marine ecosystem, coral needs to be protected as they ensure biodiversity, provide a habitat for marine life and protect coastlines, MSC said.