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MSC Cruises Gives More Details about Ocean Cay, New Private Island in the Bahamas

MSC Cruises has announced more details on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Ocean Cay will be the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas that is scheduled to open later this year.

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will welcome its first guests in November 2019 and will feature eight beaches throughout the island for guests to relax and enjoy the crystal clear water. The island will also feature family friendly activities like the Seakers Family Cove, a shallow lagoon to play in with a beach for games, all monitored by life guards.

The Spa at Ocean Cay, an entirely different experience from the MSC Aurea Spa, will highlight the natural surroundings as guests are pampered or simply relax.

Evening entertainment including a light show around the 98 ft. lighthouse at the center of the island, a traditional junkanoo parade — Bahamian festival and consisting of a feast of colorful costumes, music and dancing.

Guests can also participate in a variety of shore excursions including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and stargazing in the evenings.

The Spa at Ocean Cay

Located at the Northern tip of the island in a stunning location with incredible ocean views is The Spa at Ocean Cay. This unique new luxurious spa concept has been created exclusively for Ocean Cay and is designed to immerse guests in their natural surroundings, providing a contrasting experience to the authentic Balinese MSC Aurea Spa on board MSC Cruises’ ships.

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. Guests looking for head to toe pampering can choose from different massage options and then simply relax in the stylish treatment room, listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the ocean breeze.

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.


As a family company, MSC Cruises offers an award-winning family offering on board its fleet, which will extend to Ocean Cay. 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 beautiful 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. The activities featuring the new DOREMI Explorer mascot are designed to facilitate natural discovery and include childhood games such as sand castle contests, kite building, treasure hunts and a family sporting challenge. 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 a day spent unwinding and relaxing, one of the highlights of the visit to Ocean Cay will be the evening entertainment and activities. After a stunning sunset when the night falls, the area around the iconic 98 ft. red and white lighthouse will come to life.

Guests will be able to enjoy a breathtaking 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.

Guests will also be able to appreciate the natural environment in the evening. 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.

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