MSC reveals more details about private island

MSC reveals more details about private island

MSC Cruises has revealed more details about its soon-to-open private island, including  a smaller island that guests are able to rent.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is due to open on November 9, with with four MSC Cruises ships: MSC Seaside, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia calling at the island.

The island is being created on a former sand extraction site, with MSC returning the island to its former glory. There will be a coral nursery and MSC is planning to build a marine laboratory to research climate change-resistant coral.

“Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will bring something new and unique to our Caribbean itineraries from Miami and Havana and is set to become a truly memorable highlight for our guests,” said Gianni Onorato, the CEO of MSC Cruises. “We have created a guest experience that complement the breath-taking natural beauty of this remarkable part of the Caribbean. There was no need for us to build extensively on an island that already had the ingredients of a natural paradise. However we have undertaken extensive work to clean-up the island, removing tons of historic industrial waste and helping to return the beaches and the entire 64 square miles of protected waters surrounding the island to their pristine state.

“For the guest services on the island we have kept it authentic and designed an experience that will allow guests to simply enjoy nature at its best. The ship is an integral part of the experience as we have built a pier so that guests can go easily back and forth between the ship throughout the day making full use of both the ashore and onboard facilities.”

The private island will come with seven distinct beach areas, with sun beds on every one. Cabanas will also be available to rent. The Great Lagoon will also act as a venue for water sports and swimming.

A smaller island will be available to rent for well-heeled guests, including a private boat that will be at the guests disposal. The island is close to an old shipwreck which guests can see while snorkelling.

On the main island guests will be able to take part in activities such as sports tournaments, dance lessons and listening to live music by the Lighthouse.

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