MSC Cruises has unveiled plans to create a private island experience in
The project was officially launched 16DEC in Nassau, where Prime
MinisterPerry Christieand MSC Cruises Executive Chairman
Pierfrancesco Vago signed a 100 yr. lease agreement that will enable MSC
Cruises to occupy and develop the island that will be called ‘Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.’ The
island is located 32 km south of Bimini.
Over the next 2 yr. MSC Cruises will work with the Bahamian Government
and ecologists to develop the cay, a onetime sand extractionstation. The cruise line says the
project will “transform the local economy base from resource exploitation to
MSC says it will invest approximately $200 million in “creating a
flourishing natural haven from a desert island.”
MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago commented: “This
is a natural progression for our company, which is growing very rapidly, and we
are thrilled about providing this totally new experience for our guests in the
At 95 acres in size and with 11,400 ft. of beach front spread across 6
distinct beaches, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve will be – by a large margin – the biggest
island development by any cruise company in the Caribbean.
A purpose-built berth and pier right on the seafront means that MSC
Cruises guests will be able to step off the ship straight onto the island. The
ship and all on board services will stay open while berthed.
The ability for guests to move at leisure between ship and island will
be especially important as MSC has plans for nightlife to be an important part
of the island experience, including live music and entertainment at a
2,000-seat amphitheatre and many restaurants and bars.
Among other amenities, the MSC private island will feature:
Landscaping featuring more than 80
indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers & shrubs.
An architecturally faithful Bahamian
village, plentiful restaurants and bars offering local specialties, a variety
of shops and an arrival centre.
For MSC Yacht Club guests, an exclusive
spa and wellness sanctuary with private bungalows and massage huts.
A family beach with kids’ restaurant and
A zip-line crossing the island.
A pavilion for weddings and
MSC Cruises plans to break ground on the development in March 2016 and
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will open to guests in December 2017.