MSC Announces New Private Island

By ,   June 2, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises created an exclusive "beach oasis" for vacationers on Abu Dhabi and Dubai cruises from this winter.

The 1.5-mile stretch of land on the natural Sir Bani Yas island, off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi, features shaded cabanas, hundreds of palm trees and over 2,000 sunbeds across 387,500 sq.feet of beaches.

It is the second exclusive island development of MSC Cruises - last year the company announced plans to establish Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas.

Starting from December 2016, MSC Fantasia adds the destination, available exclusively to MSC Cruises passengers when the cruise ship calls at the island, to Emirates itineraries. The development is on a smaller isle connected to the main island by wooden boardwalk allowing exclusive access to MSC Cruises' passengers.

Other facilities include: food, refreshments, MSC Aurea Spa area with a menu of massages, sports facilities (beach volleyball, tennis), family and kids-dedicated area with parents’ pergola, Bedouin tent offering arts & crafts created by local communities, lounge space with live music and a bar.

The MSC Cruises company has been working closely with ecologists and Abu Dhabi Port Authorities for more than 2 years to develop the project and support the ongoing preservation work.

The isle is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the region due to decades of conservation work and ecological investment to maintain its biodiversity. The Arabian Wildlife Park on the Sir Bani Yas main island is home to over 13,000 endangered and indigenous animals, as well as millions of plants and trees.

The first sailing of the winter season departs on December 3, 2016 and calls at the isle on December 5. Prices start at US$719 per person for a 7-night voyage this winter on MSC Fantasia.