In a statement about the new opening date, MSC Cruises executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said, that the line realized it would need to delay the opening as it finalized construction plans for the new destination in order to ensure quality.
The ground breaking ceremony will take place on October 6, 2016 in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, and other high dignitaries from the country’s government.
MSC Divina and MSC Seaside calls to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve formerly scheduled between December 2017 and the new opening date will be replaced with calls to Nassau. Further itinerary details will be announced later.
When complete, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve will be 95 acres in size, with 11,400 feet of beach front across six beaches, which MSC said will make it the biggest island development by any cruise line in the Caribbean. The island will also have a purpose-built berth and pier right on the seafront, allowing quick access for MSC's guests. A 2,000 seat amphitheater will host live music and entertainment, and numerous restaurants and bars will offer refreshments. In addition, the ship and all on board services – including the casino – will stay open while berthed.