MSC Cruises to temporarily close private destination in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

   July 7, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

MSC Cruises plans to temporarily shut down its private destination, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, in the Bahamas for a period spanning from April to May 2024.

The purpose of this closure is to carry out necessary updates and improvements to enhance the overall experience for guests and support the future growth plans of the island. The cruise line is actively communicating with affected guests and travel advisors to provide them with updated itineraries and alternative travel options.

The temporary closure of Ocean Cay will impact the scheduled itineraries of MSC Seashore, MSC Divina, MSC Seascape, and MSC Meraviglia. Guests who will be affected by these changes will receive notifications regarding alternative plans for their itineraries.

While the specific details regarding the updates and enhancements to be made on Ocean Cay have not been disclosed by MSC Cruises, the two-mile island, located just south of Bimini, was initially opened to guests in November 2021. It boasts 7 pristine beach areas and offers various exciting activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, catamaran sailings, and jet ski rentals. Additionally, the island features 10 beach bars, including a food court, an ice cream bar, and beach shack food trucks. MSC Cruises' upcoming new ship, MSC World America, is scheduled to make port stops at Ocean Cay starting in the spring of 2025.