The company has worked to transform the island from an industrial sand excavation site into a tropical destination while revitalizing the surrounding ocean beds, endangered coral, and marine life.
In November 2019, MSC Cruises revealed it had canceled the first 4 scheduled calls at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve after deeming the island destination not ready for passengers. The company cited “adverse weather conditions and unexpected last-minute operational challenges” for the delay.
The construction and development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve took nearly 3 years to complete. The destination will host all 4 MSC USA-homeported ships - MSC Armonia, MSC Divina, MSC Meraviglia, and MSC Seaside - on different days.
Ocean Cay will offer snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, Bahamian arts and crafts, spa treatments, multiple bars, a complimentary food court, Junkanoo parades, and lighthouse light shows. A Conservation Center will serve as a base for coral research.