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MSC Cruises to create $200m Caribbean 'island experience'

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MSC Cruises has confirmed it is to create a $200 million marine reserve island in the Bahamas for its Caribbean cruise guests. The line announced today that over the next two years it will work in partnership with the Bahamian government and ecologists to develop a former sand extraction station, into a “thriving marine reserve”.

The island will be named the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, with the line promising to offer guests “some of the finest beaches in the world”.

It will also include a purpose-built berth and pier on the seafront so MSC Cruises guests will be able to step straight off the ship straight onto the island, which will include live music and entertainment at a purpose-built 2,000-seat amphitheatre, and a number of restaurants and bars.

Other highlights will include a family beach with kids’ restaurant, play areas and other useful facilities; a charming inland lagoon for absolute tranquillity; a zip wire crossing the island; a pavilion for weddings and celebrations.

The line also promised that the island would be “sympathetic to the culture and traditions of the Bahamas”, with more than 80 indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs, such as Jamaica Dogwood, Red, Black and White Mangroves and Beach Morning Glory planted across the island.

There will additionally be a Bahamian village, plentiful restaurants and bars offering local specialities, a variety of shops and an inviting arrival centre with island-themed music gazebo.

For MSC Yacht Club guests, the northwest corner of the island has been set aside as an exclusive spa and wellness sanctuary, with private bungalows and massage huts.    


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