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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will remain a key highlight of our Winter 2020/2021 itineraries from Florida, with MSC Meraviglia, MSC Armonia and MSC Seaside all calling at our private island destination in The Bahamas. Exclusive to MSC Cruises’ guests and located just 65 miles off the coast of Miami, the island is surrounded by 64 square miles of marine reserve, offering guests a unique opportunity to discover local marine life, soak up the Bahamian spirit and recuperate.


Once a sand extraction site, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve has been transformed into a flourishing marine reserve with pristine beaches and crystal blue waters. A unique island where guests can be in complete harmony with nature.


A spectacular arrival

Arriving at Ocean Cay is an exhilarating experience. The lighthouse emerges as a faint red dot in the endless blue sea and sky of the Caribbean, just 65 miles off the Miami coast. As your ship approaches, you get a better view of the lush tropical plantations, the surrounding islets, golden beaches and emerald lagoons.

MSC Cruises has embarked on an extraordinary environmental redevelopment campaign. The island is the site of an abandoned former sand mining complex, where millions of tons of industrial coral sand been extracted for over half a century to be used around the world. MSC Cruises saw its potential and stepped in, turning it into a magnificent marine reserve.


The best of the Caribbean

Guests can enjoy extraordinary experiences for all ages and tastes, while being safe in the knowledge that MSC Cruises is committed to the eco-sustainability of the island and its surroundings. Children can play in shallow water and pet the harmless local ray fish or snorkel among the colourful tropical marine life. You can participate in guided starwatching on the beach, indulge in a regenerating Balinese massage or enjoy the thrill of kayaking to discover submerged wrecks. At sunset, you can treat yourself to a romantic picnic or go on ‘glow paddling’ excursions. There is an immense variety of local and international food on offer for you to sample.

There are endless opportunities for fun, from Deep-Sea Fishing, the Rum Rendevous, Ceclo Luxury Electric Pedal Boats to the Bahamian Junkanoo parade or or take in the light show projected from Ocean Cay’s iconic lighthouse!


Book your MSC Winter cruise in the Caribbean to explore Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.