OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE

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Discover Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve - Exclusive to MSC Cruises

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE

Ocean Cay, a Unique Island
Ocean Cay, a Unique Island

Discover our new and exclusive Bahamian destination: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
 
Here you can spend a one-of-a-kind experience on an authentic Caribbean Marine Reserve, while connecting with the natural world, feeling the warmth of the Bahamian spirit and immersing in an eco-friendly environment. On Ocean Cay, you can enjoy a relaxing massage in a cabana, discover the beauty of the sea and explore the area with dedicated excursions.
 
 

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    FAQ

    Questions

      • What is Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and where is it located?

        Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is MSC Cruises' private island in the Bahamas, with 64 square miles of protected waters around it. Guests will enjoy 8 world-class beaches, numerous bars, an iconic lighthouse, shops and a Bahamian village. Guests can revel into the night thanks to the ship's late departure.

      • Where will the ship dock?

        Guests will be thrilled to know that the ship docks (does not tender). Exciting right?! Guests can easily disembark and embark the ship as they wish!

      • Is there an information center on the island?

        Yes, visit our welcome center and our staff will be at your disposal to book any excursions or activities and answer any questions you may have. A map of the island is available at the Welcome Pavilion.

      • Will there be transportation on the island?

        Yes, there will be continuous tram service running throughout the day/evening on the island. For MSC Yacht Club guests, a limo golf cart will be available on the island.
        Should our guests wish to walk, easy-to-follow signs will guide you throughout Ocean Cay.

      • Are drones allowed on the island?

        Drones are not permitted on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

      • Will my cruise card work on the island?

        Yes, you can pay for most things on the island with your Cruise Card (excluding items at the Bahamian market).

      • Can I use cash on the island?

        Cash is only accepted at the Bahamian market. For all other items purchased, you will need to use your cruise card.

      • What should I bring with me on the island from the ship?

        Sunscreen - MSC Cruises highly recommends using reef-safe sunscreens in order to preserve the coral reef and sea life. We will have reef-safe sunscreen available onboard and on the island to purchase. Beach towel - Please bring your towel from the ship to the island with you. MSC Yacht Club guests will have towels available for them in the MSC Yacht Club area on the island (MSC Yacht Club guests do not need to bring a towel from the ship). Cruise Card - You will need your Cruise Card to get on and off of the ship, as well as for most purchases on the island (excluding the Bahamian market). Bug repellent - We ask our guests to continue to be eco-friendly and use spray that is natural and safe for the environment. Personal belongings and supplies - Feel free to bring your personal belongings and supplies in a bag to the island so you do not have to go back to the ship. *The ship will dock, therefore guests will have the ability to back and forth to the ship as they wish.

      • Are sunbeds and umbrellas on the beaches?

        The islands' wonderful beaches feature sunbeds free of charge, while umbrellas and cabanas are available for hire for a fee. In addition, restrooms can be found on every beach. They are clearly indicated on the island map and on the signs around the island.

      • How many beaches are on Ocean Cay? Are they available to all guests?

        There are 8 total beaches on Ocean Cay: Bimini Beach- Located furthest from the port, this may be your opportunity for seclusion and relaxation. North Beach- Situated perfectly in the lagoon, just across the way from South Beach, this beach offers shallow water, multiple water activities and is the largest beach on the island. South Beach- Neighbor to North Beach, this beach offers open space for swimming, water activities and more. Family Lagoon Beach- Perfect for families, your little ones can splash away in the shallow waters in this lagoon, build sand castles, and enjoy the open beach. Lighthouse Bay- Home to the 100 ft. tall lighthouse, this beach offers lively entertainment day and night and is the closest beach to the ship. Sunset Beach- Offering over half a mile long stretch, this beach is fantastic for swimming, and in the evenings, enjoy a romantic picnic for two with a delicious sunset. Paradise Sands- Next to The Spa at Ocean Cay, this peaceful beach is dedicated to zen lovers, offering peace, tranquility and easy access to a massage on the beach. Ocean House Beach -Exclusive for our MSC Yacht Club guests, this beach offers an upscale experience like no other. MSC Yacht Club guests can enjoy complimentary private amenities including a private bar, butler service and more. Beachfront or Ocean View cabanas are available for an additional fee ($).

      • Are lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and beach towels available on the island?

        Yes, lounge chairs are complimentary for our guests, while umbrellas and cabanas are available to rent. In addition, guests will need to bring a beach towel from the ship. For guests who are sailing in the MSC Yacht Club, towels will be available on the island in the Yacht Club clubhouse (MSC Yacht Club guests do not need to bring a towel ashore). Cabanas are available for rent for a nominal fee. All cabanas will open when the ship arrives at Ocean Cay and will close at 5 pm (hours subject to be extended, based on sunset). Guests will have the option of renting a Standard Cabana or a Deluxe Cabana ($). Cabanas can have a maximum of 6 guests total. MSC Yacht Club guests will have the option of ocean view or beachfront cabanas, in the designated MSC Yacht Club area on the island ($). Click here to check out and compare our cabanas Already booked? Book your cabana now andSAVE UP TO 20% vs. onboard prices. Prices shown are already discounted.

      • Will lifeguards be available on all of the beaches at Ocean Cay?

        Yes. Guest safety is our first priority, therefore, at least one lifeguard is on duty on every beach. Due to the size of our lagoons, there will also be in-the-water lifeguards available. MSC Cruises always recommends that parents or legal guardians always stay with their child(ren) on Ocean Cay.

      • Can I rent water-sport equipment?

        Yes, Ocean Cay offers facilities for many water-based activities. Multiple rental stations will be located throughout the island. Equipment available for rent include: snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, scuba-diving and other water equipment ($).

      • Are lockers available on the island?

        Lockers will be located throughout the island at every service area, rental area and restroom area for a nominal fee ($).

      • Is there an adult-only beach?

        On Ocean Cay, beaches are open to guests of all ages, therefore, we do not have an adults-only beach at this time.

      • Will fitness classes be available on the island?

        Yes, we are currently putting together an exciting and unique fitness experience. Check back for exciting announcements as we continue to enhance your experience on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

      • Will food be available on the island?

        Yes, the island will offer 2 buffet restaurants, multiple food trucks, and an ice-cream parlor. The two buffet restaurants and food trucks will be complimentary for all guests. Please note that the 2nd buffet will open in Spring 2020. The buffet will be open onboard the ship at select times if guests wish to eat onboard. Discover more about Food and Drinks on Ocean Cay here

      • Where can I get beverages or ice creams on the island?

        Complimentary water will be available at all bars and buffets, as well as water fountains near all restrooms on the island. Below is a list of the bars and restaurants that offer beverages and cocktails: Springers Marina Bar Managed by the Bahamian Spring family located in Bahamian Village & Marina, this bar offers cocktails and drinks in authentic Bahamian style. Beach Bars Spread across the island, multiple beach bars will be right at your hand for our thirsty guests. Lighthouse Bar This Hemingway-style cocktail bar offers an ample selection of rums, spirits and delicious cocktails, all served with incredible views of pristine water and white sand beaches. The Smiling Fish and Coffee Bar This venue offers a variety of ice cream, from the classics to flavors with a Bahamian twist. The coffee bar offers freshly brewed whole bean and ground coffee, espresso and cappuccino. Discover more about Food and Drinks on Ocean Cayhere.

      • Will restaurants and bars stay open on the ship while at Ocean Cay?

        The ship's buffet will be open at select times. The restaurants will not be open. *Hours may vary based on the ship.

      • Does my onboard drink package include Ocean Cay?

        Yes! Guests who purchase the Easy, Premium or Premium Plus beverage package may use their package on Ocean Cay. NOTE: Only select alcohol drinks will be available for the Premium and Premium Plus packages. Packages are not applicable for MSC Yacht Club guests and Aurea experience guests (complimentary beverages are already included with their cruise). These packages exclude ice cream on Ocean Cay.

      • Will the island accommodate dietary needs?

        Yes, vegetarian and vegan dishes are available on the island. The island will also offer veggie burgers, salads and gluten-free breads (gluten free bread only available upon request). Unfortunately, the island will not be able to accommodate specific allergies, therefore we recommend eating on board the ship, where our staff will be able to accommodate your every need. Kosher food will not be available on the island.

      • If I'm a Diamond Card Voyagers Club member, can I use my amenities on the island?

        The complimentary specialty dining for Diamond Card Voyagers Club members is not transferable to the island and can only be used on the ship.

      • What family-friendly activities are available on Ocean Cay?

        Ocean Cay is a family-friendly island. Seakers Family Cove is dedicated to families with kids, boasting shallow water and a floating submarine attraction. It’s the ideal place for children to have fun, all while being safe. You can also enjoy dedicated entertainment for families and kids, both on the beaches and in shaded areas.

      • Will there be a Kid's Club on the island? Do you offer babysitting?

        Seakers Cove will offer families an array of activities. There is not a dedicated Kids Club on Ocean Cay, however, there will be plenty of scheduled kids' activities throughout the day and evening, as well as Family Lagoon Beach, which is a designated family area.
        Babysitting is not offered on the island.

      • What entertainment is available on the island?

        From water sports, to sports tournaments and dance lessons to live music, you can enjoy a variety of activities on Ocean Cay. At any time, you can choose to go back to the ship, where the shops, casino and spa will remain open. You’ll also find a variety of appealing options both in the daytime and in the evening. A list of activities include:
        Beach soccer and volleyball
        Disc golf
        Bocce ball and Tr-Ball-Rec
        Aqua gym and Aqua Zumba
        King of the Island and Queen of the Island
        Ocean Cay Olympic Games
        Tug of War contest
        Caribbean and Latin dance classes
        Luna Libre Party
        Junkanoo Parade
        Evening lighthouse Show
        Sunset cruise, evening beach picnic
        Beachside fire pits and stargazing

      • There are 4 different beach cabanas, are they all available for rent?

        Rent a cabana for the day and enjoy perks including refreshments, floating mats, snorkeling equipment and more. To ensure that you get the most, choose the cabana that's right for you:
        Cabana's available for all guests:
        Ocean Cay Beach Cabana - $249
        Deluxe Ocean Cay Beach Cabana - $349 Exclusive MSC Yacht Club cabanas (ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MSC YC GUESTS):
        MSC Yacht Club Ocean View Cabana - $399
        MSC Yacht Club Beachfront Cabana - $449 IMPORTANT INFO: Max 6 guests per cabana. Price shown is per cabana. Price is subject to change without notice.
        To book your cabana, click here.

      • What does each cabana include? What's the difference between each of them?

        Ocean Cay Beach Cabana: 
        Fresh water 
        Beach Towels
        2 floating beach mats
        Couch and two chairs 
        Holds a maximum of 6 guests Deluxe Ocean Cay Beach Cabana:
        Fresh water
        Complimentary lunch
        Beach Towels
        2 sets of snorkeling equipment
        2 floating beach mats
        Couch and two chairs
        Holds a maximum of 6 guests MSC Yacht Club Ocean View Cabana (YACHT CLUB GUESTS ONLY):

        Fresh water
        Fruit skewers
        Complimentary lunch
        Complimentary beverages
        Beach Towels
        4 sets of snorkeling equipment
        4 floating beach mats
        Couch, two chairs and two sun loungers
        Maximum of 6 guests
        Ocean View MSC Yacht Club Beachfront Cabana (YACHT CLUB GUESTS ONLY):

        Fresh water
        Fruit skewers
        Complimentary lunch
        Complimentary beverages
        Beach Towels
        4 sets of snorkeling equipment
        4 floating beach mats
        Couch, 2 chairs and 2 sun loungers
        Maximum of 6 guests
        Beachfront

      • Do you use bottled water for the cabana rentals?

        We provide aluminum recyclable bottles for guests to use for water.

      • How are cabanas assigned?

        Your cabana will be assigned once your are onboard, prior to your arrival at Ocean Cay.

      • If I'm traveling with a group, can we get cabanas next to each other?

        Please stay tuned as we determine the best solution to allow our guests an easy and smooth process when traveling with a group.

      • Is shopping available on the island?

        Yes, indulge in authentic Bahamian artisans, MSC logo apparel and more. Shops available on Ocean Cay:
        Bahamian Straw Market
        For arts and crafts by local artisans and more, the Bahamian Straw Market is a fun place to shop. The market accepts only cash (USD) as a form of payment.
        Ocean Cay Trading Post & Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Logo Shop
        Share a piece of paradise with your friends and family. A wide selection of Ocean Cay souvenirs and gifts for both adults and children, ranging from T-shirts, caps, beach items, towels and accessories will be available for purchase. You will also find beach essentials like reef-safe sunscreen lotions and lip balms that are biodegradable and eco-friendly for the coral reef. Your cruise card will be accepted here.

      • Can I do some shopping?

        Ocean Cay Trading Post
        Here you can choose from a wide selection of Ocean Cay souvenirs and gifts for both adults and children, ranging from T-shirts, caps, beach items, towels and accessories. You will also find beach essentials like sunscreen lotions and lip balms.
        Bahamian Straw Market  For arts and crafts by local artisans and more, the Bahamian Straw Market is a fun place to shop. The Market only accepts cash (USD) as a form of payment.

      • Will the island offer events and activities for MSC Voyagers Club members?

        Parties and events for our Voyagers Club members will be held on board, before and after the ship visits Ocean Cay. We want our guests to enjoy the island at their own leisure, therefore, there will be no additional activities on the island for our club members.

      • Should I wait to book an excursion once I'm onboard or on the island?

        We highly recommend you book your excursion in advance online. This guarantees you will be able to participate in the excursion, as well as SAVING YOU UP TO 30%. Guests who pre-book excursions are given a 30% discount* vs. onboard prices for Ocean Cay. Click here to see a list of available excursions *Prices shown online are already discounted. 

      • Can I get married on Ocean Cay?

        Yes! The island features a Wedding Pavilion that can be rented for private wedding ceremonies or vow renewals.
        IMPORTANT INFO: The Wedding Pavilion will not be available for the initial launch. Please continue checking back to see when our Wedding Pavilion will be ready to offer you the wedding you've always dreamt of.

      • Can I rent Ocean Cay for private use?

        You cannot rent Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, however, Ocean Cay is flanked by two smaller islands, one of which you can rent for the entire day!
        IMPORTANT INFO: The smaller island is not available for rent at this time and will be launched in a later phase. More details to come in the future.

      • Which ships visit Ocean Cay?

        MSC Seaside - Sailing the Caribbean year-round, you can visit the island any time of the year! MSC Seaside is the "Ship that follows the sun", made specially for the Caribbean.
        MSC Armonia - Sailing the Caribbean year-round, you can visit the island any time of the year! MSC Armonia is considered a classic, small ship with a more intimate experience.
        MSC Divina - Sailing the Caribbean during Winter 2019 - Spring 2020 and returning in Winter 2021 - Spring 2021. MSC Divina is known as the Diva of the seas.
        MSC Meraviglia - Sailing the Caribbean during Winter 2019 - Spring 2020, and returning in Winter 2020 - Spring 2021. MSC Meraviglia offers exclusive Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows and is brand-new to the Caribbean.
        To book a cruise to Ocean Cay visit, www.msccruises.com .
        *A few select sailings do not visit Ocean Cay. Please double-check the itinerary to ensure you get to enjoy our private oasis.

      • Will the ship dock or tender?

        Guests will be thrilled to know that the ship docks (does not tender). Exciting right?! Guests can easily disembark and embark the ship as they wish!

      • Is the ship accessible at any time while docked at the island?

        Yes, you can return to the ship at any time. Limited restaurants, entertainment and activities will all be available onboard while the ship is docked at the island.
        NOTE: YOU MUST ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CRUISE CARD IN ORDER TO EXIT AND ENTER THE SHIP.

      • Will there be a spa on the island?

        Yes, the Spa at Ocean Cay is now open! You can book your spa services on the island.
        Massages available: (must be booked on Ocean Cay)
        Smooth Breeze - $69 pp
        30 min. Swedish massage Breeze Boost - $119 pp
        50 min. Swedish massage Deep Blue - $119
        50 min. Sports massage
        Other services available:
        Sunset Yoga - $13
        50 min.
        NOTE: Spa services must be booked on the island. We recommend booking as soon as you disembark the ship, as times fill up quickly! Sunset yoga can be booked online prior to your cruise in the Manage Booking area on our website, www.msccruises.com.
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      • What types of massages are available?

        In the initial launch of Ocean Cay, we will offer 3 massages. But stay tuned as we continue to add more exciting massage services.
        Available massages:
        Smooth Breeze - $69 pp
        30 min. Swedish massage Breeze Boost - $119 pp
        50 min. Swedish massage Deep Blue - $119
        50 min. Sports massage

      • Can I get a massage on the beach?

        Absolutely, that is the only way to get a massage on a remote, private island! There will be 8 massage huts on the island. These huts will be available for guests to enjoy one of our fine massages while listening to the waves crash.

      • What products are used in the spa?

        On Ocean Cay, we will only use eco-certified and fully biodegradable organic skincare products. Your skin will feel luxurious.

      • If I book the Aurea experience, can I get the massage on Ocean Cay?

        The Spa at Ocean Cay is separate from MSC Aurea Spa, therefore your spa treatment included in the Aurea Experience is not transferable to the island and can only be used onboard.

      • Are fitness classes available on the island?

        Yes. The following activities will be available: 
        Sunset Yoga on the Beach (50 min)
        Aqua Yoga on the Paddle Board (50 min)
        and many more to come in the near future!

      • Is there a medical facility on the island?

        Yes, there will be a designated nurse station next to the Seakers Buffet, with dedicated medical staff from the ship.

      • Is there security on the island?

        As the safety of our guests and crew members are our top priority, we will have designated security officers throughout the island.

      • Will Ocean Cay be accessible for guests with special needs?

        Yes, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is completely ADA compliant. Beach wheelchairs will be available on the island and waiting for guests at the pier upon disembarkation (upon request).

      • Will lifeguards be available on the beaches?

        Yes, guest safety is our first priority, therefore, at least one lifeguard is on duty on every beach. Due to the size of our lagoons, there will also be in-the-water lifeguards available.
        MSC Cruises always recommends that parents or legal guardians always stay with their child(ren) on Ocean Cay.