Ocean Cay cruise

An exclusive resort
MSC Marine Reserve
Restaurants and tiki bars

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay, a Unique Island

A cruise to the Caribbean on an MSC cruise ship will take you to the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ocean Cay is part of the Bimini chain of islands in the western Bahamas, 20 miles (32 km) south of Bimini and just 65 miles (104.5 km) east of Miami. 

MSC Cruises has helped this country set up an environmental paradise and an exclusive spot for vacationing in harmony with nature in one of its most astonishing locations: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.  

Discover eight splendid beaches, a vast, calm lagoon, the harmonious lines of the typical houses of a Bahamian village and much more. The crown jewel of Ocean Cay is the aquatic sports activities, suitable for adults and children. 

In addition, one of the island's beaches is dedicated to families. Located a short distance from where the ships are docked and the area is fully equipped. The more romantic cruise-goers, on the other hand, will be able to envision their wedding on the northwest point of the island or simply take a stroll at sunset. 

MSC Cruises excursions include an underwater exploration of the MSC Marine Reserve with its astounding tropical underwater life. During your Caribbean cruise, you will also be able to independently snorkel and swim in the waters of Ocean Cay. 

The attractions of this unique island also include its seaside restaurants and tiki bars, while the expert staff of Aurea Spa will offer massages and beauty treatments in sea view cabanas.

Ocean Cay holiday experiences



Ocean Cay boasts miles of pristine white sand, lovingly curated and spread over seven distinct beach areas, each with its own allure and charm. Each beach offers plenty of sunbeds, and some also have a limited number of cabanas, which you can rent for the day. 

The largest single beach area, The Great Lagoon, is a haven with shallow crystal-clear water for protected swimming and water sports. 

Located nearby there is the Seakers Lagoon, a family beach designed for the enjoyment of the younger ones, with very shallow water and plenty of toys.
At over half a mile long, the Great Bimini Beach is the largest stretch of beach on the island, as well as the place to go to enjoy a variety of water sports.
To make the most of your day on the beach you can rent inflatable items and snorkeling equipment, available at several outlets located just behind each of the many public toilets.
Lifeguards are on duty in on all the beaches on the main island.



The Seakers Lagoon beach area is dedicated to families with kids. Boasting shallow water and a floating submarine attraction, it’s the ideal place for your children to have fun.

The buffet is conveniently located near the lagoon, so in case you don’t want to return to the ship when hunger strikes, you can grab a bite on the beach! 

You can also enjoy dedicated activities for kids and families both on the beaches and in a series of shaded areas.



From sports tournaments and dance lessons to live music and even a pop-up cinema at night, you can enjoy a fantastic variety of activities on Ocean Cay. 
At any time, you can also choose to go back on board the ship, where the shops, casino and spa will remain open and entertainment activities will carry on as usual.


In case you don’t want to relax all day on the beach, and maybe you prefer to mix your sunbathing with a bit of shopping, well then on Ocean Cay you can do both!
Ocean Cay Trading Post
Take the essence of Ocean Cay with you.  Here, you can take home some great memories of our unique island and choose from a wide selection of exclusive Ocean Cay souvenirs and gifts inspired by nature.  We have products for both adults and children, ranging from T-shirts, caps, beach items, towels, stuffed animals, mugs, accessories, and housewares. 
MSC Shop
Everything you need for a fantastic day on Ocean Cay is available from the MSC shop.  You’ll find all the essentials for the day for all the family.  Our great selection of MSC branded products designed especially for you, like hats, flip flops, towels, beach bags, sun creams, lip balms.  You will also find a number of exclusive partnership products highlighting the marine sustainable values of the island.
Ocean Cay Visitor Center
For any pre-ordered essential items, Ocean Cay survival kits, essentials, must haves and top tips for your day on Ocean Cay, head over to the visitor center where we can assist you with some great ideas, suggestions and information.
Bahamian Shop & Market
For authentic arts and crafts by local artisans and more, the Bahamian Shop & Market are the fun places to shop.
Unlike other venues on the island, the Bahamian Market does not accept the Cruise Card as a form of payment, so please remember to bring some cash.
Rental station
Look out for the rental station located on each of the island’s beaches, behind the restrooms
It’s the place to rent snorkeling gear for the whole family, as well as kayaks, paddle boards, inner tubes and other water sports equipment.


There is a wide variety of exciting excursions to choose from on Ocean Cay above and below the water, perfect for fun or sun seekers. To get your heart racing we invite you to come snorkeling over a colorful reef or take flight on a parasailing adventure, changing modes, you can enter the chill zone by reserving a beach cabana and spend the day drifting on a floating mat. The fun does not stop once the sun goes down as Ocean Cay has great night time tours to keep you entertained, stargazing on the beach, night time glass bottom boats and romantic sunset cruises brings your perfect day to a close.
Tours can be booked in any of the following ways
•      Before cruising, savings up to 20% off onboard prices, directly with your travel agent or via the MSC Cruises website or
•      Onboard the ship we have a team of destination experts on hand to advise and reserve tours, or if you already know what you’d like to do, you can book through the MSC for me app.
•      Lastly, experiences are also available for booking on the island at the information desk in the plaza or from any activity desk.

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    Ocean Cay holiday services


    In this area you can enjoy special locally inspired services provided by the award-winning MSC Aura SPA, in the beautiful setting of Ocean Cay, choosing from a selection of relaxing body and facial treatments. 

    We suggest you book any treatments you desire in advance, using the MSC for Me app on your mobile device or on the onboard touch screens. All of our beauty products used on the island are bio-degradable and eco-friendly.
    Ocean Cay Breeze Boost massage: a body and foot massage that includes the use of aromatic spray waters with soothing/refreshing properties, mainly aimed at the legs, feet and back, that are the parts of the body normally more exposed to the sun. A real freshness booster!
    Ocean Cay Breeze Facial: Thanks to the soothing properties of a calming mask and refreshing spray waters, give yourself 50 minutes of relaxation and relief for the delicate skin on your face exposed to the sun. At the end of the treatment, your skin will be tonic and regenerated. Ideal in the warm sunny days of the Bahamas. 

    We’ll also perform Yoga lessons on the beach near the SPA.



    Ocean Cay is a marine reserve and we are committed to preserving this natural paradise in its pristine state. Our aim is to minimize unnecessary waste while providing our guests with an ample choice of services.    

    To minimize waste while on the island food and drinks will be served primarily on the ship, where all restaurants, buffet and bars will be operating regularly. Remember, the ship is docked at the island and you can come and go at any time.  
    On the island, there are several options including a few bars, buffet and informal food carts – not included in your standard cruise ticket or onboard beverage package; but you can upgrade your onboard beverage package to include unlimited drinks on Ocean Cay. 
    • Buffet 
      This is place for freshly prepared meals from a variety of international culinary traditions, including American classics and authentic Bahamian flavors, and several kids-favorites. 

    • Food Carts 
      If you don’t feel like a sit-down meal, food carts with high-quality casual street food; we will have a taco truck, conch fitter truck, and much more. The trucks will be stationary during the day around the beaches and will move to the marine area at night creating a food truck festival.
    • Springers  
      Established by the famous Bahamian Springers family and located in the Marina, this friendly bar offers cocktails and drinks in an authentic Bahamian style.  

    • Lighthouse Bar  
      This Hemingway-style cocktail bar offers an ample selection of rums, other spirits and delicious cocktails, all with incredible sea views. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from one of the island’s many activities during the day, enjoy a breathtaking sunset with live music, or party late at night.  

    • Beach Bars
      There are 7 beach bars spread across the island, each with its own personality and its own special look and feel.  

    • Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Bar  
      Located in the marina and in partnership with San Bernardo Ice Cream, this venue offers hundreds of different kinds of ice cream, from classics to more innovative flavors with a Bahamian twist. The coffee bar offers freshly brewed whole bean and ground coffee, espresso and cappuccino for an energetic start to your day on Ocean Cay or a quick boost later on.



    Ocean Cay is equipped with wifi. The ship’s wifi works only to a limited distance on the island. If you wish to stay connected with your friends and family during your stay on Ocean Cay you can buy one of our wifi packages or you can upgrade your onboard one. 


    Getting around the island on foot is easy since everything is close by, maps are readily available, and our friendly staff is there to help you. A network of shaded paths provides access to every location, a 5-10-minute walk will take you to most places, as the most distant area is only a 20-minute walk away. But if you want to get around effortlessly, you can use a complimentary electric cart service. 
    Equipment rental
    Every beach on Ocean Cay has its own rental station, located behind the public restrooms; there you can rent mats, beach umbrellas and snorkeling gear.
    Every beach on Ocean cay is equipped with restrooms. They are clearly indicated on the island map and on the signs around the island.
    All payments on the island are managed via your Cruise Card. The only place that does not accept the Cruise Card is the Bahamian Market, so remember to bring some cash if you’re thinking of shopping there.


    Bahamas cruise

    Music and islands
    Music and islands

    As you arrive on your cruise to the Bahamas – seven hundred islands scattered over 1,400 sq.mi. of crystal clear tropical seas in the northern part of the Caribbean – you will discover beaches and interesting hikes in the hinterland, still partly to be explored, as well as lots of sports. For those who choose the beach and are travelling with children, Taino Beach, in the area of Lucaya, is the ideal location with its small playground. If you are looking for one of the most isolated beaches in the entire archipelago, an excursion you should not miss is to Blue Lagoon Island: beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise waters and a hidden lagoon.

    A cruise to the Bahamas isn’t a true vacation without an excursion to the historical forts and monuments of Nassau: Fort Montague, the oldest on the island of New Providence; Fort Charlotte, whose cannons have always only fired blanks; Fort Fincastle, which due to its shape resembles a steamship. Music is the other great passion of the inhabitants of the Bahamas: it is the sound track of the life on this Caribbean archipelago.

    Often played live, in restaurants, casinos and even in beach bars. From the most traditional steel drum bands, to rake ’n’ scrape, a music similar to reggae, played with an unusual instrument, a saw; and then calypso, soca and junkanoo.