Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

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MSC Marine Reserve
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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, close to Bimini and Miami. MSC Cruises has helped this country set up an exclusive spot for vacationing in harmony with nature in one of its most astonishing locations: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
 
You will discover seven 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 are the aquatic sports activities, suitable for adults and children. 
 
In addition, one of the island’s beaches located a short distance from where the ships are docked and fully equipped, is dedicated to families. Located a short distance from where the ships are docked and the area is fully equipped. The more romantic guests, on the other hand, will be able to celebrate their wedding on the northern beach 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.
 
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.

Experiencing Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay holiday experiences

BEACHES

BEACHES

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 sun beds, and some also have a limited number of cabanas, which you can rent for the day. 

The largest beach area, composed by the North Beach and the South Beach, is a haven with shallow crystal-clear water for protected swimming and water sports.
At over half a mile long, the Sunset Beach area is the largest stretch of beach on the island, as well as the place to go to enjoy a variety of water.
Located nearby there is the Seakers Family Cove, a family beach designed for the enjoyment of the younger ones, with very shallow water and plenty of toys.
A lively beach with great views of the Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Bay is also a great place of relaxation for all guests.
The ideal place to relax, Aurea Paradise Sands is perfect for the guests who want to enjoy a massage or a facial treatment in a cabana overlooking the Ocean Cay turquoise waters.
The Bimini Beach is calm and with beautiful views of the open Bahamian Sea.
 
To make the most of your day on the beach you can rent inflatable items and snorkeling equipment, available at several outlets. 
Lifeguards are on duty in on all the beaches on the main island.

FAMILY & KIDS

FAMILY & KIDS

The North and South Beaches are dedicated to families with kids. Boasting shallow water and a floating submarine attraction, they're the ideal place for children to have fun in absolute safety.
Lifeguards are on duty in on this and all the other beaches on the island.
The buffet, is conveniently located near the beaches, so guets don’t have to go far when hunger strikes.
Guests can also enjoy dedicated entertainment for families and kids, both on the beaches and in a series of shaded areas.
ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT

From sports tournaments and dance lessons to live music, 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.

​SHOPPING

​SHOPPING

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 
Here guests 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 guests need for a fantastic day on Ocean Cay is available from the MSC shop.  Guests will find all the essentials for the day for all the family.  The great selection of MSC branded products, like hats, flip-flops, towels, beach bags, sun creams, lip balms.  Guests 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 
The Rental Station is the place to rent snorkelling gear for the whole family, as well as kayaks, paddleboards, inner tubes and other water sports equipment. It is located close to every beach of the island.
EXCURSIONS

EXCURSIONS

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 snorkelling over a colourful 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 on board prices, directly with your travel agent or via the MSC Cruises website or 
  • On-board the ship we have a team of destination experts on hand to advise and reserve tours, or if you already know what you would 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.

Ocean Cay holiday services

MSC AUREA SPA

MSC AUREA SPA

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.
Naturally, all 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 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.

DINING & BARS

DINING & BARS

Ocean Cay is a marine reserve and we are committed to preserving this in its pristine state. Our aim is to minimise 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 itself there are several options including a few bars, buffet and informal food carts – not included in your standard cruise ticket or on-board beverage package; but you can upgrade your onboard beverage package to include unlimited drinks on Ocean Cay. 
  • Seaker's Buffet 
    Freshly prepared meals from a variety of international culinary traditions, including American classics and authentic Bahamian flavours, and several kids-favourites. 

  • 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  
    A red and white lighthouse rises 30 feet above the island, providing a striking landmark and a useful orientation point. It is also home to a Hemingway-style bar and a terrace where guests can enjoy the view as they sip a refreshing cocktail. Here guests can enjoy live music with DJs and a surprising visual experience that will further enhance the atmosphere.   

  • 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 offer hundreds of different kinds of ice cream, from classics to more innovative flavours 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.
OTHER SERVICES

OTHER SERVICES

Wifi

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. 


Transport

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 snorkelling gear.
 
Restrooms
Every beach on Ocean cay is equipped with restrooms. They are clearly indicated on the island map and on the signs around the island.
 
Payment
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, only cash is accepted.

Smaller island around Ocean Cay

Ocean Cay is flanked by two smaller islands, one of which can be rented privately for the day. The island can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests.

 

Rental of the island for 1 day includes:

• a private boat that will take our guest and their party to the island and remain at their disposal;

• a marquee, sun beds and loungers;

• food and drinks;

• inner tubes and inflatable floats.

• Near the island is an old ship wreck that is home to spider coral, making it a wonderful spot for snorkelling and scuba diving.

 

 
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Discover our excursions

    Bahamas

    Music and islands
    Music and islands

    As you arrive on your cruise to the Bahamas – seven hundred islands scattered over 3800 sq.km. 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 vacation in 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.