New Activities Revealed for Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

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Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Credit: Conrad Schutt

MSC Cruises have announced further activities available on their private island which opens in just under 30 days.

Nine new island attractions will be available to the passengers on the four MSC Cruises’ ships that will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve from November 2019 onwards.

With endless sweeping vistas of crystal blue waters and two miles of white sandy beaches, Ocean Cay is the ideal getaway for guests to discover nature’s pure, untouched beauty through a variety of activities designed for all ages.

From ocean discovery activities like snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking to relaxing in a cabana on the beach or during a luxurious spa treatment, there is something for everyone.

Guests can also enjoy breath-taking sunsets followed by a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo parade, a spectacular lighthouse light show, or beachside stargazing. Or for those just wishing to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings, there are eight beaches to choose from, offering different activities and services.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

The island is easy to get around everywhere and is easily accessible from the ship by foot or guests can simply hop on the electric tram that will transport guests around the island.

New activities revealed

A few of the newest island experiences awaiting visitors include:

Feel a New Thrill

Deep Sea Fishing: Catch, Tag and Release – After a short boat ride, guests can enjoy an adventure-filled day reeling in the best catches of a lifetime as well as learning about the array of regional fish as they Catch, Tag and Release to learn about the different species of fish and how they migrate in one of the most famous fishing areas of the world learn. Gray Fish, the only tagging research center in The Bahamas, will help guests as they catch and tag their fish to report information on the specific catch. Once the fish is released, it can then be caught again.

Rum Rendezvous (Adults Only) – Enjoy a scenic boat ride to a stunning Bahama bank where guests can enjoy a lively, adult-only atmosphere and pristine shallow waters while sipping on complimentary rum punch, surrounded by live music and dancing.

Ceclo Luxury Electric Pedalo Rentals – Explore or simply slowly drift for hours in the tranquillity of the beautiful Bahamian waters on the newest invention on the market, the Ceclo – the luxury yacht of pedal boats, with electric assistance ready for all your adventures and made of recycled champagne cork, wood, and aluminium.

Glow Night-time Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – Discover the marine life after dark and enjoy a calm evening paddle under a starry sky with a specially equipped stand-up paddleboard, fitted with LED illumination that allows guests to glide on a beam of light across the calm waters of The Bahamas.

Fun for the Whole Family

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay Family Club –The whole family sets out on a great adventure across the island to help Captain Doremi save the island while learning about the environment and animal species living on the land and how to preserve the island and oceans around them.

The Bahama Bank Escape (Family Tour) – This tour is fun for the whole family aboard a spacious double-decker power catamaran as the captain and crew take families on a charming boat ride to Bahama Banks where families can splash around in the shallow tropical waters, enjoy sport activities and relax on the beach with complimentary local rum punch in hand for adults.

Kids Beachside Stargazing Adventure – This fun learning activity for kids allows them to discover everything about the universe, planets, stars, time and space. Led by Captain Doremi, children will help a little star find her way back home to the skies through stories, games and riddles.

The Perfect Setting for a Touch of Romance:

Honeymoon Harbour Stingray Adventure – Interact with a variety of different ray species including the local friendly stingrays on an adventurous boat ride to Honeymoon Harbour where guests can also enjoy the gorgeous beaches and lighthouse on Gun Cay.

Sunset Beach Picnic –A romantic picnic on the beach awaits couples looking for a secluded experience while enjoying the sunset and blue Bahamian sea over a bottle of wine and a picnic basket of snacks.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

From November 2019, four MSC Cruises ships will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on different days – MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia.

SOURCEPhotos: Conrad Schutt
Chris is an ex-Royal Navy Reservist. During his time in the Royal Navy, Chris served in the Maritime Trade Operations branch. A now seasoned cruiser, the first ship for Chris was Cunard Line's Queen Victoria. Chris enjoys nothing more than relaxing on a balcony during a sea day, gazing out to sea and enjoying the cruising lifestyle!

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