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Cruises to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Aerial shot of the entire island of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, with a cruise ship docked in port

About Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

MSC Cruises' Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, opened in December 2019, is part of the Bimini chain of islands in the western Bahamas, 20 miles south of Bimini and just 65 miles east of Miami. The former sand-mining site is home to eight beaches and a coral reef, across the 64 square miles of marine reserve. The island's Bahamian-style village offers a wide range of places to shop, eat, drink and relax, with island-infused cuisine, cocktails and a Bahamian straw market.

Ships dock directly at a pier, with an easy walk onto the island. MSC Cruises is the only line to call at Ocean Cay and will offer late nights in the port, with special evening activities, due to its close proximity to Miami.

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Good to Know?

The use of reef-safe sunscreen (as well as bug repellent) is encouraged and available for purchase on the island.

Bring cash (U.S. dollars) for the local straw market.

Getting Around?

Transportation There will be continuous tram service running from the ship to various points on Ocean Cay throughout the day/evening. Signage will also be posted throughout as the island is easily walkable, though we feel there could be a bit more signage -- especially given MSC's international passenger mix.

Accessibility Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be completely ADA compliant. Beach wheelchairs will be available on the island and at the pier upon disembarkation (upon request)

Amenities?

Rentals:

Beach loungers are available around the island, free of charge, but umbrellas must be rented for a fee. It's recommended that towels are brought ashore from the ship.

At the Renting Pavilion, cruisers can rent inflatable aquatic gear (floating beach mats, paddleboards, rafts), and scuba diving and snorkeling equipment.

Kids Club:

There is no dedicated kids club on Ocean Cay nor is babysitting offered on the island. However, there is a designated family area, the Family Lagoon Beach at Seakers Cove, as well as plenty of scheduled family activities throughout the day and evening.

Wedding Packages:

The island features a Wedding Pavilion that can be rented for private wedding ceremonies or vow renewals. A small private island right beside Ocean Cay can also be rented for the day to continue the celebration or for private events. This private island can accommodate a maximum of 30 people and includes:

  • A private boat that will take your party to the island and remain at your disposal
  • A marquee, sun beds and sun loungers
  • Food and drinks
  • Inflatable floats and inner tubes
Wi-Fi:

Wi-Fi is available on Ocean Cay if you have an internet package. Passengers with standard, premium and unlimited internet packages onboard the ship will be able to stay connected during their time on the island.


Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Cruise Reviews
We chose this cruise for the luxury experience of the Yacht Club. Lunch outside on the verandah of Ocean House, the exclusive members only section of MSC Ocean Cay was simply grand, the meal, the view, the breeze. ThRead More
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morpheusofthesea
The private island (Ocean Cay) was fabulous! Ocean Cay was beautiful, clean, safe, well maintained and included a great buffet lunch.Read More
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lovetodance7
Ocean Cay • The Lobster Roll truck is on the trail to the North Island. It has hot french fries and coleslaw for $12.95. • Starboard cabins give you a view of the Lighthouse light show. • Port cabins aRead More
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honeyb085
We got to have 2 port stops at Ocean Cay on this cruise. This was our first time visiting the island. On the 1st stop, we spent nearly all our time in the Yacht Club area of the island - Ocean House Beach is very rRead More
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