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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

First Look at the Upcoming Must-See Cruise Private Island Attractions

Two exciting private island destinations are on their way to the Caribbean, and both MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line are offering up a fun list of attractions that will be available exclusively to each of its guests to enjoy. MSC’s Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is set to open in December 2017, and Norwegian’s Harvest Caye is scheduled to open sooner in November of this year.

MSC Cruises ~ Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be the cruise line’s first private island located in the Bahamas, 20 miles south of Bimini and 65 miles east of Miami. Its opening will coincide with the launch of the new MSC Seaside sailing year-round from Florida. Highlighted attractions to look forward to are as follows:

Day and Night Pier Access

Eliminating the need to tender to the island, the marine reserve will include a dedicated pier for the MSC Seaside and the line’s other ships to conveniently dock right alongside the island. What’s more, even when the ship is berthed at night, the casino and shops will still be able to remain open onboard.

Six Beaches

The destination consists of 95 acres of space and 11,400 feet of beachfront divided among a half dozen of individual beaches.


The island will be uniquely accessible in the evenings, unlike other private cruise line destinations, for nighttime live music and entertainment hosted at a 2,000-seat amphitheater.

Active Thrills

Thrill seekers will enjoy a zip wire that crosses over the island while those wanting more active endeavors can utilize the island’s walking and running paths and bicycle rentals.

MSC Yacht Club

The island will feature an extension of the private MSC Yacht Club onboard with an exclusive spa and wellness facility, bungalows and massage huts on shore in the northwest area.


The island was formerly a sand extraction station but will become a conservation hub with more than 80 indigenous Caribbean trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs, like Jamaica Dogwood, Red, Black and White Mangroves and Beach Morning Glory planted throughout. An approximately $200 million investment will transform a desert island into the ma

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