MSC Cruises Set to Open a Private Island in the Caribbean with 7 Beach Bars

Shay Spence
MSC Cruises Set to Open a Private Island in the Caribbean with 7 Beach Bars

If the depths of winter have you pining to sail away into the Caribbean, consider this some inspiration.

MSC Cruises has revealed more details about their plans for Ocean Cay, a new private island in the Bahamas that has been much-anticipated among cruisers. Located 65 miles south of Miami, the island will become a regular stop for Caribbean itineraries in the MSC fleet, which include sailings on MSC Seaside, MSC Armonia, MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia.

For those who go on vacation as an excuse to eat and drink the day away, Ocean Cay promises to have you covered. There will be seven distinct beach areas, each with a different bar that has “its own personality and its own special look and feel,” according to the press release.

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Off the beach, there will also be a Hemingway-style Lighthouse Bar with a wide selection of rums, as well as an “authentic Bahamian bar.”

On the culinary side, the island will be studded with various food carts including a taco truck and a conch fritter truck. Because guests will be able to stay on the island well into the evening with sailings leaving port as late as 1 a.m., the trucks will stay stationary during the day near the beaches, then move around the island at night. There will also be a buffet restaurant, an ice cream parlor and a coffee cart.

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The nighttime festivities—a rarity at cruise ports since most ships leave port in the afternoon or early evening—will also include live music and DJs at the Lighthouse Bar.

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And if a private island with only your shipmates isn’t quite exclusive enough, MSC is also offering the option of renting your own smaller island for the day, outfitted with a private boat for going back and forth to the main island, as well as a “marquee, sun beds and loungers and food and drinks.”

Ocean Cay is set to open on Saturday, November 9.