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MSC delays private island opening

MSC Cruises has announced that Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas will now open in October 2018, around a year later than originally planned. Pictured: Artist’s rendering of MSC Cruises' planned 95-acre Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. (Image via MSCcruises.co.uk)

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016

MSCMSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line in Europe, South America and South Africa, has announced that Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will now open in October 2018.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the Swiss-based cruise company, commented: “As we sat out to finalize construction plans for this one-of-a-kind destination, we realised that to ensure the level of quality and attention to details in both infrastructure and services that our guests have rightfully come to expect from MSC Cruises, it was only appropriate to allot a longer time frame. In fact, whilst working on the final project, it was hard not want to further enrich this unique beach destination with new and additional unique services for our guests. This naturally called for more time than originally planned.”

Vago added: “At the same time, I am also pleased to announce that works on the island have already started in earnest, as originally planned.”

The official ground breaking ceremony for Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will take place October 6, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie, and other government officials.

Calls by MSC Seaside and MSC Divina to the reserve – formerly scheduled between December 2017 and the new date of its grand opening – will be substituted by calls to Nassau.

Working in collaboration with the Bahamian government and ecologists, MSC Cruises intends to develop the cay from an industrial site, into a flourishing marine reserve.

The Bahamas Financial Services Board will be promoting the many advantages The Bahamas offers to Mexican clients at next month’s Bahamas Landfall: Destination Mexico Breakfast Briefing at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mexico City.

Hospitality brands Grand Hyatt and SLS Hotels will remain part of the stalled, $3.5 billion Baha Mar mega-resort in Nassau and operate hotels within the development when it finally opens in 2017, said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas Tourism Ministry, according to a report from industry publication TravelPulse. Read an excerpt here.

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