MSC Cruises has welcomed the very first guests to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, its new private island destination in the Bahamas.
As part of a multi-faceted restoration strategy, the company has transformed the island from what once was an industrial sand excavation site into a tropical destination.
MSC Cruises has worked with environmental engineers and other experts to revitalise the surrounding ocean beds, marine life and endangered coral.
The environmentally-sound development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is a unique feat and it took nearly three years to complete an island destination capable of delivering the best possible guest experience as well as meeting the Company’s uniquely ambitious environmental targets.
Some 7,500 tons of scrap metal were removed and throughout the clean-up process, a team of expert divers and marine biologists carefully removed individual hard coral colonies from debris on the ocean bed and relocated them to an approved location outside the construction area.
Actions were taken to create a biodiverse and sustainable environment and more than 75,000 plants and shrubs were planted across the island.
Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said: “Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment…