Cruiselines around the world are working hard to improve their eco-footprint, but MSC has taken this initiative to the extreme with their newest Ocean Cay Marine Reserve private island! Stream2Sea is ecstatic to partner with the largest cruise line and private island destination in the Caribbean, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles that perfectly align with the Stream2Sea mission.
After diving the waters surrounding the reserve earlier this summer, John and I were thrilled for the opportunity to spend three nights on MSC Divina, experiencing the marine reserve and eco initiatives first-hand. MSC secured a 100-year lease from the Bahamian government to restore the previously used industrial sand mine, and protect 64 square miles of surrounding waters for their marine reserve.
We were invited to join one of the first trips with press to teach crew and other guests why Stream2Sea has been named their preferred safe sunscreen partner. We also learned about MSC’s conservation efforts, both on their new marine reserve and on board the ship. We were both very impressed with this cruise line’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Along with their emphasis on reef-safe sunscreen, more than 75,000 plants have been installed and a robust rock revetment program protects its shoreline from erosion while providing critical habitat for marine life as well as local and migrating bird populations.
“Ocean Cay is founded on a deep commitment to ecological principles–these beliefs shape everything from how venues are built, to how the island operates, to the kinds of activities featured on the island,” says Michelle McGregor, operations manager for Ocean Cay.
“We will provide opportunities for guests to learn about the protection of the oceans and the importance of preserving coral reefs through dedicated ‘edutainment’ programs. We hope that guests will leave Ocean Cay with a deep respect and understanding for land and sea, and the sense of environmental stewardship that we feel toward this special place in the Bahamas.”
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is much more than a private party island – it is a unique marine reserve where people and nature thrive in harmony. From the elimination of single use plastics, focus on solar power, and educations on reef safe sunscreens to the gorgeous reefs, great entertainment and fruity fun drinks, Ocean Cay MSC’s Marine Reserve does not disappoint!