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Ocean Cay (MSC’s Private Island): Complete Guide, Tips, & Things to Know

If you are taking a cruise in the United States aboard MSC, chances are high that you’ll be visiting Ocean Cay. This is the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas that’s exclusive to guests of MSC.

View of MSC's Ocean Cay from cruise ship

In other words, if you’ve ever wanted to spend a day on your own island, surrounded by the bluest water on the planet, this is your chance. It’s large, with seemingly miles of beaches and enough space to where you can get away from it all.

But if you thought that MSC simply bought an island and opened it up to passengers, that’s not the case at all. In total the company spent a reported $300 million into renovating Ocean Cay. What began years ago as a former industrial sand excavation site is now a completely new and revitalized island.

Those lucky enough to visit Ocean Cay are in for a special day (and possible overnight stay). If you are about to take a trip there, we’ve covered the spot from start to finish below, with everything you need to know.

  • Official Name: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
  • Pronunciation: Ocean “Key”
  • Distance from Miami: 65 miles
  • Size: 150-200 acres (approximate)
  • Opened: December 2019

Ocean Cay Location

One of the defining features of Ocean Cay is its close location to Miami. As just 65 miles southeast from the Port of Miami, it has the advantage of being reached in just a few hours. In fact, the island is so close that ships sometimes dock overnight — giving passengers all day at the island… and then some — and still be able to reach Miami within a few hours.

Other major cruise ports (relatively) near Ocean Cay include Nassau, Key West, and Freeport. Don’t be surprised if one or more of these stops are also included on your cruise.

Ocean Cay Overview

As we’ve mentioned, the island is a private paradise for MSC passengers. But to simply call it that wouldn’t do the work that MSC has done justice.

Until a few years ago Ocean Cay was an industrial spot where sand was excavated for use in other places. The cruise line has since transformed it into what it is today, as well as an eco-friendly marine reserve.

Beach on Ocean Cay

Of course, guests will be most interested in the beaches and water. Ocean Cay today has enormous stretches of white-sand beaches that wrap around the island. As part of the building process, MSC put in a protective island and reshaped the land to also create a calm lagoon so that swimming and water activities are possible no matter how rough the surrounding sea may be.

Perhaps the biggest draw to the island is the surrounding water. A rare color of electric blue, the waters of Ocean Cay are some of the most striking we’ve ever seen. One thing to note is that the winter months can see cooler water temps. So just because the weather is warm year-round doesn’t always mean the water will be as well.

The first thing you will notice on the island is the large lighthouse that’s the anchor of Lighthouse Bay, right near where the cruise ship docks. The lighthouse features a viewing platform, as well as a bar at its base. At night it transforms into a colorful video screen, accompanied by music and a lightshow.

Lighthouse on MSC's Ocean Cay

Around the entire island are a number of other things to do, see, and visit. This includes eight different beaches, shops, a spa, food trucks, a buffet, bars, cabanas, and even a wedding chapel.

One thing that you’ll definitely notice is the size of Ocean Cay. If you’ve been on other private cruise line islands like CocoCay or Great Stirrup Cay , you know they are sizable, but the area reserved for guests is smaller.

Ocean Cay has much more area for their guests. We would estimate that to walk an entire loop around the island, it would take you about 30 minutes at a brisk pace. Have trouble walking? There are beaches right near the cruise ship so you don’t have to venture far. There is also a free tram that drives guests all around the island.

However, one positive about having a larger island is that there is plenty of space for everyone. While some of the most popular beaches can get crowded at peak times, you can simply walk a few hundred feet and have a spot all to yourself.

Things to Do On the Island

As you would expect, most of the time you’ll spend on Ocean Cay revolves around the beach and the ocean. Blessed with both gorgeous sand and stunning clear water, you’ll want to get your fill of both.

Beaches & Swimming If you come to Ocean Cay and don’t spend any time on the beach, then you may as well stay on the ship. Beaches are all around the island, including Lighthouse Bay that is right near the cruise ship.

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The most popular area for swimming and lounging is South Beach. This beach wraps around and another small island (North Beach) creates a large lagoon. In between these two spots the water is always calm as it’s protected from the open ocean. That makes it ideal for swimming. South Beach is roughly a 10-minute walk from the ship.

Other beaches include Bimini Beach, Ocean House Beach, Sunset Beach, and more.

Cabanas Want to hang out on the beach in style? Rent a cabana. These cabanas are dotted all around the island. They are open-air, but provide much needed shade during the day. There’s also a couch, chairs, and loungers. Prices start at $280 for up to six people.

Lighthouse Show During the day the lighthouse on the island is the biggest landmark you’ll see. It can be seen from everywhere and you can even pay to climb to the top. But if you think it’s prominent during the day, wait until night.

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At night there are lighthouse shows. The entire building is covered in light panels and circled at top and bottom with bright spotlights. Set to music, the show features colorful graphics around the lighthouse, along with an amazing lightshow. It’s a can’t miss.

Snorkeling/Diving Of course with so much gorgeous water surrounding the island, it’s a great place to snorkel. Equipment is available for rent on the island, and you can either explore on your own or book and excursion that will take you to some of the best spots.

Are you a diver? If you have your certification then you can book a one or two-tank dive from the island.

Shops and buildings on Ocean Cay, MSC's private island

Shops Right as you walk ashore, you will enter Ocean Cay Village. Here you’ll find an information booth, excursion desk, Springer’s bar, and also shops. Whether you want to pick up some sunscreen that you forgot or want to buy some souvenirs, the shops here have you covered.

Kayak/Paddleboarding If you want to get on the water, there’s no better way than renting a kayak or a paddleboard. Both are available for about $40. You’ll have the ability to go explore the waters around the island, including a chance to see wildlife in the area, including sea turtles if you’re lucky.

Jet Ski Tours Adrenaline junkies will love that you can book a jet ski tour to explore the island and the surrounding area. There’s space for one driver and one passenger, and you’ll be in charge of driving. Never ridden a jet ski before? Don’t worry, they will cover everything you need to know to get started before the tour.

Stargazing One of the unique things about Ocean Cay is that MSC features extended days at the island, with the ship often departing at midnight. That means you can spend some time ashore during the evening and night.

And given the remoteness of the island, it’s a pretty good spot for stargazing. MSC offers a stargazing excursion, but you can also wander out to the darker spots and see constellations that you won’t notice in the city.

What to Eat/Drink on Ocean Cay

Hungry? A day in the sun and the water can build up an appetite. There’s plenty to eat on the island, and it’s included in your cruise fare.

The biggest spot to eat is Seakers Food Court. This is a buffet that features buffet staples like burger and dogs. Just don’t expect high-end dining. It’s just about in the center of the island, and right near South Beach. There is also bar service at the buffet if you are feeling thirsty. 

Apart from Seakers, there are multiple food trucks around the island. These spots (called Beach Shacks) are also free, but we’ve noticed some have paid options. With so many of them, you never have to walk far to get a bite to eat. They have a menu of hamburgers, dogs, and pasta salad for those who don’t eat meat.

As well, if you simply want to go back to the ship, the buffet onboard will also be serving food.

Beach snack shack

Thirsty? Like the food trucks, there are multiple bars around Ocean Cay where you can get anything your heart desires. Especially popular are the beach drinks served in a souvenir pineapple cup. One good thing is that your drink package from the ship also works on Ocean Cay, so you can get drinks here just like on the ship.

Facilities on Ocean Cay

For your comfort, there are a number of facilities on the island for your use.

Several different restroom stations are dotted along the island, and feature handicapped accessible stalls. Each restroom also has water fountains for you to grab a drink (disposable plastic bottles are discouraged on the island).

Each restroom station also has showers alongside the outside wall where you can rinse off the salt and sand from your day at the beach.

Showers to use on Ocean Cay

As of our last visit, lockers were nowhere to be found. However, most people seemed to just put their stuff in or under a lounger and no one else messed with it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does wi-fi work on Ocean Cay? Have an Internet package on the ship? The good news is that this service extends to Ocean Cay. So whether you want to check email, or post that selfie of you on the island to your Instagram, you can do it from the shore. You do need to connect to a different network, but if you paid for wi-fi for the cruise, you can use it on shore as well.

Do drink packages extend to Ocean Cay? Yes. One of the best perks about booking a drink package is that unlike most ports of call, you can use your package on the island just like you would on the ship. Since Ocean Cay is the cruise line’s private island, you can get your money’s worth from the package even while on land.

Are there towels available on the island? No. You will need to bring the beach towel supplied to you in your cabin or grab one from near the pool. Then you will need to bring this back with you when you go back the ship or drop it off near the exit of the island. There is a charge for any missing towels not turned in at the end of the cruise.

Do I need cash on the island? Mostly no. There are some shops that take U.S. dollars. Everything else, including bars and rental stations, you can use your room keycard just like you do on the ship.

Is there transportation around Ocean Cay? Yes. The island is large and walking all day around it is enough to wear anyone out. MSC offers carts hat goes to several spots around the island. The stops are large pavilions that offer some shade while you wait for your ride. Just hop on and hop off where you want.

Other Things to Know About Ocean Cay

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Shade is at a premium While Ocean Cay has transformed into an island paradise, it is still a work in progress. The cruise line planted thousands of trees, but they are still growing. As a result, many spots around the island are barren or only have some vegetation. That means natural shade is rare.

As for the beach, the thousands of loungers are free to use, but if you want an umbrella for shade, you’ll need to rent one for the day ($17 for the day)

Traffic can be bad on the island We’re only slightly joking when we say that traffic is bad. There are concrete walkways that weave around the island, but they are also used for the tram and for golf carts used by the staff.

The result is that pedestrians get pushed to the side or off the path to let these vehicles past. So when walking, watch your step and be mindful of these carts driving around. 

Ocean Cay strives to be eco-friendly MSC is making a big push to have Ocean Cay do right by the environment. That means some huge moves like cleaning up the former industrial site the island is built on, but also smaller things. For instance, plastic bottles aren’t on the island so you’ll need to bring a reusable bottle or get a glass for water at the bar.

As well, sunscreens should be safe for coral reefs (it’s sold on the island if you need some). There are also no paper maps of the island to cut down on the waste.

Price List for Ocean Cay

As mentioned, the island is free to enjoy, but there are plenty of extras that will cost money. The prices below for various items are from a recent trip and are subject to change.

Have more questions about visiting the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve? Let us know in the comments below.

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These go very quickly and are not assigned until you arrive. The Cabana and Deluxe cabana offer shade and comfortable seating. No bar service, no food service. Bring your own towels and snorkel gear for your own comfort. Try to get off the ship as early as possible as the shaded areas(Very limited) go fast. Umbrellas are available first come first serve. IF you have limited mobility and need wheelchair assistance to the beach there are beach wheel chairs, but they may be all over the island or already on the beach. I needed one and one was not available at the check out but was on the beach. We used one to get me in the water and to get me out. I am on crutches and scooter due to a broken ankle and it worked out for me just fine.

All of the cabanas were sold out on the MSC website. Are there other options for renting one once we get there ? I was very disappointed.

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FIVE REASONS WHY THE MSC YACHT CLUB IS THE ULTIMATE WAY TO CRUISE

The msc yacht club offers a variety of luxurious accommodations, such as suites with ocean views, private balconies with whirlpool baths, and lavish amenities. exclusive access to the top sail lounge, private sundeck with pool and bar, and panoramic views is included in the msc yacht club experience of cruising. additional privileges offered by the msc yacht club encompass a dedicated 24-hour butler service, priority check-in and check-out, vip services, exclusive shopping sessions, private excursions, and complimentary utilization of the thermal suite and msc aurea spa. furthermore, guests also have private-access opportunities to destinations such as msc ocean cay marine reserve and sir bani yas island..

Geneva, Switzerland – October 19 2023 – The MSC Yacht Club ‘ship within a ship’ concept offers an exclusive holiday sanctuary on board many of MSC Cruises’ ships, providing guests an unparalleled cruise experience with complete serenity, added exclusivity and privacy within a world of choice. This privatised, key-card access area of the ship is only accessible to MSC Yacht Club guests, offering stylish facilities, lavish accommodations with a host of dedicated amenities, such as a panoramic lounge, high-end restaurant, elegant pool and secluded sun deck. Guests staying in the MSC Yacht Club benefit from a range of privileges and personalised service, that is sure to make them feel pampered. These perks are available around-the-clock and are designed to cater to their specific needs and preferences, ensuring a seamless luxury experience at sea. The MSC Yacht Club also offers a myriad of dedicated leisure and entertainment possibilities, allowing guests to enjoy the exclusivity of a private club while also having access to the countless recreation and entertainment options available throughout the larger ship. Whether guests are looking for a relaxing escape or a lavish holiday, the MSC Yacht Club provides an exclusive haven for guests to savour the sophistication and elegance of a luxury cruise experience, ensuring the utmost privacy and comfort where every detail is designed to surpass guests’ expectations and create memories of a lifetime. MSC Yacht Club is available on more than half of MSC Cruises’ modern fleet, allowing travellers to experience the same level of exceptional, personalised services across many destinations. Highlights of the MSC Yacht Club benefits include:

1. 24-HOUR PERSONALISED SERVICE

MSC Yacht Club’s all-inclusive experience is fully personalised with a dedicated 24-hour butler service and concierge, making the cruising experience truly personal and tailored to each individual guest’s needs. The butler service will quickly get to know each guest’s personal preferences, providing the highest level of customised service to ensure all guests feel pampered and relaxed. From shoeshining to 3 a.m. room service, no request is too small. Meanwhile, the dedicated concierge is on hand to facilitate any request, from organising shore excursions and making reservations for the spa to arranging for the newspaper to be brought to the cabin each morning.

2. PRIVILEGED ACCESS

MSC Yacht Club is sure to exceed expectations with a host of privileges that create an effortless experience, from the moment guests step on board to the moment they depart. This luxurious cruise experience offers a dedicated priority check-in and check-out, ensuring a seamless embarkation and disembarkation, so guests can start enjoying their holidays as soon as possible. They will also receive the full VIP service with a variety of offerings including the possibility to organise a tailored shopping session in the onboard boutiques outside regular opening hours, embark on exceptional private excursions or take advantage of the complimentary use of the Thermal Suite and MSC Aurea Spa to decompress and rejuvenate while at sea. These private-access areas extend ashore in a number of destinations:

  • MSC Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, The Bahamas – MSC Cruises’ private island, founded on a strong commitment to the preservation of marine resources and the conservation of coral reefs and marine life. Northwest of Ocean Cay lies a private beach area exclusively reserved for guests of the MSC Yacht Club, with privileged access to enjoy sunbeds and cabanas with butler service as well as a dedicated restaurant to relax, sip a cocktail and enjoy a 3-course dedicated lunch surrounded by sea breezes.
  • Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates – A beach lover’s paradise just off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi, offering guests a stunning tropical oasis to unwind. The island features a MSC Yacht Club zone with premium sunbeds and dedicated transportations, barbecue lunch and bar service to ensure the utmost comfort and privacy for guests during a day ashore.

3. PRIVATE AND LUXURIOUS LEISURE AMENITIES

Designed to provide the utmost in service and comfort, MSC Yacht Club guests have exclusive access to a range of private and elegant spaces to enhance their cruise experience. From the dedicated Top Sail Lounge, offering panoramic views for guests to sit back and relax in a sophisticated setting while indulging in an array of gourmet finger foods, delicious drinks and high tea service, as well as enjoy live music every evening. The club’s private sundeck, complete with a private pool, whirlpool, sundeck and bar, will offer guests the chance to soak up the sun and enjoy complimentary refreshments in complete comfort while taking in the best views on board across the bow of the ship and out to sea.

4. LAVISH ACCOMMODATION

Experience the finest luxury accommodation with the MSC Yacht Club’s wide variety of suites to meet all guests’ preferences. The stylish and spacious accommodations set themselves apart and include options with stunning ocean views from the cabin’s private balcony, as well as suites like the Duplex Suites, Royal Suites and Owner’s Suites, offering a private whirlpool bath on the balcony. From sumptuous Myform Memory mattresses and crisp Egyptian cotton bedding to an indulgent Dorelan pillow menu, luxurious marble bathrooms and complimentary minibars, the MSC Yacht Club offering will surely provide unparalleled comfort for an unforgettable holiday.

5. CULINARY DELIGHTS FROM DAY TO NIGHT

With a dedicated restaurant, the MSC Yacht Club offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of an exquisite fine-dining experience with five-star service. Offering sophisticated cuisines with an à la carte menu, guests can savour an array of the finest dishes served exclusively for them from a dedicated kitchen staff, accompanied by a spectacular selection of drinks, including fine wines from around the world with a dedicated sommelier available to further enhance the food and wine pairing experience. The private restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner where guests can dine at any time that suits their needs. This is on top of MSC Yacht Club guests having a premium drinks package included as standard. From the finest whiskey or vodka brands to glasses of champagne – toast to total relaxation.

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OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE

Cruise to Ocean Cay and experience the only private island marine reserve in The Bahamas. Enjoy nature at its best with seven pristine beaches surrounded by protected marine life. Late-night and overnight stays mean more time to dive into turquoise waters, indulge in a seaside spa treatment, or dance on the sand at sunset. See what awaits.

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All Caribbean and Bahamas cruises that depart from Miami, Orlando (Port Canaveral), and New York City (Brooklyn) include a visit to Ocean Cay, which is exclusive to MSC Cruises guests. Whether embarking on a weekend cruise or an extended vacation, your time on the island will create lasting memories. Relax on the beach or take to the water. The island is yours to discover.

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Make your way up the 165 steps and you’ll be rewarded with the most breathtaking panoramic view of the island and surrounding ocean.

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Don’t miss your chance to catch cruising’s only light show. Set to high-energy music, the spectacular display illuminates the night sky, offering a lively way to end your evening.

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When the sun sets, the beach vibe heats up. Make your way to the sand, kick off your shoes, and dance into the night to the DJ’s best beats.

From sand to sea: favorite features of ocean cay

Take part in a choice of shore excursions for all interests and activity levels. By day, kayak through crystal-blue waters, snorkel among coral with colorful marine life, or opt for a scuba dive or jet ski tour to kick up the action. At night, end the day with a Sunset Champagne Cruise, a beachside stargazing stroll, or a unique glow paddle boarding adventure in the lagoon.

Treat yourself to the ultimate pampering experience at The Spa at Ocean Cay, where you can relax and unwind with a soothing cabana massage.

Indulge in the spa’s line of biodegradable and eco-friendly skincare products while surrounded by the relaxing sounds of gentle waves and ocean breezes.

Enjoy casual oceanfront dining full of flavorful options from traditional barbecue favorites to authentic Bahamian dishes. With 10 classic beach bars to choose from, a cold beverage is always within reach. Below are a few favorites to top your list.

Springer's Bar : Make your way to this authentic Bahamian bar with a laid-back atmosphere. Seakers Food Court : Head for the traditional barbecue buffet, serving Caribbean and American classics from burgers to salads and an array of kid-friendly and grab-and-go choices. Lighthouse Bar :  Take in the views with a refreshing cocktail and live music beneath the iconic lighthouse. Beach Shack Food Trucks : Conveniently located throughout the island, here you’ll find beach favorites from hot dogs to lobster rolls.  The Smiling Fish : Cool off with soft-serve ice cream with a choice of toppings, or savor a specialty drink from the full-service coffee bar. Did you know?   You can use your drink package on Ocean Cay.

Cheers to that!

NATURE MADE IT BEAUTIFUL. WE MADE IT UNIQUE.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve reflects a longstanding commitment to sustainability and conservation efforts. A former industrial site that we reclaimed and restored to its natural beauty is now a unique private island destination that you can experience for yourself.

PLANTS AND SHRUBS PLANTED

PLANTS AND SHRUBS PLANTED 

PLANTED SPECIES ARE NATIVE CARIBBEAN

PLANTED SPECIES ARE NATIVE CARIBBEAN

CORAL COLONIES RELOCATED

CORAL COLONIES RELOCATED 

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SQUARE MILES OF MARINE RESERVE

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  • 1. Lighthouse Bay
  • 2. Sunset Beach
  • 3. Paradise Sands Beach
  • 4. South Beach
  • 5. Bimini Beach
  • 6. North Beach
  • 7. Ocean House Beach

FOOD & DRINKS

  • 8. The Smiling Fish
  • 9. Springer’s Bar
  • 10. Food Trucks
  • 11. Seakers Food Court
  • 12. Beach Bar
  • 13. Lighthouse Bar
  • 14. Lighthouse
  • 15. Beach Cabanas (South)
  • 16. The Spa at Ocean Cay
  • 17. Beach Cabanas (North)

ENTERTAINMENT

  • 18. Seakers Family Cove
  • 19. Ocean Cay Village & Marina
  • 20. Discover Scuba Diving Center
  • 21. Rental & Excursion Pavilion
  • 22. Welcome Pavilion
  • 23. Wedding Pavilion

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Exclusive to MSC Yacht Club guests, exceptional service continues on shore at the private Ocean House Beach. A serene space with ocean views, beachfront cabanas and complimentary amenities.

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An MSC Yacht Club exclusive restaurant and bar serving a variety of specialty dishes and refreshing beverages surrounded by sea breezes.

CRUISE FROM A CHOICE OF U.S. PORTS

Choose from several departure ports, ships, and itineraries and set sail for paradise. Cruise to the Caribbean & The Bahamas from Miami or Orlando (Port Canaveral), or to The Bahamas & Florida from New York City (Brooklyn). All Caribbean and Bahamas cruises that depart from the United States include a stop at Ocean Cay.

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Should I wait to book an excursion once I’m onboard or on the island?

We highly recommend you book your excursion in advance. This guarantees you will be able to participate in the excursion, as well as saving you up to 20%. Prices shown online are already discounted. 

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 does the onboard beverage package include drinks on ocean cay.

Please note: Select alcoholic beverages will be available for the Premium packages.

MSC Yacht Club guests have complimentary beverages included with their experience and these are served at the dedicated MSC Yacht Club area and beach, as well as the Ocean House Bar & Restaurant.

*Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be temporarily closed to MSC Cruises Guests from April to May 2024, in order to make necessary guest experience enhancements and support the island’s future growth plans.

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Details haven't been finalised, yet, and the latest information doesn't mention YC facilities:

MSC reveals new details about Ocean Cay | MSC Fans.pdf

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I saw there were cabana rentals in the YC area which I plan on booking this week for February 2020. 

"Suite guests will be treated to their own exclusive part of the island, the Ocean Cay Yacht Club. An outfit of the Aurea Spa also will be on hand to offer massages and treatments in sea-view cabanas."

"As a highlight for our MSC Yacht Club guests, the island will feature an exclusive MSC Yacht Club area so that guests will continue to receive VIP butler service in their own private area of the beach, with exclusive spa and wellness sanctuary and private bungalows and massage huts".

"Are there any additional details you can provide about the private bungalows? Will they be open-air or air-conditioned, for example?" “The bungalows will be Bahamian style huts that will serve as the Spa area, located in the Yacht Club part of the island.”

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Does Ocean Cay even exist?  Seems to me that MSC has promised much over the past 2 years but has yet to deliver anything.  Where am I wrong?  We have a cruise booked for next Nov-Dec that is supposed to go to Ocean Cay...but color me skeptical.

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7 hours ago, Beamafar said: Details haven't been finalised, yet, and the latest information doesn't mention YC facilities:   MSC reveals new details about Ocean Cay | MSC Fans.pdf   Bea

I wonder if they are firm on the 11-9 opening...……..

3 hours ago, Nymich said: I wonder if they are firm on the 11-9 opening...……..

Obviously it'll depend on whether it's completed by them;  however, they may consider partial opening if it's only cosmetic work to be finished, or areas that can be kept off limits and if it doesn't create a hazard.

Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic as we're scheduled to be the first to visit (and will also be in YC, so looking forward to seeing what the YC area will be like).  However, as I said before on the subject, I won't be devastated if it's not ready  - just disappointed.

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I went ot book excursions on my upcoming cruise in January.  I saw offering for two types of Yacht Club 

cabanas, one being ocean view and one being Ocean front.    When I saw the price  I jumped to the conclusion that it was per cabana.

Each said  capacity of 6 people, but included snorkling equipment and floats for 4.    

Ocean view was $399 while Ocean Front was $449.   But then I saw the small print that said per person !!!!!

Can this be true?

mafig

Has to be a mistake.  Doesn't it ?

cruiseguyinorl

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No, it is the per cabana price. The computer system just adds "per person" basically to everything. Surprised you are seeing them online. They were supposed to have been pulled and only booked through the Concierge onboard as their computer system (in this part anyway) isn't smart enough to figure out who is in the YC and who isn't. So YC Cabanas could be reserved by non-YC people. It will get straightened out eventually. So yes, those prices you listed are correct for the cabana which holds up to six people.

15 hours ago, cruiseguyinorl said: No, it is the per cabana price. The computer system just adds "per person" basically to everything. Surprised you are seeing them online. They were supposed to have been pulled and only booked through the Concierge onboard as their computer system (in this part anyway) isn't smart enough to figure out who is in the YC and who isn't. So YC Cabanas could be reserved by non-YC people. It will get straightened out eventually. So yes, those prices you listed are correct for the cabana which holds up to six people.   Bret

I am sailing YC on Seaside in February.  Sorry, busy day so not sure I'm reading correctly.  Are you saying I can go in an purchase a YC Cabana right now (because I will LOL) or do I have to wait until I get onboard (or call now).

Thanks so much!

We'll be sailing in April.  Will the YC cabanas be a part of a YC beach area?  If you don't get a cabana, will there still be loungers available for YC guests?  (I'm thinking similar to Barefoot Beach in Labadee.) 

I'm really excited about Ocean Cay.  Always fun to have something new on our itinerary.

1 hour ago, js said: Are you saying I can go in an purchase a YC Cabana right now (because I will LOL) or do I have to wait until I get onboard (or call now).

🤫   Well, if it's showing as an option to book for your sailing and it let's you book it, who's to stop you. 🤭 But they are only supposed to be available to book once onboard.

1 hour ago, jules815 said: Will the YC cabanas be a part of a YC beach area?  If you don't get a cabana, will there still be loungers available for YC guests?

Yes, the YC folks will have the Ocean House Beach (facing East on North Island) to themselves. There are only six cabanas at that time currently designated as Beachfront Yacht Club Cabanas. As far as I know, loungers and umbrellas will be available as well.

This would be a good time to add my usual caveat, that MSC stands for Most Surely Changes.  😀

1 minute ago, cruiseguyinorl said:   🤫   Well, if it's showing as an option to book for your sailing and it let's you book it, who's to stop you. 🤭 But they are only supposed to be available to book once onboard.     Yes, the YC folks will have the Ocean House Beach (facing East on North Island) to themselves. There are only six cabanas at that time currently designated as Beachfront Yacht Club Cabanas. As far as I know, loungers and umbrellas will be available as well.   This would be a good time to add my usual caveat, that MSC stands for Most Surely Changes.  😀 Bret

Thank you.  I'll take a look now.

I currently have two umbrellas and two mats rented in case the cabanas weren't ready for February.  This will be my third time on Seaside in YC with promises of getting to Ocean Cay, hoping we get there this time LOL and will be thrilled if I can get a cabana.

What I see is Ocean Cay Beach Cabana but it does not say YC. Am I correct in thinking that this is a different cabana. Will the YC cabanas be labeled as YC Cabanas? If I have to wait to try to book one of the six once I get onboard, it will make for a stressful embarkation  since I will want to make sure I reserve right away but I guess it is what it is but hoping it will open online.

Yes, the Yacht Club Cabanas specifically say Yacht Club. Beachfront Yacht Club Cabanas and Ocean View Yacht Club Cabanas. The non-YC are just Ocean Cay (or Deluxe) Beach Cabanas.

3 hours ago, cruiseguyinorl said: Yes, the Yacht Club Cabanas specifically say Yacht Club. Beachfront Yacht Club Cabanas and Ocean View Yacht Club Cabanas. The non-YC are just Ocean Cay (or Deluxe) Beach Cabanas.   Bret

Thanks again.

TheBez

Hello, all!  As of last week, there is now an alcohol package available ($30usd) but Yacht Club members get this benefit for no additional cost, thank Gawd!!!  Not too sure about the food but I can only assume that it will also be included.  I believe on Royals Private Island it is included and maybe Carnival's and Princess' too.  MSC is pushing hard for a November opening since they lost Cuba because of Trump!  We're arriving in March 2020 so I hope any kinks are ironed out by then...I also hope that everything goes great for everyone!!

I'm anxiously awaiting real photos and video from cruisers once Ocean Cay is up and running.

If there are ample nice padded lounge chairs available on the YC beach for us, that would be fine for my husband and I.  We've done cabanas several times on Barefoot Beach in Labadee and really enjoyed them, but the price was less back then.  If we were a family that planned on parking it there for the day and really taking advantage of it, we'd for sure do it.  

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Just contacted MSC regarding my Yacht Club reservation for Meraviglia in November 2019, I was told the exclusive Yacht Club section on Ocean Cay will not be ready until Spring 2020 (no date specified). There will likely be a small temporary area, but other than a few Cabanas (that you can book through shore excursions), I'm not expecting much.

We're due to be the first to visit OC ... it seems like things are on track for it to be ready for us (apart from the YC area);  at least there are no reports to the contrary for now.  It'll be interesting to see what will be on offer in the temporary YC area.

I have a november cruise on seaside (will be there shortly after Beamafar) and My Reservation is showing "Yacht club Cabanas" for 450 euros, with "water and fruit skewers and 4 beach mats". Sounds like an horrible deal. They are also offering beverage packages and food packages, I was under the impression that this would have been included. Will report after visiting !

7 minutes ago, mtlchris said: I have a november cruise on seaside (will be there shortly after Beamafar) and My Reservation is showing "Yacht club Cabanas" for 450 euros, with "water and fruit skewers and 4 beach mats". Sounds like an horrible deal. They are also offering beverage packages and food packages, I was under the impression that this would have been included. Will report after visiting !

I also asked about drinks on Ocean Cay for Yacht Club guests and was told that the drink package benefits will transfer to the island. There are a couple of venues that will charge extra for drinks regardless of your package or experience. Also, food is included from different venues on the island as well. You'll have to pay for beach umbrellas though, which I think is a bad idea.

2 minutes ago, NameThatFunnel said: I also asked about drinks on Ocean Cay for Yacht Club guests and was told that the drink package benefits will transfer to the island.

That's good to know, thank you !

2 minutes ago, NameThatFunnel said: You'll have to pay for beach umbrellas though, which I think is a bad idea.

Maybe to replicate the lack of shade some have complained about in their reviews of the YC pool deck ? 😂

17 minutes ago, mtlchris said: I have a november cruise on seaside (will be there shortly after Beamafar) and My Reservation is showing "Yacht club Cabanas" for 450 euros, with "water and fruit skewers and 4 beach mats". Sounds like an horrible deal. They are also offering beverage packages and food packages, I was under the impression that this would have been included. Will report after visiting !

Welcome to CC.

Cabanas on the private islands are worth different values to different people.  Some will pay even more for that for a cabana on DCL island.  NCL charges around that much and it varies by ship as to how much they can squeeze out. They don't seem to have problems selling them out.

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T here's no vacation more closely associated with food than a cruise, so what better time to indulge than when you've set sail? Despite the variety of cuisine on modern cruise ships , sometimes you just feel like comfort food in the way of a big ol' greasy burger.

From standard hamburgers and cheeseburgers to meatless selections, I've combed the seven seas to find the best of the best cruise ship burgers. And I'm not talking about your average, wilted "sitting by the pool deck under a heat lamp for 30 minutes" options. (They have their place, too, of course. It's just not in this article.)

Here are my picks for some of the best cruise burgers.

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The Burger, MSC Cruises

Where to find it: The MSC Yacht Club's Ocean House restaurant , found on private island Ocean Cay

Cost: Free for passengers staying in MSC's Yacht Club

TPG Take: Billed as "a signature blend of fresh Angus chuck, short ribs, grilled brisket meat patty, red onion jam [and] Monterey Jack cheese," this burger, exclusive to MSC Cruises ' Ocean House restaurant, is one of my absolute favorites. Stacked high with lettuce, tomato and, in my case, ketchup and mayo, it's a tall order — literally.

However, the taste is what makes it truly impressive. Bursting with just the right amount of flavor, the burger is perfectly complemented by the cheese and onion jam. It also comes with fries, but with how tasty The Burger is, they're really just a garnish.

TPG rating: 5/5

American Diner Cheeseburger, Norwegian Cruise Line

Where to find it: American Diner on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Joy

Cost: $12 or free with a dining package redemption

TPG take: The American Diner Cheeseburger, available at the '50s-style, extra-fee eatery on six of Norwegian Cruise Line 's newest ships, looks like what you'd expect from any respectable greasy spoon restaurant. It's topped with cheddar cheese and piled high with lettuce, tomato, pickles and raw red onions on a toasted bun. The patty is made from a blend of chuck, brisket and short rib meats, and though that sounds scrumptious, the burger was surprisingly lacking in flavor. I was sad that I paid $12 for it, as I've had better burgers for free at the pool deck grills on other ships. Go with the Carolina pulled pork slider appetizer instead.

TPG rating: 3/5

Impossible Burger, Virgin Voyages

Where to find it: Razzle Dazzle, a veggie-forward restaurant that's included for all passengers on a complimentary basis on all of Virgin Voyages ' ships

TPG take: Kudos to Virgin Voyages for its massive effort to cater to vegetarians and cruisers on a gluten-free diet. The line's ships offer several varieties of beef burgers at the Burger Bar stand in The Galley food court. However, I'm giving a shoutout to the Impossible Burger, found in Razzle Dazzle, a "new American" eatery on board. The tasty plant-based patty is topped with poblano salsa, paprika, vegan mayonnaise and avocado and served on a bun with either fries or a salad. As a regular meat-eater, I was impressed. Although I could tell that it wasn't meat, the flavor was amazing and satisfied my burger craving in a way that pleasantly surprised me.

TPG rating: 4/5

The Original, Royal Caribbean

Where to find it: On all of Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class and Freedom Class ships , plus Adventure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas

Cost: There is a $12.99 cover charge for as many menu items as you'd like (unless you have a dining package, in which case it's free). Soda and milkshakes cost extra.

TPG Take: Yeah, we know you can visit Johnny Rockets just as easily on land as you can on one of Royal Caribbean 's ships. Still, there's something novel about stopping in for a delicious burger, some onion rings or fries, and a shake while you're at sea. My favorite burger option is The Original — a simple, classic take featuring a quarter-pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, relish, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise. It's delicious and just greasy enough to make you feel like you've properly indulged.

The SDG Burger, Princess Cruises

Where to find it: The Salty Dog Gastropub on Crown Princess, Discovery Princess , Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess

Cost: A cover charge of $14.99 allows you to choose two menu items plus a dessert. Beverages cost extra.

TPG Take: The SDG Burger (which stands for Salty Dog Grill Burger) is a rib-eye and short rib patty with pork belly, Gruyere cheese, kimchi beer-battered jalapenos and charred onion aioli on a brioche bun. I had high hopes, but what I received was a burger so greasy that the bun was wet and soggy. The pork belly was undercooked, rubbery and excessively fatty. The flavor was decent, which saved it from being a total loss, netting this burger a lower but still passable rating.

Frankly, I was majorly disappointed to find The Ernesto — a delicious burger that used to be served at the Salty Dog Gastropub — is no longer on the menu since Princess parted ways with chef Ernesto Uchimura.

The Ringer, Carnival Cruise Line

Where to find it: Guys Burger Joint on all Carnival ships except Carnival Luminosa

TPG take: Although Guy's Burger Joint — a burger counter found on Carnival Cruise Line ships in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri — is located poolside on most vessels, it does not serve your average pool grill burgers. Choose from one of five different meat-based gut-busters or a veggie burger on request. My favorite is The Ringer: a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, Guy's signature donkey sauce, brown sugar barbecue sauce and a giant onion ring. It also comes with a side of phenomenal fries.

The best part? It won't cost you a penny extra.

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Of all of these options, my favorite is Carnival's The Ringer. It's simple, delicious and free, which makes it more accessible (unlike my second favorite, MSC's The Burger, which you have to book a suite to enjoy).

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There's no vacation more closely associated with food than a cruise, so what better time to indulge than when you've set sail? Despite the variety of cuisine on modern cruise ships , sometimes you just feel like comfort food in the way of a big ol' greasy burger.

From standard hamburgers and cheeseburgers to meatless selections, I've combed the seven seas to find the best of the best cruise ship burgers. And I'm not talking about your average, wilted "sitting by the pool deck under a heat lamp for 30 minutes" options. (They have their place, too, of course. It's just not in this article.)

Here are my picks for some of the best cruise burgers.

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The Burger, MSC Cruises

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Where to find it: The MSC Yacht Club's Ocean House restaurant , found on private island Ocean Cay

Cost: Free for passengers staying in MSC's Yacht Club

TPG Take: Billed as "a signature blend of fresh Angus chuck, short ribs, grilled brisket meat patty, red onion jam [and] Monterey Jack cheese," this burger, exclusive to MSC Cruises ' Ocean House restaurant, is one of my absolute favorites. Stacked high with lettuce, tomato and, in my case, ketchup and mayo, it's a tall order — literally.

However, the taste is what makes it truly impressive. Bursting with just the right amount of flavor, the burger is perfectly complemented by the cheese and onion jam. It also comes with fries, but with how tasty The Burger is, they're really just a garnish.

TPG rating: 5/5

American Diner Cheeseburger, Norwegian Cruise Line

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Where to find it: American Diner on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Joy

Cost: $12 or free with a dining package redemption

TPG take: The American Diner Cheeseburger, available at the '50s-style, extra-fee eatery on six of Norwegian Cruise Line 's newest ships, looks like what you'd expect from any respectable greasy spoon restaurant. It's topped with cheddar cheese and piled high with lettuce, tomato, pickles and raw red onions on a toasted bun. The patty is made from a blend of chuck, brisket and short rib meats, and though that sounds scrumptious, the burger was surprisingly lacking in flavor. I was sad that I paid $12 for it, as I've had better burgers for free at the pool deck grills on other ships. Go with the Carolina pulled pork slider appetizer instead.

TPG rating: 3/5

Impossible Burger, Virgin Voyages

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Where to find it: Razzle Dazzle, a veggie-forward restaurant that's included for all passengers on a complimentary basis on all of Virgin Voyages ' ships

TPG take: Kudos to Virgin Voyages for its massive effort to cater to vegetarians and cruisers on a gluten-free diet. The line's ships offer several varieties of beef burgers at the Burger Bar stand in The Galley food court. However, I'm giving a shoutout to the Impossible Burger, found in Razzle Dazzle, a "new American" eatery on board. The tasty plant-based patty is topped with poblano salsa, paprika, vegan mayonnaise and avocado and served on a bun with either fries or a salad. As a regular meat-eater, I was impressed. Although I could tell that it wasn't meat, the flavor was amazing and satisfied my burger craving in a way that pleasantly surprised me.

TPG rating: 4/5

The Original, Royal Caribbean

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Where to find it: On all of Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class and Freedom Class ships , plus Adventure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas

Cost: There is a $12.99 cover charge for as many menu items as you'd like (unless you have a dining package, in which case it's free). Soda and milkshakes cost extra.

TPG Take: Yeah, we know you can visit Johnny Rockets just as easily on land as you can on one of Royal Caribbean 's ships. Still, there's something novel about stopping in for a delicious burger, some onion rings or fries, and a shake while you're at sea. My favorite burger option is The Original — a simple, classic take featuring a quarter-pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, relish, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise. It's delicious and just greasy enough to make you feel like you've properly indulged.

The SDG Burger, Princess Cruises

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Where to find it: The Salty Dog Gastropub on Crown Princess, Discovery Princess , Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess

Cost: A cover charge of $14.99 allows you to choose two menu items plus a dessert. Beverages cost extra.

TPG Take: The SDG Burger (which stands for Salty Dog Grill Burger) is a rib-eye and short rib patty with pork belly, Gruyere cheese, kimchi beer-battered jalapenos and charred onion aioli on a brioche bun. I had high hopes, but what I received was a burger so greasy that the bun was wet and soggy. The pork belly was undercooked, rubbery and excessively fatty. The flavor was decent, which saved it from being a total loss, netting this burger a lower but still passable rating.

Frankly, I was majorly disappointed to find The Ernesto — a delicious burger that used to be served at the Salty Dog Gastropub — is no longer on the menu since Princess parted ways with chef Ernesto Uchimura.

The Ringer, Carnival Cruise Line

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Where to find it: Guys Burger Joint on all Carnival ships except Carnival Luminosa

TPG take: Although Guy's Burger Joint — a burger counter found on Carnival Cruise Line ships in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri — is located poolside on most vessels, it does not serve your average pool grill burgers. Choose from one of five different meat-based gut-busters or a veggie burger on request. My favorite is The Ringer: a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, Guy's signature donkey sauce, brown sugar barbecue sauce and a giant onion ring. It also comes with a side of phenomenal fries.

The best part? It won't cost you a penny extra.

Bottom line

Of all of these options, my favorite is Carnival's The Ringer. It's simple, delicious and free, which makes it more accessible (unlike my second favorite, MSC's The Burger, which you have to book a suite to enjoy).

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