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Ships return to enhanced Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve as work continues

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MSC Seashore is pictured alongside at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in this file photo. Images of the island's upgrades were not immediately available
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve reopened as scheduled following six weeks of closure for enhancements, though work on further upgrades is ongoing.

During the closure, the main Ocean Cay Lagoon was refreshed, and most work was completed on the new kids' lagoon, Seakers Cove. (That spelling mirrors the name of Seakers Food Court.)

Structures across the island were refurbished, and a substantial portion of the expansion of Ocean House bar and restaurant, exclusively for MSC Yacht Club guests, was finished.

An MSC Cruises spokesperson said final elements of the project are expected to be completed by the end of the winter 2024/25 season, late March/early April.

Coming attractions

These entail guest and staff member improvements including a new food hall, larger bars at the island's two busiest beaches, additional shore excursion centers, family-friendly offerings, the new Marine Conservation Center (to highlight sustainability efforts such as the island's super coral project), additional restroom facilities and expanded staff accommodations.

'We are working hard to ensure these ongoing advancements will not impact our signature Ocean Cay experience that allows guests to connect with nature, relax and experience the island’s beauty,' the spokesperson said.

MSC Meraviglia was the first ship back, on May 23.