After several delays, MSC Cruise Line’s Ocean Cay private island destination received its first call yesterday, the new MSC Divinia.
Cruise Critic, a leading cruise resource website, reported that the ship docked shortly after 9 a.m.
“Its arrival at the private island was watched virtually by members of the Cruise Critic forums, who expressed excitement at the first photos coming from the island,” the website noted.
MSC delayed the opening of the cay, that was most recently scheduled to open in mid-November, at least four times due to adverse weather conditions.
MSC Chief Operating Officer Ken Muskat posted scenic pictures of the newly-opened Ocean Cay throughout the morning, with employees lined off to welcome the first visitors to the private cay.
MSC turned the former aragonite mining site of Ocean Cay from a “contaminated” industrial site into a “paradise”.
At a cost of $300 million, it was turned into a marine reserve and MSC has committed to sustainable development on the island, ecosystem restoration projects, a conservation center and the safeguarding of coral colonies.
The cruise line expects 500,000 people to visit the site annually aboard MSC’s cruise ships.