MSC Cruises has reached out to booking guests and cruise operators with the notification that the private island for cruises, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, will be closed from April 7 to May 22, 2024.
As a result, several MSC ships are changing their routes to new ports of call, and other routes are being abandoned or extended to close.
Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Will Be Updated
MSC Cruises’ private island in The Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, is closing for more than six weeks for renovations, according to messages the cruise ship has sent to guests with reservations and concerns. Although the closure is temporary, the long-term impact is on many cruises on MSC’s various ships.
“Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve will be temporarily closed to MSC Cruises Guests from 4/7/2024 to 5/22/2024 to help increase guest experience and support future plans for the island,” he said. email read.
Cruises MSC Seashore, MSC Seascape, MSC Divinaand MSC Meraviglia all are involved, although different journeys are transformed in different ways.
For some cruises, other ports of call are being changed to Ocean Cay. Depending on the ship, the date of travel, and the length of the trip, travelers may visit Nassau or Freeport in The Bahamas instead. Other longer trips will be arranged Isla Roatan in Honduras also.
The status of “guest extras” is not disclosed. Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve first received visitors in December 2019and, of course, it was not visited during the economic pandemic from mid-March 2020 until reopening to visitors in the summer of 2021.
Because Ocean Cay is one of the newer islands that has been kept private and hasn’t welcomed visitors for a long time, the closure may seem unexpected. MSC Cruises he has received a lot of feedback from the last two years, however, and now he can improve and improve what the guests will enjoy.
Options for Disruptive Travel
Travelers on one of the many flights affected by the closure have several options to choose from. Many tours are replaced with new itineraries, and guests can stay on the modified itineraries that are not visiting Ocean Cay. There is nothing to do if guests choose to stay on a reservation.
Passengers can also choose to travel on any comparable MSC Cruises summer 2024 cruise, of the same length and type of accommodation, between April 1 and October 31, 2024, without penalty.
The best price will be honored – whether it’s the price of the original cruise or a new cruise, whichever is lower. Because Ocean Cay will be closed for several weeks, this gives visitors the opportunity to reschedule their trip to still visit the popular island.
The second option is to transfer to any other MSC Cruises cruise, on any ship or day. There will be no transfer fees, but existing cruise fares will apply and guests will need to pay the new fare (minus the transfer fee). Third, guests can simply cancel their vacation for a full refund, without penalties.
Some travelers have also found their trips canceled or extended at different lengths because all of these trips – more than 35 in total – have been changed. Long-haul passengers will not be charged for the additional length of their journey.
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Booking guests should note that MSC Cruises is currently working on rescheduling existing bookings, and the revised bookings will not be available until July 5, 2023.
This gives travelers enough time to consider their options and decide how to adjust their travel plans, as travelers have until July 31, 2023, to make a decision.