MSC Cruises confirmed it is developing Ocean Cay, an island about 20 miles south of Bimini, for a private cruise ship destination and that it has budgeted $200 million for the project. Plans suggest that the 95-acre island will be the most extensive cruise port in the Caribbean. The island has 11,400 feet of beach front and will accommodate six separate beach districts. MSC will build a 2,000-seat amphitheater as well as a Bahamian shopping village with bars and restaurants, a zipline attraction, a lagoon water feature, and a pavilion for weddings and celebrations. When ships visit the island all onboard services, including the casino, will stay open while berthed at Ocean Cay. MSC plans to open the destination by December 2017, in time for use by the MSC Seaside, a ship entering service that same month which will be based year-round in Miami. To read more at Travel Weekly, click here.