MSC Cruises Announces New Private Island In The Arabian Gulf

MSC Cruises, which continues to expand its private destination offerings, has announced another exclusive island destination, the Sir Bani Yas Island, located in the Arabian Gulf.

Located just south of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island will offer MSC guests an exclusive beach retreat, featuring numerous cabanas, sunbeds, and 387,500 sq.ft. of pristine beaches for sunbathing and other beach activities. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to dine on unique regional cuisine at a variety of dining stations, indulge in MSC Aurea Spa treatments by the sea, and relax with a cool drink at beachside bars. Guests looking for adventure will find plenty of activities, including numerous water sport options and 4×4 biking on natural trails along the island. Private areas have also been set aside for the exclusive use of guests of the MSC Yacht Club and a separate space for families.

MSC guests will also be invited to experience the natural beauty of the private island through numerous nature orientated excursions, including horseback tours, a safari style nature drive, and a traditional Dhow tour, which will offer guests the chance to catch a glimpse of giraffes, hyenas, and cheetahs in their natural habitat.

“Last year we announced the new Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Bahamas, said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO. “Today’s announcement is further proof of our commitment to enriching our itineraries and to making available to our guests unique experiences that enable them to discover new cultures and beauties. Additionally, this new, exclusive beach oasis experience stays true to our core values to provide our guests excellence in service, the best in entertainment as well as food options that are of the highest quality and always fresh.”

Sir Bani Yas Island will be included as a port of call on MSC Fantasia’s Arabian Gulf itinerary, beginning in December 2016. MSC Fantasia, offering embarkation points in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, sails throughout the Arabian Gulf on itineraries ranging from seven to 14 nights, including calls in ports such as Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, and Muscat.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.