The Norwegian Dawn dropped anchor for the first time, November 17th, 2016 at Harvest Caye off the coast of Southern Belize.
 More than 2,000 passengers disembarked at Harvest Caye Cruise Port this November 17. For the first time, Belize welcomed cruise passengers at Norwegian Cruise Lines’ new private island resort.

 

The Norwegian Dawn ship is slated to stop regularly at Harvest Caye on cruises originating in New Orleans and with stops at Roatan, Costa Maya in Mexico, though the island is expected to welcome passengers from numerous other Norwegian cruises.

 

The official ribbon cutting ceremony capped a four-year effort to ready the island and more than US$100 million invested.

 

While the ceremony included loads of speeches from officials with the Belize government, and from Norwegian Cruises, passengers took to the magnificent beach, a good handful of restaurants and loads of activities and organized excursions.

 

More than seven acres of white sand beaches, unique private beach villas, and a swimming pool that comes in at some 1,500 square feet; it’s a first class act.

 

For cruisers who’ve had too much of the ship, there are dining and entertainment options. And the wildlife includes some of Belize’s famous manatees, Scarlet Macaws and the Toucans for which the country is famous.

 

A shopping village introduces cruise passengers to many of the best things from Belize. These include handcrafts as well as chocolates, textiles, and plenty of souvenirs. There’s even a Coldwell Banker welcome center for passengers who might want to stay!

 

Organized mainland excursions are to include trips to the Mayan Temples and Pyramids. There are also plenty of jungle and beach activities, including diving and snorkeling.

 

You can search for your own cruise to Harvest Caye from New Orleans, Tampa, or Miami, from the Norwegian Cruiselines Website or with your favorite travel site.

 

Belize looks forward to continued sustainable growth in our cruise industry and its contribution to tourism development.

 

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Construction of Harvest Caye, 2016. Photo: © International Environments, click the image for more on the architecture firm charged with creating this tropical paradise.  

 

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