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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Harvest Caye Port Opening Postponed

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | January 12, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Harvest Caye Port Opening Postponed

PHOTO: Harvest Caye is scheduled to open in November off the coast of Placencia, Belize. (Photo by Brian Major)

Norwegian Cruise Line’s $100 million Harvest Caye cruise port located off Belize’s southern coast will open in November, Norwegian officials said in a statement Tuesday. A Belize Tourism Board official recently warned the port development, originally slated for a February debut, was behind schedule and in danger of missing its original launch date.

Norwegian’s website currently lists Harvest Caye as a port of call on seven-night cruises from Tampa beginning in February aboard 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star. The ship will instead substitute a call in Belize City until Harvest Caye’s November debut, according to the Norwegian statement.

“We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality amenities and services to our guests in one of the richest ecosystems in the region with a diversity of flora and fauna that is core to the Harvest Caye experience,” the statement reads.

“As a result, the grand opening of Harvest Caye will take place in November 2016. Guests sailing on Western Caribbean cruises now through mid-November will enjoy the beauty, adventure and rich history of this country with a call in Belize City.”

The statement adds, “Further details on the destination and the experiences will be revealed in early 2016. We look forward to welcoming our guests to Harvest Caye this fall.”

The “resort-style” port will feature an “expansive pool, exclusive beach, shallow lagoon for watersports [and] private luxury cabanas,” according to the statement. Harvest Caye port calls are also expected to feature excursions including visits to Mayan archaeological sites, plus adventure-themed activities including rainforest river tubing, snorkeling and zip-lining.  

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