Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Harvest Caye
Cruise News – Mar. 16, 2016
Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed details of its upcoming destination Harvest Caye, a development designed to provide luxury amenities, eco-activities, a 7-acre beach, and unparalleled access to Southern Belize.
The resort-style port is set to welcome guests in November 2016, and will be the only port in Belize with a cruise ship pier – which means no tendering to shore.
“Belize is one of the most ecologically and culturally rich gems in the Caribbean, and Harvest Caye will be the perfect destination for guests to experience all that the country has to offer in authentic, unique ways,” says Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “There is so much to do on the island from the spectacular seven acre beach and watersports to interactive wildlife programs. Beyond Harvest Caye, we will strongly encourage our guests to explore Belize through the spectacular eco-adventure and cultural tours this incredible destination has to offer visitors.”
For guests seeking privacy, 11 luxury beach villas will be available for day rental, with dedicated lounge and dining areas, a private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks, and exclusive dining and beverage options with dedicated concierge service.
The resort area will be centered on a 15,000-square-foot pool with a waterfall and a swim-up bar, surrounded by lounge chairs and 15 canopy pool cabanas with beverage service.
The island will feature a 130-foot-tall Flighthouse, serving as a launching point for zip-lining, free-fall jumps, a ropes course, and suspension bridges with stunning views of the mainland. A saltwater lagoon will provide kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing.
Harvest Caye will also boast no less than five dining and bar choices, including the two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill, an expansion of the line’s existing partnership with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Authentic Belizean cuisine will be on offer in the shopping village, and other options will include the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill beachside, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, and the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill for the cabanas and pool area.
The shopping village is set to feature popular name-brand retailers as well as locally made Belizean crafts.
Thanks to the destination’s chief naturalist, wildlife expert Tony Garel, eco-minded visitors will have chances to experience some of the region’s distinctive plants and animals. There will be chances to go on manatee observation tours in the lagoon, interact with scarlet macaws and toucans in the Aviary, enjoy the brilliance of smaller creatures at the Butterfly Garden, or learn about reptiles like boa constrictors in the Educational Center. The destination will host a breed-and-release program for scarlet macaws, and has planted more than 10,000 new mangroves throughout the island to support the natural estuary system that serves as a vital habitat for breeding fish, birds, and other species.
The first calls are scheduled to take place in November 2016, on Western Caribbean cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Line and the sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises.
Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line
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