Harvest Caye Welcomes First Cruise Ship

By ,   November 18, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line's purpose-built private island hybrid located in Southern Belize, welcomed its first ship on Thursday, November 18.

On a voyage roundtrip from New Orleans, Norwegian Dawn docked at the island, bringing 2,340 passengers who witnessed a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by cruise line and local government officials.

Harvest Caye

"Today is the product of the government's continued pledge to entrench tourism as a top national priority and to promote tourism as a main engine for overall economic growth of the country," Manuel Heredia, Belize's minister of tourism and civil aviation, said in a statement.

Four years in the making, Harvest Caye represents a partnership between Norwegian and Belize. More than 400 Belizeans are employed on the island, and the cruise line has made an eco-friendly commitment to the country through donating and volunteering on the mainland and by locally sourcing as many building materials and supplies for the island as possible.

 

Harvest Caye visitors have access to 4 bars and restaurants, including an outpost of Jimmy Buffett-affiliated LandShark Bar & Grill; a self-serve beer garden; a massive 15,000-square-foot pool; seven acres of beach with free lounge chairs; exclusive poolside cabanas and beachside villas; a lagoon with water sports equipment rentals like kayaks, paddleboards and motorized boats; ziplines and a ropes course; a children's water play area; a nature center that's home to several types of native animals; and a small shopping area featuring local vendors.