Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) postponed the launch of Harvest Caye Island until November 2016 - 9 months after it was scheduled for inauguration. The 75-acre (0,12 mi2 / 303,500 m2) private island destination is located in southern Belize. The property was bought by NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd) in August 2013. The completion of the USD 50 million project was originally set for February 16, 2016.
NCL Norwegian developed a premium Caribbean cruise island destination experience at Harvest Caye, Belize. The exclusive NCL cruise port of call features a beach, an expansive swimming pool area with private cabanas, a saltwater lagoon (for water sports), four a-la-carte priced beverage and dining venues, marina pier, lighthouse (with 2 zip-lines). The highest quality amenities and services are delivered to NCL guests in one of the Caribbean's richest ecosystems.
Harvest Caye became NCL's second private cruise port - following Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, which opened in 1977. NCL employs over 400 Belizeans on the island. The company also contributes to Belize's economy by locally sourcing materials and supplies for the island.
The Harvest Caye Island welcomed its first ever NCL cruise ship on November 18, 2016. On a roundtrip itinerary from NOLA (New Orleans), the ship Norwegian Dawn docked at the island, bringing 2340 passengers. They were fortunate to witness an once in a lifetime event - the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by NCLH and Belize Government officials.
In late-May 2020, following financial losses caused by the fleetwide suspension of passenger shipping (due to the global Coronavirus pandemic), at its private island Harvest Caye NCLH laid off nearly 300 employees and temporarily shut down cruise operations in Belize.
Harvest Caye cruise terminal
NCL Harvest Caye Island cruise tourists have access to the following exclusive facilities and amenities.
- Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill (2-story, a la carte priced venue with indoor/outdoor seating and scenic upper floor.
- self-serve beer garden
- The zip-line has length of over 3000 ft (920 m) and allows guests to "fly" above the island, stopping at 3 different platforms.
- The ropes course is located on a platform in the lagoon.
- kids water play area
- nature center
- The shallow, saltwater lagoon serves the island's water sports activities via equipment rentals (kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, motor boats).
- The sailboat marina / pier is a starting point for a variety of shore excursions (Mayan ruins, nature hikes, river rafting, etc) and is seved by the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill (a la carte priced).
- Small shopping village has name-brand retail shops, local vendors and also offers casual dining.
Large swimming pool complex (sized 15,000 ft2 / 1400 m2) has 15 poolside cabanas (for rent) and is served by the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill (a la carte priced). The pool area features a wim-up bar (stools and lounge tables are in the water), surrounding sunbathing area with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
The available for rent canopy cabanas feature plush lounge furniture, drapes, driink service. To the pool's centere there is a footbridge with a waterfall below.
Exclusive beach (305,000 ft2 / 28330 m2) offers complimentary lounge chairs, 11 beachside luxury villas (for rent) and is served by Laughing Bird Bar & Grill (a la carte priced). Beach Villas (capacity up to 10 guests) are enclosed and feature individual air-conditioning, separate lounge and dining areas, en-suite restroom, both indoor / outdoor showers, beach hammocks, exclusive dining and drink options via dedicated concierge service.
The Flighthouse facility serves all the island's aerial activities - solo and tandem zip-lining, free fall jumping, suspension bridges.
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