Norwegian Cruise Line Commits To Belize

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today a commitment to Belize with the purchase of 75 acres of land for a planned eco-friendly port development. Comprising 2 adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts, Harvest Caye will be a world-class cruise destination envisioned to boost visitor numbers to the country and the line’s Western Caribbean offerings.

When completed, the destination will feature an island destination with docking/tendering facilities for Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet of 17 ships and a mainland connection point for inland tours. Major components of the project are anticipated to include a floating pier, island village with open-air structures on raised platforms, marina, transportation hub, a lagoon for a variety of water sports and a relaxing beach area, creating an authentic experience grounded in the storyline of nature, ancient culture, art, adventure and music that celebrates Belizean, Mayan and Garifuna history and culture.

Orlando-based destination consultancy IDEA Inc. has been engaged to design the destination and bring the project to fruition. An industry leading designer of branded ports of call and branded destinations for the hospitality, entertainment and tourism industries. IDEA has worked with private developers, government ministries and independent agencies to create branded destinations in Alaska, Florida, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Mexico, St. Kitts, Honduras, Bahamas and Jamaica.

Harvest Caye will join Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island destination in the Bahamas, in hosting port calls for the line. The Miami-based line will welcome the Norwegian Getaway next year, with a further 2 as-yet-unnamed ships due to join the fleet.

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