Located one mile offshore, Harvest Caye (pronounced “key”), “[O]ffers Caribbean travelers an authentic Belizean experience that highlights the country’s beauty and nature, along with resort-style amenities,” the company said in a statement announcing the facility’s opening.
|Landshark Pool on Harvest Caye|
“This investment alone is projected to generate 500 direct jobs and over 1,500 indirect jobs by the year 2020,” Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation for Belize, said. “The growth in cruise tourism over the past 20 years proves that Belize is a destination of choice for those seeking adventure, a host of natural wonders, and most importantly friendly and hospitable people.”
Four years in the making, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:NCLH) coordinated with local officials during the island’s development to ensure that the end product would offer wide range of benefits.
|Harvest Caye "Flighthouse"|
The resort-style port of call was designed to showcase the features Belize is known for, from native plants and trees that all play a part in the destination’s eco-system, to the indigenous hardwoods used in the destination’s buildings, and the warm and welcoming Belizean team members who greet guests upon arrival, the company said.
The island features Belize’s only cruise ship pier, a seven acre white sand beach with private luxury beach villas, a 15,000 sq. ft. pool with swim up bar and numerous dining options. A zip line that starts atop the island's lighthouse takes guests skimming above the palm trees and across the island. A nature center, a variety of eco-activities and interactive wildlife programs, and adventure tours are also available.
|Luxury beach cabanas|
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening attending by local and national Belize government officials and NCLH representatives, guests from Norwegian Dawn became the first to experience what Harvest Caye had to offer.
Other guests will have the opportunity to experience Harvest Caye on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Western Caribbean itineraries, as well as on select Caribbean sailings on Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises in the winter of 2017 and fall and winter of 2018. More information about Harvest Caye, Belize is available here
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