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New destination in Southern Belize features Belize’s only cruise ship pier, expansive white sand beach, an approx. 1.400 m² pool with swim-up bar, multiple dining options including LandShark Bar & Grill, nature centre and wildlife experiences, plus unforgettable adventure tours on the mainland.

Harvest Caye, Caribbean’s premier resort-style port of call, welcomes first guests / Photo © Norwegian Cruise Line

Harvest Caye, Caribbean’s premier resort-style port of call, welcomes first guests / Photo © Norwegian Cruise Line

Gallery: Harvest Caye, Caribbean’s premier resort-style port of call, welcomes first guests / Photos © Norwegian Cruise Line

Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s highly-anticipated Caribbean destination experience in Southern Belize, today welcomed its first guests. Located less than 2 km offshore, Harvest Caye offers Caribbean travellers an authentic Belizean experience that highlights the country’s beauty and nature, along with resort-style amenities including a sprawling pool and private luxury beach villas; a variety of eco-activities and interactive wildlife programmes; and an exhilarating cross-island zip line. With its close proximity to the mainland, Harvest Caye also offers guests easy access to a wide variety of adventure excursions including spectacular Mayan ruins, river rafting, nature tours and more.. This spectacular resort-style port of call, developed by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., is the ultimate tropical destination experience and the only port in Belize that features a cruise ship pier for guest convenience and comfort.

“Harvest Caye is truly the ultimate Belizean experience and we are delighted to welcome our first guests today,” said Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “We have worked closely with the government of Belize to ensure that that this spectacular destination was authentic for our guests, provided economic opportunities for the local community and preserved and protected Belize’s incredible natural beauty. We’re overjoyed with the results of this four year development project, and we look forward to seeing Harvest Caye and Southern Belize grow as we delight the many guests that will call on the destination.”

Guests on board Norwegian Dawn, sailing from New Orleans, today were the very first to experience all that Harvest Caye has to offer. Colin Murphy, Senior Vice-President of Destination and Strategic Development for NCLH led a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening, where he was joined by Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation for Belize, and Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Wife of Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

“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. This investment alone is projected to generate 500 direct jobs and over 1.500 indirect jobs by the year 2020,” said Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation for Belize. “We have embarked on an unprecedented and incomparable journey. 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. Today, we say to cruise guests, “Welcome to Southern Belize.’”

About Harvest Caye

Harvest Caye’s approx. 0,03 km² pristine beach is the highlight of this unique destination, showcasing Belize’s stunning white powder sand and crystal clear waters. Guests can enjoy the day on chaise lounges, relax in clamshell tents or indulge in privacy at one of the island’s 11 luxury beach villas, available for daily rental.

Guests visiting Harvest Caye can also opt for a resort-style retreat at the destination’s tranquil pool, complete with a soothing waterfall and surrounded by elegant lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with 15 canopy pool cabanas, available for daily rental.

Adventure will be in no short supply for guests who opt to spend their day on Harvest Caye, with the island featuring an approx. 40 metre-high Flighthouse as the central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, a tandem “superman” style zip line and stunning views of the verdant hills of the mainland. For a lower adrenaline adventure, guests can also enjoy eco-activities and water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in Harvest Caye’s shallow lagoon area, where wildlife is abundant.

Harvest Caye also features a variety of dining and bar options, available à la carte. Guests will enjoy five dining and bar outlets that feature a variety of cuisines, including a two-storey indoor/outdoor LandShark Bar & Grill, an expansion of Norwegian’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville®. Those who want to indulge in authentic Belizean cuisine can enjoy casual street style dining in the shopping village. Additional dining options include the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill serving the beach, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill servicing the island’s cabanas as well as food and drink delivery throughout the pool area.

Harvest Caye will also be home to a shopping village; inspired by an outdoor art festival the village features high-quality local retailers offering items like locally made chocolates, spirits, artwork including the area’s signature wood carvings and more, along with street carts featuring local Belizean favourites including ice cream, grilled skewers and artisan crafts. As guests stroll through the shopping village they’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy performances from local musicians and folk dancers.

Guests with an affinity for wildlife will marvel at Harvest Caye’s many opportunities for an up close encounter with this rich eco-destination’s local plants and animals. To learn about the native flora and fauna in this stunning destination, guests can participate in manatee observation tours at the lagoon; get up close and personal with endangered Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, Belize’s national bird, in the island’s Aviary; wonder at the striking beauty of insects at the Butterfly Garden; and learn more about and view Belize’s indigenous reptiles such as boa constrictors.

Harvest Caye’s conservation programmes and education efforts were developed by award winning author and wildlife expert Tony Garel, the destination’s Chief Naturalist. He will lead many of the island’s educational tours and will be available to chat with guests about the incredible array of wildlife in Belize. The island’s aviary will also house a breed and release programme for Scarlet Macaws, in an effort to increase the population of the native birds. To help further the island’s conservation efforts, more than 15.000 new mangroves have been planted throughout the island, serving to increase the natural estuary system that serves as a critical habitat for birds, young fish and other marine species.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy 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 Winter 2017 and Autumn/Winter 2018. Click here to see first-hand the incredible experience that awaits guests at Harvest Caye.

About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.

With a combined fleet of 24 ships with approximately 46,500 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 510 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce four additional ships through 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line is an innovator in cruise travel with a history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of “Freestyle Cruising,” which revolutionised the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Cruise Line offers The Haven by Norwegian, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Oceania Cruises offers an unrivalled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the industry’s most inclusive luxury experience aboard its all-suite fleet. Accompanying the unprecedented personalised service, gourmet cuisine and world-class entertainment, a voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises also includes round-trip air transportation to the port of origin with business class air provided for any intercontinental flights, fine wines and spirits throughout the ship, unlimited free internet access, ground transfers, pre-paid gratuities and complimentary sightseeing excursions at every destination visited.

Information source: Norwegian Cruise Line

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