Monday, November 21, 2016

Take a Peek at Harvest Caye

Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest port of call in southern Belize, officially welcomed its first cruise passengers when Norwegian Dawn arrived on November 17, 2016. Here’s some of the amenities that passengers had a chance to enjoy.

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a tropical island is the beach, and the Harvest Caye beach is truly amazing!The gorgeous seven acre, powder soft, white sand beach is the heart of this port. The day can easily be spent lounging in the sunshine working on your tan or nestled under a shady tree with a good book.  For guests that want to take a beach day experience up a notch or two, there are 11 luxurious beach villas can be rented for the day. These swanky villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and are equipped with every comfort including air conditioning, dedicated lounge and dining areas, a private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks, and exclusive dining and beverage options with dedicated concierge service!

Ah, you say you prefer a pool?  How about an enormous 15,000 square foot pool with a swim-up bar? All around the pool are lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with 15 canopy pool cabanas. I love having the option of renting a pool side cabana for many reasons.

  • Finding chairs together: Rent a cabana and you don’t have to worry about finding enough chairs all together for your party and your chairs are reserved for you all day long.
  • Sun or Shade: If you are in a group and some of you love the sun, but some don't, then cabanas make everyone happy. Not to mention that the sun can get so hot mid-day that even the most resilient sun worshiper will relish being able to have somewhere to retreat to occasionally.
  • Service: Attendants are on hand to make things easier for you. Bring you drinks or snacks. That's always nice.
  • Privacy: It’s definitely worth having your own private piece of paradise!

Norwegian Cruise Line's Harvest Caye will feature dining and bar options available à la carte. To clarify, food and drink are not free of charge and guests should be prepared with cash or a credit card.  There are five dining and bar venues including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.  Those who want to indulge in authentic Belizean cuisine will be able to enjoy casual street style dining in the shopping village. Additional dining options will include the two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill, 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.

There is more to Harvest Caye than just relaxing!  Need some adventure? The Flighthouse is the
central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, a rope course, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, and a tandem "superman" style zip line. Water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing can be done in Harvest Caye’s shallow lagoon area.

Harvest Caye offers many opportunities for an up-close look at this eco-destination’s local plants and animals. There is manatee viewing tours at the lagoon, and an aviary with birds such as scarlet macaws and toucans.  Don't miss the educational center developed by award winning author and wildlife expert Tony Garel, the destination’s Chief Naturalist.

Want to experience Harvest Caye for yourself? This new Norwegian Cruise Line port of call is part of many Western Caribbean Cruises itineraries.

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