Harvest Caye is a 75-acre eco-friendly port in southern Belize comprising two adjoining islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts. The $50 million purpose-built island was developed by Belize Island Holdings, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., to be used by ships from the cruise company's three brands on Western Caribbean itineraries. It's a clean, easy-to-navigate and beautifully designed island with lots to do, as well as easy access to the mainland.
Harvest Caye offers much that will appeal to visitors featuring four bars, a four-segment zipline (including a thrilling Superman-style segment), a ropes course, exclusive beachfront villas and poolside cabanas, a 7-acre beach with 2,500 loungers, a nature center with three tours daily, a lagoon with kayaks and pedal boats, an outpost of Jimmy Buffett-affiliated LandShark Bar & Grill, a variety of ship-sponsored shore excursion options to the mainland and one of the largest pools we've ever seen.
Less chintzy and more focused on supporting the local economy than other private ports, Harvest Caye shows Norwegian's commitment to Belize by hosting native performances, displaying pieces by Belizean artists and offering space for local businesses to sell their wares in the island's shopping area. You'll find a handful of national brands like Del Sol, Cariloha and Harley Davidson as well, but all other shops, bars and restaurants (including LandShark Bar & Grill) are locally owned -- even the duty free store is owned by a local company. Most materials used in constructing the island -- decorative flora for landscaping and hardwoods used for building exteriors -- were also sourced from within the country.
The construction of Harvest Caye, which was nearly four years in the making, employed hundreds of local workers for the building phase and some 400 locals continue to work on the island in cruise passenger-facing jobs, while the behind-the-scenes supply chain employs hundreds more.
To be clear, Harvest Caye is not a private island in the same way that Great Stirrup Cay is (or Labadee for Royal Caribbean or Half Moon Cay for Holland America). Though owned by a subsidiary of Norwegian -- and so far only a port of call on the itineraries of ships operated by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' three brands -- Harvest Caye is a completely separate entity. All on-island venues are staffed by locals and all food and drinks have to be paid for in cash or with a credit card.
Activities (like the zipline, ropes course, kayak or pedal boat rentals) as well as beach or poolside cabanas or beach clamshells can be charged to your shipboard account. (All on-island activities -- but not cabanas -- are free of charge for passengers on Regent Seven Seas ships.) Norwegian-sponsored shore excursions can also be charged to your onboard account, either ahead of time on the ship, or at a tour desk on the island. Tickets for an independently operated ferry that goes back and forth from the island to the mainland can also be charged to your ship account, or paid for in cash. (Cruisers are welcome to book with third-party operators for excursions on the mainland, but they'll need to take the ferry to the mainland to meet their tours there.)