Harvest Caye, Belize
October 29, 2017
Last shot from Belize, how cool are these live sized chess and checkers boards....
The construction of Harvest Caye, which was nearly four years in the making, employed hundreds of local workers for the building phase, and more than 400 will continue to work on the island in cruise passenger-facing jobs. On days when they aren't working, those employees will be paid to perform various community service projects on the Belizean mainland.
What's also interesting is that Norwegian has created a hybrid that's part port of call and part private island. For example, Norwegian plans to open the island to cruise lines outside the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family eventually, and a day on Harvest Caye isn't necessarily an extension of the onboard experience. Passengers will find locals manning the island, rather than ship crew, and most cruisers will have to pay for food and most activities. (Note that this does not apply to Regent passengers; everything is included in their cruise fares, with the exception of beach villas and pool cabanas, which are offered at a discounted rate.) On the other hand, visitors from Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises -- all of which visit the island -- can still use their cruise keycards for purchases ashore, and the only shore excursions offered are those booked through a cruise line.
Regardless of how you choose to classify it, Harvest Caye is a clean, easy-to-navigate and beautifully designed island.
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