Sunday, March 26, 2017

Island Market

Belize: NCL Is The Latest Cruise Company to Buy A Private Island

The Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest ocean carrier to purchase a private island for its passengers, investing an estimated USD 50 million in Belize’s Harvest Caye.

Harvest Cay Artist Rendering Courtesty of www.ship2shore.tv

Harvest Cay Artist Rendering Courtesty of www.ship2shore.tv

The trend for ocean carriers snapping up private islands continues with the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) snapping up Harvest Caye in Belize, a slice of paradise spread across two islands in the Stann Creek and Toledo region to the south of the tiny Central American country.

Famed for its diverse landscapes and breathtaking beaches, Belize has long since been a popular port of call on Caribbean and Latin American cruises, millions of guests passing through the harbor at Belize City year after year.

A second port has been in the pipeline for some time now, with infrastructure at the Belizean capital struggling to cope with increasing demand. This additional port had initially been touted for nearby Crawl Caye, but instead, the 75 acre Harvest Caye looks set to become the regions first private port.

Kevin Sheehan, CEO of NCL, issued the following statement: “As our fleet continues to grow, we expect that we will double the number of guests sailing on our Western Caribbean itineraries and, once this new destination is complete, bring four times as many guests to Belize than we do today.”

Whilst plans are very much still in the early stages, concerted efforts have already been made to ensure the development’s ecological credentials, with Sheehan placing an emphasis on  “sustainable design and eco-friendly principles that will retain the natural beauty and local culture of [the island].”

A docking and tendering facility and mainland connection point are also expected to feature within the development, with further options for an island village, beach area, floating pier and lagoon for water sports still under discussion.

Harvest Caye will form the second private island within the Norwegian Cruise Line portfolio, alongside Great Stirrup Island, a Caribbean getaway within the Bahamas’ Berry Chain. For more information about the private islands of the great ocean liners, click here.

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