FORT LAUDERDALE — Norwegian Cruise Line divulged details of its upgraded Harvest Caye private port, scheduled to open in Belize in mid-November.
The port will have a pier where Norwegian ships can tie up, a seven-acre sand beach, a marina that will serve as a departure point for excursions, and a 130-foot-tall lighthouse structure that will anchor a pair of ziplines, a freefall jump attraction and several observation platforms.
“We think this is going to be a very, very popular feature," Norwegian President Andy Stuart said in a presentation at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference here.
In addition to the beach, there will be a 15,000-square-foot pool with a swim-up bar, cascading waterfall and canopy style cabanas available for rent.
A Landshark Bar & Grill will open at Harvest Caye.
There will also be 11 deluxe air-conditioned beachfront cabanas that will have hammocks, private bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and other premium features. Pricing has not been decided, Stuart said.
A ropes course, popular on the latest Norwegian ships, will be built on a platform in a lagoon. There will also be a two-story Landshark Bar & Grill as part of Norwegian’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.
There will be water sports equipment rentals but no water scooters, in keeping with efforts to polish the port’s ecological credentials.
An aviary will feature six pairs of toucans, the Belize national bird. There also will be a butterfly garden and boa constrictor viewing and education center.
Norwegian said it expects four ships a week to call at Harvest Caye in peak season, in place of current stops in Belize and elsewhere. The budget for the project is included in the $400 million devoted to the Norwegian Edge initiative, but isn’t broken out separately, Stuart said.
Colin Murphy, senior vice president for destination and strategic development at Norwegian, said the cruise lines and its concession companies are expected to have 400 to 500 permanent employees at Harvest Caye.