Norwegian Cruise Line's new private port in Belize will be ready in November 2016
Not quite ready for guests - Norwegian Cruise Line's Harvest Caye in Belize.

Delays in final construction of Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new exclusive Caribbean beach port – Harvest Caye – has forced the line to push back the facility’s opening by nine months.

The US$100 million dollar facility is located off the southern coast of Belize and has now been set for a revised opening date in November. Tourism officials overseeing the private port’s construction confirmed earlier this week it would miss the opening deadline.

Rendering of Harvest Caye
An artist rendering of Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming private Belize port

Norwegian Cruise Line has subsequently said it will replace voyages scheduled to visit the island with a stop in Belize City. Only one ship – Norwegian Star, currently sailing from Tampa on seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean – was slated to visit Harvest Caye.

In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line said it regretted the delay in opening but that it was committed to ensuring the island experience was fully ready to welcome guests before the line would begin calling there. Once complete, the private island will offer a beach and pool, lagoon for watersports and cabanas for rental. Guests will also be able to take part in visits to Mayan archaeological sites and take part in relaxation and adventure activities including lazy river tubing, zip-lining and jet-skiing.

“As a result, the grand opening of Harvest Caye will take place in November 2016. Guests sailing on Western Caribbean cruises now through mid-November will enjoy the beauty, adventure and rich history of this country with a call in Belize City.”

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