Belize City, Belize

Located at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize offers travelers a wealth of attractions. The country's dense rain forest is dotted with Mayan ruins. The forest is also home to a wide range of tropical wildlife, ranging from jaguars and ocelots to keel-boated macaws and howler monkeys. Offshore, the world's second largest barrier reef offers some of the finest diving in the world. And Belize's easygoing ways, a legacy of its past as a British colony, feels far more akin to a small Caribbean island than a Central American republic.

Note: Belize City is an anchorage port, guests transfer to shore via local tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Mayan Ruins
  • River Cruising
  • Cave Tubing
  • Belize Zoo
  • Bacab Eco Park
  • Ziplining
  • Snorkeling & Diving
  • Airboat Ride
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  • Mayan Ruins

    Belize was once home to the ancient Mayas. One of the earliest known Mayan cities dates to 2000 B.C., and at the height of the Mayan Empire, their population rose to as many as two million.

  • River Cruising

    Take a motorboat ride on the Old Belize River through the jungle. As you cruise the waterways teeming with crocodiles and iguana sunning on rocks, listen for the cries of howler monkeys and birds.

  • Cave Tubing

    Glide through the water beneath awe-inspiring stalactites and past dramatic cave formations as your trusty inner tube takes you through the sacred underworld of the ancient Mayans.

  • Belize Zoo

    Paths carved into 29 acres of jungle allow visitors to see more than 125 animals native to Belize, including jaguars, ocelots, peccaries, storks, howler monkeys, tapirs, crocodiles and more.

  • Bacab Eco Park

    This famed nature park features horseback riding and over 200 species of flora, as well as a diverse population of wildlife.

  • Ziplining

    Keep your eyes open wide and peer down at ancient caves as you soar across an exhilarating jungle zipline through the lush rainforest canopy of Belize.

  • Snorkeling & Diving

    Discover four amazing cayes (pronounced keys) which can be reached by boat from Belize City. Belize's Barrier Reef and its three atolls all feature superb wall dives and snorkeling.

  • Airboat Ride

    Skim across the marshy waters of Almond Hill Lagoon, where you may be lucky enough to spot a manatee before admiring the mangroves, water lilies and crocodiles of Indian Creek.

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Open-Air Trolley Train City Drive

1.25 hours | Belize City | BZE-150

Step aboard the Calypso Train and explore Belize City by open-air trolley train. See the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, named after the man buried in a tomb near its base. You'll witness stark contrasts, from affluent residential districts to the working class neighborhoods. Many slaves' quarters from the 1800s are still standing. Continue downtown where you'll pass St. John's Cathedral, Central America's first Anglican church, originally built in 1812 by slaves using ship ballast bricks, and Belize's oldest surviving building. Then cross over the iconic Swing Bridge, the only manually operated bridge of its kind in the world. Your return route takes you pass Memorial Park, which honors the fallen soldiers of World War I, en route to the Tourism Village pier side where you can enjoy free time shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs.

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Bacab Eco Park Family Adventure with Belizean Lunch

4.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-290
  • Bacab Eco Park

Grab the family, your shades, swimsuit and sunblock for a relaxing day at Bacab Eco Park. It's a 400-acre jungle park stretched alongside the Belize River. While family members are participating in tours BZE-430 or BZE-880 adventures, this easy-going tour is designed for those who wish to relax or explore Nature at a more leisurely pace. Everyone travels together and later, have lunch and pool time together. Once you arrive, you'll be surrounded by tropical wildflowers, flowering trees, and shrubs from which butterflies and hummingbirds drink sweet nectar. Enjoy presentations and activities that showcase Belizean history and culture. Learn about Maya natural healing remedies by visiting "Ixchel Medicinal Trail." Follow the palmetto boardwalk to the main recreation area to the Pokonobwai Restaurant and Bar for a Belizean lunch, served buffet style. After lunch, relax poolside in a hammock or enjoy the waterfall and slide in 200+ Gallon free-form pool.

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Snorkeling Wonders of the Barrier Reef

4 hours | Belize City | BZE-830
  • Snorkeling & Diving

Your day's destination is the calm waters of Rendezvous Caye, an unparalleled snorkeling locale lying on top of this hemisphere's largest barrier reef. The four hour adventure begins with a scenic boat ride to this private tropical island. Among the reef's wonders are over 106 different species of live coral and 500 species of colorful fish and marine life. Don your high-quality snorkeling equipment, including Blast swim fins that will give you twice the speed across the water. The clear, placid waters offer optimal viewing, and the natural protection provides a safe and easy experience for both beginners and advanced snorkelers. Bring a waterproof camera to snap incredible pictures of the under-the-sea world. After snorkeling, you will have approximately two hours to relax on a complimentary beach mat while enjoying the island's soft sand beach with a cool drink or tasty snack available for purchase. Return after this spectacular, sun kissed day.

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Altun Ha Mayan Ruins & City Drive

4.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-100
  • Mayan Ruins

Experience ancient ruins to modern-day city life on this half-day excursion. Take a driving tour of Belize City as your guide calls out the various points of interest around town. View beautiful landmarks and old colonial buildings mixed in with the modern that gives the old Belize capital its Caribbean charm. Next, head to the Altun Ha ruins for a tour of the Mayan ceremonial site situated in a lush rain forest. Once a thriving Mayan city and trade center, walk amongst the 13 structures that surround two plazas and its 60-foot Temple of the Sun God. For a panoramic vantage point and photo opportunities, climb up the steps to the tops of three main temples on the site and capture the views of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, you'll board your transportation for the ride back to the pier where your ship awaits to take you on your next adventure.

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Belize Zoo & City Tour

4.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-235
  • Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo along with Belize's historical highlights and multicultural flavor await you. Ride along the old wooden colonial homes and modern cement structures that line the narrow city streets of Belize, including the 200-year-old Cathedral and the famous lighthouse. The Belize Zoo covers 29 acres of tropical savannah and features over 125 animals native to Belize. You will enjoy approximately 1 hours touring the Zoo and Education Center, viewing a magnificent range of mammals, birds and reptiles. NOTE: Children 3 and under are free. This excursion involves some walking. Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and comfortable light clothing are highly recommended.

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Kayak Creek Expedition & Bacab Eco-Park

4.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-880
  • Bacab Eco Park

Belize's Bacab Eco Adventure Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts. A short drive takes you to this 400-acre outdoor paradise that is home to 200 species of tropical flora. Begin your half-day excursion with a two person kayak float down a narrow creek lined with indigenous foliage. Paddle further and discover a tranquil lagoon with tropical fish and friendly turtles. Have your camera ready in the event you spot juvenile crocodiles taking a sunbath, or raccoon-like coatis. Paddle back to the eco-park, a family friendly nature resort that has something for everyone, where you can lounge in a hammock or enjoy the pool's water slide and take a self guided nature walk. Shop for souvenirs at the boutique and relax on the air-conditioned transportation back to your ship.

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Airboat Wetland and Mangrove Cruise & City Drive

2.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-630
  • Airboat Ride

Board your air-conditioned transportation for the approximately 40-minute scenic drive through Belize City as your guide recounts Belize's colorful history and point out some historic place of interest. Then travel up the Western Highway to Almond Hill Lagoon, where you receive a short orientation and safety briefing before boarding your airboat. Skim across Almond Hill Lagoon before cutting the engine to drift near a feeding site for endangered manatees. Then cruise to Indian Creek and explore a pristine marsh lined with mangroves. Only inches deep, the marsh is home to brightly colored water lilies, wading birds, turkey buzzards, and even crocodiles. After your marsh adventure cruise back to Almond Hill Lagoon for a complimentary beverage before returning to the tender dock.

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Cave Tubing & Scenic Drive

5.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-730
  • Cave Tubing

Thrill to a tubing expedition down a jungle river on this half-day excursion. Float on a meandering current as it takes you under limestone arches through centuries old caverns and down small rapids on an enchanting ride in Mother Nature's playground.
At Jaguar Jungle, you'll be fitted with your gear and given a safety briefing before hiking down to the clear waters of the Caves Branch River. Float below mysterious limestone archways into the mouth of centuries old caves that hold untold stories of Maya rituals. Explore the many awe-inspiring formations that adorn these caves and learn about the flora and fauna that surrounds them. Back at the camp, change to dry clothes or shop for souvenirs. Snacks and drinks are available at Bushcamp Café. Relax on your ride back to the pier, reflecting on the marvelous expedition you've just completed.

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Barrier Reef Snorkel & Starfish Island Getaway

4 hours | Belize City | BZE-825
  • Snorkeling & Diving

Fantastic snorkeling awaits at the Belize Barrier Reef, named in 1999 as a UNESCO Heritage Site. The largest living barrier reef in this hemisphere, it comprises 70 hard coral species and 36 soft coral species and is home to 500 species of fish. Participants on this 3.5-hour tour must know how to swim and have some snorkel experience. Board your vessel and set off through the crystalline waters to the perfect spot. Your friendly guide will assist you with your gear and show you a few simple techniques to make your snorkeling adventure safe, fun and exciting. After your snorkeling adventure, sip a signature Starfish Island Rum Punch while cruising to sun drenched Starfish Private Island. Ashore, you can swim, sunbathe and enjoy a variety of watersports (available to rent). Visit the bar to purchase an icy cold beer or a fruity frozen drink, and snack on burgers, hot dogs and other favorites at the sand-side restaurant (at your own expense). Don't forget to pick up some colorful souvenirs at the gift shop before cruising back to port.

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Altun Ha Mayan Ruins & Scenic River Cruise

6.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-105
  • Mayan Ruins
  • River Cruising

Enjoy a scenic river cruise on the Belize River. Next, head to the Altun Ha ruins for a tour of the Mayan ceremonial site situated in a lush rain forest. Once a thriving Mayan city and trade center, walk amongst the 13 structures that surround two plazas and its 60-foot Temple of the Sun God. For a panoramic vantage point and photo opportunities, climb up the steps to the tops of three main temples on the site and capture the views of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, board your transportation for the ride to the pier where your ship awaits your return.

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins & Lunch (Spanish Guided)

7 hours | Belize City | BZE-111
  • Mayan Ruins

Take a guided tour of Xunantunich, the most architecturally significant ruins in the country, as it features one of the tallest Mayan structures found in Belize and some of the most intricately detailed sculptures. Climb El Castillo, the tallest temple in the site, and possibly in Belize, standing 135 feet tall. From the top of El Castillo you can see the Guatemalan Peten District, The Maya Mountains and a sweeping view of the entire Cayo District. Next, travel to the town of San Ignacio for a traditional Belizean lunch of rice and beans, stewed, chicken, coleslaw and fried plantains. After a leisurely lunch, board your transportation for the ride to the pier where your ship awaits your return.

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Caye Caulker Shark & Ray Encounter

5.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-815
  • Snorkeling & Diving

Discover Belize's aqua culture with an unforgettable adventure on the island of Caye Caulker. Your awe-inspiring excursion begins with a scenic boat ride to the beautiful, unspoiled island. After a safety briefing, you'll proceed to the edge of the amazing Barrier Reef, guided by the professional marine guides where you can enjoy the rich, pristine waters filled with abundant sea life and breathtaking coral formations. Then, you'll proceed to Shark Ray Alley, a popular dive spot for largely harmless nurse sharks and smaller rays. Stand on the sandy bottom or float and just let these gentle creatures swim by you in very close proximity. After this amazing, personal encounter, it's back to Caye Caulker where you can purchase lunch and relax on the water's edge of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. When it's time to return to the ship, you can toast your adventure with a thirst-quenching rum punch.

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Horseback Safari Ride & Bacab Eco-Park

4.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-430
  • Bacab Eco Park

Experience a guided safari by horseback! This nature park has more than 500 acres to explore and features over 200 species of flora that supports a diverse population of wildlife. Upon arrival, you'll receive a brief orientation before mounting your horses and embarking on an hour-long jungle safari ride on a trail that winds through the lush jungle. Afterwards, cool down in the pool with waterslide and sculpted waterfall. Learn the uses of Belize's native plants on Ixchel's Walk, a self guided path of botanical and medicinal plants. Before heading back you'll have time to visit the gift shop where you can find a variety of handicrafts and souvenirs to serve as a memento of this fun filled day.

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins & Lunch

7 hours | Belize City | BZE-110
  • Mayan Ruins

Take a guided tour of Xunantunich, the most architecturally significant ruins in the country, as it features one of the tallest Mayan structures found in Belize and some of the most intricately detailed sculptures. Climb El Castillo, the tallest temple in the site, and possibly in Belize, standing 135 feet tall. From the top of El Castillo you can see the Guatemalan Peten District, The Maya Mountains and a sweeping view of the entire Cayo District. Next, travel to the town of San Ignacio for a traditional Belizean lunch of rice and beans, stewed, chicken, coleslaw and fried plantains. After a leisurely lunch, board your transportation for the ride to the pier where your ship awaits your return.

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Lamanai Mayan Ruins, River Boat Safari with Lunch

6 hours | Belize City | BZE-115
  • Mayan Ruins
  • River Cruising

Enjoy a scenic riverboat cruise up the emerald green waters of the New River Lagoon. Keep watch for crocodile sightings and over 100 different species of birds. Next, your guide will take you through the ancient ruins, past impressive monuments and temples. For a truly panoramic vantage point, climb up some 125 feet for a view that encompasses the ruins, lagoon and the Lamanai Archeology Reserve beyond. After the tour, you'll head back to Ayinha Eco Park for a delicious buffet lunch. Then board your transportation for the ride back to the pier where your ship awaits to take you on another unforgettable adventure.

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Jungle Zipline Adventure, Cave Tubing & Lunch

6.75 hours | Belize City | BZE-405
  • Cave Tubing
  • Ziplining

The adventure for adrenaline lovers! Go ziplining through the lush Belizean jungle and then tubing in the cathedral-like crystal caves where stalactites form dazzling displays, leading to a sacred site of the ancient Mayans. Soar 500 feet in the air for a bird's eye view of a cavernous opening to one of the Mayas' ancient ceremonial caves. Traverse an unrivalled 700 feet across the Jungle. Don't forget to look down onto dense flora that used to be the Mayan hunting ground and source of their daily needs.
With your adrenaline pumping, float on a tube into a chamber where a stalactite lined wall provides the sensation of being in a sacred place. Explore the ancient world of the Mayans on foot. Then continue tubing to a lagoon and walk back to camp where your transportation awaits.

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Turneffe Atoll Two Tank Dive

5.5 hours | Belize City | BZE-930
  • Snorkeling & Diving

This two tank guided expedition takes you below the turquoise waters of Belize and visits two sites along the Turneffe Atoll. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most fascinating living reef systems in the world. After being picked up from the ship, we will begin our tour to the Turneffe Atoll. On the way to the dive site, our dive masters will assists with double checking your equipment as it is already tagged off on board. Discover the atoll's thriving coral wall, which reaches a depth of 60 feet, and view hard and soft corals, sponges, tropical reef fish and marine life. Your second dive explores a different section of the coral reef that spans an area up to the coral wall. During your surface interval time, enjoy an onboard snack. After your dives, enjoy our local Belizean Cuisine for lunch on your return to your awaiting ship.

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