Cruising from Florida offers plenty of opportunities to explore the tropics with cruises that stop in The Virgin Islands, Belize, and even Mexico. If you are researching cruises out of Tampa, you’ll find two different cruises scheduled to depart in late 2021. One included Belize. Pre-pandemic, December was revered as a great month to cruise, as you spend the holidays in the warm and sunny Caribbean. Here’s everything you need to know about 2021 cruises from Tampa, as advertised by Norwegian Cruise Line. In Belize, the return of cruise tourism is currently listed as Phase 5 in its Travel Reopening Plan.
7-Day Caribbean Cruises from Tampa
Spend Christmas or New Year’s Eve on a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Dawn exploring Maya sites and snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef System, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. The Mesoamerican Reef extends from the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula, off the coast of Cancun down to Honduras. Ports of call on this 2021 cruise from Tampa include the following destinations.
Roatan is part of the Bay Islands, located about 30 miles from mainland Honduras. The Bay Islands are renowned for their diving and eco-tourism. If you aren’t a diver, you can go snorkeling or partake in the numerous other water-related activities you’ll find on Roatan. Or, head inland for zip lining, off-road tours, and more.
Harvest Caye, Belize
Next up is Harvest Caye in the southern part of Belize. Spend your day parasailing or snorkeling around the island, or you can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and pedal boats. You can also explore Belize’s mainland on one of Norwegian’s cultural excursions. Learn about Maya culture and how cacao becomes chocolate, or explore a Maya archeological site and visit a Belizean spice farm.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Sailing by Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Maya sits on the Yucatan peninsula, relatively close to Belize’s northern border. Plus, Costa Maya is a great jumping-off point to explore some of Mexico’s Maya history, including archeological sites like Chacchoben or Dzibanche. Head south to Bacalar where you can relax in the beautiful lagoon that is renowned for its seven shades of blue.
Cozumel is another island off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. While many people come to Cozumel to dive, you can also snorkel; or, take a boat tour, or just relax on one of the pristine beaches. Take a taco tour, explore more Maya sites back on the mainland, or visit one of the region’s eco-tourism parks.