Even though the country of Belize is the second smallest in Central America, no other destination in the Caribbean offers as much diversity in such a small area. The entire country of Belize is the size of one U.S. state —the state of Massachusetts. The are Cayes (pronounced keys), Atolls, our pristine Barrier Reef, which is the second largest in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, Ancient Maya Ruins, complex cave, and river systems to name a few of our Belize’s attractions. Imagine its strategic position. Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the West, and the bounty of the Caribbean on its Eastern Coast. Belize also has a unique Zoo, Maya temples, lush rainforest, and half a dozen ethnicities living in harmony…and the official language is English.
For a while now, the cruise industry has been flourishing in Belize. With a number of cruise lines beginning to offer cruises passing through Belize; it’s allowing our industry to grow slowly, but surely each year. Belize is gaining a lot of international exposure and receiving great reviews; some of which comes from the growing amount of cruise passengers who fell in love with this little country. Even though cruise passengers only get one day to experience this country, they definitely make the most of their visit.
The first cruise ship docked in Belize in 1991. Ever since then, the rate has been increasing greatly – in 2016, arrivals went from 18.4% in 2015 to 24%. In 2019, there has been an increase of 10.8% more visitors as compared to 2018. 150 ships have docked in Belize for the first quarter of 2019, accounting for approximately 700,000 cruise ship passengers.
As of 2019, the cruise lines that have made port in Belize City are Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess, Regent Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Silversea, Oceania, AIDA Cruises, Seabourn, Costa, Marella, Phoenix, Costa, and more. There are about 333 cruise calls to Belize every year.