Belize City was founded in the mid-17th century by British lumber harvesters. The city was ideal for the British as a central post because it was a natural outlet for local rivers and creeks down which the British shipped logwood and mahogany. Belize became independent in 1981, following a United Nations declaration to the effect. A British military force was maintained in Belize until 1993, when the government announced Belize would be handed over on January 1, 1994.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Airboat Adventure and Safari

    Experience the scenic beauty of Belize and the Almond Hill Lagoon during this memorable adventure.

    Depart the pier for the drive through Belize City. En route, your guide will inform you about the city's rich history, from its establishment by shipwrecked British sailors in 1683 to present day. Upon arrival, you will pass by Saint John's Cathedral, Central America's oldest cathedral, along with many other interesting sites.

    Next, you will proceed to the Airboat Outpost, situated on a waterway leading to the Almond Hill Lagoon. Upon arrival, you will receive a short orientation and safety briefing under a Mayan thatched palapa long house before boarding your 450 horsepower airboat. You will then ride through a waterway at speeds over 40 m.p.h. en route to the manatee grounds in the beautiful Almond Hill Lagoon. Upon arrival, your captain will cut the engine and quietly drift in search of the docile and shy manatees that frequent the area.

    Afterward, you will speed up again for the ride across the lagoon towards Indian Creek. You will then ride along the pristine mangrove-lined open marshland in water only inches deep. Along the way, you will see beautiful water lilies, many colors and varieties of wading birds, turtles and maybe even a crocodile.

    Following your visit, you will speed back across the Almond Hill Lagoon en route to the Airboat Outpost. Upon arrival, some time will be made available to relax with a cool complimentary drink and purchase an authentic Belizean souvenir before you are transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: Guests are advised to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Participants must be at least six years of age and accompanied by a parent.

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  • Belize Wildlife River Tour

    Embark on a wildlife riverboat adventure, complete with a canvas top, where you’ll be greeted by the riverboats captain, be comfortably seated, and set to the journey as the first-mate casts-off from the dock and your captain heads out to sea and along the coast. Enjoy the scenic ride along the seafront while your guide provides you with a brief history of Belize City and its vibrant past.

    You’ll enter the mouth of the Belize River after an approximately 20 minute journey, where you’ll cruise slowly along the calm waters, adjacent to the jungle covered river bank, in pursuit of the many different species of wildlife. Your guide will provide you with bird and animal identification cards and help you keep a sharp look-out for crocodiles, manatees, and iguanas, numerous species of colorful birds and even on occasion, a playful dolphin or two that have come up the river in search of a meal. Once wildlife is spotted, your captain will bring you as close as possible for a better view and photo opportunities.

    You’ll learn about some of the Belizean bush medicine remedies that have been used by the Mayan, the Bushmen who have worked these jungles for centuries and about some the tropical tree species and other tropical flora found growing along the riverbanks. On the return journey, your attentive crew will serve you a complementary rum punch or non-alcoholic fruit punch, while you listen to rhythmic Caribbean vibes.

    Note: Participants must be at least 5 years of age and weigh no more than 275 lbs. Guests must be able to get in and out of the boat. Bring sunblock, bug spray, a cap or hat and cash for the purchase of souvenirs.

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  • Belize Rum Tasting & Cultural Show

    Tour one of Belize’s most historical distilleries and sample some of its renowned products, followed by a folkloric performance that reveals the country’s rich heritage.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief driving tour of Belize’s former capital, an engaging blend of colonial and modern buildings. Along the way, the guide will entertain you with stories about the city’s intriguing history and Mayan heritage.

    Belize has had a long relationship with rum dating back to the time of the buccaneers and even Rum Runners in the early 1920s. Local legend has it that Belize City was literally built on rum bottles and history tells of Belizean schooners making runs to the Louisiana coast during prohibition. Upon arriving at Traveller's Run Museum, you will tour a museum devoted to the locally made, sugar-based spirits. The museum contains plenty of artifacts that explain the distilling process in fascinating detail. You will also have the opportunity to visit the room where the rum is aged in charred oak casks for one year before being bottled.

    A tasting follows, during which you may sample bold dark rums, lighter gold rums, and vintage rum with an even more distinct taste. One Barrel Rum also produces flavorful brandies and liqueurs such as Craboo Cream, a blend of Belizean eggnog and nanche, which is made from rum and grapes that are indigenous to Central America.

    Following the tasting, you will watch a lively cultural performance at the distillery and then have some free time to browse the gift shop. The spirits that you have tasted will be available for purchase as well as items that reflect the local history and arts. Afterwards, while returning to the pier, you will see other noteworthy sections of Belize City from the comfort of your coach.

    Please note: There is approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing on this tour, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light weight, clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Hard hats (provided) must be worn in the aging room. The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. The local operator requires that all guests sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.

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  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins and New River Cruise

    Explore the splendid birds, wildlife and Lamanai Mayan ruins during this memorable cruise along the New River.

    Depart the pier for the approximately 1.25 hour drive on the Northern Highway en route to Tower Hill. Upon arrival, you will embark a riverboat for the scenic ride up the New River. While traversing the many little creeks and lagoons, you may spot some of the local birds and wildlife, including hawks, kites, falcons, jacanas and crocodiles.

    At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for submerged crocodile) will rise into view. While touring this site, you will see masks depicting dead rulers and gods materialize from the rainforest, and hear the chatter of birds and the haunting call of the howler monkeys. Your guide will point out the copal and ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times.

    Following your riverboat tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5-2 miles of walking over uneven paths and inclines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear long pants, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellent. A picnic-style buffet lunch is included. As the boat ride can be quite breezy, a windbreaker is recommended.

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  • Altun Ha & Belize City Tour

    This fascinating tour will focus on the contrast between the ancient Maya city of Altun Ha and the modern day Belize City. Altun Ha, Maya for Rock Stone Water, thrived as a trading post to the Mayan World during the Post Classic and Classic periods. The site became famous by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum when he discovered the largest carved Jade Head depicting the Sun God "Kinich Ahau".

    Today, Belize City is home to approximately 35 percent of the country's population and remains the commercial capital of the country. The city tour includes such historical sites as the Redbrick St. John's Cathedral and the colonial mansion, which was once occupied by British Governors and has now been converted to a museum called House of Culture.

    Your tour ends at a local restaurant where complimentary refreshments will be provided before returning to the ship. The city highlights portion of the tour depends on venue availability of the day.

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  • Cave Tubing and Jungle Walk

    Experience the uniquely-diverse topography of Belize during this memorable cave tubing and jungle walk at the Caves Branch River.

    Depart the pier with your guide for the 1-hour drive on the Western Highway en route to the Caves Branch River. This river winds through the Maya Mountains and numerous ancient caves once inhabited by the Maya. Upon arrival at Jaguar Paw, your headquarters for the day, you will begin a 45-minute hike down a jungle trail. Along the way, your guide will point out various plants, roots and herbs once used by the ancient Maya for medicinal purposes.

    The entrance tunnel that leads into the underground cave system will be the start of your adventure. After your guide hands out headlamps, you will float in an inflated inner tube as the gentle current takes you on a 1.5-hour journey through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the cave, and you will see plenty of stalagmites and stalactites. On several occasions, you will emerge into the sunlight, only to enter another cave system. At the end of your inner tube tour, a lunch consisting of freshly-prepared chicken with rice and beans will be served.

    After lunch, you will re-board your coach for the 1-hour return drive to the pier.

    Please note: The drive from the pier to Jaguar Paw is approximately one hour in each direction. As this tour involves travel over uneven and bumpy roads, guests with back and/or neck problems are discouraged from participating. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, t-shirt, shorts, water shoes or tennis shoes (shoes must be closed or have a strap, flip-flops are not allowed) they won't mind getting wet, and bring a towel from the ship. A change of clothes and shoes is also recommended. All guests participating in this tour will be required to fill out a liability waiver. Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate in this tour. There is a minimum height requirement of 40" which is strictly enforced. The cave system and its waterways may cause claustrophobia and panic in a very small percentage of guests. Guests must carry their own tube during the hike.

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  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

    Explore an ancient Mayan ceremonial site that has been periodically excavated over the past 100 years, revealing a fascinating complex of pyramids, plazas and temples.

    Depart from the tender pier and settle in for a scenic two hour drive across Belize to the remains of a Mayan ceremonial center located near the Guatemalan border. After a short ride across the Mopan River on a unique hand-cranked ferry, you'll reach Xunantunich, an ancient site built on a limestone ridge in the 7th century A.D. Curiously, at the time, the Mayan civilization was beginning to collapse, and nearby cities had already been abandoned.

    It wasn't until the late 1890s that a British explorer began excavating Xunantunich (supposedly using dynamite) and found numerous treasures, which have since disappeared. Over the subsequent years, other excavations have unearthed six major plazas containing more than 25 Maya temples and palaces. It's a spectacular archaeological site whose mysteries still haven't been fully explained. Why it was abandoned isn't known, although there are signs of an earthquake that may have contributed to its demise.

    Xunantunich (pronounced (Shoo-NAN-too-NEECH) means "stone woman" in the Yucatec dialect, probably a reference to El Castillo, the site's largest and tallest pyramid. If you climb to the top, you'll have a 360-degree view over the jungle canopy and the surrounding valleys. Other highlights are the carved, three-dimensional friezes on the sides of El Castillo, which are adorned with masks, Mayan figures and symbols.

    Following your visit, you'll make your way back to the San Ignacio area for lunch in a local restaurant and time permitting, perhaps a bit of shopping. Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach and return to directly to the tender pier in Belize City.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, primarily over natural and uneven surfaces. There are numerous steps and inclines to negotiate and surfaces can be muddy and slippery after a rainfall. Climbing on the ruins is not permitted during or after a rain because of the hazard of falling on slippery steps. Participants should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light weight casual clothing that should include long pants; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellent; and flat, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots with a closed-toe and non-slip sole are recommended. There is a small souvenir shop on site so those who wish to make purchases should bring cash or a credit card.

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  • Sharks, Rays & Island Getaway

    Experience the excitement of watching docile nurse sharks and Southern stingrays feeding just a few feet away from you, later, cruise to a popular nearby island for some relaxation.

    Depart from the pier on a boat made for sightseeing and begin cruising past several isles northeast of Belize City. Just over an hour later, you will reach a sand bar off Caye Caulker, an attractive island on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef. The crystal-clear waters here are teeming with marine life such as groupers, angelfish, Southern stingrays and nurse sharks.

    Before entering the water for your up-close and personal encounter with the sharks and rays, you will be provided with a swim vest, mask and water shoes and given a safety briefing. Entering the water in small groups your guide will then entice the creatures to come closer by offering them some tasty morsels. Although you may choose to simply watch your guide feed them, you are invited to enhance your experience by touching their smooth, aerodynamic bodies as they gather around.

    While the idea of being in the water next to a shark may seem frightening, nurse sharks are actually quite docile and sluggish. Their name derives from the fact that they sound like nursing babies while feeding. Southern stingrays usually locate their food by flapping their “wings” over the sand to uncover it, although they can be hand fed.

    Following this unforgettable adventure, you will re-board your boat and head for shore where you will enjoy some free time on Caye Caulker. You might dine on your own at the Island Magic Grill, shop for tropical-themed art, or sit back and relax on the beach. If you are feeling energetic, explore the small island either on foot, or by renting one of the available golf carts. Afterwards, you will cruise back to the pier in Belize City, listening to Caribbean music while your attentive crew serves you complimentary rum or fruit punch.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time on the island. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Pregnant women past first trimester will not be able to participate. Participants must be able to swim, be at least 5 years old and strong enough to climb in and out of boat using 3 step diving ladder with limited assistance. Swimwear worn under loose, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Equipment provided: Masks, snorkels, swim-vests and water shoes. Lunch is available for purchase.

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