Belize City

The Victorian Museum of Belize
The Swing Bridge
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Belize City

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For those who spend some time in Belize City during an MSC Caribbean cruise to Belize, this town will reveal a distinguished history, several superb sights and fascinating cultural spectacles. The city’s astonishing energy comes from its 76,000-plus inhabitants, who represent every ethnic group in the country, with the Creole descendants of former slaves and British Baymen forming the dominant element and generating an easy-going Caribbean atmosphere.

This relaxed attitude blends with an entrepreneurial flair, for Belize City is the country’s business capital; banks, offices and shops line the main streets, while fruit and fast-food vendors jostle for pavement space with others selling plastic bowls or cheap jewellery. The jubilant September Celebrations, which pack the already full streets with music, dancing and parades, culminate in Carnival, with gorgeously costumed dancers who shimmer and gyrate through the city to electrifying Caribbean rhythms.

A holiday to Belize will show you two of the very best colonial structures carefully restored which are open to visitors; the former city jail, built in Victorian times, now the Museum of Belize, and the even earlier Government House, a museum and cultural centre. The city is divided neatly into north and south halves by Haulover Creek, a delta branch of the Belize River.

The pivotal point of the city centre is the Swing Bridge, always busy with traffic and occasionally opened up to allow larger vessels up and down. The surrounding Belize District, which extends north, west and south of the city, is tailor-made for excursions and includes some of the country’s top sights, including the Altun Ha Maya site, the splendid Belize Zoo and the Community Baboon Sanctuary.

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • ADVENTURE OF THE LOST CRYSTAL CAVES & ZIP LINING

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ06

    Built like a super-tasty double-decker sandwich, this tour packs a truly exciting duo of leisure pursuits in between two air-conditioned coach rides to and from the location. The first coach journey will take you from the pier into the jungle, with guide providing information on Belize on the way. Once at the Jaguar Jungle Camp, you’ll receive a safety briefing, be kitted out with a harness and take a short rainforest walk to a limestone cliff for the first 150 m/492 ft. traverse. As you whizz over the jungle canopy, you’ll also get a superb view of a cave once used for Mayans ceremonies. Then you’ll move on to the next and even longer traverse for more fabulous views and the thrill of flying through the air. Back at ground level and now fitted with a life jacket, you’ll go underground to explore the crystal caves. Prepare to get wet as you meander down the underground river on your “cave tube” (think a large inflated inner tyre) to reach the crystal chamber. You’ll continue your exploration of the cavern on foot from here, with ancient Mayan pottery, an amazing “frozen” waterfall, a glittering rim stone dam and a subterranean lagoon among the key sights. Returning to the surface again, you’ll then walk back to the base camp to change into dry clothes and enjoy a typical Belizean lunch. You’ll also have a little time to shop for a souvenir before your coach returns you to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age and a minimum of 122 cm/48 in. in height to take part. Due to the physical exertion involved in and aerial nature of the tour, pregnant women, guests with neck, back, shoulder and/or knee injuries, cardiac disease, seizures, asthma, mobility problems, disabilities such as impaired vision or blindness, claustrophobia, vertigo and/or acrophobia are not allowed to participate. Guests are recommended to bring swimwear, dry clothing, a towel, insect repellent, cash/credit card, high-factor sunscreen and a hat. Water shoes and lockers can be hired for an additional charge not covered by the price of the tour. A liability waiver will have to be signed by or on behalf of every guest prior to departure.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • AdultsR2025Price per person

    • ChildrenR1855Price per person

  • AIRBOAT SAFARI RIDE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ10

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to feel the breeze blowing in your hair while riding an airboat, wonder no more and prepare to discover the wetlands of Belize aboard one of these fan-propelled watercraft. To start with, you’ll join your air-conditioned transport at the pier, followed by a tour of key city sights as you head for the airboat outpost at Almond Lake Lagoon. During this approx. 30-minute drive-by look at Belize City, your guide will tell you about the country’s history, from its foundation by shipwrecked British sailors in the late 17th century right up to the present day. On arrival at the airboat site, you’ll get a full safety briefing before boarding the boat. And then you’re away, skimming the water of the beautiful lagoon. A little while later, the engine will be cut as you enter the feeding site of manatees, an endangered species. Next up is the pristine swampland known as Indian Creek. Lined with mangroves and with water only a few inches deep, this incredible landscape is alive with a huge diversity of fauna and flora: water lilies, wading birds, turkey buzzards and even crocodiles. Leaving the amazing marshland behind, the ride then draws to a close with your return to the airboat outpost. You’ll then have some time to purchase tour photos, cold drinks and snacks (at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour) before you head back to the pier and your ship. Please note: sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. A liability waiver will have to be signed by or on behalf of every guest prior to departure. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with a history of or current neck injuries, with mobility problems, with a disability such as impaired vision or blindness and guests who suffer from motion sickness. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour. Guests are recommended to apply insect repellent.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • AdultsR1445Price per person

    • ChildrenR1275Price per person

  • BACAB ECO PARK HORSEBACK SAFARI

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ12

    Step off the ship for a 40-minute air-conditioned drive and you’ll reach the wonderful Bacab Eco Park for a chance to explore the natural splendour of Belize on horseback. Since guests are paired with a horse that best suits their given riding skill, the experience is suitable even for novice riders and specially created grassy mounds guarantee that mounting and dismounting are a cinch. Your guided tour then takes you through the forest, to the sound of parrots and howler monkeys overhead. Also keep an eye out for iguanas, a common sight in the trees. Following your leisurely ride, you’ll be ready for what comes next: a typical Belizean lunch. Afterwards, choose one of the park’s many hammocks to stretch out under the shade of a buttonwood tree to relax or snooze. But if activity is more your thing, the free-form pool beckons, complete with a waterfall and waterslide, or take yourself off on a stroll down Ixchel’s Walk, a nature trail that showcases the many medicinal properties of native Belizean plants. The tour then draws to a close with your return drive to the pier and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age and no older than 75 years of age to take part. In addition, a maximum weight restriction of 107 kg/235 lbs per guest applies. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with back, neck or hip injuries. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour. Riding hats will be provided, but guests are recommended to wear closed shoes, high-factor sunscreen and insect repellent as well as to bring swimwear and a towel.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • AdultsR1565Price per person

    • ChildrenR1395Price per person

  • BACAB ECO PARK: KAYAK CREEK EXPEDITION

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ11

    Spend half a day enjoying a perfect blend of kayaking, wildlife spotting and relaxation on a tour that begins with a short transfer to the Bacab Eco Park. You’ll be given a safety briefing and a life jacket, after which you’ll board your 2-man kayak for the 1-hour ride down Kayak Creek. The initial kaway trees, water lilies and arrow-head vegetation – all typical swampland plants – soon give way to a small lagoon that supports a diverse array of wildlife. Tropical fish, crocodiles and turtles live under the water, long-tailed lizards skim over the water – upright! – while parrots and boat-billed herons occupy the skies, leaving the forest canopy to be shared by howler monkeys and coatis, a very cute relative of the raccoon. With all those calories burned, you’ll be ready for the tasty Belizean lunch that follows, after which you can kick back and chill in one of the park’s many hammocks in the shade of a buttonwood tree. Or take to the free-form pool to swim, hang out under the waterfall and try out the waterslide. But there’s also Ixchel’s Walk, a nature trail for self-exploration that showcases the many medicinal uses to which native Belizean plants can be put. To round off your experience at the park, there will also be time for you to visit the gift shop to browse the handicraft items and perhaps purchase a souvenir. The tour comes to an end with your return to your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age and no older than 75 years of age to take part. In addition, a maximum weight restriction of 107 kg/235 lbs per guest applies. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with back, neck or hip injuries. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour. Life jackets will be provided, but guests are recommended to wear closed shoes, high-factor sunscreen and insect repellent as well as to bring swimwear and a towel.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • AdultsR1515Price per person

    • ChildrenR1345Price per person

  • BELIZE BARRIER REEF SNORKEL & STARFISH PRIVATE ISLAND
    GETAWAY

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ14

    Dubbed the “most remarkable reef in the West Indies” by Charles Darwin in 1842, the Belize Barrier Reef provides a rich habitat for numerous marine dwellers. Your chance to enjoy a guided snorkel tour of this fascinating space begins on board a boat engineered with your safety, comfort and snorkelling fun in mind. The roughly 30-minute boat ride will see you slice through crystal-clear water to reach the snorkelling site. Once kitted out with your mask and fins, you’ll take to the water and follow your guide. Prepare to be impressed by the multi-coloured underwater world where diversity reigns supreme. The many nooks and crannies of magnificent coral formations teem with life, so keep an eye out for sightings of starfish, snappers, barracudas, stingrays, lobster and conch, to name but a few. Your guide will remain on hand throughout to provide snorkelling tips, so you can rest assured the experience will be both safe and fun. Back on your boat again, you can sip a delicious Starfish Island rum punch en route to the eponymous cay. You’ll then have some time to savour the secluded splendour of the pristine sands under a palm-thatched palapa, play beach games, go for a dip in the water or indulge your party mood with music and drinks (at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour) at the Barracuda Bar. Please note: your guides will remain on hand throughout the snorkelling experience and guests will be required to follow the lead guide in the water. All guests must wear a floatation aid while in the water. Life rings or floating boards can be made available for guests who need special assistance. Also provided and included in the price of the tour are snorkel masks, snorkels, fins and floatation aids. Food and additional drinks are available at the Barracuda Bar at extra cost not covered by the price of the tour. Guests are recommended to bring swimwear, an underwater camera, high-factor sunscreen, a towel, water shoes, sunglasses and a hat.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR1275Price per person

    • ChildrenR1105Price per person

  • BELIZE CAVE TUBING ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    BLZ09

    Thanks to Belize’s many caves and caverns, it provides a second fascinating layer to explore – right beneath your feet. Aiming to satisfy your curiosity and provide bags of fun at the same time, this subterranean tour begins with a 90-minute air-conditioned drive from Belize City into the jungle, with your on-board guide sharing information on Belize on the way. On arrival at the Jaguar Jungle Camp, you’ll receive a safety briefing and be fitted with safety gear before you hike down to the Caves Branch River. Then get comfy on your tube – like a tyre with no tread – and prepare to float into an exciting underground world of limestone archways and caves that the Mayans once used for ritualistic purposes. You’ll have a chance to view the amazing rock formations, the stalagmites and stalactites as well as learn about the flora and fauna that live here. Let the gentle currents swirl you and take you where they will – it promises to be a truly exhilarating experience. Once your underground ride has come to an end, you’ll move on to the Bushcamp Café, the perfect spot for lunch with a cold drink (at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour), purchase tour photos or a look at the on-site souvenir shop. You’ll then have plenty of time to relax on the drive back to Belize City and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 8 years of age, a minimum of 122 cm/48 in. in height and physically capable of completing a 30-minute rainforest hike to the cave entrance to take part. A liability waiver will have to be signed by or on behalf of every guest prior to departure. Due to the physical nature of the tour, pregnant women, guests with neck, back, shoulder and/or knee injuries, cardiac disease, seizures, asthma, mobility problems, disabilities such as impaired vision or blindness, claustrophobia and/or vertigo are not allowed to participate. . Guests are recommended to bring swimwear, dry clothing, a towel, insect repellent, cash/credit card and high-factor sunscreen. Guests are advised that it will not be possible to leave personal belongings on the coach once you reach the location. Lockers for safekeeping can be hired at an additional charge of US$5 for a small and US$7 for a large locker. Water shoes are also available for hire at an additional charge of US$5 per pair.
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • AdultsR1395Price per person

    • ChildrenR1225Price per person

  • CALYPSO “TRAIN” TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    BLZ07

    What’s yellow and red, looks like a locomotive with open-sided carriages, but is actually a fully roadworthy trolley bus? The answer, of course, and your mode of transport on this laid-back tour of Belize City is the wonderful “Calypso Train”. Your on-board tour guide will provide details and point out places of interest as you travel through the city’s commercial centre and old quarter, full of little shops, boutique hotels and colonial architecture. You’ll also pass the former British governor’s mansion and travel through different neighbourhoods, from upscale to the less affluent. Also watch out for St. John’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1812, was built by slaves using ballast bricks from merchant ships and is Central America’s first Anglican Church. In fact, having survived two hurricanes, the cathedral now counts as the oldest building in Belize. Another curiosity for which Belize City is known is its unique manually operated swing bridge, the only one of its kind still in use in the world. Completed in 1922, this relic of a bygone age continues to be swung open by a four-strong team once every morning and once every evening to allow the waiting sailboats to pass. The Calypso Train will naturally include a ride over the Swing Bridge before you return to the Tourism Village for a chance to browse for a memento among the local handicrafts on sale. The tour then draws to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: in the event of rain or forecast rain, guests are recommended to bring protective rainwear. Guests are also advised to bring a camera.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      1:25 h

    • AdultsR595Price per person

    • ChildrenR545Price per person

  • LAMANAI & THE NEW RIVER SAFARI

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    BLZ02

    Team a chance to immerse yourself in Belize’s natural beauty with a visit to an ancient Mayan settlement on this all-day tour, which begins with an approx. 45-minute drive along the Northern Highway to first reach the village of Tower Hill. From there, a riverboat will take you down the so-called New River, taking the scenic route along its many little creeks and lagoons. Keep your eyes peeled for basking crocodiles and the abundant birdlife, with hawks, kites, falcons and jacanas – wading birds that delicately pick their way from lily pad to lily pad – among the common sights. Just after the New River widens to form the New River Lagoon, you’ll the see the Mayan ruins of Lamanai come into view. Even though the Mayan name of the site translates into “Submerged Crocodile”, the only thing you’ll see pop up out of the jungle setting are huge masks of Mayan gods and former rulers, all amid the chirping of birdlife and the penetrating call of the resident howler monkeys. Your knowledgeable tour guide will point out the main sights and provide you with information on Lamanai’s history, which spans a timeframe from the 16th century B.C. to the 17th century A.D.. Your stay at the site also includes a full buffet lunch, after which your return journey back to Belize City brings the tour to a close. Please note: sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Since the tour involves walking on bumpy, uneven ground, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or who use a wheelchair, a mobility scooter or a walking aid. Climbing the temples is optional, but no climbing will be permitted if there is rain and the temples are wet.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      7 h

    • AdultsR1735Price per person

    • ChildrenR1565Price per person

  • HOWLER MONKEY SANCTUARY & BELIZE ZOO

    NATURAL WONDERS

    BLZ08

    From city sights to nature’s delights, with a taste of Belizean culture and cuisine to round off the experience, this tour aims to deliver great entertainment from start to finish. To a narrative provided by your on-board guide, an air-conditioned coach will first take you on a drive-by look around Belize City, the country’s commercial centre. Moving on, you’ll then head for the Community Baboon Sanctuary in the country. “Baboon” is the local Creole name given to the primates who live at the centre: black howler monkeys. Established by an American primatologists and a local landowner in 1985, the sanctuary is currently home to more than 2,000 black howler monkeys and a large variety of other flora and fauna besides. Next up, you’ll get to watch a demonstration in fly-brush making and rice beating, try some cashew wine – made from the fermented cashew apple not the seed, commonly called a nut – and have a typical Belizean lunch of rice and beans, stewed chicken and coleslaw in a local restaurant. The last stop will then be the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Centre, a vast facility with more than 125 Belizean native species. A guided tour of the zoo will give you a chance to touch base with the residents, which fall into three main categories: orphaned, born in captivity or gifted to the zoo by other institutions. You’ll also have time to shop for a souvenir before the tour ends with your return to the pier. Please note: guests must be at least 5 years of age to take part. A liability waiver will have to be signed by or on behalf of every guest prior to departure. Since the tour involves a considerable amount of standing and walking, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with a history of or current neck injuries, guests with mobility problems, with a disability such as impaired sight or blindness and guests who suffer with motion sickness. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in this tour.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR1445Price per person

    • ChildrenR1275Price per person

  • A TALE OF TWO CITIES: ALTUN HA & BELIZE CITY

    SCENIC ROUTE

    BLZ01

    Presenting both a glimpse of Belize’s ancient past and its modern-day look, this half-day tour begins with a coach ride to the historical city of Altun Ha, which in Mayan means “Rockstone Water”. The city existed from approx. 900 B.C. to A.D. 1000 and in its heyday acted as a major trading post. The most spectacular find excavated by a Canadian-led team of archaeologists – and Belize’s most prized Mayan artefact – was a weighty carved jade head of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahau. After your guided tour of the site, you’ll head back to Belize City, the country’s main commercial hub and home to more than a third of its population. But since 1970 the country’s capital has been the less weather-prone Belmopan, a city specifically built to serve the purpose after the 1961 hurricane season destroyed large parts of Belize City. Situated on a rounded headland jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, Belize City still retains many wooden, colonial-style buildings, a reminder of its past under British rule. Your look around town will take you past such historical spots as St. John’s Cathedral, a red brick building completed in 1880 and the place where kings from the Mosquito Coast were crowned, as well as the mansion once lived in by the governors of the former British Honduras. After enjoying a complimentary drink, you’ll end your tour by strolling the short distance back to your ship in the company of your guide. Please note: the tour involves walking on flat terrain. Climbing the temples is optional, but no climbing will be permitted if there is rain and the temples are wet. Should you wish to return directly to the ship and not partake of the complimentary drink, the coach can drop you off at the pier.
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR1005Price per person

    • ChildrenR835Price per person

  • STARFISH PRIVATE ISLAND GETAWAY

    SEA & SUN

    BLZ13

    Nothing quite rivals the privacy and seclusion afforded by a privately owned island and this enjoyable half-day tour gives you a chance to do pretty much anything you like on the beautiful Starfish Island. Just 15 minutes on a boat, boarded directly from your ship, will see you reach the gorgeous sandy beach that spans the entire breadth of Starfish Island. And then it’s up to you to choose how to spend your time. Nature lovers will appreciate the trees, palms and mangroves dotted around the island and the shallow waters around the shoreline provide a habitat for starfish. The island even boasts its very own starfish pond where you can interact with these fascinating creatures. The beach, with its palm-thatched palapas and golden sands, is the place to be to work on your tan, play beach games such as volleyball or tug-of-war, rent a kayak or boogie-board and enjoy the turquoise waters or check out the designated kiddies’ play area. And if the island puts you in a party mood, visit the on-site Barracuda Bar for music, a delicious cocktail or chilled local beer (at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour) and a chance to watch an Elvis Presley impersonator. With so many options, this half-day island jaunt is sure to keep you entertained from the moment you step off your ship to the moment you return. Please note: guests are recommended to wear comfortable beach attire and a swimsuit as well as to bring a camera, a towel, water shoes, high-factor sunscreen and a hat.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR1105Price per person

    • ChildrenR935Price per person

  • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    BLZ89YC

    Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR8195Price per person

    • ChildrenR8195Price per person

  • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    BLZ90YC

    Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

    • AdultsR10745Price per person

    • ChildrenR10745Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Belize

A pre-Columbian civilization
A pre-Columbian civilization

A cruise to Belize offers a phenomenal range of experiences: snorkel the longest barrier reef in the Americas; dive the inky depths of the Blue Hole; and embark on thigh-aching treks up soaring Maya pyramids. And while geographically it may belong to Central America, at heart Belize is Caribbean, a combination that serves to create a unique blend of both cultures. Wedged into the north-eastern corner of Central America, Belize features some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the Caribbean.

Throw in vast archaeological sites and wildlife to rival any destination in the region, and it’s easy to see why the number of visitors is steadily rising year upon year. Belizean territory comprises marginally more sea than land, and for most visitors the sea is the main attraction. An astonishing natural wonder lies just offshore – the dazzling turquoise shallows and cobalt depths of the barrier reef.

Beneath the surface, a brilliant technicolour world of fish and corals awaits divers and snorkelers, while a chain of islands known as cayes, scattered along the entire reef, protects the mainland from the ocean swell and holds more than a hint of tropical paradise. Beyond the reef lie the real jewels in Belize’s natural crown – three of the only four coral atolls in the Caribbean.