Belize City Cruises

Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, Lamanai and Xunantunich
The Swing Bridge
Cacao and artisanal cheese tastings
Jungle and rainforest adventures

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Belize City

A Cultural Melting Pot, Mayan Ruins and Jungle Treks

Formerly British Honduras, Belize hosts a melting pot of cultures - Garifuna, Mayan, Mestizo, Chinese, Indian, Creole and Mennonite - each having made their distinct mark on the country’s traditions and its cuisine. In the heart of Central America, bordered by Mexico and Guatemala, Belize offers bountiful nature: from unspoiled jungles, rainforests and caves to the largest offshore barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, a mecca for snorkelers and scuba divers alike.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, Lamanai and Xunantunich
• The Swing Bridge
• Cacao and artisanal cheese tastings
• Jungle and rainforest adventures
 
While Belmopan is the country’s administrative capital, Belize City is the country’s business capital, with banks, offices and shops lining the streets, a place where fruit and fast-food vendors jostle with those selling knickknacks. Divided by Haulover Creek, a tributary of the Belize River, Belize City’s north and south sides are connected by the Swing Bridge, the oldest manually operated swing bridge in South America, an admirable example of 1920s architecture and a historical landmark. Built in Liverpool, England, and transported by sea to Belize City, the bridge requires four men to manually operate it—marking it as one of the few manually operated swing bridges in the world still used today.
 
As you arrive in Belize City on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise, you have the perfect starting point for offshore MSC excursions, offering water sports in the crystal blue Caribbean and a wealth of inland excursions, from Mayan ruins and howler monkey sanctuaries to cave tubing and ziplines. 
To experience something really special, there’s even an exclusive Martha Stewart excursion in the jungle that’ll have you tasting street food, cacao and artisanal cheese, while exploring rainforest botany during a full day adventure.
 
Don’t miss an MSC excursion to one of three major Mayan archaeological sites: Altun Ha (Rock Stone Water), Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile) and Xunantunich (Stone Woman). Here, among the foliage of a spectacular jungle, discover the magnificent ruins of a civilization that had survived for centuries. See where the famous Jade Head “Kinich Ahau” was uncovered by Dr David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum, visit the Temple of the Mask with its huge crocodile-shaped mask, or explore the Temple of El Castillo, the administrative hub of elite rulers of the time. 

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    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.