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About Belize City

Bordering on Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean, Belize is the second smallest country in Central America (after El Salvador), with an area of approximately 9,000 square miles that includes numerous small islands -- known as cayes -- off the coast. More than half of the mainland is covered with dense forests, and at its longest point Belize is 176 miles long while its greatest width is 88 miles. Long a strong advocate of environmental protection, the government has set aside approximately 20 percent of its land as nature reserves.

Belize has been attracting steadily increasing numbers of U.S. visitors as it has become better known as a reasonably priced destination offering some of the best diving in the Caribbean. It also continues to increase in popularity as a cruise destination and is often included as one of the ports of call on Western Caribbean itineraries.

Diving is Belize's main claim to fame due to an almost unbroken line of reefs and cayes extending for 150 miles along its coast that make up the longest reef system in the Western Hemisphere (and the second longest in the world). While many cayes are tiny and uninhabited, some like Ambergris Caye are sufficiently large to have built resorts that attract divers from around the world.

Several important Mayan sites on the mainland, such as Altun Ha and Xunantunich, make for excellent day trips and are included on shore excursions by most cruise ships. As a matter of fact, Belize has the highest concentration of Mayan sites of all the countries in Central America.

Belize City, with its wooden and brick buildings, exudes some colonial charm but the downtown area also has many seedy neighborhoods, and tourists should beware of walking around the city after dark. For cruise passengers, Belize City is primarily a jumping-off point for tours and excursions to its many natural and historical attractions.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Roatan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Roatan
    • Day 5
      Belize City
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

    Cons

    Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

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    Caribbean Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Caribbean Princess maintains a laid-back ambiance, allowing for laugh-out-loud fun that's never...

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    cruisin63
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal, partial transit
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    eggzacklee71
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Bad food in the dining room. Service was not much better!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Costa Maya ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Costa Maya
    • Day 5
      Belize City
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New Orleans
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    Majesty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Fun-filled, short cruises that tick all the boxes -- sun, sea, sand and booze

    Cons

    Older ship with limited attractions, especially if you're used to newer ships

    Bottom Line

    If you want a good value short-break cruise in the sun, you can't go wrong on Majesty

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    Majesty of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    Majesty of the Seas is the perfect ship for three- and four-night cruises. There's enough to do...

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    FoxTa8
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Surprisingly Great!
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    Garnet of the Seas
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Smoking in the Casino
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Costa Maya, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Costa Maya
    • Day 4
      Belize City
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Tampa
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    Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

    Cons

    Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

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    Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    When people think of Royal Caribbean, they often imagine mega-vessels with an interminable rost...

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    bhague
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very relaxing cruise on one of RCL's smaller ships
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    KEN W
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    OK Cruise, could have been better.
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Belize City
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
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    Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard

    Cons

    Dining room menus repeat too often and dishes dubbed too fancy by Carnival's passengers

    Bottom Line

    An action-packed ship with more activities than you can possibly do in seven days

    Reviews

    Carnival Vista Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Cruise Line's 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista might just be one of the line's most fun ...

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    cruzincookie
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Worst cruise
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    christyk82
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    EXCEEDED Most Expectations
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Roatan, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Roatan
    • Day 5
      Belize City
    • Day 6
      Cozumel
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Galveston
    Ship Details

    Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

    Cons

    Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

    Reviews

    Liberty of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    A member of Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, Liberty of the Seas is a large ship that ...

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    texasreb
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Looking tired
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    Bucky63
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    I want a Refund!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Costa Maya, Belize City ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Costa Maya
    • Day 4
      Belize City
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
    Ship Details

    MSC Meraviglia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fantastic for families; foodies and for those who just want to have a lot of fun

    Cons

    The endless activities and constant noise, plus kids up all hours, can be a little overwhelming

    Bottom line: Big, fun, family-friendly ship with good food and endless entertainment

    Reviews

    MSC Meraviglia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    MSC Meraviglia is the biggest ship the line has launched -- and the fifth biggest in the w...

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    laurabavelaar
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Prepared for the worse but was delighted instead
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    pappahbuttz
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    2nd MSC YC cruise (we were not on 14 day cruise)
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Belize City

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Belize City, Banana Coast ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Belize City Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Belize City
    • Day 4
      Banana Coast (Trujillo)
    • Day 5
      Santo Tomas de Castilla
    • Day 6
      Costa Maya
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lanai cabins provide direct access to outdoor deck areas

    Cons

    Service can feel snail-paced at times

    Bottom Line

    A "no bells and whistles ship," ideal for relaxing

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with t...

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    Hobbsey
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Rela