Within Walking Distance
Passengers disembark in Belize City at the Fort Street Tourism Village, where you can stroll the wooden waterfront boardwalk, shop in outdoor stores or the air-conditioned mall, and have a bite to eat. The historic harbor district right around the pier is small and quaint, and the Fort George Lighthouse is just a short stroll away.
Beyond the Port Area
A visit to the country’s Maya ruins via Altun Ha Mayan Site & River Wallace excursion will be one of the highlights of your Carnival cruise to Belize. On Lamanai grounds there are more than 700 temple structures, most still buried beneath mossy mounds. The area is littered with crocodile carvings—“Lamania” means “submerged crocodile” in ancient Mayan. A major ceremonial center during the classic Maya period, Xunantunich lies near the Guatemalan border. An excursion with Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Lunch lets you explore six major plazas surrounded by temples and palaces, including El Castillo. A climb to the top rewards with an amazing panoramic view.
Animal enthusiasts can head to the Community Baboon Sanctuary which is committed to preserving the habitat of black howler monkeys (known locally as baboons). The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, nearby, is a haven for more than 360 species of birds; the Belize Zoo & City Tour excursion helps you learn about the indigenous animal of Belize, as well as view an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles, and birds in large, airy enclosures. Or, discover the natural beauty with Bacab Eco Park Horseback Safari, and look for Black Howler Monkeys, parrots, iguanas and more.
The nation’s largest islands, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, are low-key charmers and ideal jumping-off points for exploring the barrier reef. Sergeant’s Cay Snorkel Adventure takes you over to Belize’s world famous barrier reef and to a remote manatee research station for snorkeling.
Shopping in Belize
In general, the best buys on Carnival cruises to Belize are wooden and slate carvings, Maya calendars, pottery, ceramics, and furniture made by local Mennonites. At the pier, the Tourism Village has shops specializing in local souvenirs such as mahogany bowls, jewelry, clothes, assorted carvings, and artwork.