Belize making strides; Havana on top

2017, June 1: Belize was named in the ‘Top 5 Summer Cruise Destinations” by Cruise Lines International Association (CUA). The world’s largest cruise industry trade association (with more than 60-member cruise lines, representing around 90 percent of global cruise capacity) announced in April its top five •must visit” destinations for 2017.

Havana topped the list, for its “historic beauty, culture and music. The Galapagos Islands were rated in second spot, touted for its diverse wildlife and lush greenery. The Northwest Passage was ranked third, for its polar adventure during warm summer months and the range of activities- bird watching, kayaking, polar bear sightings. Fourth was ‘Exotic Africa’ and its offerings of urban beauty and shopping (in Cape Town); “stunning safaris”; and Africa’s “famously varied cuisine.”


Belize City, an increasingly popular port of call for cruise ships sailing the western Caribbean.

Describing Belize as ‘a Diver’s Dream’ the CUA said cruise travellers will be surrounded by beach beauty and ancient culture, as well as some of the most famous diving spots in the world.

“This coastal spot offers nearly unbroken lines of reefs and cays that make for excellent diving views, as well as a high concentration of ancient Mayan ruins to explore. Cruisers can take part in excursions both onshore and off with hikes through lowland jungles full of impressive wildlife and crystalline rivers; snorkelling off silk-sand beaches and mountain biking through vast rainforests.” []