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First hand look at Norwegian's Harvest Caye

I recently completed my first Norwegian cruise.  It was a 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary aboard the Norwegian Jade out of Tampa.  The last port of call for this cruise was a stop to Norwegian's brand new private island called Harvest Caye. We were not the fist ship to make a stop at Harvest Caye, The Norwegian Dawn beat us by a day. Although there were still areas that were not complete when we arrived, I was still very impressed into what Norwegian has accomplished. This private island is not like any of the other private islands I have been to over the years, Harvest Caye had a more high end resort feel to it. it was beautifully landscaped and there was many things to keep you busy for the day.

There were many places to eat and drink, but if you were expecting a cruise line provided lunch on the island you would have been very disappointed.  All of the eating and drinking establishments were and extra cost and fairly pricy.  Recommendation is to either eat aboard the ship or bring plenty of money.  Most of the restaurants and shops did not take your cruise card for payment.  Only cash or credit card. There were quite a few shops in the village area to browse through although there were a few that still were not open yet

The beach area was very long and lounge chairs were plentiful.  There were also quite a few newly planted palm trees which made finding a bit of shade easy. The pool was one of the largest I have seen and included a swim up bar and a waterfall.  This was the most crowded area we saw and finding a lounge chair was a daunting task. There was even a nicely done kids water park that was getting quite a bit of use. 

I would say that Norwegian has a winner here and I look forward to going back to Harvest Caye on a future cruise. Due to the time the Norwegian Jade needed to get back to Tampa, we only had half a day to take in this fantastic place.

 

Walter Christen
I'm a frequent cruiser, a curator at Cruiseable, a former VP at JPMorgan Chase, and I run the Cruise Ships magazine on Flipboard.

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