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Best cruises to Belize

5 amazing routes that'll take you to the Belize Barrier Reef and beyond.

Belize is a country in Central America, just south of Mexico on the Caribbean Coast. There, you can see the Belize Barrier Reef, a glittering home to hundreds of underwater wildlife spanning 185 miles, along with white sand beaches and Mayan ruins. Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer cruises to Belize starting at less than $100 a night. Splurge for an adventure to the Panama Canal with Viking, Crystal or Seabourn.

Ports with cruises to Belize

Most cruises to Belize start in Florida or around the Gulf Coast. It’s common to see Caribbean cruises with Belize City on the itinerary, usually before or after a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

Here’s where you can kick off your voyage to Belize:

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Galveston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tampa, FL
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Our favorite cruises to Belize

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
CarnivalWestern Caribbean from Tampa — 6 days
  • Tampa
  • Cozumel
  • Belize
  • Costa Maya
  • Tampa
From $400 per personBook now
Royal CaribbeanWestern Caribbean from Galveston — 8 days
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Galveston, Texas
From $499 per personBook now
Celebrity CruisesBelize, Grand Cayman and Mexico Cruise — 8 days
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
From $1,500 per personBook now
CarnivalWestern Caribbean from New Orleans — 7 days
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mahogany Bay, Honduras
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
From $434 per personBook now
SeabournPanama Canal Quest — 14 days
  • Miami, Florida
  • Key West, Florida
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Banana Coast, Honduras
  • Bocas Del Toro, Panama
  • Panama Canal (cruising)
  • Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Fuerte Amador, Panama
From $6,164 per personBook now

Best cruise lines sailing to Belize

History buffs, nature lovers and adrenaline junkies will all feel at home on one of our top cruise picks.

Best for a breezy budget escape: Carnival

How does a week away from $400 sound? With Carnival, you can easily score a cruise for much less than you might think and you can expect all the bells and whistles that go along with it. Accommodation, onboard activities, entertainment and meals are all covered as well as the opportunity to explore a few new destinations along the way.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for families: Royal Caribbean

You’ll find something for every family member on board, from the tiniest tot up to the grandparents. Think kids clubs and water parks for the youngest cruisers, adults-only retreats and late-night entertainment for the adults and enough dining choices to keep everyone happy.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • Price matches
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for solo travelers: Crystal Ocean Cruises

Going solo? Crystal is a popular luxury line for single travelers, often making up to 25% of passengers on board and it’s easy to see why. Supplements as low as 30%, singles' parties, Ambassador Hosts for dancing and dining and loads of activities where you can learn something new and also meet a new face.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for seniors: Celebrity

Celebrity offers modern luxury combined with accessibility features that appeal to a sophisticated traveler. Enjoy menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef with both casual and upscale dining options, thoughtful enrichment programs featuring celebrity lecturers and captivating evening performances.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for all-inclusive luxury: Seabourn

Treat yourself to a luxury cruising holiday, starting with Seabourn’s next-level cabins. Ocean views, plush linens, a sitting area for in-room dining, walk-in closets and bathtubs in the marble bathrooms. Once you manage to pry yourself out of your room, you’ll find upscale dining options, exciting evening entertainment and a relaxed, country-club vibe.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, American Express, Discover Card
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Best for couples: Viking Ocean Cruises

Cuddle up with your someone special on Viking’s intimate-sized ships, whether it’s in the infinity pool, a cozy lounge or your stateroom’s verandah. That’s right, all rooms include a verandah plus a king-size bed, luxury linens and a room steward. Throw in a Nordic-inspired spa, swoon-inducing live performances and dinners for two in the Italian restaurant — and did we mention all ships are adults-only?
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, Cheque
Price ($-$$$):
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How we picked our best cruises.

When choosing cruises for this list, we look at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around Belize.

We also consider onboard dining options, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weigh cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

We also seek out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When is the best time to cruise to Belize?

Brazil’s peak season happens from late November to mid-April which coincides with the driest time to visit. If you’re flexible with dates, consider some of these factors to help you decide on the best time for you to cruise.

  • Best weather. January to March is the driest period of the year and ideal for heading inland to Belize’s jungles and Mayan ruins.
  • Lobster feasts. If you’ve got your eye on some fresh lobster at incredible prices then make sure you time your visit during lobster season. It opens on June 15 each year and closes on February 15.
  • Rainy season. The wettest time of the year is from June to December with the worst of the rain occurring from August onwards. Travel inland might get more difficult and if you have your heart set on any cave activities, these have been known to get flooded out. Consider cruise travel insurance to avoid any big disappointments.
  • Key festivals and events. Lobsterfest is a big deal on the cayes to kickstart summer, as is Carnival held in September to showcase music, dance and street performers.
  • Shoulder season. If you can handle the heat (we’re talking triple digits) then consider a visit between March and May. Outside of Easter, the country’s top attractions will be less busy and you might even save some money on excursions. September and October are also good options when it’s a bit cooler but you’ll have to expect some showers.

What are the must-do cruise excursions in Belize?

  • Nohoch Che’en Park. Go cave-tubing or kayaking through this ancient underground cave system deep in the Belizean rainforest.
  • Belize Zoo. Ever met a tapir up close? Now’s your chance to see tapirs in action along with lots of other local wildlife including coatimundis, howler monkeys, toucans and friendly jaguars.
  • Caye Caulker. A tiny island where time really slows down. The streets are made of sand, cars are absent and dogs nap in the middle of the street. Head out on a snorkeling trip to the nearby reef or sit back and have a drink at the closest shore.
  • Mayan Ruins. Altun Ha — the ruins that have pride of place on Belizean banknotes, Lamanai — located on a river in the jungle — and Xunantunich (try guessing how to say that one) are some of the most popular sites to visit and are all possible on a day trip.
  • Zip lining. Fly through the jungle canopy crossing canyons and rivers and climbing higher and zipping even faster. Make sure you keep an eye out for sneaky wildlife below.
  • Scuba diving. Home to the famous Great Blue Hole, Belize is no stranger to impressive dive sites. If you’re visiting between April and June, you might be lucky enough to spot some whale sharks.

What should I pack for a cruise to Belize?

Bring the essentials: swimsuit, sunscreen and flip flops along with comfortable clothes fit for exploring inland and lounging by the sea. Many cruise lines have at least one formal night and often a dress code for dining in the specialty restaurants.

Make sure you review the guidelines to help you fit in. Water shoes, mask and snorkel all make a worthwhile addition to your luggage.

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Bottom line

Whether you want a cool tropical cocktail by the beach or would rather spend the day heading underground on a cave adventure, Belize brings everything to the table. Book your trip now with our top cruise deals to get you there sooner.

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