Posted: Monday, July 5, 2021. 4:18 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Fort Street Tourism Village will open on Wednesday, July 7, as Carnival Cruise Line makes its first stop in Belize since last year.
To that end, the Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Anthony Mahler, and the Acting Director of Tourism, Evan Tillett, visited the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV) on Saturday, July 3, to ensure everything is in place for Wednesday.
A Facebook post by the Belize Tourism Board said Mahler and Tillett met with the FSTV General Manager Andres Azaola Vargas and FSTV Deputy Manager Victor Mulligin “to discuss the reopening of cruise tourism and to ensure that all the necessary protocols were in place for a smooth reopening on July 7.”
CNBC reported on Saturday that Carnival Cruise would leave Port Galveston on Saturday afternoon and during its week-long cruise would visit Roatan in Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel in Mexico.
This is Carnival’s first cruise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Carnival’s itinerary, the cruise ship should dock in Belize on the 5th day, Wednesday, July 7.
Carnival’s itinerary says guests may visit Xunantunich, go ziplining and cave tubing at a private cave, visit the Barrier Reef and snorkel at Rendezvous Caye, or snorkel over the Barrier reef amidst nurse sharks and stingrays.
Cruise lines were severely affected by the pandemic and have been among the last of tourist operators to be granted permission to reactivate their business by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And they do so under strict safety protocols that have been put in place to help control the spread of COVID-19.
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