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Small Ship Belize Cruises 2024 & 2025

Avoid the big ship crowds with Belize small ship cruises. A small ship cruise to Belize is the best way to actively explore up close, beyond the reach of traditional cruise ships and day tours. Specially designed expedition ships outfitted with sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel and scuba gear let you dive deep into the world’s second largest barrier reef, or simply relax on a postcard-perfect white-sand beach.

Browse our Belize cruises and charters for 2024 and 2025 to find it all: a Belize snorkel cruise, a Belize City cruise that also explores the reef, and a DIY charter option. Our adventure cruise itineraries offer unparalleled access to pristine reef and coral cayes, secluded beaches and tropical rivers teeming with rainforest wildlife. Select cruises incorporate time exploring the Maya ruins of Tikal or build your own custom extension.

Belize Small Ship Cruises

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Belize is famous for its reef, ruins and rainforest where Central American jungle meets the Caribbean Sea. Easily access remote islands including Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Laughing Bird Caye, home to 64 species of colorful coral and 500 species of fish. Cruise to Belize for lush rainforest explorations with expert naturalist guides. Take small inflatable craft into mangrove channels and coastal rivers. Hike the protected Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in search of monkeys, tapirs or the elusive jaguar. Photograph colorful plants and scan the jungle canopy for an astounding array of tropical birds. Explore ancient ruins and the indigenous Maya and Garifuna cultures. And dine on fresh-caught fish and local delicacies. Belize small ship cruises are more than a cruise; they are an intimate adventure into the best of Belize’s nature, wildlife and culture.

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Why book your cruise to Belize with AdventureSmith Explorations? Our experts have first-hand experience aboard all the small ships to help you choose the best cruise to Belize for your interests, ability and budget. We’ve chartered catamarans and worked in the region’s travel industry to now share our expertise with today’s modern traveler. 

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Experience the Belize Barrier Reef by kayak, paddleboard, snorkel or dive gear.

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Belize cruise excursions explore lush jungle, coastal rivers & an array of wildlife. 

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We’ve helped pioneer Belize cruise itineraries. Put our experience to work for you.

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Our deals on small ship cruises in Belize offer you discounts, free airfare & more.

Two snorkelers in wetsuits swim in the Caribbean Sea turquoise water near coral on a Belize snorkeling cruise.

Finding a Belize Snorkeling Cruise

Snorkeling is among our most-requested activities when helping travelers select an itinerary (see our snorkeling tips). All of our Belize small ship cruises offer guided snorkeling with gear included, so your decision to choose the best Belize snorkeling cruise often comes down to the vessel, guides and places visited. Our offerings include traveling with National Geographic guides who are experts in underwater photography and ships that have added technology like hydrophones and cameras for more in-depth underwater exploration. Considerations also include whether you want a more custom route with just your small group, or the fun of being among a small group of fellow active travelers.

Kayaking, Fishing, Relaxing…

Belize small ship cruises offer a plethora of experiences in addition to snorkeling. Active travelers will love regular opportunities to kayak, paddleboard, swim, hike and engage in a stretch class. Some small ship cruises in Belize offer biking or added-cost diving. And anglers can enjoy fishing on a customized Belize Catamaran Charter where your personal chef will gladly prepare the day’s catch.

Those who want to simply relax on a white-sand beach or get a massage will enjoy any of our Belize small ship cruises, including charter cruises customized for spa days. History buffs will love Belize cruise excursions to Guatemala’s Tikal and Yaxha to see ancient Mayan ruins. Whether you’re seeking a Belize snorkeling cruise or to focus on the region’s history, let us be your guide to the best ships and cabins for your needs.

3 kayakers unload an orange kayak on a sandy beach under palm trees & blue sky during a Belize cruise excursion.
Palm trees on the shore of a sandy beach with a Belize small ship cruise ship anchored just off shore and travelers on the beach.

Cruise to Belize and Costa Rica

Our Belize small ship cruises and our small ship cruises in Costa Rica are both popular for their jungle, reef and wildlife, leading to the question “How do I cruise to Belize and Costa Rica?” Our experts have experience cruising in both regions and can help you design your custom trip to dovetail a cruise to Belize with one of our Costa Rica vacations. Many of our Costa Rica cruises even offer ways to experience the Panama Canal for the ultimate adventure from your cruise to Belize on the Caribbean to your Costa Rica adventure on the Pacific.

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Belize Small Ship Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 81 82 84 86 87 87 87 88 87 86 83 81
Avg. Low (F) 66 69 71 74 75 75 75 75 74 72 68 68
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 8.0 9.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 4.0

The Best Time to Cruise to Belize

Seeking a cruise to Belize in December? Or to go in July? Consult our climate chart to see weather averages to find your best time to cruise to Belize. Note that while Belize charter cruises are offered year-round, most other Belize small ship cruises operate during the North American winter, when the weather is best. For those with special interests, consider that June to August is ideal for diving on Belize small ship cruises. Note that the climate data referenced above is for Belize City, Belize.

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Belize Small Ship Cruises

AdventureSmith Founder and President Todd Smith details his Belize catamaran charter cruise aboard a private boat with two families. Learn why sailing is Todd's recommended way to experience the Belize Barrier Reef, and how this cruise offers so much more than just snorkeling.
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Belize Small Ship Cruises

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