Tired of cruising to the same ports over and over again? There is good news for cruisers who are looking for new ports to cruise to on vacation. In the next few years, at least four new cruise ports are scheduled to open in the Caribbean and on the Pacific coast.
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Within 2-3 years, officials in Honduras expect a new port to open on the Pacific side of the Central American country. The Honduras Tourist Board has stated that one of the two most important goals of the minister of tourism is to develop the cruise sector.
Six million dollars has already been secured to start development on this new port in Amapala. The natural deep channel in Amapala will easily allow ships to stop there without a need for dredging. Cruise ships currently stop in Roatan and Trujillo, Honduras, although ships just began calling on Trujillo in October of 2014.
Tortuga, once a haven for pirates in the 1600-1700s, will soon be a tropical destination for cruise ships. Carnival Corp. is planning a $70 million project on the island that is located off of the northern coast of Haiti.
Carnival expects the island to be a popular choice among cruisers that will offer guests a secluded slice of paradise. This is not the first time that Carnival Corp. has invested millions in a cruise port. They have also built cruise facilities in the popular ports of Grand Turk, Mahogany Bay, Honduras, and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
How soon will cruise ships begin calling on the island of Tortuga? Carnival has yet to announce a date for the completion of the project and there have been reports that the agreement with the Haitian government could be derailed over a 99 year lease already in place.
Norwegian Cruise Line purchased 75 acres on two adjoining islands in southern Belize in 2013 that is being developed for a Norwegian cruise port. The cruise line is spending upwards of $50 million on the project that is adding a marina, a beach, a lagoon for water sports, a floating pier, and an island village.
Belize has a diverse ecology consisting of rainforests, jungle, coral reefs, and swamps.
Opening in October 2015, this port in the Dominican Republic is where portions of the original Jurassic Park movie was filmed. Carnival Corporation is spending $85 million to develop Amber Cove and the port will be able to handle the largest cruise ships owned by the company.
Amber Cove, the gateway to Puerto Plata, will be visited by AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, and P&O Cruises (UK). This will be the first time since the 1980s that this area will be regularly visited by cruise ships.
The first cruise ship that will call on Amber Cove will be the Carnival Victory on October 6, 2015. Other Carnival cruise ships that will port in Amber Cove will be the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Valor, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Conquest, and Carnival Breeze.