Cruise NewsNew Cruise Port Opening in Honduras in 2018

New Cruise Port Opening in Honduras in 2018

There is good news for cruisers who are looking for new cruise ports to visit.  Honduras is hoping to open a new cruise port in 2018 on Isla del Tigre (Tiger Island).

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The Amapala cruise port on Isla Del Tigre is located just off of the Pacific Coast of Honduras and with a naturally deep channel, cruise ships will be able to dock right at the port. Amapala will be the fourth cruise port in Honduras joining Roatan, Trujillo, and Puerto Cortés.

Honduras has seen an increase in cruise passengers over the past few years as there has been growing interest in visiting the Central American country.

With the recent addition of three new three cruise lines now stopping in the country, 18 different lines now stop in Honduran ports of call, including: Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland American Line, Thomson Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Tui Cruises, MSC Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, P&O Cruises, Silver Sea, Noble Caledonia, Swan Hellenic Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Sea Cloud Cruises.

In total, 341 cruise ships called at Honduran ports during 2016, 6.6 percent more than the 320 ships that docked in the country in 2015. The largest of these cruise ships carried 6,882 passengers. Per-passenger average cruise spending reached US$80 in 2016.

Per official port statistics, 1,052,738 cruise passengers docked in Honduras in 2016, a 14.7 percent increase over the previous year’s figure of 917,938. Approximately 85 percent of these passengers disembarked on Honduran shores to enjoy some of the country’s natural beauty. Per the Honduran Institute of Tourism (IHT) a 3 percent increase in cruises is expected during 2017.

This impressive growth prompted the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) to hold its annual Central America Cruise Summit in Honduras in early May of this year.

Cruise passengers wishing to visit Honduras can now choose departure locations from Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans, and Galveston .

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Ben Souza
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