First Big Cruise Ship to Visit Honduras’ Banana Coast in Trujillo “The Norwegian Jewel”


Passengers from the first mass market cruise ship to visit Banana Coast in Trujillo, Honduras‘ newest cruise destination, arrived by tender from Norwegian Jewel earlier today.

The Norwegian Jewel first to call on Trujillo Port in Honduras

The Norwegian Jewel first to call on Trujillo Port in Honduras

The privately-owned Banana Coast Trujillo port, situated in the north east of the country, is Honduras’ first mainland cruise port. It complements the more established port on the island of Roatan, which serves Royal Caribbean and Carnival.

Trujillo will welcome Norwegian Jewel weekly throughout October and November, as well as Holland America Line’s Ryndam, Silversea’s Silver Shadow and P&O Cruises’ Adonia, through the end of April.

It is estimated that in its first cruise season the new port will cater to 50,000 cruise passengers. Tourism officials hope this will double in its second season.

“The whole idea behind this is to open up new destinations in Honduras,” Honduras Tourism Minister Emilio Silvestre told Cruise Critic. “Trujillo is an alternative to Roatan which is an island — this opens up mainland Honduras for the first time.”

Port owner Randy Jorgensen confirmed that plans were already in place to install a dock. “We need to get to two to three hundred thousand passengers, then we can build a jetty.”

Trujillo sits in a huge bay and is a natural deep water harbor. It has a picture perfect two mile stretch of white sand beach stretching from the port. But it also has a significant historical past being the first place Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Americas. It is also where the first Mass in the Americas was conducted — in 1502 — and there is a cross to mark the spot.

Initially, passengers have 15 different types of shore excursions to choose from. These include nature trail walking tours, a Historical Trail through the town, family-oriented snorkeling excursions, a humanitarian visit to a local orphanage, white-water rafting and a Garifuna tour. Garifuna are the local people of Caribbean descent, with their own distinct heritage, culture and music. Zip-lining will be on offer from the end of November and river tubing from January.

Among the first passengers to arrive were Cruise Critic members Kirk and Susan Russell from St Louis, Missouri, on their 11th cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line.

“We were really excited to be on the first cruise out of Houston to this new port,” they told Cruise Critic. Susan added,” People are desperate for information about the area so I’m looking forward to writing my review!”

Norwegian Jewel is only the second cruise ship to visit Honduras’ Banana Coast. Travel Dynamics’ no-longer-in-service Yorktown cruise ship was the first to visit in February 2014.

“Our guests are looking forward to enjoying this authentic, untouched Caribbean port and experiencing the true beauty and culture of this new destination,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman said.


Upcoming Trujillo Cruise Schedules:

Arriving Trujillo Sun 25 Oct 2015
11-Day Roundtrip Panama Canal from Miami
Ship Norwegian Pearl.
Cruise Schedule: Miami, Florida (18 Oct); Cartagena, Colombia (21 Oct); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal)(22 Oct); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (23 Oct); Trujillo, Honduras (25 Oct); Harvest Caye, Belize (26 Oct); Costa Maya, Mexico (27 Oct); Miami, Florida (29 Oct)
Arriving Trujillo Thu 26 Nov 2015
11-Day Roundtrip Panama Canal from Miami
Ship Norwegian Pearl.
Cruise Schedule: Miami, Florida (19 Nov); Cartagena, Colombia (22 Nov); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal)(23 Nov ); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (24 Nov); Trujillo, Honduras (26 Nov ); Harvest Caye, Belize (27 Nov); Costa Maya, Mexico (28 Nov); Miami, Florida (30 Nov)
Arriving Trujillo Thu 17 Dec 2015
11-Day Roundtrip Panama Canal from Miami
Ship Norwegian Pearl.
Cruise Schedule: Miami, Florida (10 Dec); Cartagena, Colombia (13 Dec); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal)(14 Dec); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (15 Dec); Trujillo, Honduras (17 Dec); Harvest Caye, Belize (18 Dec); Costa Maya, Mexico (19 Dec0); Miami, Florida (21 Dec)

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