Holland America Line has agreed to make regular calls to Honduras’ first mainland cruise port in Trujillo.
The cruise line’s Ryndam is slated to bring its 1,260 passengers to the Banana Coast, Trujillo’s newly created retail center, 11 times between 2014 and 2015 on its western Caribbean itineraries.
The first call to the Banana Coast will be Nov. 19, 2014, followed by Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud on Dec. 17, 2014.
The $30 million Banana Coast project, one of the newest cruise destinations in the western Caribbean, has the theme of Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea. Construction on the passenger reception and shopping center was completed in February, and a full slate of shore excursions has been designed, according to a news release. Future plans call for construction of a two-berth, post-Panamax pier. The shore excursions are planned to offer something for everyone, including cultural, historical and soft-adventure and eco-tour trips.
“Banana Coast is a fresh, exciting destination with limitless potential, tucked inside the calm, protected waters of the Bay of Trujillo,” said Simon Douwes, director of deployment and itinerary planning for Holland America Line. “The innovative and diverse portfolio of shore excursions will surely appeal to all interests, and those seeking rest and relaxation will find it on one of Banana Coast’s beautiful beaches.”
Holland America is part of Miami-based Carnival Corp.’s portfolio of cruise lines.
Note: Earlier this year, an agreement was signed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a 2,660-passenger ship for Holland America that is scheduled for delivery in fall 2015 and a 4,000-passenger ship for Carnival that is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016, according to the pr news release. Including the new builds, Carnival Corp. currently has nine ships scheduled for delivery – two for 2013, two for 2014, three for 2015 and two for 2016.