|Banana Coast, Honduras (Note: The port is still under construction in this photo.)|
Banana Coast cruise port received praise from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's Security Operations Committee following an August site inspection. The committee toured the facilities of the new western Caribbean cruise destination as well as the tourism attractions near Trujillo, Honduras.
Committee members who visited Honduras' first mainland cruise port included FCCA President Michele Paige, Eric Benedict of Norwegian Cruise Line, Federico Gonzalez-Denton of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Stephen Nielsen of Princess Cruises.
Paige noted that the committee characterized the tour program as diverse and professionally executed, and said the port facilities are fully equipped, well laid-out and Americans with Disabilities Act–compliant, offering appealing retail, restaurants and bars; beach access and designated areas for taxis and tour vehicles.
Banana Coast includes retail shopping and 10 acres of beachfront in Trujillo. Guests can take shore excursions with cultural, historical, soft-adventure and eco-tour offerings.
Holland America Line was the first cruise company to commit to a series of port calls at Banana Coast, beginning in November 2014. Luxury operator Silversea Cruises has slated calls in December 2014 and March 2015, and Oceania Cruises also is scheduled to call in March 2015.