Honduras witnesses boom in cruise tourism

Published on : Saturday, July 15, 2017

download (8)Reflecting a growing interest in the Central American country as the next top tourist destination, Honduras has reported a sharp increase in the number of cruise passengers and cruise ships in 2016 compared with the previous year, Bernama News reported.


With the recent addition of three lines, 18 different cruise ship companies now stop in Honduran ports of call. The three lines are — Azamara Cruises’ Azamara Quest, with a visitor capacity of 690 people, Swan Hellenic Cruises’ Minerva welcoming 350 tourists per ship, and Tui Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4, with a total capacity of more than 2,500 passengers.


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 spend reached US$80 in 2016.


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.


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