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Roatan Island (Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras)

Cruise Port schedule, live map, terminals, news

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Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2019-11-21 15:24

Address
Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, Building 5, Second Floor, Dixon Cove, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

min: 78 °F (25 °C) / max: 82 °F (28 °C) 80°F
26.7°C
Wind: 52°/ 3.1 m/s  Gust: 3.7 m/sWind: 52°/ 3.1 m/s  Gust: 3.7 m/sLight breeze
3.1 m/s
Min / Max Temperature82 °F / 28 °C
78 °F / 26 °C

Isla Roatan is a major cruise port in Southern Caribbean, located approx 65 km (40 ml) off the northern coast of mainland Honduras (North America). Roatan Island is the most popular among all Bay Islands. It has length 33 ml (53 km), width 4 ml (7 km), total land area approx 83 km2 (32 ml2) and population around 45,000. Island's largest town is Coxen Hole (population around 5,000).

Isla Roatan has two cruise ports (each used by different cruise companies) - Mahogany Bay (next photo)

Roatan Island (Honduras) Mahogany Bay cruise port terminal

and Coxen Hole (next photo).

Roatan Island (Honduras) Coxen Hole cruise port terminal

The island is located close to Caribbean's largest barrier reef (also ranked world's 2nd largest) - Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Roatan is Honduras' main cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism travel destination. Island's economy is heavily based on tourism, followed by commercial fshing.

Isla Roatan is served by Juan Manuel Galvez Airport (international and domestic flights) and by the Galaxy Wave ferry (460-passenger fast catamaran offering twice a day service to La Ceiba). Roatan Airport connects to mainland Honduras (La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula), Costa Rica (San Jose), Panama City, Belize City, Grand Cayman, Canada (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto), USA (Miami, Houston, Atlanta), Guatemala (San Salvador, Guatemala City). Charter flights link to St Lucia, Italy (Milan), Cuba (Havana).

The island is popular for its beaches (West End, Camp Bay), crystal water, all-year sunny weather, clear blue skies. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, Roatan was famous for housing over 5,000 buccaneers (pirates), the most popular of whom were Captain John Coxen and Sir Henry Morgan.

Roatan Marine Park is a community-based, non-profit organization, established in 2005 by local businesses and dive operators to protect the surrounding coral reefs. Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) was founded in 1989 to preserve island's natural resources through research and education. RIMS is in Sandy Bay and features over 30 ml (50 km) of barrier reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds. All reef systems throughout Bay Islands are protected by the government and helped by charitable donations.

Little French Key

Little French Key is a privately-owned island, located in French Harbor (on Roatan's southern shore). This island resort is also the most booked tour in Roatan, and offered as both daily cruise excursion and overnight (Bed and Breakfast) deals. Island's amenities include horseback riding, snorkeling, zip-lining, jet skiing, paddle-boarding, sea kayaking, massages, dining.

The island is best known for its private sanctuary "Animal Rescue Center" and its great collection of exotic animals, most of which were previously abused in zoos and circuses.

The island has several white-sand beaches, bars (including a swim-up bar), 3 restaurants (of which 2 on the water and 1 on the beach), 2 Jump platforms. Transportation to and from Little French Key is via tour boats. Travel time is 10 min (departures from Mahogany Bay) and 35 min (from Coxen Hole).

  • Package prices range from $59 (Discovery) to $88 (Full Island), $98 (Full Island Mayatlantis), $108 (Full Island Plus), up to $198 (VIP Package). Combo packages are also offered - Zipline plus Full Island ($148) and One Tank Scuba Dive plus Full Island ($168).
  • Cheapest tour deals cost $25 pp (each) - guided snorkelling, seakayak for the day, horseback swimming.

Unfortunately, on August 26, 2018, the resort was completely destroyed by fire, causing over USD 3 million in damages. According to the owner Moshe Lahijani, the fire was most likely arson. All animals (excepting 2 parrots and 1 rabbit) were rescued and housed in temporary shelters.

Roatan Island cruise terminal

Roatan as cruise port has 2 passenger terminals – Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole, the bigger and newest of which is Mahogany Bay.

Roatan Mahogany Bay cruise port map

Mahogany Bay cruise terminal

Mahogany Bay is a Carnival Corporation-managed (exclusive) cruise terminal that serves ships from the fleets of Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. Mahogany Bay terminal is located east of Roatan Airport, in a area fka Dixon Bay. This is Roatan's new cruise ship terminal (inaugurated in 2009) that spreads over 20 acres (0,03 ml2 / 0,08 km2) of land. Project's cost (including the terminal building) was USD 62 million. Mahogany Bay cruise terminal can accommodate 2 large vessels (post-Panamax sized) simultaneously. Passengers’ area has capacity for 8,000 people.

Special attraction at Mahogany Bay terminal is the chair lift system. It transports passengers from the terminal building directly to the Mahogany Beach. The lift's all-day pass costs USD 12.

Just off the cruise ship pier, there is a shopping mall with ATM, rent-a-car offices, kiosks providing information for Roatan Island tours (shore excursions), restaurants, souvenirs, jewelry shops and live musical performances.

Coxen Hole cruise terminal

It serves NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. Coxen Hole is the capital of Bay Islands and their largest city. The port is named after Captain John Coxon / Coxen - a famous late-17th century buccaneer (British pirate). This is the first (smaller) Roatan cruise port. As passenger facilities, it offers ATM, Internet, restaurants, small shopping mall. The cruise port is located west from the airport. The town offers hand-made local souvenirs and authentic cuisine.

Roatan Island tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Roatan Marine Park: located between Sandy Bay and West Bay. The area is popular with amazing beaches and opportunities for water sports.
  • Beaches: the most popular are Half Moon Bay, West Bay and West End.
  • Coxen Hole: the capital offers duty free shops for tourists.
  • Gumbalimba Park: animal preserve with creatures like iguanas, parrots, turkeys and monkeys.
  • Carambola Botanical Gardens and Trails: located on Roatan’s north side, spreads over 40-acre area.
  • Roatan Dolphin Encounters: you have the opportunity to see, swim, dive or snorkel with dolphins. Located at Anthony’s Key Resort in the Roatan Institute of Marine Science.

Port Roatan Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
4 November, 2019
Monday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Joy10:0019:00
5 November, 2019
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest10:0018:00
6 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Legend10:0018:00
6 November, 2019
Wednesday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Armonia12:0018:00
11 November, 2019
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas09:0018:00
12 November, 2019
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Vista08:0018:00
12 November, 2019
Tuesday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Insignia10:0018:00
12 November, 2019
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Breakaway10:0018:00
13 November, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineLiberty Of The Seas08:0017:00
13 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0018:00
13 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Legend10:0018:00
13 November, 2019
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway12:0019:00
14 November, 2019
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineHarmony Of The Seas07:0016:00
14 November, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Meraviglia09:0017:00
19 November, 2019
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Pearl08:0017:00
19 November, 2019
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest10:0018:00
20 November, 2019
Wednesday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Insignia08:0017:00
20 November, 2019
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway08:0017:00
20 November, 2019
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Dawn10:0018:00
20 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Legend10:0018:00
21 November, 2019
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0018:00
23 November, 2019
Saturday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 108:0018:00
25 November, 2019
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineSymphony Of The Seas09:0018:00
25 November, 2019
Monday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Escape10:0018:00
26 November, 2019
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Vista08:0018:00
27 November, 2019
Wednesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Getaway08:0017:00
27 November, 2019
Wednesday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineLiberty Of The Seas08:0017:00
27 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze09:0018:00
27 November, 2019
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Legend10:0018:00
28 November, 2019
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineHarmony Of The Seas07:0016:00
28 November, 2019
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Dawn08:0016:00
28 November, 2019
Thursday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Meraviglia09:0017:00
28 November, 2019
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory09:0017:00
29 November, 2019
Friday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Pearl10:0019:00
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