Carnival Corporation & plc has signed an agreement to build and operate a cruise terminal on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Development of the facility - to be called "Mahogany Bay - Roatan
" – is expected to start in fall 2007 and be completed by summer 2009 at a cost of $50m.
The cruise facility will be situated on 20 acres on the Roatan waterfront and will consist of a two-berth cruise terminal capable of accommodating super post-Panamax vessels and up to 7,000 passengers daily.
Partnering with Carnival on the project is Jerry Hynds, a local business leader and a member of the Honduran Congress
. He is also the owner of Coral Cay, a resort property located adjacent to the planned port facility.
Within five years of operation, "Mahogany Bay - Roatan" is expected to
host 225 cruise ship calls and 500,000 passengers annually.
Adjacent to the facility will be a 35,000-square-foot Welcome Center
including retail shops, restaurants and bars, along with a 60-foot-high
lighthouse, a lagoon with cascading waterfalls, and a nature trail.