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Roatan, Bay Islands (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Roatan is the largest island in an archipelago called the Honduras Bay Islands. It is located on the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan is widely considered one of the best places on earth for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also well know for the many whale sharks found in the water, which you can observe on your trip. The island is blessed with beautiful beaches and is rich in bio-diversity. Roatan is also home to a number of unique cultures. Christopher Columbus discovered the Honduras Bay Islands including Roatan. The islands were already populated when he arrived there.

Where the Ship Docks

The Port of Roatan has the docking capability to host the world's most advanced cruise ships. The ships usually dock at Coxen Hole, which is named after John Coxen, who was a pirate in 17-th century. Coxen Hole is actually the capital as well as the biggest town (population of around 5,000) in Honduras Bay Islands.

What to See and Do

Today, as one of the main cruise destination in the Caribbean, Roatan offers visitors a wonderful assortment of activities that appeal to all interests and ages. Activities include natural and cultural experience or just relaxing on the beach. For more active visitors, scuba, snorkeling and zip line tours are available. One of the most popular activities in Roatan is diving, because Bay Islands is part of a massive reef system and is home to abundant sea life, sharks, whale sharks and the largest number of sponges in the Caribbean. Caves, crevices, thousand foot walls, and wrecks make Roatan one of the best diving destinations in the world. The West Bay and West End area of Roatan offer the best diving and are located close to the Port. Roatan is also famous for its water skiing and snorkeling. Most of the dive and snorkel sites are located close to shore, which makes them convenient and fun for visitors to enjoy. Snorkeling is great all over the island, so if you have time, there is lots to explore. Snorkeling equipment like fins and masks can be rented from dive shops and through tour providers. In Roatan, you can also dive with sharks. Reef Sharks display daytime schooling behavior common only to a few types of sharks. Typically they are about 6 to 9 feet long and weigh a few hundred pounds each. They are powerful creatures and are known as the hunters of the reef in nature's system of checks and balances. If you're interested in this type of activity and would like to dive with sharks, you can visit dive shops or tour providers who can arrange it for you.

Eating/Drinking

The center of Roatan's shopping, dining and entertainment is the Town Center at the Port of Roatan. Here you can find international shopping, themed restaurants, fun waterfront bars, and live entertainment. For a casual lunch, you can try The Lighthouse which has great grilled lobster. For a bit more upscale lunch, go to Las Rocas, which has a great variety of local Bay Island cuisine.

Getting Around

Taxis and buses are available at the dock. Typical taxi fares are around $5 per person to town and roughly $10 per person to the West End. When you disembark at the port, you are already in Town Center, the main entertainment and shopping district. You can also rent a car, but most cruise travelers who are there on a single day choose to walk and take taxi when appropriate.

Miscellaneous But Important

The Lempira is the official currency of Honduras, but United States dollars are accepted all over the island. It is important to remember that exchange rates for foreign currency may vary. Most businesses in Town Center will accept credit cards. The best place to call folks back home or get on the Internet would be in Main Street Mall located in Coxen Hole.

 
Here is a cruise ship docked in Roatan.

Here is a cruise ship docked in Roatan.


The West Bay beach - a very popular place among cruise travelers and a great place for diving.

The West Bay beach - a very popular place among cruise travelers and a great place for diving.


The beautiful Coxen Hole from a bit far, surrounded by trees and mountains.

The beautiful Coxen Hole from a bit far, surrounded by trees and mountains.


Here are sharks swimming close to Roatan. Roatan is famous for its shark watching opportunities.

Here are sharks swimming close to Roatan. Roatan is famous for its shark watching opportunities.

 

Cruises to Roatan, Bay Islands


7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Breeze
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 N/A N/A $1,519 N/A Carnival Breeze December 22, 2018
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Carnival Paradise
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $779 $859 N/A $1,469 Carnival Paradise December 22, 2018
January 19, 2019 $559 $672 N/A $956 Carnival Paradise January 19, 2019
May 23, 2020 $629 $719 N/A $1,179 Carnival Paradise May 23, 2020
July 18, 2020 $709 $799 N/A $1,239 Carnival Paradise July 18, 2020
August 29, 2020 $499 $569 N/A $1,019 Carnival Paradise August 29, 2020
October 10, 2020 $449 $519 N/A $959 Carnival Paradise October 10, 2020
November 7, 2020 $439 $509 N/A $959 Carnival Paradise November 7, 2020
December 5, 2020 $429 $499 N/A $949 Carnival Paradise December 5, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $1,938 N/A $2,963 $3,848 Royal Princess December 22, 2018
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 22, 2018 $1,054 $1,209 N/A N/A Carnival Freedom December 22, 2018
March 22, 2020 $739 $889 $1,089 $1,489 Carnival Freedom March 22, 2020
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Harvest Caye; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; George Town, Cayman Islands; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,549 N/A N/A N/A Norwegian Pearl December 23, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,079 $1,179 $1,649 $1,799 Norwegian Pearl December 30, 2018
March 10, 2019 $579 $659 $829 $1,029 Norwegian Pearl March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $579 $649 $829 $999 Norwegian Pearl March 24, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Carnival Miracle
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Bay Islands; George Town, Cayman Islands; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,149 $1,219 N/A N/A Carnival Miracle December 23, 2018
December 30, 2018 N/A N/A $1,474 N/A Carnival Miracle December 30, 2018
January 6, 2019 $679 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Miracle January 6, 2019
January 13, 2019 $654 $719 $839 $1,268 Carnival Miracle January 13, 2019
January 20, 2019 $729 $784 $929 $1,352 Carnival Miracle January 20, 2019
February 10, 2019 $769 $864 $924 $1,883 Carnival Miracle February 10, 2019
February 17, 2019 $819 $929 $994 $1,499 Carnival Miracle February 17, 2019
February 24, 2019 $764 $824 $914 $1,579 Carnival Miracle February 24, 2019
March 3, 2019 $729 $799 $909 $1,399 Carnival Miracle March 3, 2019
March 10, 2019 $829 $869 $904 $1,522 Carnival Miracle March 10, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Roatan, Bay Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 N/A $1,784 $1,898 $3,427 Liberty of the Seas December 23, 2018
January 20, 2019 $967 $981 $1,513 N/A Liberty of the Seas January 20, 2019
February 17, 2019 $1,038 $1,152 $1,555 N/A Liberty of the Seas February 17, 2019
March 17, 2019 $847 $978 $1,294 $1,898 Liberty of the Seas March 17, 2019
April 14, 2019 $953 $1,073 $1,500 $2,124 Liberty of the Seas April 14, 2019
May 12, 2019 $658 $766 $1,022 $1,913 Liberty of the Seas May 12, 2019
June 9, 2019 $1,194 $1,314 $1,545 $2,244 Liberty of the Seas June 9, 2019
July 7, 2019 $1,105 $1,270 $1,497 $2,236 Liberty of the Seas July 7, 2019
August 4, 2019 $993 $1,256 $1,520 $1,958 Liberty of the Seas August 4, 2019
September 1, 2019 $606 $716 $961 $1,399 Liberty of the Seas September 1, 2019
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Getaway
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Roatan, Bay Islands; Harvest Caye; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $999 $1,099 $1,449 $1,549 Norwegian Getaway December 23, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,029 $1,099 $1,449 $1,599 Norwegian Getaway December 30, 2018
January 6, 2019 $579 $679 $699 $899 Norwegian Getaway January 6, 2019
January 13, 2019 $499 $649 $679 $849 Norwegian Getaway January 13, 2019
January 20, 2019 $519 $629 $829 $899 Norwegian Getaway January 20, 2019
January 27, 2019 $529 $599 $799 $849 Norwegian Getaway January 27, 2019
February 3, 2019 $579 $599 $849 $899 Norwegian Getaway February 3, 2019
February 10, 2019 $629 $649 $879 $949 Norwegian Getaway February 10, 2019
February 17, 2019 $549 $649 $849 $999 Norwegian Getaway February 17, 2019
February 24, 2019 $599 $679 $829 $929 Norwegian Getaway February 24, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Roatan, Bay Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,427 $1,571 $2,041 N/A Allure of the Seas December 23, 2018
January 6, 2019 $1,184 $1,212 $1,277 N/A Allure of the Seas January 6, 2019
January 20, 2019 $1,185 N/A $1,498 N/A Allure of the Seas January 20, 2019
February 17, 2019 $1,328 $1,463 $1,623 $2,399 Allure of the Seas February 17, 2019
March 3, 2019 $1,003 $1,185 $1,180 $2,105 Allure of the Seas March 3, 2019
March 17, 2019 $1,264 N/A $1,227 $1,524 Allure of the Seas March 17, 2019
March 31, 2019 $1,075 $1,190 $1,543 $3,957 Allure of the Seas March 31, 2019
April 14, 2019 $1,006 $1,148 $1,180 $1,698 Allure of the Seas April 14, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Vista
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2018 $1,249 $1,459 $1,819 N/A Carnival Vista December 23, 2018

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