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Essential guide to Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole cruise terminals in Roatán (Honduras): where cruise ships dock, all services, and amenities at the cruise terminals.

By: Editor-in-Chief Updated: May 30, 2023

Most cruisers do not realize that there are two distinct ports and terminals in Roatán. Frequent cruisers that have called at Roatán with the same cruise line may believe that the port where a specific cruise line docks is the only one in Roatán.

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Port of Roatán - Coxen Hole

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Where Ships Dock in Roatán

However, different cruise liens dock in two distinct ports. Carnival Corporation cruise ships dock at Mahogany Bay whilst ships from all other cruise lines dock at Port of Roatán Town Center (aka Coxen Hole).

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

The largest of the two ports in Roatán is the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center , located on the southwest coast of the island and owned by Carnival corporation. Obviously, this is the docking port (and Terminal) for Carnival ships but also for Princess, Holland & America, and all other cruise lines belonging to this corporation.

The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center has two berths where two mega ships can dock. The piers and terminal can get busy and crowded at times with over 8,000 passengers and crew.

The Mahogany Bay Terminal

The two piers of Mahogany Bay share the same exit before entering a wide walkway that leads to a vast 20 acre welcome center/terminal. Once passed a couple of stores on both sides of the walkway, you will be on large square opening into the left.

Here you will find every single service and amenity the cruise traveler many need: Restrooms, ATM, Phones, the inevitable duty-free shops with the ubiquitous brands found in the Caribbean, Grills, Bars, Restaurants and a craft market. At the end of this elongated square, you will also find an information booth, car rentals, the shore excursions hub and a taxi stand.

To the right side of the exiting walkway, it is impossible to miss the Magical Flying Beach Chair. This chairlift service transports guests from the main plaza directly to white sand of Mahogany Beach - the all day pass costs $14 USD. If you prefer, there is a shaded path to Mahogany Beach which is around 15 minutes walk away.

Mahogany Beach

The top attraction of Mahogany Bay Cruise Center is the beach. In fact, this is more like a private island run by Carnival Corporation and, in a way, is just an extension of your cruise ship. This 10-acre area with its over 800-foot-long beach is dotted with water-sports, beach activities, beach bars and grills.

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For those looking for a more secluded day at the beach, the Blue Lagoon has personal beach bed cabanas on a private beach.

Port of Roatán Town Center - Coxen Hole

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If you are calling at Roatán on ships of cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC, Oceania, Regent or Viking (among others) you will be docking at the Port of Roatán Town Center frequently referred to as Coxen Hole - the name of the largest city on the island of Roatán just a few minutes walk away. You may like to check these links: portofroatan.com | and www.discoverroatan.net

What's at the Coxen Hole Cruise Terminal

This port and Terminal is much smaller than Mahogany Bay, only has one pier perpendicular to the coast and the exit gates open directly into a nice but smaller plaza. But the terminal also has all basics services like Restrooms, Car Rental, Pharmacy, ATM, Internet, an Information Booth, and Taxi Stand.

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This terminal only has a few duty-free stores and gift shops. The shore excursion bus hub is on the right side of the terminal. On the left side, you will find the the taxi dispatch and the exist to the main street leading to Coxen Hole. Although within walking distance, there isn't much to see in this small town.

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23 Best Things to Do in Roatán on a Cruise [Port Guide]

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If you’re visiting Roatán on a cruise, you’re in luck! Roatán is a favorite Western Caribbean cruise port for many cruise travelers. This small island off the coast of Honduras has stunning beaches and is packed with opportunities for adventure.

In this post, I’ll share the best things to do in Roatán on a cruise, including shore excursions as well as inexpensive or free activities. You’ll also learn everything you need to know about visiting the Roatán cruise port for the day and get answers to commonly asked questions.

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Roatán Cruise Port 

Roatan Cruise Center

There are two cruise ports located on the island of Roatán.

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

Carnival Cruise Line built this port/cruise center, which can accommodate two mega-ships. Carnival cruise ships dock here, along with Princess and Holland America cruise lines.

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center is a gigantic 20-acre welcome center with a “private” beach. Many cruisers will spend the day within the Cruise Center visiting the restaurants, bars, duty-free shops, craft markets, or just relaxing on the beach.

The Port of Roatán (Also Known as Coxen Hole)

This port can accommodate three cruise ships at a time. Ships from all of the other cruise lines (besides those mentioned above) typically dock here.

This port is within walking distance of Roatán island’s largest city, Coxen Hole. The port terminal has restrooms, taxi stands, tour and excursion pick-ups, and an ATM. 

What Cruise Passengers Need to Know About Roatán Cruise Port

Roatan

Roatán’s official currency is the Honduran lempira (HNL). However, cash (including USD!) reigns supreme here. You can pay with U.S. Dollars on Roatán, just expect to get change back in lempiras.

The official language in Roatán is Spanish, but English (with a Creole twist) is widely spoken.

The time zone in Roatán, Honduras, is Central Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of the Eastern time zone.

Roatán is an island in Central America located just off the Honduras coast. Its climate is tropical rainforest, with temperatures hovering in the 80-degree Fahrenheit range year-round.

Mid-July through October is considered the “warm season,” with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. Roatán is very humid year-round, with humidity reaching 90% in the last four months of the year.

The rainy season in Roatán is from September through July.

Getting Around Roatán

The island of Roatán is 48 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. It is safest to book tours (whether private or cruise ship excursions) to get around Roatán. 

Whether you port in Mahogany Bay Cruise Center or Coxen Bay, activities are within walking distance. The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center is a 20-acre complex with a beach, restaurants, bars, and shopping areas.

Coxen Hole is Roatán’s largest city. Activities and amenities, including shopping, restaurants, and bars, are within walking distance of the port.

Public Transit

There are many taxis and buses available for transport in Roatán. The “buses” are typically 16-passenger vans running regular routes between Coxen Hole and West End or French Harbour.

Taxis can be private “privado,” which costs a little more, or “colectivo,” which means you might pick up and drop off other people along your route. This is a fun way to chat with locals but might take a little longer to get to and from your destination.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available on Roatán, with rental kiosks near the cruise terminal. The island is easy to navigate, just watch for horses and cows on the road.

The Best Roatán Shore Excursions

Roatan shore excursions

Roatán has a different vibe than other Caribbean cruise ports . This Honduran island has a Central American influence with a Caribbean twist.

Roatán is situated on top of exposed ancient coral reefs, and just off-shore is the second largest reef system in the world: the Mesoamerican Reef System, also known as the Great Mayan Reef.

The diverse culture and unique natural wonders of Roatán make for a one-of-a-kind cruise port experience. Here are 22 of the best Roatán Shore Excursions.

1. Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

Carnival designed this 20-acre port complex to be an excursion in itself. The 800-foot-long white sand Mahogany Beach is part of the Cruise Center. You can get off the ship and spend the day reading on a beach chair or swimming in the crystal clear waters.

This beach gets busier and louder as the day goes on, so grab your chair early or choose a different beach if you are looking for quiet. The Cruise Center has a mix of duty-free shops and retailers, including Diamonds International, Del Sol, and Piranha Joes.

If you are hungry, there are several restaurants in the Cruise Center. Stop by Fat Tuesday’s atop Monkey Hill for amazing views, some Caribbean Jerk chicken, and a cold and refreshing “Banana Banshee” Daquiri.

2. Magical Flying Beach Chair

This is a fun experience that is unique to Roatán. Immediately after disembarking at Mahogany Bay Port, there is a chairlift that you can take to transport you to nearby Mahogany Bay Beach.

You’ll find the Magical Flying Beach Chair up the hill and to the right of the Cruise Center. You can purchase an “all-day pass” for unlimited use.

Be aware that the Flying Beach Chair frequently stops for people to get on and off. The chance to see iguanas in the trees and the magnificent ocean view make this a pleasant option.

3. Shop ‘Til you Drop at The Town Center Coxen Bay

Roatan cruise port shopping

There is a fantastic variety of duty-free boutiques and local souvenir shops in The Town Center shopping area at the Port of Roatán.

Be sure to stop at “Yaba Ding Ding” for local handmade arts and crafts, including Garifuna and Lenca pottery artwork. If you love photography, you’ll marvel at the underwater photos by Roatán local Shawn Jackson in his gallery here.

4. Snorkel, Scuba, and Relax at West Bay Beach

The world’s second-longest reef system, the Mesoamerican Reef, lies just off the coast of West Bay Beach. This beach is 30-45 minutes from the cruise ship docks and has some of the best snorkeling and diving in Roatán.

The beach is public and free to enter. However, paying a nearby resort for their day-use fee gives you access to chairs and a break from the vendors trying to sell their goods and services.

If you want to snorkel or scuba, water taxis from West Bay Beach will take you closer to the reef.

5. Cuddle a Sloth at an Animal Sanctuary

Roatan sloth

Several animal sanctuaries exist in Roatán. These excursions typically include the opportunity to hold a sloth, feed monkeys, and interact with parrots and macaws.

You can book a private tour, which is a little more expensive but allows you to move through the animal sanctuary (and have the experiences!) more quickly. This experience takes around an hour, so it is a good one to bundle with other excursions.

6. Spend the Day at The Little French Key

This resort is a one-stop excursion spot. You can pay a fee to participate in activities like horseback riding, swimming with pigs, massages, manicures, snorkeling and scuba diving, kayaking, rope swings, and a gift shop. They also have a mini zoo where they can interact with animals.

Look for the VIP pass, which includes drink vouchers, a lunch plate, a massage, horseback riding, and access to a less-crowded beach. Little French Key is a 30-minute drive from the port.

7. Taste the Unique Flavor of Wild Honduran Chocolate at a Chocolate Factory

Roatan Chocolate Experience

Cacao beans in Honduras are unique because they are grown in the wild instead of on plantations. Several chocolate factories can be visited to try this tasty treat.

Factory tours are usually a part of a “bundled” excursion. If you are a chocolate lover, this is a “must” for treats and souvenir shopping in Roatán.

8. Scuba Dive at the Mayan Reef

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to scuba dive in the second-largest reef system in the world: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is one of the top things cruisers recommend for porting here. Roatán has excursions available for every level of diver, from beginner to scuba-certified.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is home to diverse sea life, including colorful fish, coral, sea turtles, eels, stingrays, sponges, starfish, shrimps, and lobster. Most Scuba excursions take place on the West Side, nearest the reef, and will take several hours.

There are many dive shops in Roatán. You can book a beginner scuba excursion, where you learn scuba basics in the safety of a pool and then venture to the reef. Many boutique diving excursions will allow you to use your scuba certifications for magnificent dives in the deep.

9. See the Island’s Diversity while Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a relaxing way to escape the crowds and see the diversity of this beautiful island.

There are many different types of rides available, from beach horseback riding to mountain trails. Some excursions offer a combo that includes a ride through local villages, up into the mountains, and even a ride along the beach.

10. Bike Around an Island on Hydrobikes

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary water sports experience, hydrobiking is an exciting choice. Hydrobikes have pedals like a traditional bicycle, but are on floats so you glide on top of the ocean.

Your guide will take you on a tour around a private island near French Key. Hydrobikes are easy for all skill levels and are an active way to spend a few hours in Roatán. Just be sure to put on plenty of sunscreen.

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11. Eat and Beach at Ginger’s on Half Moon Bay

Half-Moon Bay is located on the West End of Roatán. It is an exceptional beach for swimming and snorkeling, and the location of a delicious Caribbean Grill called Ginger’s.

You can use the beach chairs at Ginger’s if you order food OR just come for the delicious fresh seafood. Catch a game on the TV and order coconut shrimp and a frozen mojito.

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12. Cruise Through the Mangroves

Located on the East End of Roatán, this excursion includes transportation to Oakridge’s traditional Caribbean fishing village. The town is an interesting visit, with buildings constructed on stilts over the water and fishing boats bobbing in the bay.

In Oakridge, you’ll board an authentic cayuco (a small motorized canoe), and travel with a guide through a canal dug out in the mangroves many years ago to connect the harbors and bays. Parts of the tunnel are barely wide enough for the boats to get through.

The land in mangrove forests provides shelter for migratory birds and monkeys, so there is a good chance to see (and hear) unique Roatán wildlife.

13. Spot Sea Turtles Underwater and On Land

If you love sea turtles, Roatán is an outstanding place to see them in their natural habitat. This island has three types of sea turtles: Hawksbill, Green, and Loggerhead Turtles.

The best time to see sea turtles on land is during their nesting period from July to August, when they come ashore to nest on West Bay Beach and Paya Bay Beach. If you are in Roatán during the non-nesting months, you can also observe these beautiful sea creatures gliding in the crystal-clear waters.

Dive and snorkel excursions are available that will take you to spots where sea turtles frequent. Typically, they are on the West End.

14. Take a Historical Dune Buggy Tour to Punta Gorda

This half-day excursion will take you on an adventure up to the North Shore and the historic fishing village of Punta Gorda. Drivers need to be 16 years or older and have a driver’s license.

Follow a tour guide on an adventurous dune buggy drive to the Punta Gorda community. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a dance and music show by the Garinagu (Garifuna), natives of Roatán.

Afterwards, you can purchase lunch from nearby restaurants, including Garifuna favorites like Machuca, a delicious mash of green and sweet plantains rolled into bites and dunked into tasty soups.

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15. Monkey Around at Gumbalimba Park

This 20-acre beachfront adventure park offers many options for adventure seekers. Your tour guide will teach you about the history of the island of Roatán and its people while you hike around and observe animals, including monkeys and macaws, roaming in their natural environment.

After you’ve met the monkeys, you can get a monkey’ s-eye view of the park’s Trail Canopy Tour. You’ll zipline between 17 cable platforms extending from 120 to 500 feet in length.

Gumbalina also has water activities, including kayaking and going to the beach.

16. See Fish Without Getting Wet on a Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Glass bottom boats depart regularly from the beach at West Bay on Roatán. If you cannot snorkel or scuba but want to see the wonders of the reef, this is a fantastic way to do it.

These boats have windows that are underwater in a “semi-submarine” experience. Choose a glass-bottom boat ride if you want to witness the gorgeous marine life in Roatán without the hassle of sand and sunburns.

17. Underwater Scooter like a BOSS

If you want a unique scuba-like experience without the certification, you can book a BOSS (Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter) excursion. Your adventure will start with a catamaran ride out to the reef. Once you arrive, you’ll have the option to use snorkel equipment or try out the BOSS.

The BOSS submersible electric scooter has an oxygen-filled breathing helmet attached. You’ll be able to breathe freely while you scooter around 8 feet below the water surface, viewing the colorful marine life in Roatán.

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18. Learn About Local Flora at the Carambola Botanical Garden

The 40-acre botanical garden is home to a variety of beautiful plants, including orchids, fruit and nut trees, flowering plants, medicinal plants, the world-famous Honduran mahogany tree, and the popular “Chocolate Tree.”

The botanical gardens can be visited as a self-guided tour, or for more money, you can have an informational guided tour by the founder of the garden. Plan on walking along the jungle paths for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

19. Snorkel Right-off Tabyana Beach

The reef is more accessible from this beautiful beach. Unlike other beaches in Roatán, which require a short boat ride to reach the reef, you can explore it about 300 feet off the shore of Tabyana Beach, making it one of the best beaches for snorkeling.

Some excursions include snorkeling at Tabyana, or you can take a 20-25 minute taxi cab ride from the port.

You can relax on towels on the public beach or pay a resort fee to use nearby chairs. Local beach vendors aren’t allowed in roped-off areas, so if you want to relax without interruption, the resort fee is worth the money.

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20. Spend the Day on the Private Island of Maya Key

Maya Key is a small private island that is located 3 minutes from the Roatán Cruise Terminal and 15 minutes from Mahogany Bay Cruise Terminal.

This 11.5-acre island has two beaches, a 70,000-gallon pool, an animal rescue center, jungle garden paths, a Mayan Interpretation Center, A Honduras Art Exhibit, a restaurant, and a shopping center.

Day passes for Maya Key start at $35 and include a tour of the wildlife center, access to the beaches and pools, and the use of restroom facilities. It will cost extra for the museums, food and drinks, lockers and shopping.

21. Roatan Craft Markets

Roatan Rusty Fish craft market

There are some awesome craft markets in Roatan. Many items are hand made by locals. One great shop is Rusty Fish, which uses recyclable materials.

22. Sample Local Rum at the Roatán Rum Company  

Rum cakes, rum cigars, and, of course, rum are the stars of this excursion. Located between West End and West Bay, the Roatán Rum Company offers samples of unique artisan rums (dark chocolate, spiced, and Caribbean coconut, to name a few) and rum cakes.

Roatán Rum Co. is located right across from El Faro Lighthouse and next door to a small souvenir market. Many excursions combine the three.

23. Choose Your Adventure with a Customizable “Best of Roatán” Tour

If you are having a hard time deciding between all of these exciting excursions, a “Best of” tour might be the way to have your rum cake and eat it, too.

You can choose the activities you want and have the expertise of a local driver to get you where you need to go. Roatán is small enough that you should be able to fit in several activities, and tour guides are often flexible with the weather.

A customizable tour is a great way to experience all that Roatán has to offer.

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Roatan Cruise Port Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of year to visit roatán .

The best time to visit Roatán is between February and May. This will put you in the sweet spot of less precipitation, warm (but not hot) temperatures, and less humidity. 

How far is downtown Roatán from the cruise port? 

No matter which port you dock in (Mahogany Bay Cruise Center or Coxen Hole), you are close to activities and eating.

Coxen Hole (The Port of Roatán) cruise port puts you on the doorstep of the island’s biggest town. 

The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center’s 20-acre complex offers plenty of options. It is about a 16-minute drive from downtown Coxen Hole.

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Final Thoughts On Things to Do in Roatán Cruise Port

Roatán offers a wide variety of excursions, allowing cruisers to explore the natural wonders of the Mesoamerican Reef and experience the people and cultures that make this island a fascinating place to visit.

Have you been to Roatán yet? What was your favorite part of this historical city?

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7 Best Things To Do In Roatan Cruise Port, Honduras + Port Guide

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Welcome to Roatan cruise port, Honduras!

Nestled 60 km/30 miles off the north coast of Honduras, Roatan (Isla Roatan) is the largest of the Bay Islands, an archipelago that consists of three islands including Guanaja and Utila. The island is part of the world’s second-largest barrier reef system (after the Australian Great Barrier Reef) and is famous for its incredible diving and snorkeling options.

In addition, Roatan features breathtaking sandy beaches, a rich cultural heritage and plenty of options for animal and nature lovers. In this Roatan cruise travel guide, read about:

  • Roatan cruise port (Roatan cruise terminal, getting around, helpful tips)
  • 7 best things to do in Roatan port & Roatan shore excursions

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Roatan Cruise Port

The island of Roatan has two cruise ports – Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole, each used by different cruise companies. Both are located on the southwestern coast of the island, approximately 8 km/5 miles (a 15-minute drive) from one another.

1. Mahogany Bay Cruise Terminal

is the largest and newest of the two cruise ports. Opened in 2009, the terminal is managed by the Carnival Corporation and exclusively used by Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises cruise ships. The terminal covers an area of 20 acres and has two berths that can accommodate up to 2 cruise vessels at a time. Some of the main features and attractions of Mahogany Bay cruise port include:

  • Tourist information office
  • Taxi stand, rent-a-car & tour booths
  • Bus & shore excursions hub
  • Roatan Heritage Exhibits
  • Magical Flying Beach Chair to Mahogany Beach (a new chair lift system that takes cruise ship guests from the welcome center to Mahogany Beach).
  • Walkway to Mahogany Beach, which is located a 10-minute walk from the terminal
  • Craft Market
  • Retail and duty-free shops (Santos Jewelers, Silver Sun Roatan, Del Sol, Diamonds International Watch & Design, Tanzanite International, Pirana Joe, Dufry, Flip Flops & What Nots, Tribal Fusion, Sea Goddess, Merendon Jewelers, and others)
  • Restaurants & cafes (Espresso Americano Coffee Shop, Fat Tuesday’s Monkey Hill, Crazy Ice Gelateria)

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2. Coxen Hole Cruise Terminal

Also known as the Port of Roatan, this is the smaller of the two terminals and was named after the pirate John Coxen. This terminal serves Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages cruise ships.

It is located in Coxen Hole, the capital of Roatan and the Bay Islands. The terminal covers an area of approx. 6.5 acres and can accommodate up to three cruise ships at a time (1 ship can dock, while two more ships can anchor). Coxen Hole cruise terminal is also referred to as “el pueblo” (the town) by the locals, as it’s located at the town center. Some of the main features include:

  • Car rental & tour booths
  • ATM and post office
  • Internet access
  • A small shopping mall, duty-free shops, liquor store, artisan gifts and authentic souvenirs
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Supermarket
  • Cultural exhibitions (Garifuna Punta dancing)
  • Live Cigar Rolling
  • Jungle Top Zipline – the longest zipline in Roatan is adjacent to the terminal

Coxen Hole cruise terminal

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Getting Around Port Roatan 

  • Both cruise port areas are flat and suitable for people with walking difficulties/wheelchair users.
  • Taxis have officially approved rates for various destinations across the island and they vary based on the number of passengers. Make sure you confirm the price with the taxi driver in advance.
  • The currency in Roatan is the Honduran Lempira (HNL). 1 USD equals 24.70 HNL. Credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted.
  • Roatan island is narrow, approximately 77 km/48 miles long and less than 8 km/5 miles across at its widest point. The western part of the island is more populated, while the eastern is more remote and isolated.
  • The official language is Spanish, however, English is widely spoken in touristy areas.
  • Locals and local vendors may be pushy when trying to sell their services. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
  • Besides cruise port areas, popular shopping locations include Megaplaza Mall Roatan, West Bay Mall, and Macaw Container Market.
  • Roatan sits outside of the hurricane belt and the weather is warm and pleasant all year round. The rainy season lasts between October and January, with heavy rainfalls in November and December. The dry season starts in February and lasts until August.
  • Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport is the only airport in Roatan. It is located 5.5 km/3.4 miles (a 10-minute drive) from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal, and only 2 km/1.2 miles (a 5-minute drive) from Coxen Hole cruise terminal.
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7 Best Things to Do in Roatan Cruise Port

Part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the world’s second-largest barrier reef system, Roatan is a paradise destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, and all water-related activities.

The island boasts spectacular beaches mostly scattered along the island’s west coast in the West Bay and West End areas. From animal encounters to off-road island exploration and sightseeing, Roatan offers many choices for everyone’s taste!

1. Roatan Marine Park

Roatan Marine Park is part of the Bay Islands Marine National Park and stretches along the island’s northwestern coast between West Bay Beach and Sandy Bay. It is a protected area dedicated primarily to the conservation of the ecosystem and for recreation purposes.

Snorkelers and scuba divers can admire the fascinating underwater world teeming with multicolored corals, sponges, schools of fish, barracuda, whale sharks, mantas, dolphins and turtles. The beautiful colors and shapes of the coral reefs will be the best possible postcard you can get from this place!

The majority of snorkeling and water-related activities are centered around the West End and West Bay areas, both located a 20-25-minute drive from the Coxen Hole cruise terminal and a 30-35-minute drive from the Mahogany Bay cruise terminal.

The most popular water activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, and jet skiing. For those of you who want to stay dry – glass-bottom boat tours are an excellent choice!

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2. Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary

Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout is a family-run sanctuary where you can hug, pet and take pictures with adorable monkeys, sloths, and macaws in their natural habitat. The sanctuary is located in the small community of French Cay, on the island’s southern coast, a 25-minute drive from Coxen Hole cruise port and a 15-minute drive from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal.

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3. Roatan Beaches and Resorts

The most beautiful beaches in Roatan lie along the island’s west coast, in the areas known as the West End and West Bay. Coral reefs surround the beaches so you can easily snorkel from their powdery sandy shores. Below is the selection of the most popular beaches in Roatan:

3.1. West Bay Beach

This beach stretches along the coast of West Bay, the westernmost area of the island known for great beach resorts, eateries, shops and bars. The waters are shallow, warm and crystal clear, with excellent snorkeling opportunities offshore.

West Bay Beach is located a 35-minute drive from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal and a 25-minute drive from Coxen Hole port

3.2. Tabyana Beach

This beach lies on the southern end of West Bay Beach and is best known for spectacular coral reef snorkeling and sweeping sea views.

3.3. Little French Key

This privately owned island resort is located in French Harbor, on Roatan’s southern coast. Besides swimming in a protected cove, here you can go horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining, jet-skiing, rope-swinging, paddle-boarding, and kayaking.

Dining, shopping and spa options are available, as well as a mini-zoo where you can interact with macaws, monkeys and other native animals.

Little French Key is one of the top-rated shore excursions and the transportation to and from Little French Key is via tour boats. The ride takes about 15 min from Mahogany Bay and 35 min from Coxen Hole.

3.4. Camp Bay Beach

This quiet beach in a remote setting is the largest natural beach on all the Bay Islands and is located on Roatan’s northern shore. The palm tree-lined beach features crystal clear turquoise water, and Camp Bay Beach Adventure Lodge, a small beachfront resort and restaurant where you can rest and get something to eat.

Camp Bay Beach is located a 50-minute drive from Mahogany Bay cruise port and a 1-hour drive from Coxen Hole cruise terminal.

3.5. Sandy Bay Beach

Sandy Bay is a residential area on Roatan’s northwestern shore featuring hotel resorts, restaurants and a beautiful beach that is part of the Roatan Marine Park preserve. The beach offers amazing snorkeling just a 200-meter swim from shore.

The area is known for Anthony’s Key Resort , where you can swim with dolphins. Sandy Bay is located a 25-minute drive from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal, and a 15-minute drive from Coxen Hole cruise terminal.

3.6. Mahogany Beach

A small sandy beach is nestled only a 10-minute walk from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal and you can access it via walkway or Magical Flying Beach Chair from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal. Beach chairs/umbrellas/cabana rentals are available, as well as numerous shopping and dining options.

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Mahogany Bay beach Roatan

4. Gumbalimba Park

Gumbalimba Park is a privately owned, eco-adventure and history park located in the West Bay area, a 20-minute drive from Coxen Hole cruise terminal and a 35-minute drive from Mahogany Bay cruise terminal.

This 20-acre beachfront paradise features a museum, a pool, an animal interaction center, several botanical gardens, and a waterfront filled with water and submarine activities. Get close up with white-faced monkeys, macaws and iguanas and spend some quality family time in this wonderful nature park!

Gumbalimba Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a basic admission ticket, but you can also upgrade if you want to join activities such as ziplining, kayaking, bird-watching, or snuba diving. Get more information at https://gumbalimbapark.com/

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5. Arch’s Iguana and Marine Park

This beautiful family-owned iguana farm sits on the outskirts of the French Harbour, a 15-minute drive from the Mahogany Bay cruise terminal and a 25-minute drive from the Coxen Hole cruise pier. What is so special about the reserve is that the iguanas are not held captive, but they roam freely within the property hoping to get a piece of a leaf from you.

You will be able to see all sizes of iguanas, from babies to big ones. Keep in mind that stairs are going down to enter this area but on the side, there is a downhill for those not able to use the stairs. There is also a beautiful porch looking at the ocean where you can get some souvenirs and refreshments such as smoothies.

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6. Island Sightseeing

Sightseeing tours are a great way to soak up some local history and culture, learn about impressive flora and fauna, and explore the island’s major attractions. These tours will allow you to explore locations such as Chocolate and Rum Factories, scenic villages, breathtaking beaches, and eco-parks. You can opt for off-road ATV or Dune Buggy rides, horseback riding , or simple minibus transfers to all these magnificent places.

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7. Canopy Zipline Tour

Ziplining is one of the most popular activities in Roatan allowing you to soar through the lush jungle and get some spectacular views of the island and the Caribbean Sea. There are a few tour operators offering zipline tours in different locations, including Jungle Top Adventure Zipline (located right by Coxen Hole cruise terminal) and Bodden Tours. Zipline shore excursions are usually offered by the cruise ship, but you can also book them independently online or with local vendors on-site. In addition, you can opt for a combo tour that includes some other activities such as kayaking, animal encounters, horseback riding, or water activities.

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Wrapping Up

Whether you choose to spend your day shopping in the port area, sunbathe on a beach, or get up close to local wildlife, make sure you plan your day ahead to maximize your stay in this amazing port of call!

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You'll be docked on the south side of Roatan at Coxen Hole, the largest city and capital of the Bay Islands.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and NCL ships dock at the Coxen Hole cruise ship dock and mall complex, opened in late 2008. Here you'll find a bank with an ATM, a large Diamonds International shop, a couple of restaurants and a smattering of other shops, including a pharmacy and a liquor store. (With the success of the initial development, the local authorities are now building a Phase II recreational complex adjacent to the current mall shops.)

The terminal is located right in Coxen Hole, so downtown is within walking distance.

Carnival, Princess, Costa, Holland America and Regent ships dock at the new Mahogany Bay Cruise Center , which is located in Dixon Cove east of Coxen Hole. This complex, which officially opened in February 2010, includes a Duty Free store, several jewelers (including a Diamonds International shop and a Tanzanite International shop), several restaurants and bars, snack bars, a pharmacy, and a number of souvenir and other tourist-related shops. The terminal is owned by Carnival Corp. Approximately 3 miles (5 km) from downtown Coxen Hole. It's about a 10-minute drive.

Adjacent to the Cruise Center is the white sand 10-acre Mahogany Beach, which can be reached on foot or via the " Magic Flying Beach Chair " (unlimited rides for $14/ day).

The port is quite sensitive to wind issues; often not able to enter port.

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Sightseeing:

Roatan , this unspoiled island located almost 40 miles off the north coast of Honduras is part of the Bay Islands, which also include Guanaja and Utila. With a warm climate of around 80 degrees, you can lounge on the island's white sandy beaches or snorkel in crystal blue waters. You may spot some of the wildlife indigenous to the island, such as the Red Lored Parrot, the Lala Monkey or the Jesus Lizard, so named for its ability to "walk on water."

West Bay Beach is the best place to snorkel and sunbath at the same time. Snorkeling is very close to the shoreline and the fish are amazing. About $20 per person in a taxi.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

Before entering a taxi, confirm the fare and whether it per person or per taxi . A water taxi from West End to West Bay Beach runs about $5. Most taxis accept both U.S. dollars and Lempiras.

Jungletop Zipline is the longest zipline tour on Roatan. Also it is the only one located 3 minutes walk from the port of Roatan

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here .

Nearby Places:

French harbor Perhaps the most bustling community on the island, French harbor is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean and is the economic motor of the Island.

On the outskirts of French harbor, a local islander has set up his own Iguana reserve. According to the owner, Arch, there are over 2,800 iguanas of four different species living on his property in French Key. Getting there is easy, take the road leading east from French harbor towards the Fantasy Island Hotel, you will see a clearly marked sign showing the detour towards the farm, follow the signs an you will arrive at the farm. Although there are really no facilities to speak of, you will marvel at the sight of these reptiles, which are quite docile, despite their prehistoric appearance. The entrance fee to the farm is $1.00 per person. There are good photo opportunities, as well as some souvenirs. Arch has this Iguana sanctuary out of his personal appreciation for the animals and your visit will help him continue his conservation efforts.

Gumbalimba Park. Gumbalimba Park in Roatan Bay Islands is a one-day destination. Where else can you become acquainted with monkeys and parrots in a natural setting, tour the history of the island, ride a zipline through the jungle canopy, explore the wildlife down under while breathing underwater, kayak the picturesque shoreline, eat at a poolside cafe, and just hang out in a hammock or lounge chair on the beach! From treetops to sea chests there are adventures that abound!

A new attraction in the area is the Jungle Canopy tour , located on the road towards Palmetto Bay Plantation. This outfit is open daily from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m except Sundays when open only till noon. Friendly staff will guide you through the 20 different platforms where you will enjoy some of the local nature and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Trip takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the group. Cost of the tour is $45.00 per person. There is a nice jungle bar at the end of the canopy, where you will be able to quench your thirst or calm your nerves. Inquire at the cruise ship dock.

Shopping and Food

Handicrafts - Honduras is famous for its Lenca ceramics and cotton sock manufacturing.

Leather Items - Honduran leather items are of fine quality at only a fraction of the price they would be overseas, making your visit to Honduras a great time to purchase these. Bags, attaché cases, belts, wallets and even garments are a bargain.

Honduras has a long history as a silver mining country. Excellent artisans work the silver and produce very artistic and high quality silver products and jewelry.

Coxen Hole has some souvenir shops, while French Harbor is has a new mega mall.

Lempira, USD is widely accepted.

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Spanish is the primary language spoken. English is hardly spoken outside of the biggest towns or Bay Islands.

There are several cafes which offer free WiFi for customers around the docks.

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Roatan Cruise Port: A Guide for Cruise Travelers (From a Caribbean Expert)

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Roatan is a stunningly beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea, part of the Bay Islands of Honduras. It is a popular destination for cruise travelers who want to enjoy the tropical scenery, the pristine beaches, the rich marine life, and the diverse culture of this island paradise. You’ll learn all about the Roatan cruise port in this article!

I’m a travel agent, highly-experienced itinerary planner, Virgin Voyages aficionado, and Caribbean expert. I’ve been to the Caribbean countless times and have visited Roatan twice in 2023. When visiting, I completed two different itineraries, taking me all around this incredible island.

Roatan has two cruise ports: Coxen Hole and Mahogany Bay. Virgin Voyages docks at Coxen Hole. Depending on which cruise line you choose, you will dock at one of these ports and have access to different attractions and activities.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Roatan Cruise Ports, what to do while visiting Roatan, and what to know for your visit. Let’s dive in!

Quick Glance: Top Things to Do in Roatan:

  • Animal Encounters
  • West Bay Beach
  • Oak Ridge Tour

Roatan Cruise Port view

The Roatan Cruise Ports

There are two cruise ports in Roatan: Coxen Hole and Mahogany Bay . Coxen Hole (Port of Roatan) is a public port that is used by Virgin Voyages , Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, and other cruise lines. Mahogany Bay is a private port owned by Carnival Corporation and used by Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America Line. Both ports are located on the south side of the island, about 15 miles apart.

Coxen Hole Roatan Cruise Port

Coxen Hole is the main town and capital of Roatan, and it is where the public cruise port is located. This is the port that Virgin Voyages utilizes . It is a bustling port that has a more authentic and local feel than Mahogany Bay. Coxen Hole has a smaller shopping area with local vendors, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It also has a tourist information center, a bank, and an ATM.

Coxen Hole is the gateway to the rest of the island, and it is where you can find more options for shore excursions, transportation, and tours. You can take a taxi, a bus, or a water taxi to explore other parts of Roatan, such as West Bay, West End, Sandy Bay, or French Harbour. It does not have a beach within walking distance, but there are many nearby beaches that you can visit, such as Tabyana Beach, West Bay Beach, or Half Moon Bay Beach.

Mahogany Bay Roatan Cruise Port

Mahogany Bay is a modern and well-designed port that offers a lot of amenities and facilities for cruise travelers. It has a large shopping complex with duty-free shops, souvenir stores, restaurants, bars, and a pharmacy. It also has a transportation hub where you can book shore excursions, rent a car, or take a taxi.

The highlight of Mahogany Bay is Mahogany Beach, a private beach that is exclusive for cruise passengers. You can access the beach by walking for about 5 minutes, or by taking the Magical Flying Beach Chair, a ski-lift-style ride that costs $14 per person for unlimited rides. The beach is clean and spacious, with plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, and water sports equipment for rent. There is also a beach bar and grill, a volleyball court, and a water park for kids.

Dancers at Roatan Cruise Port

Is Roatan, Honduras Safe for Cruise Port Passengers?

One of the common questions that cruise travelers have is whether Honduras is safe for cruise ships. Honduras is a developing country that has a high level of poverty, crime, and violence. However, Roatan is a separate island that is relatively safer and more peaceful than the mainland.

The cruise ports are well-secured and patrolled by security guards and police officers. The cruise lines also work closely with the local authorities and tour operators to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers. However, this does not mean that you should let your guard down or ignore the common-sense precautions.

I felt safe all throughout Roatan. The locals were friendly and eager to have us visit as travelers. I also met a handful of travelers and ex-pats along the journey.

Roatan Cruise Port - Eleanor

Things to Do in Roatan Honduras Cruise Port

Enjoy the beach.

The main attraction of Roatan is the beach! The island has over 40 miles of coastline, with white sand, turquoise water, and palm trees. You can find a beach for every taste and preference, from secluded and quiet to lively and fun. Many cruise port visitors will go to West Bay Beach. Tabyana Beach and French Key are also great options for a lovely, relaxing day.

West Bay Beach is one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to. I snorkeled along the shore and saw gorgeous colorful coral and fish. The water is very calm for swimming. And, the sand is a soft powdery white.

Along West Bay beach, there are several hotels and resorts, including the popular Infinity Bay Resort (pictured below). Infinity Bay Resort also boasts La Palapa, Beach Bar and Grill, a fun waterfront hangout with delicious seafood and flowing drinks.

Roatan sign

Snorkel the Reef

Another major attraction of Roatan is the reef. The island is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. The reef is home to thousands of species of fish, coral, and other marine life. It is also one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving, as the water is warm, clear, and calm.

You can find many spots and sites to explore the reef, from shallow and easy to deep and challenging. Some of the best spots and sites to explore the reef are West Bay Reef, Mahogany Bay Reef, and Mary’s Place which is a dive site on the south side of the island.

Eleanor snorkeling West Bay Beach in Roatan, Honduras

Experience the Culture

Roatan is not only a natural paradise, but also a cultural melting pot, with a variety of ethnic groups and languages. The island has a rich and diverse history and heritage, influenced by the indigenous, Spanish, British, African, and Caribbean cultures. You can experience the culture of Roatan by visiting some of the historical and cultural sites, such as the Roatan Museum which displays artifacts and exhibits related to the history, culture, and natural environment of the island, and Garifuna Village, the first Garifuna settlement in Central America.

Visit Roatan Chocolate Factory to see how the fresh chocolate is made on the island. While you’re there, scoop up some souveniers to take home!

You can also visit the Roatan Rum Company, which sells the most delicious rum cake! Some is packaged to easily take home from your travels, though you may have a tough time waiting to dig into it.

Roatan Rum Company rum bottles

Encounter Wildlife

Roatan is not only a paradise for marine life, but also for land animals. The island has a diverse and abundant wildlife, with many species of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects. You can meet the wildlife of Roatan by visiting some of the animal sanctuaries and parks, such as Top Jungle, Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, Arch’s Iguana and Marine Park, and Carambola Botanical Gardens and Trails.

Quick side note: Please do not touch or hold the sloths while visiting. This is considered animal cruelty, as sloths don’t like to be touched. Unfortunately, places that have branded themselves as sanctuaries are profiting over the exploitation of the sloths.

Sloth at Top Jungle in Roatan, Honduras

Tours from Roatan Cruise Port

Many travelers will take shore excursions hosted by their cruise lines, especially because of safety and assurance in getting back to the ship on time.

I recommend the following Shore Things for Virgin Voyages sailors:

  • For a fun day in the sun: Live, Lunch, Lounge French Key Beach
  • For those who just want to hit the beach: West Bay Beach Transfer
  • For the best of the island: Trifecta Tour with mangroves pictured below
  • For adrenaline: Zip Line Adventure

Other cruise lines, like MSC, offer similar excursions.

Photo of mangroves in Roatan, Honduras

However, you’ll get to see more of the island if you hire a local guide. Please email me directly to arrange private group tours.

I’ve gone on two trips with a local guide:

  • Private highlights of Roatan (west side of the island) – lookout points, island tour, Roatan Chocolate Factory , West Bay Beach , Roatan Rum Company , animal encounter at Jungle Top
  • Private Oak Ridge tour (east side of the island) – the “Venice of Roatan”, tiki boat, mangroves (pictured above), Trico beach bar, Reef House bar & beach. This is best for those who have been to Roatan before and are seeking a different experience.

Tiki boat in Roatan, Honduras

Things to Know Before Going to Roatan, Honduras Cruise Port

Roatan is a wonderful and welcoming island that is easy and enjoyable to visit. However, there are some things that you should know before going to Roatan Honduras cruise port, to make your trip smoother and more pleasant. Here are some of the things that you should know before going to the Roatan Honduras cruise port:

  • The currency of Honduras is the lempira (HNL), but the US dollar (USD) is widely accepted and preferred in Roatan. You can exchange your money at the bank or the ATM at the port, or use your credit or debit card at most places. However, it is advisable to have some cash on hand, especially for tips, taxis, or small purchases. Take small bills with you!
  • The weather of Roatan is tropical and humid, with an average temperature of 82°F (28°C) and an average humidity of 75%. The rainy season is from October to January, and the dry season is from February to September. However, the weather can be unpredictable and change quickly, so it is advisable to check the forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. You should bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, and a light jacket or sweater for the evenings or the air-conditioned places.
  • The time zone of Roatan is Central Standard Time (CST). The ship will likely stay on Ship Time, the time at home base – ET for cruises departing from Miami. Roatan does not observe daylight saving time (DST), so it is the same time as the US Central Time Zone in the winter, and one hour behind in the summer.

Colorful parrot in Roatan, Honduras

Can you walk to a beach from the cruise port in Roatan, Honduras?

It depends on which cruise port you dock at. If you dock at Coxen Hole (Virgin Voyages), you cannot walk to a beach from the port, but you can take a taxi, a bus, or a water taxi to one of the nearby beaches, such as West Bay Beach, Tabyana Beach,  or Half Moon Bay Beach. The ride takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the traffic and the destination, and costs about $10 to $20 per person, round trip.

At port, there will be many drivers aggressively trying to get you to drive with them. I would recommend taking a private tour but if you just want a ride, try to arrange with a reputable company in advance of your trip.

If you dock at Mahogany Bay, you can walk to Mahogany Beach, a private beach that is exclusive for cruise passengers. It takes about 5 minutes to walk to the beach, or you can take the Magical Flying Beach Chair.

West End in Roatan, Honduras

Do you need a passport to get off a cruise ship in Honduras?

According to the US Department of State, US citizens who travel to Honduras by cruise ship do not need a passport to enter or exit the country, as long as they have a government-issued photo ID and a cruise line ID. However, it is strongly recommended to have a valid passport in case of an emergency or a change of plans, such as missing the ship or needing to fly back home.

Is there a shopping complex at the port in Roatan?

Yes, there is a shopping complex at both ports in Roatan. Coxen Hole has a smaller and more local shopping area with vendors, handicrafts, and souvenirs. You can find a variety of items and products at the port, such as clothing, jewelry, art, coffee, chocolate, rum, cigars, and more. Additionally, there are a number of restaurants and bars within the port. Why not get some drinks and enjoy the atmosphere?

Mahogany Bay has a large and modern shopping complex with duty-free shops, souvenir stores, restaurants, bars, and a pharmacy. However, be aware that the prices and the quality may vary depending on the place and the seller. You should also be careful of counterfeit or fake goods, especially for brand-name or luxury items.

Reef House Resort in Roatan, Honduras

What to buy in Roatan, Honduras cruise port?

Some of the most popular and unique things to buy at the Roatan Cruise Port are high-quality coffee beans, organic cacao, locally-made rum, and freshly-baked rum cakes.

Do they speak English in Roatan?

English is widely spoken and understood in Roatan, especially in the tourist areas and by the service providers. Spanish is the official language of Honduras. However, it is always nice and respectful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish, such as “hola” (hello), “gracias” (thank you), or “por favor” (please). You can also use a translation app or a dictionary to help you communicate with the locals.

Is there a free beach at Mahogany Bay Roatan cruise port?

Yes, there is a free beach at Mahogany Bay cruise port, which is Mahogany Beach, a private beach that is exclusive for cruise passengers who dock at Mahogany Bay. You can access the beach by walking for about 5 minutes, or by taking the Magical Flying Beach Chair.

Final Thoughts: A Guide for Roatan Cruise Port in 2024

Roatan is a beautiful and diverse island that offers a lot of attractions and activities for cruise travelers. Whether you dock at either of Roatan’s cruise ports – Coxen Hole or Mahogany Bay, you will have access to different beaches, reefs, islands, parks, and cultural sites. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the tropical weather, the friendly people, and the delicious food and drinks. Roatan is a paradise for cruise travelers who love the sun, the sand, and the sea. Have a wonderful and memorable voyage!

For Virgin Voyages sailors , check out other helpful information here . All Roatan port stops are included on the Virgin Voyages Western Caribbean Charm itinerary , which embarks from Miami, and also stops in Costa Maya (with excursions in Bacalar ) and Bimini, Bahamas .

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Located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, Roatan is a popular cruise destination for good reason.   And we have compiled a list of some of the best things to do while your ship is in port.

Not only is this beautiful island home to one of the best diving and snorkeling locations in the world, it also has a rich cultural heritage that you can explore on one of many tours offered.

Roatan, Honduras is 36 miles long and about 4 miles wide with most of the population on the western part.  Some of the best beaches are also on this side of the island.

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We have a list of 16 things to do in Roatan, but let’s start with some information about the cruise port itself.

Cruise Port Info

There are two different piers that cruise ships stop at when visiting Roatan.  Carnival cruise ships will visit Mahogany Bay while other cruise lines will stop at Coxen Hole. The piers are a couple miles away from each other.

There are many buildings and businesses around the tourist centers that include restaurants, shops, and other small establishments where you can get whatever you need for the day.

The official language of the island is Spanish, but with many people speaking English in the tourist areas, you will not need much help finding your way around.

There are buses and cars that are available for pick-ups and drop-offs if you choose to go on an excursion farther away from the port, and with many shops and restaurants accepting US dollars, you won’t have to convert your currency.

1.      West Bay Beach

west bay beach

This private beach is a good choice for families because of the shallow water that allows you to go far out in the ocean without being in too deep. Parents can allow their children to splash around in the water as much as they want while they enjoy a drink of their choice and work on their tans.

The shallow water is great for picture taking and underwater exploration because you will have a perfect look at the sea life and coral in the water. If you bring along an underwater camera, the waters allow for crystal clear photos of the life that goes on under the waves.

2.      Scuba Diving

You can take scuba diving lessons at Roatan Dive Center and get ready to go underwater for some sea diving. With beginning lessons that teach you the basics of how to put on and use your scuba gear, you will have all the skills you need to take to the water.

All scuba gear is included in the price of the lessons and you will have everything you need to begin your underwater adventure. While diving, you will get to see various sea life and creatures that live in the warm waters of Roatan and make memories that you can keep forever.

3.      Horseback Riding

In Roatan, you can choose to go horseback riding on the beach and get lessons on how to ride properly before heading out on a ride of your own. These horses are used to people and are trained for beginners and children riders.

At the West Bay, you will have individual or group lessons from experienced riders and horse owners who will show you the ropes so you will feel comfortable around the horses. Then, when you have had enough practice, you will travel together along the water for a nice gallop on the beach.

This is a top choice for animal lovers and gives you the opportunity to pet and stay with the horses as you learn how to interact with them.

4.      Local Eats

If an outdoor adventure is not apart of your vacation itinerary, then you can opt for some great local meals at the restaurants near the port. With a short walk to Eldon’s Supermarket, you will find the inside cafeteria that serves local dishes and island favorites. This choice is actually in the middle of Coxen Hole port, so you won’t be venturing far.

However, if you want to go a little further for your meal, then take a taxi from the port along the coast to other options that serve Honduran specialties and interesting fusion dishes with local fish and meats. You can also grab a cold beer, Salva Vida is the local favorite, and rest up for the walk back to the docks.

5.      Camp Bay Beach

Want to sit on a beach, but not be surrounded by dozens of other travelers? Then the Camp Bay Beach is your golden destination. You can rent an ATV to ride through the area, but you will need a taxi ride to get to the beach itself. With a semi-secluded area of land, this 2-mile long area is a quiet place to have a picnic or lay on the warm sand, but you also have a good number of medium-sized waves that come to the shore for younger kids and adventurous adults to jump into.

The area is lined with palm trees that usually have a few coconuts growing at the top, which some locals will take down and drink the sweet milk from. This area is quieter than other beaches and also makes for a romantic getaway for couples that would like to avoid crowds of families with lots of kids running around.

6.      Monkey and Sloth Hangout

This unique and unexpected excursion is one that you won’t soon forget. With the opportunity to hang out and get to know the sloths and monkeys in a controlled environment, you can pet and hold them while you visit the Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary of French Cay Roatan.

Here, you will see the different monkeys, sloths, and other tropical animals that live at the sanctuary and get to know a bit about each of their eating and sleeping habits. With these funny creatures offering a unique chance to see them in their natural habitat up close, you will be able to hold, hug, and snap a few photos with these delightful creatures to show off to your friends and family.

7.      Dune Buggy Rides

Up for some adventure? Then a ride around the island of Roatan on a dune buggy might be just the thing. These all-terrain vehicles can be rented at vendors operating at the docks and rode all over the trails around the island. These buggies will take you off the main path and away from the other tourists for some fun that avoids the large crowds that will flock to the beaches and restaurants.

These buggies also offer the opportunity to turn this excursion into a double-adventure with a ride to one of the beautiful beaches or to the monkey and sloth sanctuary. You can have guides that take you around the island to make sure you get to your intended destination, or you can just ride around by yourself. Just make it back to the cruise ship before it takes off!

8.      Ziplining

As one of the main excursions of Roatan island, ziplining is one of the best adventures you will have while docked here. You can ride on a high cable through a tropical forest for an unforgettable time. You will fly through the air and be able to see sights from a high vantage point for the best views around.

From certain areas of the zipline, you will be able to see the Caribbean waters and untouched areas of the island. However, if you are going to go with a family, make sure that you find out about the age, height, and weight limits for this excursion. Younger children who are too small may have to opt-out and those who are over the weight limit may not be able to either.

9.      Kayaking

With private waters that are made for guests and visitors staying at the resorts in the areas, you can find many excursions that you can’t get anywhere else on the island. The Little French Key is one of the private areas that you must access through the hotel. If you are coming from the cruise port, you will set up your excursion through the hotel and gain access to the area for the day.

Here, you can go kayaking in the still waters with rental equipment from vendors along the shore. You have single or multi-person options that will hold the whole family for your choice of adventure. Once you are done you can store the kayaks and spend the rest of the day at the private beach.

10.  Fresh Fruit Carts

If you want the ability to check out the local produce, but don’t want the hassle of heading to a busy sit-down restaurant in town, then you can stay close to the ship and look out for the famous Roatan fruit carts. These small carts are run by locals who supply their own fruits and flavors from around the island.

You can have a fresh pineapple or mango for a refreshingly sweet treat without having to go much further than the port gates. Stop in at one of the shops at the docks for a bottle of tajin or other spice to add some extra flavor to your fruit.

11.  Manwakie Eco Nature Park

Get your fill of family-friendly adventure with the help of the Manwakie Eco Nature Park. This park is in West End, near the West Bay Beach, and houses many different exotic animals. This park will not only give you the opportunity to check out all the amazing animals that are housed there but offers guides that will teach you about the history of Roatan Island.

Pictures are allowed in this park so you can bring a camera or phone with you to take some quick snaps of your favorite animals to capture the memories. After the tour of the park is done, you will be guided to the beach where you can spend the rest of the day lounging by the sea.

12.  Roatan Island Tour

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For those travelers who want to get to see all of the islands in a short time, you can book a trip for a full Roatan Island Tour. This guided tour will show you all the main sights on the island, give you some time on some of the most popular beaches, and take you to local bars and grills for a quick bite between adventures.

This tour starts early and ends right before you have to head back to the dock, but you will see a snapshot of all of Roatan in a day and get to experience multiple excursions together. You can customize the trip with a quick horseback ride or hike along the way and ask to go to specific restaurants on Roatan for an individualized tour that meets the whole group’s wants and needs.

13.  Snorkeling

Roatan is famous for it’s incredible offshore reefs, so don’t miss an opportunity to dive beneath the surface to check them out.

If you’d like to see what’s under the water’s surface but aren’t a fan of scuba diving, then snorkeling is a great choice. You can stay closer to the surface, but still get to see the tropical creatures that call the Caribbean Sea their home.

Rental equipment is available at the West End of the island where you can pay vendors cash to take out their equipment for a few hours of underwater exploration. People of all ages will enjoy this excursion, and after you’ve returned your snorkeling equipment, you will already be at the beach for a few hours of lounging before heading back to the cruise ship docks.

14. Garifuna Historical Tour

The Island of Roatan has a rich and diverse history that begins with the Garifuna people. This tour will give you information about the history of the Garifuna people, their customs and traditions, and teach you about the land they live on.

This tour offers stops at an animal sanctuary will you will learn about the native wildlife of the land, then it will take you to the Garifuna Cultural Center where you will get to see a presentation of the Garifuna people’s native dances.

This tour will give you more insight into the island and its history as well as teach you about another culture and its values and traditions. With a tour that includes a look into the lives of the native people, first-time visitors to the island will especially love this choice of excursion.

This tour offers dock pick-ups and drop-offs and shows you multiple areas of the island for an immersive experience.

15. Glass Bottom Boat Tours

This interesting and exciting tour option is a unique way to explore the underwater creatures and plant life of the island. These tours will take you out into the Caribbean Sea and along the coast of the island to see the creatures that live there, and the coral reefs along the bottom of the ocean.

These boats look very small from the shore but have a cabin that is underneath the water that comes with glass all around the boat so travelers can see straight out into the water at sea creatures swimming by. You may see many different types of fish, turtles, and sea cucumbers cross your path for a close-up view of their scaly bodies or bright fins.

The cabin of these boats is a bit small to enhance the viewing experience, so it is great for families that have small children so multiple people can fit together in the observatory at the same time. If you are not a fan of the tight space, then you can take a look from the top deck.

16. Combo Tours

Many tours on this island allow you to create a combo tour with multiple tours put together for a whole day of excursions. Each of the boat tours will offer the opportunity to stop at multiple beaches throughout the day or will wait for you on one excursion to take you to your next stop.

With options like a combo tour of the glass bottom boat and horseback riding, you will catch a ride on the boat and watch for sea creatures on the way to the beach, where you will have your horseback riding lessons. Then, you will take that same boat back to the original spot for a two-in-one treat.

These tours are customizable but must be set up ahead of time. So, if you know what you want to do, book in advance to get the most out of your trip.

17.  Gumbalimba Park

Animal lovers will find a wonderful experience at Gumbalimba Park, right near West Bay Beach.  The park does have an entrance fee, but has a lot to offer.  Visitors can find exotic birds like macaws and peacocks, and spot capuchin monkeys all around the area.   You can also go zip lining, take a nature trail, go kayaking, or just relax by the pool or beach.  There is a museum in the park as well, and you may even spot a sloth while you’re there.

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Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of The Seas receives priority docking at the Port of Roatan in Coxen Hole. The Oasis Class cruise ship has two terminals available upon arrival. All other cruise lines arriving on the same day will either have a terminal available for docking or tender off the port location.

The Port of Roatan has been given several other names by cruise lines arriving at this port of call. These names include;  Coxen Hole ,  Town Center at Port of Roatan , and  Roatan Village . Don’t let that confuse you, as this is the only port serving Royal Caribbean International.

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Below you will find several of the most popular Roatan Shore Excursions for Harmony of The Seas passengers. The excursions shown are approved and fall within the scheduled time of the visiting cruise ship. All island guests will be back in port no later than one hour from departure time or time specified by the island guest at time of arrival.

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We warmly welcome all Royal Caribbean Passengers to the Port of Isla Roatan, Honduras for a great day and learn about the best tours and shore excursions. Our local friendly tour guides will take you around the island to enjoy a great vacation in Roatan, the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Isla Roatan offers an abundance of excursions and activities to delight Royal Caribbean cruisers of all ages. From snorkeling, chocolate & rum factory, dolphin encounters, scuba diving, ATV, sloths and monkey encounters, zipline, parasailing, cultural tours, water sports, catamaran sailing, land tours, wildlife tours, horseback riding, private family tours, or relaxing on the beach, Roatan has it all!!

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Roatan Five Stars Tours offers a variety of options for you to choose from. However, our rates are very affordable which allows you to save money while providing you with a greater selection of shore excursions to select from. In addition, you will get benefits by booking with us.

  • Roatan 3 Stop Snorkeling: Shipwreck, Starfish and Blue Channel
  • Sloth, Monkeys & Birds, Chocolate Factory, Snorkeling plus Beach
  • Little French Key, Lunch plus Sloth, Monkeys, and Birds
  • Zipline, FREE Sloths & Monkeys, City Tour & Beach Pass
  • Mangrove Tunnels plus East End Cultural Villages
  • Semisub Glassbottom Boat, City Tour, and Beach Break
  • Parasailing Adventure, City Tour and West Bay Beach Break
  • Roatan Catamaran with Snorkeling and Shuttle
  • Learn to dive in Roatan with a local divemaster (DSD Course)
  • Private VIP Yacht Multiple Snorkeling & Garifuna Culture
  • Horseback Riding, City Tour, Beach Break
  • East End Tiki Bar, Lunch plus Harbour Sightseeing (NEW)
  • Roatan ATV Adventure plus Wildlife Park (Sloths, Monkeys, Birds)
  • Scuba Lionfish Spearfishing, Lunch and Shuttle
  • Chocolate, Rum & Cake Factory plus City Tour
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  • Dolphin Encounter plus Sloths, Monkeys, Birds & Chocolate Factory
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All our shore excursions and tours include round-way transportation from and to the Roatan Royal Caribbean cruise port. Our drivers will have you back at the cruise port 2 hours before the departure time of your cruise ship or base on your schedule, we are very flexible.

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The biggest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is home to one of the largest reef systems on the planet. Aquatic fun abounds, from scuba excursions among the labyrinths of Mary's Place, the dive site that was shaped by volcanic activity centuries ago, to snorkeling adventures that explore old shipwrecks. Look out below on a glass-bottom boat cruise to see sharks, eels and other marine life, or soar above lush forests on a thrilling zipline course. Afterward, head to the beach at West Bay for swimming, sunbathing and rum-infused cocktails. This tropical paradise boasts exotic wildlife, which can be discovered on visits to a sloth sanctuary, iguana farm and preserves that feature toucans, parrots, monkeys and more. Take note of the 17th-century pirate fortifications on a tour through Coxen Hole, the island's capital town, and marvel at the vibrantly painted, stilt-top houses in the fishing village of Oakridge while riding a water taxi.

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Royal Caribbean's highly anticipated Icon of the Seas is set to debut in 2024.

The world's biggest and most ambitious cruise lines never stop building out their fleet of ships, and Royal Caribbean International is no exception. The Florida-based cruise line currently boasts 28 incredible vessels for cruisers of all ages, including the four newest ships that have been added to the fleet since 2021. An even newer ship, Star of the Seas, is also being constructed with a planned launch date during the summer of 2025.

If you're interested in trying out one of the most over-the-top cruise ships sailing the world today, consider Royal Caribbean's newest vessels from the last few years. Read on to learn about the brand-new Icon of the Seas, the jaw-dropping action offered on the Wonder of the Seas, the Utopia of the Seas and the Odyssey of the Seas and all the amenities and unique experiences they have to offer.

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Icon of the Seas

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Scheduled to set sail in early 2024, the Icon of the Seas is one of the most celebrated and anticipated new cruise ships across all the major cruise lines. This Icon Class vessel was built to dazzle and entertain cruise passengers of all ages, and it features eight unique neighborhoods, seven pools and the largest waterpark at sea.

In total, Icon of the Seas offers 2,805 individual staterooms with space for 7,600 guests at maximum and 2,350 crew members. The vessel is 1,198 feet long with gross tonnage of 250,800.

  • Sails to: The Icon of the Seas will offer alternating seven-night sailings between the Eastern and Western Caribbean. The vessel's Western Caribbean itinerary includes stops at Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, Roatan in Honduras and Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas . The alternative itinerary also stops at the cruise line's private island , as well as Basseterre in St. Kitts and Nevis and Charlotte Amelie in St. Thomas. All itineraries will depart from Miami .
  • Cabin types: Cabins on the Icon of the Seas are spread across eight unique neighborhoods with their own themes and amenities. Cruisers will find the basic interior, ocean view and balcony staterooms they would expect. The ship also features 179 suites that vary in size and in terms of their features, with some really spacious and over-the-top options. For example, the vessel's Ultimate Family Townhouse (UL) is more than 1,700 square feet with three stories, a multi-level slide, an outdoor space with a ping pong table and more.
  • Dining options: Icon of the Seas offers 11 included dining options plus room service that's available 24/7. There are also nine unique specialty restaurants on board, including options like Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, the Empire Supper Club and Chops Grille Steakhouse. A Starbucks is also available.
  • Features: The Icon of the Seas boasts the largest cruise ship pool at sea, as well as seven pools and nine whirlpools in total. There are also six record-breaking waterslides located in what Royal Caribbean says is the largest waterpark at sea. Nightlife and entertainment options run the gamut from the ship's dueling piano bar to its jazz and blues club to its AquaTheater with mesmerizing shows that feature incredible diving feats and acrobatics.

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Utopia of the Seas

The living room of the Solarium Suite on Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas is another vessel that is set to debut in 2024 with sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida. This Oasis Class ship will offer up a total of 2,834 guest rooms and is 1,188 feet in length and 236,860 gross tons in size.

The ship has space for 5,668 passengers at double occupancy and eight different neighborhoods with cabins for guests. Interestingly, this huge ship will not offer seven-night sailings throughout the Caribbean and will instead focus on offering three-night and four-night itineraries, at least at first.

  • Sails to: The all-new Utopia of the Seas will offer shorter sailings to the Bahamas. The ship's three-night sailings will stop only at the cruise line's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, whereas four-night sailings from Port Canaveral stop at the cruise line's private island and at Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Cabin types: The Utopia of the Seas has interior rooms, ocean view rooms and balcony rooms just like other ships. Upgraded room options also abound and include a range of luxury suites at sea. For example, you can book the iconic Ultimate Family Suite, a Solarium Suite with Wraparound Windows, a Royal Loft Suite and more.
  • Dining options: There are 10 different included dining experiences on the Utopia of the Seas, with room service also offered 24 hours a day. These include a Main Dining Room experience, several cafe options, a pizzeria, a coastal kitchen with California and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and more. In addition, there are 10 different specialty restaurants that can also be booked on the Utopia of the Seas, and a Starbucks is on board. Special dining experiences include a hibachi and sushi restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a Chef's Table experience for up to 16 diners at a time, a Johnny Rockets and more.
  • Features: Utopia of the Seas has everything you would expect in a new Oasis Class ship from Royal Caribbean. For example, passengers will find five huge pools, eight hot tubs, three water slides, 23 different bars and two on-board casinos. Other features include an ice-skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a zip line, a basketball court, two FlowRider Surf simulators and of course the line's famous AquaTheater. Like other Royal Caribbean ships, Utopia of the Seas also features special spaces for kids and teens, including dedicated clubs, an Imagination Studio and an on-board arcade.

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Wonder of the Seas

The Vue Bar on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas.

Sailing the friendly seas since March 2022, the Wonder of the Seas boasts more individual rooms and suites than Icon of the Seas. The Oasis-class ship features 2,867 staterooms with a total guest capacity of 7,084. There are also eight unique neighborhoods for cruisers to choose from, each with its own decor and flair.

This Royal Caribbean vessel is also huge at 1,188 feet long and 235,600 gross tons. A total of 2,204 crew members run the ship and assist guests.

  • Sails to: Wonder of the Seas is currently sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida and offers seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The Eastern itinerary includes stops in Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten as well as Perfect Day at CocoCay. Meanwhile, the Western loop stops at the cruise line's private island as well as Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico and Roatan, Honduras.
  • Cabin types: Wonder of the Seas also offers all the normal cabin types you would expect, including interior rooms, sea view rooms and balcony staterooms. There are also over-the-top suites to choose from, including an Ultimate Family Suite, a Royal Suite, an Owner's Suite and more.
  • Dining options: Nine complimentary dining options are included on the Wonder of the Seas, with a main dining room, a buffet option and plenty of other eateries available to grab a bite to eat. There are also 11 unique specialty restaurants on board, including a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant, a Johnny Rockets, a sushi and hibachi restaurant and Giovanni's Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar. For coffee lovers, a Starbucks is also on board.
  • Features: The Wonder of the Seas has its own Central Park, along with 11 different bars, as well as special kids and teens-only areas like a social club and an arcade. Other notable features include the vessel's AquaTheater, rock-climbing walls, whirlpools, laser tag and more. There are also 19 swimming pools, an ice rink and a casino on the Wonder of the Seas.

Read: The Top Cruises for Teens

Odyssey of the Seas

Aerial of Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas is a Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship that's smaller than the other newest vessels from the line. The impressive ship completed its first sailing in 2021 when it became the first ship of its class to sail from the United States. Odyssey of the Seas currently departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and other ports and offers a range of six-night and seven-night sailings throughout the Caribbean in the coming months.

Up to 4,198 guests can sail on the Odyssey of the Seas with double occupancy, and 1,612 crew members are on board to tend to their every need. The ship is approximately 1,138 feet long and is 167,704 gross tons.

  • Sails to: Odyssey of the Seas will depart from various ports in the United States and elsewhere in the world in the coming years. For example, there are upcoming six-night sailings from Fort Lauderdale that include stops in Labadee, Haiti and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in addition to Perfect Day at CocoCay. The vessel will complete a 14-day transatlantic cruise in April and May of 2024, which begins in Fort Lauderdale and ends in Rome, Italy. From there, the vessel will offer Greek Islands cruises from Rome before moving back to Cape Liberty (New York), New Jersey in the fall of 2024. At that point, itineraries will include stops in Port Canaveral, Florida, Nassau in the Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay.
  • Cabin types: Odyssey of the Seas offers interior staterooms, ocean view rooms and balcony staterooms. Guests can also book interior rooms with a virtual balcony that boasts a floor-to-ceiling virtual view of the outdoors. Over-the-top suites available on the Odyssey include an Owner's Loft Suite, a Royal Loft Suite, a Grand Loft Suite and more.
  • Dining options: As a smaller vessel with considerably fewer passengers than Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class and Icon Class ships, Odyssey of the Seas has fewer dining options overall. Guests can dine at seven included eateries including a main dining room, a bistro, a cafe and the main ship buffet. There are also seven specialty restaurants and experiences on board including the Chef's Table, a Chops Grille and a sushi and hibachi restaurant. Like other newer ships from Royal Caribbean, the Odyssey also has its own Starbucks.
  • Features: The Odyssey has eight dedicated bars and lounges on board, bumper cars, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, an outdoor movie screen and a casino, along with kid and teen features like an arcade, a kids' splash area and a social club. A FlowRider surf simulator is on board, as well as a sky diving simulator. Note that the Odyssey of the Seas doesn't have an AquaTheater like Oasis Class ships.

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Look Out for Star of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is already offering limited information about its newest ship, the Star of the Seas. This vessel will also be an Icon Class ship like the Icon of the Seas, meaning it will be big and beautiful with all the bells and whistles.

The Star of the Seas is scheduled to debut in 2025.

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Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve Capuchin Monkey, Roatan, Honduras

MONKEY BUSINESS

Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve Capuchin Monkey, Roatan, Honduras

At the Gumbalimba Park nature reserve you can hang out with monkeys and parrots, snorkel alongside exotic fish and rays, chill in a beach hammock and zipline through the rainforest canopy.

Pier with Water Taxis at the West End Village,  Roatan, Honduras

CULTURE TRIP

Pier with Water Taxis at the West End Village, Roatan, Honduras

Wander the West End Village to get a real taste of Roatán life. At this bohemian island enclave, you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars, craft shops and piers lined with water taxis waiting to ferry you to popular spots along the coast.

Marine Reserve Snorkeling Coral Fish, Roatan, Honduras

Head to the Sandy Bay-West End Marine Reserve for some of the best diving in the world during your Roatan cruise. Encompassing 8 miles of coastline, the reserve is home to 38 unique dive sites, all within a 15-minute boat ride from the coast.

A Bowl of Conch Soup, Roatan, Honduras

LOCAL CUISINE

If you like seafood, get ready to feast like royalty in Roatán. Try the conch soup or the tapado – a hearty seafood stew made with plantains and tropical root vegetables. Rum is the go-to spirit, but Honduran beers like Port Royal and Salva Vida are local favourites.

Purses on Display at a Souvenir Shop, Roatan, Honduras

To get your fix of duty-free designer boutiques and souvenir shops, check out The Town Centre at the Port of Roatán. For local handmade arts and crafts, including Lenca pottery and Garífuna folk art, visit Yaba Ding Ding. And try to squeeze in a trip to the Shawn Jackson Gallery, a showcase for the marvellous underwater photos by the renowned West End photographer.

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What the World’s Largest Cruise Ship Is “Really” Like,“ ”from a Passenger Aboard Its First Voyage (Exclusive)

T he massive and much-hyped ship embarks on its maiden voyage from Port Miami on Jan. 27, but PEOPLE got a first look during the preview sailing

Calling all cruisers! Royal Caribbean’s shiny new ship, Icon of the Seas , is finally ready to make its official debut.

PEOPLE got a first look at the world’s largest cruise ship on a preview sailing ahead of its official maiden voyage on Jan. 27, and spent days exploring the vessel to see if it’s really the perfect combination of “thrill and chill” like the cruise line says. After experiencing a trip on the floating mini city (really, it has eight neighborhoods including a Central Park!), we can confirm that Icon has everything cruise lovers could want in a vacation and then some. 

Here’s everything to know about the record-breaking Icon of the Seas, including what you can only learn by sailing on it. 

The ship will depart from Port Miami next week for its first seven-night sailing and head for a number of destinations throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Ports will include Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico, Roatan in Honduras, Cozumel in Mexico, Basseterre in St. Kitts & Nevis, Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, and Royal Caribbean's private island retreat Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Prices for both trips currently range from $3,600 all the way up to $100,000 per week depending on the route and type of accommodation. 

The Superlatives

Icon of the Seas is breaking records in more ways than one. It boasts the world’s largest water park at sea ( Category 6 ) and pool at sea ( Royal Bay ). It's also just slightly longer than and holds a higher passenger and crew capacity than Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas , which formerly had the title of largest cruise ship in the world.

After completing a round of sea trials in June 2023 and naming soccer star Lionel Messi its official Icon in December, the ship is finally ready to start bringing cruisers on a larger-than-life vacation through the Caribbean. 

It’s Basically a Floating City

Cruisers can spend hours exploring each of the eight neighborhoods aboard the ship that all strive to create a unique travel experience based on specific vacation styles. The open-air Central Park is a lush oasis that surrounds passengers with four live plant walls and offers a number of restaurants and bars to dine at — including a walk-up champagne bar and an eight-course dining experience at Empire Supper Club . Guests can even let loose and sway along to live music at Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues . 

The Royal Promenade boasts stunning ocean views through the cruise line’s first floor-to-ceiling window feature equipped with connected decks. The neighborhood also offers more than 15 dining options (the ship in total offers over 40 ways to dine and drink) that can be enjoyed by families and solo adult passengers alike. Additional restaurants, bars and cafes can be found at the AquaDome which has a 55-foot waterfall display as well as panoramic views of the ocean. 

For those looking to lounge by the pool and relax, The Hideaway offers a suspended infinity pool overlooking the sparkling sea, while Chill Island features the most expansive pool at sea at 5,813 sq. ft. The neighborhood also includes a swim-up bar, Swim & Tonic , where cruisers can enjoy refreshing frozen drinks while wading in the water. However, because the ship can hold up to 7,600 guests at max capacity, the bar gets packed pretty quickly so you'll need to claim your spot early.

For adventurers and families, Thrill Island and Surfside are the spots to be. Thrill Island is where Category 6, is located, along with additional daring excursions like the free-fall Pressure Drop slide, FlowRider surf simulator and rock climbing at Adrenaline Peak. Thrill-seeking cruisers can also challenge themselves at Crown’s Edge where they’ll be suspended 154 feet above sea level. 

Meanwhile at Surfside, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever neighborhood designed specifically for families, parents and kids can enjoy their own mini adventures through the beach-themed carousel, family festival and more fun-filled activities. Parents can even have a chance to unwind at the Water’s Edge pool while they watch their kids play in the nearby Splashaway Bay or Baby Bay.

Last but not least, at the Suite Neighborhood , guests can experience the multilevel sundeck at The Grove, enjoy the luxurious private pool and eat at the two-deck Coastal Kitchen. 

Accommodations for All Kinds

With 2,805 staterooms and more than 28 different types of rooms, Icon of the Seas offers a unique way of cruise living. Guests can soak in the views in Royal Caribbean’s first-ever Infinite Balcony Room that can fit up to four people. The room’s private terrace allows cruisers to escape for a while and breathe in the fresh, salty air. 

Surfside Family Suites accommodate families of four and are conveniently located in the heart of Surfside making it easy for kids to jump straight into the action. They offer a private balcony that overlooks the neighborhood so families can always have a glimpse of the fun. 

To take a family getaway above and beyond, cruisers can consider booking the 2,523 sq. ft. Ultimate Family Townhouse that accommodates up to eight people. The three-story space boasts an indoor slide, a wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, an outdoor patio with table tennis and direct access to Surfside. 

This accommodation is so packed with activities and extra space that it costs $100,000 for the whole seven-night sailing and it's already booked through the next year.

Another noteworthy suite is the two-level Icon Loft which is priced at approximately $64,000 for a week. It includes a private hot tub, a wraparound balcony, a piano and primary bedroom with a freestanding bathtub. Both the Icon Loft and Ultimate Family Townhouse offer complimentary specialty restaurants, special beverage packages and unlimited wifi.

Meanwhile, all Sea Class rooms require guests to purchase separate wifi packages.

The least expensive stateroom on Icon of the Seas is the Interior Plus which costs about $3,600 a week.

Entertainment

The option to enjoy live entertainment is always a plus on any vacation, especially if you’re looking to escape some of the chaos happening throughout the 20 decks on board. A good place to start would be the first rendition of The Wizard of Oz at sea in the Royal Theater. The production is similar to a Broadway-level show, from cast members floating over the audience to fake snow falling from the ceiling and more spectacular special effects in between. 

To see the first cast of robots perform the unimaginable, guests can head to the AquaTheater at the AquaDome to see performances that blend together theatrical and live-action movie experiences.

If a show isn’t the vibe for the night, cruisers should head over to Boleros bar and lounge to hear Travesia bring Latin rhythms to life. Afterwards, the Adult Comedy LIVE! show located in The Attic is a good place to laugh the night away.

A Mini Paradise Awaits at CocoCay and the New Hideaway Beach 

It wouldn’t be a Royal Caribbean cruise without a Perfect Day at CocoCay stop. The company’s private Bahamas island retreat promises to keep the adventure going at Thrill Waterpark with 14 slides to ride.

The island is also offering a new addition for adults only called Hideaway Beach — its first-ever private escape where grownups can admire the stunning white sand and turquoise waters without any interruptions. 

While the new addition does imitate a relaxing beach club feel with free-flowing drinks and snacks to enjoy all day long, it also presents a similar issue to Swim & Tonic in that it gets packed really quickly. Be prepared to walk to the other side of the cove and spend a few minutes looking for a lounge chair before you can sit back and relax.

A Few More Things to Keep in Mind

Although this is the largest cruise ship in the world, cruisers should expect to feel the boat moving from time to time. Depending on the weather, it can rock to the point that guests may lose their balance, and it's definitely more intense towards the front of the ship. For those who get seasick easily, it's best to book a stateroom towards the middle of the ship where less movement is felt.

This truly is a massive ship. It has a gross tonnage of 250,800 which is about five times more than the Titanic at 46,328, according to CNN . It also takes approximately six minutes to walk from one end of the ship to the other — and that's without stopping to chat with the incredibly friendly crew members on board.

And for the ultimate cruise nerds, Icon's Captain Henrik Loy told preview guests that the ship can reach a speed of about 24 knots (28 mph) during an exclusive tour of the vessel's bridge. The ship was cruising at about 11 knots (13 mph) during this sailing, and the captain added that the max speed is very fast and not needed for this type of trip.

Icon of the Seas Is Just the Beginning  

Also during the preview sailing, Royal Caribbean shared an exclusive look ahead at the next epic adventure they have up their sleeve. Star of the Seas will become the newest ship to join the cruise line's Icon Class when it makes its debut in August 2025. While it won't be the next largest cruise ship in the world, it will still aim to create an epic vacation on board through its accommodations, dining, entertainment and more.

The company also confirmed that an unnamed Icon 3 ship is currently in the works, but the timing and name of the ship has not yet been announced.

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