Roatan Crime Watch: Honduran Politicians Travel to Miami to Meet Cruise Lines

The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, has updated his Facebook page, indicating that he has traveled to Miami to meet with cruise line officials.  He posted:

"Este día ha sido muy productivo, después de una reunión con 2 empresas de Cruceros en Miami, donde definimos incrementar el número de turistas a Honduras."

Translated, he says that he had a productive day in Miami after meeting with two cruise lines in an effort to increase the number of tourists cruising to Honduras.

Roatan Honduras CruiseHe reportedly traveled with Honduran Congressman Jerry Hynds who represents the Bay Islands. Several cruise ships (Carnival, NCL and Royal Caribbean) cruise regularly to Honduras (Roatan).

President Hernandez is seen in the Facebook photo with Honduran and Carnival officials. 

Roatan has been in the cruise-news after a rash of violent crimes against Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise passengers this year who were attacked by armed robbers. A NCL crew member was murdered by a criminal from Coxen Hole, near Roatan's port. Roatan is on our list of the top 10 most dangerous cruise destinations this year. You can read some of recent articles about Roatan below:

Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World 

NCL Crew Member Shot & Killed in Roatan, Honduras

Roatan: The Irresponsibility of Travel Writers

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Debbie - May 7, 2014 8:40 AM

Just because a cruise line wants to put passengers in jeopardy by taking them to islands that are unsafe does not mean that passengers will get off the ship and spend money on these islands. More and more the ship is the destination with so much to do why actually get off at an unsafe destination? When we go to Nassau or Jamaica we stay on board and relax and have a really great day.

Karen - May 7, 2014 7:08 PM

I agree with Debbie - anyone deciding to remain onboard their ship while the hoards of passengers disembark are in for a wonderful surprise! A ship that is over three-quarters empty of passengers is paradise. Pools are empty, restaurants are open (no crowds) and it's QUIET! As a travel agent, I have cruised a lot and many times have opted to remain onboard when in a port where I have "been there, done that" and it was wonderful! Plus, its a perfect time to take pictures of the ship without the masses in the background.

Skip - May 8, 2014 5:59 PM

I would avoid an itinerary that includes Roatan, not because I'm afraid of the crime there, but because it is not a pleasant port to visit. I've been there twice and have zero desire to go back. I'm not really sure why the cruise lines call there.

("By The Creek Café" anyone?)

Stir Fry - May 8, 2014 10:33 PM

Pffft...talk is cheap and this has the earmarks of nothing more than a PR stunt.

Tammy - May 18, 2014 1:16 PM

My family will be going on a cruise in July roatan is one of our ports we have. Decided ahead of time that we will stay on the ship or maybe just go to the port shopping area if available we will not go into town.

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