The Honduras newspaper La Prensa reports today that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández will accompany representatives of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on possible locations which will be marketed to cruise passengers arriving in Honduras. The FCCA is an organization which promotes the interests of the U.S. based cruise lines doing business in the Caribbean ports of call.

Tomorrow the president of Honduras will accompany the FCCA representatives during tours of the city of Gracias, Lempira, and the Copan Archaeological Park (el Parque Arqueológico de Copán), as part Gracious Honduras Cruise Visitof a "reconnaissance" trip to sites where the cruise tourists from Roatan, Bay Islands may visit.

The newspaper says that President Juan Orlando Hernández will accompany visitors on Thursday, May 29th together with representatives of the largest cruise lines in the world, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise. 

The distance from the island of Roatan to the city of Gracias, which is in the mainland of Honduras, is around 190 miles.

Is this really a suitable tourist spot for a U.S. tourist arriving in Honduras by cruise ship?

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world and is subject to warnings from the U.S. Department of State. 

I previous listed Honduras as the second most dangerous cruise destination in the world

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Photo Credit: La Prensa

  • Debbie

    I think the powers that be in Honduras totally missed the point. The passengers do not care if they find new and interesting places for us to see. We want to be safe when visiting their country. So just to be very clear here fix the crime problem in your country before you worry what cruise passengers or tourists want to see. Because one old ruin is much like any other old ruin or gift shop. It’s nice to see but if your country isn’t safe nobody’s coming to visit. That goes for Nassau, Jamaica and all of the other Caribbean countries that tourists like to visit. Clean up your act, learn to treat people with respect and kindness and above all else fix your crime problem. Your tourism industry depends on it. With social media word travels very quickly when something happens and people don’t easily forget.

  • Victoria Smith

    I agree with the prior comments. My Husband, 8, 14, 15 year old daughters and I were shot at, robbed and almost killed after returning from one of the Roatan Beaches. I find it hard to believe that cruise lines would be wanting to increase tourism to Honduras. People innocently go there to enjoy it’s beauty unaware of the danger lurking. My heart goes out to the family of the Norwegian cruise line crew member that was just killed there in broad daylight.

  • EX Roatan resident

    As usual, the President will try and convince these people to look past the statistics and the stories the victims of violence in Honduras (and especially in Roatan) tell and dismiss them so they can concentrate on “how beautiful everything is”. Hopefully, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) representatives will do their homework before getting duped by these people and see that no matter what the beauty around them shows, as you soon as you dig a little deeper the dangers there are all too real. If I were an FCCA representative,I would start by reading this very informative column and other information (though on Roatan everything is very hushed up so as not to “scare tourists away”), enjoy a couple of days in Honduras and get out of there as fast as possible afterwards.And definitely NOT have any cruise ships stop anywhere in that violent country.Things will NEVER change there,take it from someone who knows first-hand.