Honduras Cruises

Honduras is a small nation in the exact middle of the Americas with a long and rich past.

It was the centre of Mayan civilisation in previous millennia and ruins from this complex society are scattered across the country. With a more recent history of social strife and instability, Honduras remains economically one of the poorest countries on earth, but it’s very wealthy in natural beauty, with thick forests and sandy beaches. Not to mention coffee, sugar cane and tropical fruit cultivation. 

The name ‘Honduras’ means ‘depths’ in Spanish. This may refer to the deep waters of the bay of Trujillo, or to something Columbus allegedly said on landing in the country for the first time – “Thank God we have departed from those depths”. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Papaya, passion fruit and bananas flavour many Honduran dishes.
  • The national flower is the orchid Rhyncholaelia digbyana.
  • Pre-Colombian Mayan carvings are scattered all around the country.
  • Honduras is home to more than 50 species of bats.
  • School years run from February to November here, for agricultural reasons.


Incredible activities

As the second most populous country in Central America, Honduras has much to offer with its colonial cities, natural parks and stunning coastlines. Honduras is also one of the cheapest countries in the region, so a quick shopping trip is a must.

Try the Coxen Hole shopping area in Roatán, a port of call on the north coast of Honduras. It’s where you’ll step off the ship and the shopkeepers here love the cruise ships. The best beach in Roatán is Little French Key, a paradise with warm aqua waters and white sand shores. Paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, diving or lying in a hammock between palm trees are all popular pastimes here.

Star attractions

Trujillo is one of the earlier Spanish settlements in Honduras. It’s known for its pirate history and Garifuna settlements. The huge 17th century fort, Fortaleza de Santa Barbara, is one of the star attractions, along with the Campo del Mar – a beautiful botanical garden with citrus trees, native pines and tropical flowers.

The lively music scene in Honduran towns and cities is a fusion of many cultures – reggae, indigenous, Caribbean salsa, merengue, reggaeton and punta are all there for you to tap your foot to. Just follow your ears to experience the all-important local music culture.


Honduran food


You’ll encounter a huge range of regional cuisines on your Honduras cruise. A fusion of indigenous Lenca, Spanish, Caribbean and African influences, Honduran cooking is both hearty and delicious.

Tamales (seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks), carne asada (grilled meat), baleadas (flour tortilla filled with mashed fried beans), fried fish with pickled onions and jalapeños, and beef soups are just some of the regional specialities in Honduras.

Central American soups – seafood, bean, beef and mondongo (tasty tripe) – are usually prepared with plantains, yucca, and cabbage, and served with tortillas.

As for desserts, tres leches cake (vanilla cake soaked in three types of milk) is one of the most popular. Or try Honduran Torrejas, a slice of bread soaked for days in wine, honey and spices, then covered in egg and fried in a pan before sweetening. Delicious!


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Honduras

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