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Sail Date: January 2015
Trujillo is absolutely beautiful. With a backdrop on mountains, it is a small city built on the side of a hill. After tendering to shore, we walked into town. You can either take the street (which we did) or take the beach (we did on the ... Read More
Trujillo is absolutely beautiful. With a backdrop on mountains, it is a small city built on the side of a hill. After tendering to shore, we walked into town. You can either take the street (which we did) or take the beach (we did on the way back). After what would be about 2-3 city blocks, look up on the hill and you can see cannons, which are part of the old fort. It is a steep climb up uneven sidewalks but well worth the effort. We were charged $3 US to enter the fort, however the sign also said $20 Lempira, which equals about $1 US. We didn't have any Lempira, so we paid the higher rate. Since it is a fairly new port, goods are significantly less expensive here than Cozumel or Belize. It was good to see the kids walking around and selling something instead of begging for money. Each one had something to sell, usually either seashells, jewelry or fruit. We bought a coconut for $1 and drank it with a straw. The beach is brown sand, which my wife hated. The kids didn't care and had a great time. I drank plenty of Salva Vida, so I also had a great time. We stopped at a restaurant that had tables and chairs right on the beach. The rice and beans were served with fried bananas to use as chips and were amazing! Look when you are there at the gold flakes in the sand. I'm not sure it is real, but the sand sure does have a sparkle to it. This was our most relaxing stop since there really isn't much to do, however most of our group said it was their favorite stop. We always felt safe and were welcomed by the locals. Very clean bathrooms at the port. Wear plenty of bug spray. We found our best hand carved items here at great prices. The beach is really calm and not many waves...great for kids playing. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Trujillo was my favorite of all of the stops. It is so new and not yet commercialized and I really felt like we had an authentic experience there. The people are friendly and truly seem pleased to see everyone. We were traveling with ... Read More
Trujillo was my favorite of all of the stops. It is so new and not yet commercialized and I really felt like we had an authentic experience there. The people are friendly and truly seem pleased to see everyone. We were traveling with another couple with whom the husband was a fireman. We found the local fire station and got to talking with one of the firemen who spoke English and translated for us. Its amazing to see what all they can do with so little. We were able to take an impromptu trip with him around Trujillo and really go to see what the country is all about. He took us up to a spot with a natural waterfall/cascades running down from the mountain. I'm sure in a few years this will be a huge tourist spot! We had an authentic Honduran meal of fried fish, plantains, rice and slaw... and when I say fried fish, I mean the whole fish... skin, tail, fins, eyes and teeth!! It was delicious and I ate every bite!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Trujillo made the whole trip worth it. The people were humble, the prices were decent, and the town is gorgeous. Built right into the side of a towering jungle green mountain. The views were amazing, the beaches were fun, and the people ... Read More
Trujillo made the whole trip worth it. The people were humble, the prices were decent, and the town is gorgeous. Built right into the side of a towering jungle green mountain. The views were amazing, the beaches were fun, and the people were loving. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This is a new port. Go here before it's ruined! We were the 6th ship to dock there. The people are extremely friendly and the prices for their handmade goods were so low, I didn't dicker much. This is how the Caribbean used to ... Read More
This is a new port. Go here before it's ruined! We were the 6th ship to dock there. The people are extremely friendly and the prices for their handmade goods were so low, I didn't dicker much. This is how the Caribbean used to be. Take the time to get to this port as soon as possible. There are no paved roads. The tendering port is brand new, with people selling their goods on tables inside the buildings. Didn't see any established shops like you see everywhere else. The town center is fun, take a cab - or walk UP the hill to the fort. We walked straight north into a part of town that was the wrong way. The locals were very friendly though and soon directed to the town center. We ended up taking a cab that cost $3. There's an old fort in the town center, a catholic church and a friendly town fair in white tents in the town square with people selling their goods. We had fun and wished we would have bought more stuff, the people certainly need the money, and their items for sale were great. Most friendly people ever. Truly loved. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
you tender in on the ships life boats, but it is a shorter ride than Belize. Very organized and new around the port but didn’t go into any of their shops. Right outside the port area along the water are some taverns. We stopped in the ... Read More
you tender in on the ships life boats, but it is a shorter ride than Belize. Very organized and new around the port but didn’t go into any of their shops. Right outside the port area along the water are some taverns. We stopped in the first one (of course) but one later down advertised free WiFi. We didn’t do the Fort or the Church but did walk up the big hill to the little town. They had an open air market and a lot of activity. Everyone was very friendly but it helps if someone speaks espaniol Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Loved Honduras! Beautiful place, friendly natives, and I bought all my souvenirs there. Very reasonable prices and willing to deal.
Loved Honduras! Beautiful place, friendly natives, and I bought all my souvenirs there. Very reasonable prices and willing to deal. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
The port was unique because it is so new. The people who live here were very nice, not at all pushy and seemed genuine. The town was quaint and nestled into the mountain. Because it was overcast, we decided not to do a beach day as we ... Read More
The port was unique because it is so new. The people who live here were very nice, not at all pushy and seemed genuine. The town was quaint and nestled into the mountain. Because it was overcast, we decided not to do a beach day as we originally planned, instead we just explored the area on foot. There are several US immigrants living here and we met a few who gave us a few hints. A pound of GREAT Honduran coffee, Oro, at the local grocery store was only $2.00, so we bought several bags. Ate lunch at Chico's Place, a little restaurant on the right on beach towards the end of the beach strip; wonderful food and great service! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Trujillio was terrible. They are not ready for cruise ships. We had to take a lifeboat on a long ride to the dock. At the dock there are a few tables with souvenirs and $4.00 beer. We took a snorkeling excursion but there was only about 6 ... Read More
Trujillio was terrible. They are not ready for cruise ships. We had to take a lifeboat on a long ride to the dock. At the dock there are a few tables with souvenirs and $4.00 beer. We took a snorkeling excursion but there was only about 6 foot visability and few corals and fish. The worst I have seen in the Carribean. The boat then went to see starfish but the guide couldn't find any. We went to the beach by the dock but the water was dirty with a lot of debris. From what we heard on the lifeboat not many people liked this port. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Our trip into Trujillo was eventful as well. We tendered off the boat..... while onshore it began pouring. The streets soon filled up with water and so everyone headed back to the site to tender back to the ship....the ship was completely ... Read More
Our trip into Trujillo was eventful as well. We tendered off the boat..... while onshore it began pouring. The streets soon filled up with water and so everyone headed back to the site to tender back to the ship....the ship was completely unprepared to manage a very big crowd of people waiting to go back. The tender boats couldn't handle the current of the muddy waters rushing down the mountains into the docking/pick up area's, which left them sitting in the water and about 400 passengers standing in an unorganized chaotic line wanting to get into dry clothes. There was absolutely no communication from the crew standing about, although one crew member lugged a cooler of water and cups off the boat to pass out to the passengers...the other 6 or so crew members walked around looking lost and confused. No one organized the line, no one told the passengers anything about the conditions and why we were left waiting for an hour and a half, while the Celebrity cruise tenders were loading up and pulling off boat after boat!. A little communication would have gone a long way! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This is the best port I've ever been to!! It's absolutely gorgeous and untouched. The people are so friendly. I cannot wait to go back, I would go on this exact cruise again just to go back. We did the Camp Del Mar park and beach ... Read More
This is the best port I've ever been to!! It's absolutely gorgeous and untouched. The people are so friendly. I cannot wait to go back, I would go on this exact cruise again just to go back. We did the Camp Del Mar park and beach break... which is mostly a beach break. The park is very nice and beautiful but the beach was awesome. The water was warm and they had lots of lounge chairs and palm shade umbrellas. They served lunch and the food was so good, it was jerk chicken, fish, homemade tortillas, fried plantains and other local foods and fruit. They had two pools and a DJ playing music. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Definitely an Adventure. For this port we decided to just walk to the town and explore the church and the fort. Luckily we were able to do both before it down poured. The town was very quaint and untouched by the tourist junk that is sold. ... Read More
Definitely an Adventure. For this port we decided to just walk to the town and explore the church and the fort. Luckily we were able to do both before it down poured. The town was very quaint and untouched by the tourist junk that is sold. Here you can get handmade crafts and cigars. The villagers are glad to see you and are extremely helpful. During the down pour we were stuck in a flash flood and the villagers were helping the cruise passengers across the water. The only bad thing about the port is how unprepared the tenders were for the bad weather, which will improve with time. I look forward to returning to this port to see how it develops. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
I gave this a five even with the problems we encountered. This is a new port and they are still learning. I enjoyed it because it is not commercialized yet. I would highly recommend the Historical Trujillo tour and Campo Del Mar Nature ... Read More
I gave this a five even with the problems we encountered. This is a new port and they are still learning. I enjoyed it because it is not commercialized yet. I would highly recommend the Historical Trujillo tour and Campo Del Mar Nature Park. Our tour guide for the town tour was Shirley. Shirley was delightful. She was very knowledgeable. She was also willing to answer any question. The botanical gardens at the Nature Park are beautiful. They do not have many animals. It came a downpour. The rain did not prevent the locals from being friendly and helpful. They still need to learn crowd control at the dock. I imagine that problem is now solved. I would like to return again before it becomes commercialized. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
We arrived, knowing that this was still very much a virgin area, and we were happy to experience something not tainted with Diamonds International, Del Sol, etc. The people were friendly, and the town is clearly very poor, so we know that ... Read More
We arrived, knowing that this was still very much a virgin area, and we were happy to experience something not tainted with Diamonds International, Del Sol, etc. The people were friendly, and the town is clearly very poor, so we know that our tourism will help lift them out of poverty.The lifeboat tender situation was an unknown for us, so we chose not to book an excursion until we arrived. At the end of the pier we were met by many vendors, and chose a Beach Break with Trujillo Tours. Their staff was very professional and their pricing was reasonable. We went to the side of town with better beaches, and relaxed beach side under palapas, with complimentary local beer, bottled water and sodas. Food was extra, but very reasonable and oh so good! We even got to see a small plane land right next to restaurant, and then watch it zoom right past us to take off again. A fun, relaxing day. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
We arrived at the new cruise port of Banana Coast on Wednesday December 3, 2014 on the Holland American Ryndam. It seems that the Roatan cruise port, an island off the coast of Honduras was getting too crowded, so mainland Honduras decided ... Read More
We arrived at the new cruise port of Banana Coast on Wednesday December 3, 2014 on the Holland American Ryndam. It seems that the Roatan cruise port, an island off the coast of Honduras was getting too crowded, so mainland Honduras decided to open a new cruise port. Brand new colorful buildings, but no dock yet. So, everyone has to tender to the port, which usually takes about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the seas were very rough and it took a bit longer.As you get off your tender, there is a group of dancers that greet you with an optional basket for tips. Local crafts: pottery, baskets, wood products, jewelry. Some small places to eat, a liquor store, etc. One man on our tender back to the ship had gotten a fresh coconut with 1 shot of rum for $6 and a second shot of rum was $4 more. He seemed to really enjoy it! Bathrooms were modern and very clean. Lots of benches made from old rusty railroad wheels and 2 x4's.There was a new man-made sandy beach, with a few people swimming. I would definitely recommend wearing water shoes as there was glass on the beach. Once they get a dock, I am sure it will be a popular port. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
Booked with Tranquility Bay. Tujillo is the wild west: unspoiled, cheap and simply outstandingly beautiful visually. People friendly and not pushy either. The TBay resort is beautiful, the owners awesome, the food and drink good and cheap. ... Read More
Booked with Tranquility Bay. Tujillo is the wild west: unspoiled, cheap and simply outstandingly beautiful visually. People friendly and not pushy either. The TBay resort is beautiful, the owners awesome, the food and drink good and cheap. Lots to do or not; they have activities as well as a beautiful beach you can lay about on or hang out at their bar. It was the best day ever, and my kids loved it especially. Go here. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Our cruise was the first one to visit this new port and it showed. They simply are not ready for cruise ship traffic there. No pier so you have to tender in (long lines and very time consuming). There are only a couple of shops open there ... Read More
Our cruise was the first one to visit this new port and it showed. They simply are not ready for cruise ship traffic there. No pier so you have to tender in (long lines and very time consuming). There are only a couple of shops open there and hardly anything to see or do. If you cruise this itinerary you should not expect much from this so called "Port of Call". Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
I could find no reviews of Trujillo before our cruise and no info on booking private excursions. No surprise since the port is so new. The pier is not finished so we had a short 10 minute tender. The port area currently consists of a few ... Read More
I could find no reviews of Trujillo before our cruise and no info on booking private excursions. No surprise since the port is so new. The pier is not finished so we had a short 10 minute tender. The port area currently consists of a few small buildings, paths, some nice landscaping, and an area of benches under a roof for resting/waiting for excursions. There are vendor tables around and between the buildings and the sellers are friendly and not at all pushy. The bathrooms are very clean, but ladies, take some tissues. The toilet paper rolls are jammed so tightly onto the dispenser rolls that they are almost impossible to turn. We are into local cultures/foods/history, so we booked the "Taste of Trujillo" tour through NCL. We boarded an air conditioned small bus that looked like it had been well used, but was comfortable and adequate. Our tour guide was obviously very new in her job, but was friendly, smiling, earnest and well-intentioned. I do have to say that the tour is a bit lacking in historical context and substance. For example, we drove by the cemetery where William Walker is buried, but there was no explanation of who he was. Our guide mentioned that Columbus first landed on the Banana Coast and spoke a bit about the banana barons and told us that the local fort, which ruins we saw, was for the purpose of defense. When asked from whom, she said "pirates." This was a missed opportunity for a great pirate story. We say the outside of St. John Cathedral with little information given other than its name and year built. I did duck inside quickly to get a few pictures. Driving through the small town, we were directed to see "our gas station," and the horses, goats and cows. A bit lightweight. Then we stopped at a pretty riverside area, where dancers, drummers/musicians entertained with traditional dancing. The dancers passed a hat for tips. We were then ushered into a small, very clean restaurant to taste some local foods. The samples were tasty--among them salsa, pico de gallo, chips, tamales, bean and cheese tortillas, and some tasty little sweets. The manager seemed very eager to make sure we were enjoying our visit. There were small glasses of a punch-like beverage or you could purchase soda, water for $1. I think they also had beer, but am not sure the price. During our ride, I was charmed by the locals who smiled and waved. It seems the school kids are given a day off whenever as ship is in port. The little town is very poor, with barred windows and barbed wire topped fences on houses and shanties alike and there were armed guards literally everywhere (who also smiled and waved). It is obvious that these people are determined to make sure that the port is a success and that the visitors are happy. And I was. I am glad I did this tour rather that the open tram due to the heat factor. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This is a new port. The people of the town are very excited to see the US dollar coming in. There was a parade, the mayor, the vice president, military bands...all welcoming the NCL...and your money!This too is a tender port, so new that ... Read More
This is a new port. The people of the town are very excited to see the US dollar coming in. There was a parade, the mayor, the vice president, military bands...all welcoming the NCL...and your money!This too is a tender port, so new that the ship had to use it's own life boats to tender. This area is ripe for enterprise!There weren't many excursions that interested us. We were hoping to go back to Roatan, where the snorkeling is wonderful. Apparently there are security issues there, and NCL has dropped this port. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Trujillo - blistering hot and intense humidity as you pull up you see beautiful dense mountains plunging into the sea but not much else. You tender 30 minutes to shore and are greeted with music. A few concrete shops are newly erected with ... Read More
Trujillo - blistering hot and intense humidity as you pull up you see beautiful dense mountains plunging into the sea but not much else. You tender 30 minutes to shore and are greeted with music. A few concrete shops are newly erected with only maybe 5 stores open. Several tables of t-shirts, hats and gifts are spread around. This area is is brand new and I'm sure you have read that our cruise ship was the second ship ever to come there. Once you leave the fenced off cruise ship port area you enter a poor community of dirt roads and weathered wooden shacks with tim roofs. There are a few bars along the beach but not the cool fun kind that you are thinking... these are more destitute. The beach sand quality is fair. Not rocky but definitely not fine sand. More coarse and shelly.After walking down several dirt roads, exploring, we had lunch at one of the few restaurants by the church on the hill. Friendly people, food was good, but don't expect to do any serious shopping as the stores as primitive and not ready for tourism.We did make it to the beach and the ocean water temperature was like bath water. Heavenly. No white sandy beaches but the water was great. Too bad this town is not ready for tourism. I could see it maybe in 15 years if it got itself together and actually had things to do. We talked with some local people and they were very friendly. I wish this town much luck as the people are nice buuuuut as of now, it is not ready as a cruise ship port.We heard from other guests that they took the excursion to the "starfish" beach area and they thought it was worth it. Great for kids.Back on the boat, 2 days of sailing back to Houston. It rained off and on but we expected that. Music was way too load around the pool area, so much that you can't hold a conversation. The drunk people seemed to not mind. :-)Back in Houston I was so ready to get home. I think this cruse missed the mark as only 1 of 3 ports are worth while. I did hear from another guest that they took a river boat ride in Belize and they thought it was really fun. I guess the point is that you need to be booking those excursions or Belize City and Trujillo will not be worth your time and money. Read Less

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