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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
bus small, crowded, whizzed by so fast it was impossible to even get good photos. NOT worth the money
bus small, crowded, whizzed by so fast it was impossible to even get good photos. NOT worth the money Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
I have to say, I don't know why NCL made a cruise port out of Trujillo, Honduras ("Banana Coast"). It's still very third world. We took a taxi from town to a beach about 20 minutes out of town. Immediately when you ... Read More
I have to say, I don't know why NCL made a cruise port out of Trujillo, Honduras ("Banana Coast"). It's still very third world. We took a taxi from town to a beach about 20 minutes out of town. Immediately when you leave town the roads are dirt and mud and the cab had to go slow to avoid ruts and drive around goats on the road. They had rain the day before we were there, so that made it worse. Fortunately, when we got to the beach Campamento it was nice, manicured, nice bar, nice beach chairs, etc. But Trujillo is definitely not where you would go and call it a vacation. Don't go on a cruise that stops at Banana Coast. 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: 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
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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Walked around the town. Although quite poor the people do not have their hand out but there was an extreme presence of security around the town and port.
Walked around the town. Although quite poor the people do not have their hand out but there was an extreme presence of security around the town and port. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
people very pleasant and not too pushy if we did not want them to give us a guided tour
people very pleasant and not too pushy if we did not want them to give us a guided tour Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Lifeboats were used for tendering - quite an experience for us first time cruisers. Very new port of call, still under construction - we see some potential and want to visit it again in 3-5 years and observe how it evolves.Very hot that ... Read More
Lifeboats were used for tendering - quite an experience for us first time cruisers. Very new port of call, still under construction - we see some potential and want to visit it again in 3-5 years and observe how it evolves.Very hot that day - we were only there in the morning (nice walk on the beach and gift shop visiting) and decided to go back to the ship for lunch.Similar to many reviews, we enjoyed the people and environment there. It is not very commercialized and the merchants are very friendly there. You can get bottle water and coconut water in much more decent price than in other ports. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Poor and undeveloped. The "old town" was interesting but stop itself was not noteworthy.
Poor and undeveloped. The "old town" was interesting but stop itself was not noteworthy. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
I did do other excursions in Cozumel, & Belize but this was the one that will stick with me the most. I disagree with a few people that say NCL shouldn't go into this port. It was so nice to see the natives who are so happy to ... Read More
I did do other excursions in Cozumel, & Belize but this was the one that will stick with me the most. I disagree with a few people that say NCL shouldn't go into this port. It was so nice to see the natives who are so happy to have people come into their very poor country & be able to sell their fruits & hand made souveniers. We saw a lot of kids running around & wondered why they weren't in school. We were told if the parents couldn't afford to buy them a uniform they couldn't go to school. Wow. We were walking down the street & had a gentleman ask if he could give us a walking tour for $5. I was alittle hesitant but he explained that all the people that were wearing name tags, spoke English & were registered thru the tourist bureau. I'm so glad we had him with us. His name was Dennis. (I saw another review with people who had hired him.) He took us to places I wouldn't have walked. He took us to the fort, an outdoor shopping area with only locals, thru the town ( there were police with guns on the back of a truck & in front of the bank) & to the William Walker grave site. ( He was an interesting bad man. Look up his history). After we saw the sights, he took us to a restaurant & beach area. Getting into the water is rocky so wear sand shoes. This would be a great place to take kids & hopefully have them realize how lucky they are. I'd like to go back in about 5 years just to see how different it will look. 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
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: March 2015
Honduras - Walk down the beach to Chico's. It's a little quieter out there, away from a lot of the other tourists, and the guy who runs it is an awesome Canadian who sold his car for that bar. He'll take care of you, and ... Read More
Honduras - Walk down the beach to Chico's. It's a little quieter out there, away from a lot of the other tourists, and the guy who runs it is an awesome Canadian who sold his car for that bar. He'll take care of you, and it's very safe along the beach and around the bars since security is paid to watch over all the tourists coming off the boats. Buy the Red Snapper for lunch! It's fresh, and delicious. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I thought this port was interesting. It's a newer port, so we just walked around. There was a historic area with a church that we saw. We had to take a tender boat to get to the port. There is a bit of a hill to get to the church, but ... Read More
I thought this port was interesting. It's a newer port, so we just walked around. There was a historic area with a church that we saw. We had to take a tender boat to get to the port. There is a bit of a hill to get to the church, but I thought very manageable if you are relatively in shape. However, I would recommend trying to go to this port early because it got HOT when we were there at the end of March. I was glad to be climbing that hill early in the morning before it got too hot. It's got a lot of dirt roads and just some shopping to do at the port. Prices are cheaper the further you walk from where the tender's bring you. Overall, I actually thought Honduras had the best prices for souvenirs, but didn't have the variety of items like some of the other ports. I enjoyed this location, but it's definitely new and in the process of being developed. There are quite a few policeman with guns on the streets. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
Pleasantly surprised how beautiful the scenery is .. In Honduras. The view from our ship, anchored off Trujillo was amazing! We had to take tender boats to the dock. The Dock was filled with many vendors, where you can get great deals on ... Read More
Pleasantly surprised how beautiful the scenery is .. In Honduras. The view from our ship, anchored off Trujillo was amazing! We had to take tender boats to the dock. The Dock was filled with many vendors, where you can get great deals on souvenirs,etc... We had a great piña colada slushee there. The nearby beach was only a few steps away.. With an unbelievable warm ocean water! Got some great pics. Did not go further into town, as we do not get up very early to disembark. This is a new port for NCL, so don't expect a large tourist friendly town.. More laid back, easy going,relaxing.! 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: 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

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