Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Banana Coast Set For A Silver Debut

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will be the first cruise line to sign on to the Banana Coast, the newest western Caribbean cruise destination, at Trujillo, Honduras, when the 296-passenger Silver Cloud calls there on December 17, 2014.

And Michael Greve, president of Global Destinations Development, one of the companies partnering in the port project, explained: "We are pleased to have a high-end brand like Silversea be the first to commit to call at Banana Coast. It's a testament to how we have carefully created a destination that is culturally and historically appealing to the most sophisticated travelers."

Greve said construction at Banana Coast, which began in August 2011, is now 80 per cent complete, and the facility is expected to have a soft opening in January 2013. The port will be open to host ships throughout 2013 and beyond. "We have met with several other lines and have hosted site inspections by cruise line executives," he added. "We expect that several lines soon will commit to adding Banana Coast to their itineraries."

Plans for Banana Coast Landing call for the construction of a 50,000sq ft shopping facility and transportation hub on 10 acres of beachfront land. Themed "Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea," the $20million project currently employs 150 construction workers, engineers and architects. A future phase will see construction of a two-berth, post-Panamax pier.

In March 2012, the developers unveiled an ambitious and diverse shore excursion programme designed to offer something for everyone, including cultural, soft-adventure and eco-tour offerings. The tours enable guests to explore the area from land, air and sea. In addition to the signature tour -- Campo del Mar Nature Park & Beach Break -- highlights include a VIP airplane ride to the Mayan ruins at Copan; a snorkelling adventure at a beautiful starfish bank, and kayaking in the pristine Guaimoreto Lagoon. Guests looking to stay on land have the chance to discover the port’s appeal through an exciting mountain ATV ride, a culinary tasting tour or a trolley ride through the colonial town of Trujillo.

Future plans include creation of the 100-acre Campo del Mar, which will incorporate an integrated heritage park, river park, wildlife park and nature park -- all easily accessible from Banana Coast Landing. 
For Silversea bookings, be sure to check this link for The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's luxury cruise specialists.