It’s no secret that cruise lines are always seeking new destinations to entice their passengers, and although you probably have never heard of it, we predict it won't be long before you'll look forward to visiting Banana Coast in Trujillo, Honduras.
Construction began this week on the only new Caribbean port destination strictly dedicated-for-cruise-passengers that is presenttly in development. The initial work is concentrated on preparing the approximately 10-acre beachfront site pictured in the image above, with a seawall being constructed along the perimeter. If you have visited Grand Turk on a cruise, you’ll understand the concept.
“With its colorful history and setting, Trujillo provides wonderful opportunities for both architecture and landscaping,” said Doug Kulig, chief executive officer of OBM International, the project’s architectural and design firm. “The key to the design is finding the right combination of a rewarding visitor experience and seamless site functionality.”
By December construction of the 50,000-square-foot themed oceanfront shopping center and transportation hub is expected to be under way, with completion slated for late 2012.
“We are excited to reach this milestone in the development of our new port,” said Trujillo’s Mayor Jose Lianez. “The Municipality and other constituents have made major improvements to our colonial city’s visitor facilities in anticipation of receiving cruise guests. We hope that our efforts, and the charm of our citizens, will entice cruisers to return for longer visits to fully experience everything the area has to offer.”
OBM International is no newcomer to cruise port planning—they also designed Royal Caribbean International’s private island, CocoCay, and Carnival Corporation’s Grand Turk Cruise Center. For more information and a peek at the area awaiting beyond the new cruise center, visit the Banana Coast web site.