Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center Welcomes One Millionth Cruise Passenger

Magical Flying Beach Chair
Mahogany Bay Cruise Center (MBCC) in Roatan reached a significant milestone this month when it welcomed its one millionth cruise passenger since opening nearly two years ago. The one millionth visitor to the MBCC was one of 4,268 passengers aboard the Carnival Dream, which makes year-round calls at the $62 million facility on alternating weeks.

“Achieving our one millionth visitor in less than two years of operation is a testament to the outstanding facilities and quality landside experience enjoyed by the thousands of guests who visit the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center each week,” said Mike Reimers, general manager of the facility.

The visit by the Carnival Dream is one of 280 annual cruise ship calls at the MBCC, which encompasses 20 acres of waterfront property and includes a two-berth cruise terminal that can accommodate up to 8,000 passengers daily. It is a joint project of Carnival Corporation and Roatan businessman Jerry Hynds. In addition to Carnival Cruise Lines, vessels from Seabourn, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Costa Cruises, and P-and-O Cruises, as well as non-Carnival Corporation brands, have called at the new facility since it opened in 2009.

Along with a two-ship cruise pier, the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center features a welcome center and a variety of retail outlets, including two themed bars, a restaurant, and several shops. A transportation hub with the ability to accommodate taxis, rental cars, and tour buses (along with a wide range of shore excursion opportunities that can be purchased on board the cruise ships) is also available.

Unique to Mahogany Bay is the Magical Flying Beach Chair lift system (pictured above) that takes visitors from the welcome center to beautiful Mahogany Beach, a 10-acre private island featuring an 825-foot-long white-sand beach with a volleyball court and myriad watersports options. The Magical Flying Beach Chair transports guests of all ages who are at least 32 inches tall from Mahogany Bay’s main plaza, through the treetops, across the turtle grass flats, and gently lets them off onto the warm white sand of Mahogany Beach. Cruisers can take advantage of the all day pass; $15 gets you unlimited rides on the chairlift. Not tall enough to ride the chairlift? Not to worry if your little ones are less than 32 inches tall. There is shaded walking path that will get you to the beach in a matter of minutes. Eight exclusive cabanas are also available for rent.

For more information on the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, visit MahoganyBayCC.com.

Photo Courtesy of Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

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