During a reception at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Mahogany Bay Cruise Center (MBCC) was recognized as the “Best New Caribbean Port” by Porthole Magazine.   Five years in development and two years under construction, the modern $62 million facility is a joint project of Carnival Corporation & plc and Roatan businessman Jerry Hynds.

The reception was attended by officials from Carnival Corporation & plc and dignitaries from the island of Roatan. Pictured here at the event are (from left):  Roatan Mayor Julio Galindo; Jerry Hynds; Carnival Corporation & plc’s Senior Vice President Port and Destination Development Giora Israel; Porthole Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff; Honduras Minister of Tourism Nelly Jerez (Minister of Tourism); and Bay Islands (Roatan) Congressman Romeo Silvestri.

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center encompasses 20 acres of waterfront property and includes a two-berth cruise terminal which can accommodate up to 8,000 passengers daily.  Also included is a welcome center along with a variety of retail outlets, including two themed bars, a restaurant and several shops.

Unique to Mahogany Bay is a new chair lift system that takes cruise ship guests from the welcome center to beautiful Mahogany Beach, a private island featuring an 825-foot-long white-sand beach with a volleyball court, exclusive cabanas and myriad watersports opportunities.