Carnival Glory and Holland America's Veendam traded visits to Roatan, Honduras, for sea days earlier this week. And today Norwegian Jewel is headed to Cozumel instead of visiting this Bay Islands port. The reason: civil unrest due to an ongoing dispute with the electric company.
In mid-October, we reported that Norwegian Pearl and Carnival Valor canceled their Roatan calls because local protests had blocked roads. This week, the residents of Roatan are again protesting the combination of skyrocketing prices and poor service from the electric company.
The U.S. Embassy of Tegucigalpa warns Americans visiting Roatan of "widespread demonstrations and road closures related to the rise in the price of electrical services provided by the island utility company, RECO." The embassy also urges that "U.S. citizens should avoid travel in affected areas." Power outages are also now affecting the island.
This could impact future cruises with planned calls at Roatan, so be aware that circumstances could change. The next ships scheduled to call in Roatan are Norwegian Pearl and Carnival Valor on November 11 and 12. A Carnival spokeswoman tells us that "future calls remain as scheduled"; however, if the protests and power outages continue, those calls might be canceled as well.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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