Cruise Lines Cancel Roatan Calls Due to Civil Unrest

October 16, 2008

Norwegian Pearl and Carnival Valor skipped calls in Roatan, Honduras, this week due to civil unrest on the island. Local protests caused road blockages and potential safety issues on the island.

"We've been told that there has been some civil unrest in Roatan related to the local electric company and an apparent rate hike," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic yesterday. Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada had posted travel alerts, confirming that protests over electricity price increases were occurring and leading to road closures and some violence. We did not see a similar alert on the U.S. State Department's Honduras page.

According to Gulliksen, the demonstrations have ended and Carnival Legend will call in Roatan as scheduled on Friday. Other ships that should call in Roatan as scheduled this month are Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Spirit.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor