Carnival Cruise Port Stop Mahogany Bay, Roatan

On July 28, 2013 we boarded the beautiful Carnival Conquest and set sail for 7 days of Fun in the Sun! Our first port stop was Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan.

The first view we had upon arrival, was of the beautiful $62 million Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. 

You might be interested to know that there over 30 retailers at the cruise center for duty-free shopping. There is even a Fat Tuesday bar, with a New Orleans carnival theme, playing dance music and serving drinks all day. This is also where cruisers meet to begin shore excursions.

Notice how beautiful the surrounding area is. It was hard for us not to get lost in the lust landscaping and tropical scenery. We were even treated to a few of the local wild inhabitants such as Iguanas, butterflies and what seemed like hundreds of hummingbirds.

Going up    -     Coming down

In Mahogany Bay we had many great options for shore excursions, but since we were on a limited budget we decided to make this a beach day. While researching this location, I discovered that Mahogany Beach was only a short walk (or chair lift ride) from the boat pier - and it was FREE to hang out on the beach all day. Score!

We decided to buy all-day Magical Flying Beach Chair passes since the girls really wanted to ride. Even though the walk was short (and FREE), I'm glad we did because it gave us a bird's eye view of the landscaping and beach.

BTW, the all-day passes gave us unlimited rides from the pier to the beach and back again. The prices were $12 for adults and I think $7 for ages 12 and under.

Once we stepped off the chair lift, our toes were already in white sand and we were mere feet away from clear blue water. There were plenty of chairs (all FREE) lining the beach. A word to the wise though - if there is another cruise ship in port (like the day we were there), get to the beach as soon as you can. We were lucky enough to get chairs but others were not until a little later in the day.  

While on the beach, we swam, sunbathed and snorkled. Mahogany Bay is surrounded by a large reef which actually makes it a stellar location for viewing marine life; and it did not disappoint.

We brought along our own snorkle gear but not to worry if you leave yours at home because you can rent gear on the beach. If kayaking and paddleboarding are more your "thing", they are rentals for that as well among others.

The showers and bathrooms were VERY clean and accessible from anywhere along the beach. There were also a few restaurants to choose from that served a variety of dishes but the fresh fish seemed to be all the rage among fellow passengers. We, however, chose to take the chair ride back to the ship for lunch and liked that we had that option as it saved us money for the next stop.

After lunch we did a little shopping with the girls where they discovered the "magic" of Del Sol, played with coconut masks and bought a toothpick holder for Me Me (long story). 

Mahogany Bay turned out to be a very relaxing day which I think we all needed. If we are able to visit again, I'm bringing a water-proof camera to gets pics of the reef.

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  1. Wow, that looks fabulous. I've cruised Carnival in the past but never this port. Guess it's time to cruise again. Thanks for sharing BRMommy.

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  2. Love it!! Never taken one before but thinking about. Amazing times:)

  3. Gorgeous pictures! Have been to Roatan on cruises twice, with about 10 years in-between, and it was amazing how much the city had been developed in the interim. The first visit was kind of scary -- I remember a little boy at the cruise gates begging people to buy the shoes off his feet, and many other children, dirty and wearing rags, begging cruises to buy their conch shells at the gates. But this last visit, about a year and a half ago, was just like your pictures -- new, clean, and you felt safe and welcome and could really enjoy the beauty of the town. I want to go back! Wonderful blog post, brought back great memories!

  4. Amazing pictures!! The flying chairs looks like a great way to see the area!!


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