Norwegian cancels calls to Roatan

Norwegian Cruise Line has cancelled calls to Roatan in Honduras, following the murder of a crew member aboard Norwegian Pearl.

The unidentified crew member was killed on 6 April during an attempted robbery at port.

In a Facebook update, the line said the decision to cancel calls to the port was made out of concern for its crew and guests.

Upcoming cruises aboard Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel have been affected. The ships will instead spend the day at sea.

“Local officials are investigating and have the alleged suspect in custody,” the line said.

Roatan – a frequently visit destination by Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival – is known for its coral reefs and is notorious for petty crimes against cruise passengers and travellers.

In January this year, a family aboard Carnival Conquest was robbed at gunpoint during their visit in the port.

Following the incident, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advised travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Honduras, particularly Roatan.

“Theft is common on Roatan and the Bay Islands, including from homes and long-term leased residences,” the warning said.

“You should avoid showing signs of affluence.”