Imagine bypassing bumpy roads and traffic by traveling between the port and the beach by gently gliding above the ground via chair lift.   Starting today, if your ship is among the vessels scheduled to spend the day in Roatan, Honduras, there’s a good chance you’ll get to try the “Magical Flying Beach Chair“.

The $62 million Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, a five year project funded by Carnival Corp and a local businessman, officially opened today with the arrival of its first ships, Seabourn Legend, Crown Princess and Carnival Valor.    The new facility expects to host 500,000 passengers per year aboard vessels in the Carnival Corporation brand (Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises and the Yachts of Seabourn).

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.   Passenger facilities include stores, two themed bars and a restaurant.  From the center cruisers can access taxis, rental cars and tour buses.

Unique to Mahogany Bay is a new chair lift system that takes cruise ship guests from the welcome center to beautiful Mahogany Beach, a 10-acre private island featuring an 825-foot-long white-sand beach with a beach volleyball court and myriad water sports opportunities.  The six-minute ride across nearly 1,200 feet of suspended cable.  All-day passes for the beach chair lift are $5 per person.   Eight exclusive cabanas are also available for rent.

Carnival Corp. and plc has funded the upgrading and addition of numerous piers including the Grand Turk Cruise Center in Grand Turk, Puerta Maya Cruise Center in Cozumel and the Red Hook Passenger Terminal in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on the new Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, visit www.mahoganybaycc.com.