Cruises to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is an enchanting place to visit as part of a cruise, or as a starting point on your next Caribbean vacation. Here we’ll feature the top four cruises which stopover in the Dominican Republic, and the main places where they make landfall, so you can plan your next trip to take advantage of all of the many sights, amenities, and experiences that this country has to offer.

Cruises Departing from the Dominican Republic

Costa Cruise Lines is the sole operator of cruises departing from the Dominican Republic with any regularity. This cruise line operates a number of cruises that depart from Casa de Campo, also called La Romana. Cruises embarking from this city have seven, eleven, and twenty day options that explore the Caribbean, with the longer voyages crossing the Atlantic and visiting Marseille, France and Savona, Italy. There are a number of hotels and attractions close to the Casa de Campo marina, so you can enjoy your stay in the Dominican Republic before heading off on your cruise. When traveling you can fly into Santo Domingo International Airport, or Punta Cana International Airport, which are both about a 45 minute drive away.

Dominican Republic Cruise Port

Cruises that Visit the Dominican Republic

Below you can find a list of the individual cruise line companies:

Carnival Cruise Line

On the seven day cruise departing from Port Canaveral in Orlando, Florida, you’ll spend the third day of your trip docked at Amber Cove in the Puerto Plata area in the North of the country. The cruise line also operates an eight day cruise that departs from Fort Lauderdale and docks in the Dominican Republic for days three and four of your journey. Here you’ll find a beautiful colonial-style city, with a variety of cultural and natural attractions including over 60 miles of beaches, the Damajagua Waterfalls, and a number of places to go windsurfing and kiteboarding, both popular in this area.

Star Clippers Cruise Line

Star Clippers Cruise Line operates a number of cruises stopping over in Santo Domingo, the country’s capital. There are options for nine, eleven, twelve, and fourteen night voyages. Santo Domingo is one of the Caribbean’s oldest cities, with many of its buildings dating back to the 1500’s. There are beautiful cobblestone streets, and a large number of cultural attractions and art museums in the city, as well as the many pristine beaches and lush rainforests the country is known for.

Seaborn Odyssey Cruise Line

The Seaborn Odyssey Cruise Line also operates a variety of voyages that stopover in Santo Domingo. These voyages start at twelve days and go up to a thirty-eight day voyage around the entire Caribbean. All of them operate out of Bridgetown, Barbados, and visit multiple places in the Dominican Republic, including Cap Cana and Santo Domingo. Cap Cana is on the Eastern point of the country in Punta Cana. Key features are its miles of white sand beaches, as well as excellent sailing and fishing conditions, and a variety of water sports to really enjoy this seaside paradise.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises offers seven and fourteen day cruises departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and touring the Eastern Caribbean. They stop at the beautiful Amber Cove so you can enjoy the many amenities and attractions in Puerto Plata, like the historic Port San Felipe, the Brugal rum distillery, and the many snorkeling excursions around Sousa Bay.

The Ports of Call in the Dominican Republic

Below you can find a short list of the ports of call in the country:

Amber Cove and Puerto Plata

The ‘silver port’ of the Dominican Republic has a long history that dates back to the Spanish Explorers, including Christopher Columbus. It features some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, and the crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkeling off shore with a guided tour, or even solo off of some of the beaches. Playa Granda and Playa Dorada are two of the largest and easiest to access beaches, and have a variety of amenities like lounge chair rental and cafés where you can grab a drink or some snacks. If you venture into the wilderness you’ll find white water rapids, mountain biking, and ziplining excursions to give you a thrill on your stopover. These are all fantastic ways to see some of the areas biodiversity while experiencing something truly unforgettable.

Santo Domingo

This capital city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, and has some fantastic museums and parks, and a lively café culture with lots of live music. Many of its buildings are colonial-era, and you can even wander down the first paved street in the Americas, Calle de Las Damas. If you want a bit more history, there are a number of guided tours of the city and its monuments. Nightlife is big in Santo Domingo, so you can expect a large number of night clubs as well as some truly world-class restaurants.

Cap Cana and Punta Cana

Located in the East of the country, this area has some of the most striking beaches with white sand, and crystal blue ocean views. It features the bulk of resort developments, so you can also expect a fantastic array of amenities and activities available during your visit. Particularly popular are the area’s scuba diving excursions, which take you off-shore to vibrant coral reefs full of tropical fish and other aquatic life. Not certified? There are a number of courses available in the area, but most of the major dive operators will also have packages suitable for first-timers to get a taste of diving for the first time without certification.

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