Dominican Republic Cruises

The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, for a variety of reasons.

It’s a geographically diverse region, it has the Caribbean’s largest lake and tallest mountain range, and its population is young and growing. 

The Dominican Republic offers year-round golf courses, tropical rainforests, early Spanish architecture, baseball games and fine Caribbean dining. 

 On the streets here you’ll see locals playing dominoes, coconut sellers plying their trade, children practicing their merengue dancing and beachfront seafood shacks offering a whole range of whatever they’ve managed to catch that day. It’s a world most of us only ever dream about. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Santo Domingo Metro is the Caribbean’s largest mass transit system.
  • The endangered Samana English is spoken in the Samana Peninsula. 
  • Merengue music and dance originated in the Dominican Republic. 
  • Fashion week is one of the major style events in Latin America.
  • Palo is a sacred Afro-Dominican music played at religious ceremonies.


Beautiful sands

The main port city is Amber Cove on the Bay of Maimón. Here you’ll find the most beautiful sands with all the watersports you could ever want to try, as well as hiking, mountain biking and quad biking. Our port is not far from the beaches and golf courses of Puerto Plata, which was used as a location for the first Jurassic Park film.  


The area is also home to dozens of fine Latin American restaurants, where the main meal of the day is lunch, served promptly at noon as in Spain, which still has strong cultural ties to the Dominican Republic.

The cuisine is mostly Spanish, African and Taino (the native tribes who greeted Columbus). Mangu is one of the Dominican Republic’s delicious staple foods, made from boiled green plantains mashed and topped with sautéed red onions. Chimichurri is also popular here – street burgers that are topped with cabbage and a sweet sauce.


Watersports and beach life


A short boat ride away from La Romana Harbour, the tiny island of Catalina offers white sand beaches and warm shallow waters for snorkelling and swimming. 

The fish swimming around Catalina are brightly coloured and large – it’s one of the best places in the Caribbean to don your snorkel.  

The colourful beach houses on Catalina Island are just the start of the pretty Caribbean flourishes here. Glass-bottom boats, submarine tours and parasailing are popular, thanks to the beauty of both the land and the seabed. Scenic vistas and stunning woodlands are all there for the exploring, for those who can peel themselves away from the beaches. 

In Amber Cove there are dolphin encounters, boat trips, kayaking and much more to get stuck into, before relaxing at one of the beachfront’s many ramshackle restaurants. Playa Grande, one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful beaches, is right near the port, and it’s here you can take those picture-perfect shots you’d associate with this part of the Caribbean. 


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Dominican Republic

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