The Dominican Republic reopens its ports to cruise ships

 Santo Domingo – The Dominican government announced in a press conference that the restrictions in the cruise sector have been lifted with effect from November 1st. The ban had been in effect since March. Tourism Minister David Collado announced that “new health protocols will be applied in seaports as well as airports . The Dominican Republic is ready to receive cruise ships with their passengers again ”. 

The first ports to receive ships will be Puerto Plata and La Romana, where some ships have already been confirmed. “The removal of the requirements is intended to help revitalize the cruise tourism industry. In recent years, this sector has contributed significantly to the country’s annual growth.  In 2009, 211,000 passengers on about 264 ships arrived in the Dominican Republic , in 2019 there were 536 ships, bringing over 1.1 million tourists to the country, which corresponds to an increase of over 400% ”. 

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While previously it was essentially the port of La Romana that brought tourists, in recent years it has been Puerto Plata’s terminal, Amber Cove, that has contributed to a significant increase in tourists. The terminal is open all year round, while La Romana offers cruises only in the summer season . Another port in the east of the country (Cap Cana) is trying to make its way bringing a new clientele of tourists, that of luxury.

With over 1.1 million passengers, the Dominican Republic has taken the lead in the Caribbean in terms of cruise tourism .

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