La Romana is a port city ranked as Dominican Republic's 7th-largest by population (around 130,000, metro around 215,000). The city is located opposite Catalina Island, and approx 80 km (50 mi) from Santo Domingo. Its name comes from a balance used to weigh merchandise for export. Town's patron saint is Santa Rosa de Lima.
Its modern International Airport opened in 2000. The city is located close to several other towns, including San Pedro de Macoris and Santo Domingo de Guzman, the national capital. The city is a hub for Dominican Republic's growing tourism industry, with several nearby beachtown resorts, such as Bayahibe, Casa de Campo, Dominicus, also smaller resort villages.
The cruise port was inaugurated in 2002 with the arrival of Costa Cruises ships Costa Marina (scrapped in 2014 under the name "Club Harmony"), Port's owner and operator (also owner of Casa De Campo International Airport) is Central Romana Corporation. The company invested USD 12 million to extend the existing seaport by over 40,000 m2 (430,000 ft2). The port's harbor terminal has 2 berths and capacity to handle two big-sized cruise ships simultaneously.
La Romana is also used as turaround port / homeport due to the ability to serve fly-cruise deals (mainly from UK). Embarking passengers bypass Dominican Republic's Sustoms and Immigration and board their ship in just 12 min after airport arrival.
- For season 2017-2018, here were homeported ships of the cruise companies AIDA (Germany), TUI (Germany) and Marella (UK). The port handled a total of 160 ship calls with 462,880 passengers.
- For season 2018-2019, the cruise port had scheduled 138ship calls and handled a total of 395,232 passengers.
La Romana cruise terminal
Cruise ships in La Romana dock at two wharves located between the town and Casa de Campo (golf resort). Cruise port's two berths (both on La Romana River / aka Rio Dulce) were opened in 2002. At the eastern wharf can dock vessels with LOA length 350 m (1148 ft). At the western wharf can dock vessels with LOA length 250 m (820 ft). The port can also accommodate 2 more ships anchoring at Catalina Island and in front of Casa de Campo.
Cruise lines usually offer complimentary shuttle bus service (approx 6 km / 4 ml, or 15 min ride) from the cruise port to the resort.. The town itself ihas no turist attractions, and is located at 15-min walking distance from the dock. Taxis at the pier are also available.
The Dominican Republic refused a cruise ship to dock in La Romana on Thursday, February 27, amid concerns that a number of passengers displayed...February 28, 2020
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