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 de Guzman (Dominicana's capital). Town's patron saint is Santa Rosa de Lima.
Alternatively, some cruise ships may also dock at Punta Cana - located approx 80 km (50 mi / road distance) to the east from la Romana. Punta Cana is a resort town famous for its beaches and balnearios (seaside resorts). From Punta Cana and La Romana (as cruise shore The road distance between Punta Cana and La Romana (Dominicana's main cruise port) is approx 80 km (50 mi) to the west. From Punta Cana (as cruise shore excursions) are offered activities like windsurfing, speedboating, snorkeling and scuba diving, catamaran and sailboat tours, deepsea sport fishing, banana boat rides, swimming with dolphins-sharks-stingrays, floating spas, party boats and private yacht charters, also land-based tours (safaris, dune buggying, horseback riding) and cruises to nearby small islands (like Saona and Catalina). Punta Cana Airport serves international flights and by annual traffic (2,4+ million passengers) is ranked the Caribbean's second-busiest (after San Juan Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin Airport/aka Isla Verde).
The 2000-inaugurated La Romana Airport is located close to several other towns, including San Pedro de Macoris and the capital city Santo Domingo. The city is a hub for Dominican Republic's growing tourism industry, with several nearby beach town 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 ship 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 harbor terminal has 2 berths and capacity to handle two big-sized cruise liners simultaneously.
La Romana is also used as a turnaround port (homeport) due to the ability to serve fly-cruises (mainly from the UK). Embarking passengers bypass Dominicana's Customs and Immigration and board their boat in just 12 min after airport arrival.
During winter season 2018-2019, the cruise port had scheduled 138 ship calls and handled a total of 395,232 passengers.
By annual passenger traffic (statistical data 2019), the Caribbean's top-10 largest airports are:
- Luis Munoz Marin Airport/aka Isla Verde (San Juan Puerto Rico) with ~9,5 million pax
- Punta Cana Airport (Punta Cana Dominicana/La Romana) with ~7,2 million pax
- Jose Marti Airport (Havana Cuba) with 5,7+ million pax
- Sangster Airport (Montego Bay Jamaica) with ~4,8 million pax
- Lynden Pindling Airport (Nassau Bahamas) with ~4,1 million pax
- Las Americas Airport (Santo Domingo Dominicana) with ~4 million pax
- Piarco Airport (Port-of-Spain Trinidad) with 2,8+ million pax
- Queen Beatrix Airport (Oranjestad Aruba) with 2,5+ million pax
- Pointe-a-Pitre Airport (Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe) with ~2,5 million pax
- Grantley Adams Airport (Bridgetown Barbados) with ~2,3 million pax
This explains why these port cities are used as seasonal turnaround ports for homeporting (roundtrip itineraries) by many major cruise companies with ship deployments in the Caribbean.
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.
Port La Romana cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from La Romana, Dominican Republic. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|23 October, 2021|
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