The worldwide demand for cruises has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry for several years.
Cruise tourism continues to confirm itself as one of the most in-demand routes for those who decide to take a vacation and the Dominican Republic, the main destination in the Caribbean region, is already a point of reference for companies in the sector.
The boom in tourism in the Dominican Republic has prompted major international shipping lines to take an interest in the country’s ports. Such is the case of Santo Domingo, Samaná, Puerto Plata, La Romana and Cap Cana.
With the pandemic, the industry had to cease operations until the middle of 2021.
Sources from the Dominican Ministry of Tourism have confirmed that, in the period from January to October 2021, a total of 206,311 visitors have been received by the port terminals.
In the aforementioned period, the Amber Cove terminal, in Puerto Plata, has registered a total of 167,332 cruise passengers, resulting the most visited and reaching 81.1%, followed by the port of La Romana, with 40,215 and Sans Soucí, in Santo Domingo, with 14,391 visitors.
In the pre-pandemic year 2019, the Dominican Republic received 2,627,248 cruise passengers and in 2020 the figure dropped to just 469,917.