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One of the largest cruise ships in the world “Odyssey of the Seas” arrives in Puerto Plata

Odyssey of the Seas

The Taino Bay Tourist Port located in Puerto Plata received today, December 30, the “Odyssey of the Seas,” considered one of the largest cruise ships in the world belonging to the Royal Caribbean company from Fort Lauderdale.

Jean Luis Rodríguez, executive director of the Port Authority, highlighted the importance and significance of the arrival of these vessels to the port of Taino Bay.

“For us as the Port Authority, it is a source of great pride and satisfaction to know that in just 15 days we have received more than ten cruise ships and thousands of visitors who come to boost the economy of our northern region. It is an example of the joint work and how the strategic alliances between the public and private sectors immediately bear fruit,” he said.

The vessel, built in 2020 and launched in March 2021, is the newest and most modern ship of the Royal Caribbean International cruise company and will dock with 2,647 passengers and 1,514 crew members.

The recently inaugurated multipurpose terminal has received 11 vessels with the “Odyssey of the Seas,” and it is expected that this Friday, December 31, vessel No. 12 will arrive.

Meet the vessel
The Odyssey of the Seas has a capacity for 4,805 passengers accommodated in 2,137 cabins and a crew of 1,551 people; the vessel is 348 meters long by 41 meters wide and has 16 decks.

The Taino Bay Tourist Port is a multipurpose project, managed by ITM GROUP and supervised by the Port Authority, which will allow the docking of cruise ships, container ships, and product cargo ships and will create more than 1,500 direct jobs and more than 3,000 indirect jobs for the entire northern area of the Caribbean country.

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December 30, 2021 5:43 pm

thank you Tourist – we love you!!!!

Paul Tierney
December 30, 2021 6:48 pm

This is a questionable port call during this time. The Ministry of Public Health has issued a red alert due to the increase of 36% of covid. A large cruise ship is a petri dish for development of covid.

Do not be surprised in the future week or so there will be continuing increases of covid in the country with a possible larger percentage in the Puerto Plata area.

The Carnival Freedom was at Amber Cove the previous week. Let’s hope for the best for everybody.

alfredo hidalgo
December 31, 2021 7:19 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

From the very beginning of this spamdemic, studies show that 99.90% of positive cases will be ok and live to see another day…focus should be on the vulnerable not the vast majority of folks…

Juan L
December 30, 2021 6:54 pm

Beautiful port. The shopkeepers were helpful and polite.

Cameron E
December 30, 2021 8:10 pm

All these n7mbers, but you don’t mention the (at least) 22 Covid cases on board.

alfredo hidalgo
December 31, 2021 7:15 am
Reply to  Cameron E

I read reports indicating that all the crew and passengers had to have proof of vaccinations…so those 22 covid cases you mentioned were vaccinated…mmm

Chris Rose
January 5, 2022 7:18 pm

Even if you get vaccinated, you can get covid. You can transmit covid to others just as well too…

felix the cat
January 6, 2022 3:24 pm
Reply to  Chris Rose

Alfredo loves to play dumb

Felix Arroyo
December 31, 2021 12:57 am

Continue with the good work!

alfredo hidalgo
December 31, 2021 7:51 am

This should be headline news all over… no more daily case counts because of the CDC invalidating the PCR test and everything seemingly returns to normal…I hope so…