Puerto Plata, a booming port: 77% of cruise ship passengers in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic experienced a substantial increase in the movement and arrival of cruise passengers through the country’s tourist ports, according to a report by the Dominican Port Authority (Apordom), which shows a 20% growth during 2022 compared to 2019, the year prior to the pandemic.
The document details that 194 more cruise ships were received in 2022 than in 2019, representing an overall growth of 37%.
The increase in cruise ships is due, in the first place, to the incorporation of Port Taino Bay in December 2021, in addition to the increase of cruise ships in Catalina Island and the Port of Santo Domingo.
In 2022, the ports that received the most significant number of cruise passengers were the Ports of Amber Cove and Taino Bay, with 1,026,344 cruise passengers, representing 77% of the total arrivals for the year.
In third place was the Port of La Romana, where the total number of cruise passengers represented 15% of the year’s total arrivals.