Dominican Republic

DR breaks record with the arrival of more than 180,000 cruise passengers in April 2023, 146% more than in 2019


Some 183,018 crossings arrived in the Dominican Republic during the month of April of this 2023, through the different ports of the country, breaking a record compared to 2019 when 74,452 tourists arrived in the RD. This was reported this Monday by the director of the Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM), Jean Luis Rodríguez.

These figures represent a growth of 146 percent compared to 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

In relation to the data provided by the Port Authority, the Amber Cove Port received 87,307 vacationers in 2023, unlike in 2019, which only received 45,520. The second Port to receive the largest volume of visitors in 2023 of Taíno Bay with 72,490, followed by the Port of La Romana with the arrival of 19,125 tourists, while in 2019 11,275 disembarked.

Likewise, the report reveals that, through Santo Domingo Cruises and Santo Domingo Ferries, about 4 my visitors arrived.

The director of the Port Authority highlighted the positive impact and economic boost that the legacy of cruise passengers has generated in the provinces with maritime terminals.

“We continue to experience dizzying and exponential growth in Maturia in the arrival of cruise passengers and this is evidenced in figures such as this one, which reflects that we have registered an intercement of 110 per city in the arrival of passengers through the different ports of the country, in relation to the MONTH of April 2022, confirmed by Rodríguez.

In February of this year, some 250 thousand 918 passengers set foot on Dominican soil and in March there was an increase of 209.24 percent when some 278 thousand 955 tourists arrived in the country via cruise ships.

In this sense, Jean Luis Rodriguez added that “with the legacy of these ships and their passenger miles by sea, we promote the development and revitalization of the economy in various parts of the country,” he emphasized.

The terminals that have received the most vessels are Amber Cove, Taíno Bay, both in Puerto Plata; followed by La Romana, Samaná and Santo Domingo.

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