La Romana

Glamorous and luxury beach resorts
The Cueva de las Maravillas
Tidy streets, potted palms and cosy cafés

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La Romana

Lingering along the riverbanks

Visitors to La Romana, 115 km east of Santo Domingo, can enjoy the blossoming Bayahibe beach resort just down the road, and the glamorous Casa de Campo complex, which also lies nearby just waiting to be discovered on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles excursion.
However, with some appealing riverside restaurants and its proximity to sights such as Isla Catalina and the Cueva de las Maravillas, it’s well worth visiting La Romana itself during your Caribbean holiday, which is also well placed as a stop-off between Santo Domingo and the beaches on the east coast.

La Romana downtown with its tidy streets lined with potted palms – combined with a sprinkling of cosy cafés, good bars and one or two excellent places to eat – make it a pleasant place to hang out. From most parts of the centre, however, the river is unfortunately hidden from view and its banks are not easily accessible.

The delightfully shaded Parque Central is, instead, the major meeting place, dotted with an eclectic mix of metal sculptures and fibreglass statues of former local baseball heroes. You can check out the current crop of players during the winter fixtures at the Estadio Francisco Micheli, home field of Los Toros del Este, which is located at Abreu and Luperón towards the western end of town. Just west of the arena the municipal market sells bountiful produce and meat; look also for the small botánicas selling various items related to Vodú Dominicana.

Must see places in La Romana

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • CATAMARAN SAIL & SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LRM06

    Sail away for a few hours of fun, snorkelling and swimming just off the coast of the Dominican Republic. You can relax on the sun decks or in the shaded lounge area of the 82-feet catamaran as you sail along the beautiful coastline accompanied by the lively sounds of merengue. You will be given a safety briefing before the catamaran anchors, after which you can enter the calm water directly from the boat for a refreshing swim or to explore the local marine life as you snorkel in the clear water. You will also have a chance to enjoy some Dominican rum, fresh fruit punch or domestic beer on your way back to the pier. Please note: Children must be at least 12 years old to participate. The tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, guests with neck/back complaints or heart/respiratory conditions. Snorkelling gear is included and a life vest must be worn.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1005Price per person

    • ChildrenR715Price per person

  • MARAVILLAS CAVE & SAN PEDRO

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LRM09

    After leaving the port, an air-conditioned coach will first take you on a pleasant 30-minute drive to the Cueva de las Maravillas - the Cave of Miracles – which is situated roughly midway between the seaside resorts of La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris. A happy coincidence saw a group of boy scouts (re-)discover the caves in 1926, since when much development work has made a significant portion of the much larger cave complex accessible to the public. The caves are not only home to stalactites and stalagmites as well as a crystal-clear underground pool, but also – and perhaps most importantly – to a large number of ancient and almost perfectly preserved rock paintings left by the island’s native Taíno people. Neither photography nor filming is permitted in the caves. The next leg will see you re-board the coach and head to the Cigar Factory, an internationally renowned manufacturer that is famous for its exquisite hand-rolled cigars. Prepare to be amazed at the deftness and lightning speed with which the factory workers roll these cigars. Then it’s on to the lovely seaside town of San Pedro de Macoris, which was founded in the early 19th century by European immigrants and then boomed in the early 20th century when the price of sugar soared on the market. During the 30-minute drive back to the port a stop will be made for you to do some shopping.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • AdultsR1055Price per person

      • ChildrenR765Price per person

    • MONSTER TRUCK SAFARI

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      LRM08

      Give yourself half a day of pure, unadulterated fun off the ship on this Monster Truck tour. Purpose-built to ensure maximum passenger comfort and safety, these 8-wheeler, all-terrain trucks promise a bird’s eye view of the world at a height of 15 feet. Accompanied by experienced guides, the tour will take you to see the unspoiled countryside of the Dominican Republic, one of the two nations on the beautiful island of Hispaniola. An open bar on the truck adds to the fun of exploring out-of-the-way landscapes, fording rivers, driving through sugarcane fields and discovering small villages on the way. This hands-on tour will also give you a chance to mingle with the friendly locals and meet some of the children attending one of the schools sponsored by the Monster Truck School Foundation. Your adventure tour of the Dominican Republic comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: guests must be capable of using a ladder in order to enter/exit the monster truck.
      • Drink included

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR1055Price per person

      • ChildrenR765Price per person

    • SPEED BOAT TO SAONA ISLAND

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      LRM03

      Join us on this superb tour and experience an exhilarating speedboat ride through the crystal-clear waters along the scenic Dominican coastline to the island of Saona. Situated just off the southern tip of the Dominican Republic, this nature reserve is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and stunning beaches. You will have about 1.5 hours to spend at a wonderful Caribbean beach at Saona Island where you can have a swim, relax on the fine sand and enjoy a complimentary drink. If time permits, a further stop will be made at the sandbar known as “the natural swimming pool” for a leisurely dip in the extremely calm water. Your tour concludes with an equally scenic return trip to your ship. Please note: Children must be at least 8 years old to participate. The tour is unsuitable for pregnant women and guests with neck/back complaints or heart conditions.
      • Drink included

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • AdultsR1345Price per person

      • ChildrenR1005Price per person

    • THE VILLAGE OF ALTOS DE CHAVON

      CITY TOUR

      LRM04

      Situated only a short drive from the port lies one of the most picturesque attractions in the Dominican Republic, the village of Altos de Chavón. This recreation of a medieval European village, inspired by the imagination of a former Hollywood film set designer, sits atop a plateau overlooking the enchanting Chavón River. As you stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets, the illusion of being transported back to a bygone age will be extremely convincing. Next to some beautiful Mediterranean-style architecture, the village also boasts a 5,000-seat open-air amphitheatre perched on the edge of a canyon as well as the pretty St. Stanislaus church, which you will have a chance to view from the outside. After some free time, board your bus for a jaunt to La Romana, where you will see sights such as the Santa Rosa Church, Town Hall, and Parque Duarte before heading back to the ship.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • AdultsR629Price per person

        • ChildrenR545Price per person

      • HIGUEY & BAYAHIBE

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

        LRM07

        This two-in-one tour begins with a scenic 45-minute drive in an air-conditioned coach through the sugarcane fields to the city of Higüey, which was founded in 1494 and whose cityscape is dominated by the famous Catholic Basilica of La Altagracia. Finished in 1971, the basilica has since become a popular pilgrimage site and also boasts beautiful stained-glass windows, which really come to life in the bright Caribbean sun. We will visit the nearby Altagracia Museum and see their collection of historic, artistic, and sacred objects from the 17th thru the 20th centuries. Next up is the fort at San Rafael de Yuma, once the residence of the city’s first governor and now home to a cornucopia of early 16th-century artefacts. The last stop on the tour is the unspoiled fishing village of Bayahibe, which lies on the shores of a turquoise lagoon, a place of great natural beauty and tranquillity.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • AdultsR885Price per person

          • ChildrenR665Price per person

        • SANTO DOMINGO COLONIAL TOUR

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          LRM19

          Santo Domingo is not only the capital of the Dominican Republic, but also prides itself in being the first city in the New World to have been founded by a European. The year was 1496 and the man responsible was Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher’s younger brother. Your historical tour begins with a drive to the capital for a first photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, a modern building inaugurated in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas. The lighthouse is also the final resting place of the remains of Christopher Columbus. Moving on, you’ll then walk through the Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the most impressive buildings from the colonial era. On the itinerary are the early 16th-century Alcázar de Colón, the 18th-century Panteón Nacional – a mausoleum where the remains of notable writers, politicians and Dominican heroes are interred – and Santo Domingo’s main thoroughfare, the Calle Las Damas. Next up is a visit to the 16th-century Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the first Catholic diocese to be set up in the New World, followed by a buffet lunch. To round off your outing, you’ll also have some time to go shopping before you return to your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes. To visit the cathedral, guests are required to ensure shoulders and knees are covered; guests wearing tank tops or mini-skirts will not be permitted to enter the cathedral.
          • Lunch or dinner included

          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            6:25 h

          • AdultsR1395Price per person

          • ChildrenR1005Price per person

        • RELAX ON BAYAHIBE BEACH

          SEA & SUN

          LRM01

          Take a break from your ship, hop on a comfortable coach and embark on a pleasant 30-minute drive down to the picturesque fishing village of Bayahibe in the southeast of the Dominican Republic and the 4-star beach resort that will host your day of sun, sea and sand. Whether you choose to relax poolside, take a refreshing dip or prefer the fine sandy beach area with the turquoise water beyond, you can be sure of having a fabulous time. Take a gentle stroll along the beach, then bag yourself a sun bed and order a tropical cocktail from the hotel’s open bar as you soak up the hot Dominican sun. For your safety and comfort, you are recommended to wear high-factor sunscreen. Your beach experience comes to a leisurely close with your return to La Romana and the ship.
          • Drink included

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4:30 h

          • AdultsR885Price per person

          • ChildrenR665Price per person

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Dominican Republic

        Where the sun always shines
        Where the sun always shines

        A world-famous magnet for sun worshippers, the Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s most visited holiday destination – yet it still holds plenty of surprises.


        There’s the geographic diversity, for starters – how many outsiders know that the country boasts five distinct mountain ranges, seemingly endless swathes of rainforest, regions of cactus-strewn semi-desert, plus the Caribbean’s largest metropolis, highest peak and biggest lake? Or that the capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest colonial city in the Americas? For a country significantly smaller than Scotland, it certainly packs a lot in. A cruise to the Dominican Republic will take you to its celebrated coastline – all 1000km and more of it – where you can count on hundreds of beautiful, white-sand beaches, 166km of coral reefs and 325 square kilometres of mangroves.

        Besides rainforest there are vast tracts of pine forest, much of which can be found in the country’s many national parks and nature reserves. Occupying gentler plots of land are the manicured greens of over 25 designer golf courses, complementing the countless locations for other outdoor pursuits, including one of the world’s best kitesurfing spots in Cabarete, and the largest breeding ground for the North Atlantic humpback whale population in the Samaná Bay, providing the scene for some of the most unforgettable nautical excursions anywhere.