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

  • Altos de Chavon amphitheatre

    Altos de Chavon amphitheatre

  • Bayahibe


  • Santa Rosa de Lima

    Santa Rosa de Lima

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    Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, where most important colonial monuments are located.Leaving the port we will drive to the city of Santo Domingo, the first capital of the New World, which was founded in the early sixteenth century. Observe the majestic Columbus Lighthouse (including photo stop), the last burial of Grand Admiral Christopher Columbus and one of the most impressive memorial lighthouses worldwide. The lighthouse was designed in 1929 by the British architect, Joseph Gleave, and concluded on the fifth anniversary of the discovery of the Americas. Then you will walk through the Colonial Zone, where the most important and impressive buildings were built during the period of colonization. Your tour will also visit the
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

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

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    • Duration
      6:25 h

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.