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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Puerto Plata Cruises

Puerto Plata cruises open a door to the best of the Dominican Republic’s North Coast, the pioneer in tourism with the richest natural landscape in the island. The quality and quantity of activities and tours in this part of the island is very diverse, including historic sites, eco tours, water sports, endless beaches, gastronomy experiences, superb golfing and shopping. The region includes beach towns of Sosua, Cabarete, Cofresi and Costambar, each with its own selection of fun activities. 

Amber Cove

Carnival Cruises

Amber Cove Port is located in Maimon Bay, and is a private cruise ship port for Carnival Cruises. It has many activities in the port itself, and on shore excursions available all over the North Coast.

Taino Bay

Multiple Cruise Lines

Taino Bay Port is located in the heart of Puerto Plata, within walking distance to the city’s historic district. This port serves several cruise ship lines such as Norwegian, Virgin, Royal Caribbean, and more. 


Cruise ports in Puerto Plata offer a set of amenities such as swimming pool areas, zip lining, shopping, duty free stores, cabannas, bars, restaurants, jewelry stores, water sports rental, kids areas, beach and loungers. On shore excursions are numerous as well considering the area:

  • Dolphin Swim and Ocean World 
  • Historic District Tours
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Puerto Plata Museums
  • ATV/Buggy Adventures
  • Monster Truck Tours
  • Catamaran Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outback Dominican Adventures
  • Paradise Island Tour ( reef sandbank)
  • Local Beaches Tour

Some passengers learn about other tours not included in the list and book them using external tour operators, which is fine as long as you select a reputable agency with many years in the trade. There is an activity for everyone, dare to discover and experience the best of the Caribbean.


The Gastronomic experience of Puerto Plata restaurants takes the visitor to many special places such as La Casita Azul, located in the heart of the Historic District. This restaurant’s décor is all original 1879 Victorian style, and faces the Cathedral in the Parque Independencia. The menu is fantastic to say the least, the hosts are superb friendly and the atmosphere very classy. The list in the link above shows many other restaurants in Puerto Plata worth visiting, the list is long enough to please all tastes.

La Casita Azul restaurant in Puerto Plata, DR
La Casita Azul is a unique gastronomic experience.


Cruise ships that visit Puerto Plata ports are numerous, which is no surprise given the fact that Carnival Cruises is the largest operator in the world, and the ones coming to Taino Bay combine a list of major companies known for their large fleet of cruises visiting the Caribbean. As a quick reference we will add in this page a profile for all the ships coming to Puerto Plata, and the links to book them from their respective operators.