Cruises to Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo should definitely be on your list of places to visit while in the Dominic Republic. Find the perfect Caribbean Cruise to Santo Domingo.

Santo Domingo: Board a cruise to the “Gateway of the Antilles” with MSC Cruises and visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

When you book a cruise to the Dominican Republic with MSC Cruises, a trip to the capital of this Caribbean nation, Santo Domingo, should definitely be on your list of things to see.

Located on the southern shore of Hispaniola island in the Greater Antilles and divided by the River Ozama, the historical city of Santo Domingo offers beautiful architecture, fabulous beaches, the wonderful Parque Mirador Sur and splendid shopping opportunities, two examples being the modern Megacentro and the more intimate Plaza Andalucia.

Santo Domingo was founded by Bartholomew Columbus shortly after his brother, Christopher, had discovered Hispaniola in 1492. The city’s status as the earliest European settlement in the Americas is amply evidenced by the many 16th-century buildings in its Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must-sees include the former viceregal residence of Alcázar de Colón, Ozama Fortress and Santa Maria La Menor Cathedral. The modern Faro de Colón lighthouse and museum is a monument to the great explorer.

Other must-visit sites while in the area are the nearby Los Tres Ojos, or The Three Eyes. This trio of lakes in open-topped limestone caverns can be explored on guided boat trips. As a firm favorite of family vacations, this jewel of nature makes a perfect shore destination to round out your cruise experience with MSC Cruises.

Give yourself a break and book yourself on board one of MSC Cruises’ luxury ships for a chance to capture all the Antilles magic of a cruise to the Dominican Republic.

Book your stylish cruise to the Dominica Republic with MSC Cruises today!

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 SDQ01 - CITY TOUR (3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Give yourself a break from the ship, board a modern coach and venture out to see the sights of Santo Domingo, the lovely capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic. The first stop is at the resplendent National Palace, after which you will continue on through Gazcue, one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful districts with an abundance of elegant art deco architecture. A stop will then be made at the “Plaza de la Cultura” complex, which is home to the National Theatre, several museums and other cultural institutions. Also, you will enjoy a view of the Palace of Arts and the “Centro de los Héroes”, buildings that are an integral part of the contemporary history of Santo Domingo. Your visit to the bustling Plaza España, the Cathedral and the Alcázar de Colón, an impressive vice-regal residence in the city’s so-called “Colonial Zone” forms the highlight of your tour. You will also have time to do some shopping before returning to your ship. Note: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 6pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code SDQ01 if you will be in transit in Santo Domingo or code SDQ01D if you will be disembarking in Santo Domingo.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SDQ02 - CHOCOLATE TOUR (4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Snack included  In taking you to discover the wonders of one of the Caribbean’s largest organic cocoa processing plants, where only the most exquisite raw materials are used, this tour is sure to appeal to your inner chocolate connoisseur. Continuing along the chocolate theme, the second leg of the tour will see you visit to a cocoa farm to witness how a team of highly-skilled chocolatiers roasts and grinds the cocoa beans to produce the finest hand-made chocolate for your personal enjoyment. The third leg will then give you an opportunity to watch artisan potters while they recreate the kind of pottery their ancestors used to make. To add a savoury note to this chocolaty tour, you will enjoy a typical local snack before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: in general, children must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent to take part, but exceptions can be made at the discretion of the parents of children under the age of 8. The maximum age for participation is 75. Max. weight per guest is 250 lbs; max. height is 6’4”. You are recommended to take sunscreen, comfortable shoes and insect repellent.

Price per person $81.00 Adults $56.00 Children

   


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 SDQ03 - FUN ADVENTURE TOUR (6.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  Departing from the port in open air trucks and with a certified tour guide, we head towards a 15 meter waterfall for a refreshing swim and incredible views. From there we head towards a typical Dominican house, where an explanation of the process of how local products are grown and a tasting of their delicious coffee. Afterwards, we continue to Ranch La Sabana, where a delicious buffet style lunch will be served. The tour also includes an ecological tour that visits 6 small waterfalls along the river. Finally, the trucks will be waiting to take you back to the port. Notes: You are recommended to take insect repellent and high-factor sunscreen, as well as a towel and a change of clothing if you wish to swim in the waterfall. We recommend you to wear good shoes as the tour included long walk.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 SDQ07 - SANTO DOMINGO: ADVENTURES AND LEGENDS (7 hours incl. lunch) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Lunch or dinner included  Music, adventure and the soul of the Dominican people await you on this fun-packed tour, whose first stop will be the town of Sabana Grande de Boyá. Apart from promising enchanting views, the town equally commemorates the fight to abolish slavery and also provided the Taíno people with a welcome sanctuary during the colonial period. After paying the Church of Santa Maria de Boyá a visit, a beautiful old building dating back to the 16th century, the tour continues with an optional ride to the majestic “Salto de Socoa” waterfall. Lunch is included. Please note: you are recommended to take insect repellent and high-factor sunscreen, as well as a towel and a change of clothing if you wish to swim in the waterfall.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 SDQ08 - RELAX AT BOCA CHICA BEACH (5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  Situated about a 30-minute drive to the east of Santo Domingo – the capital of the Dominican Republic – lies one of the nation’s most popular beaches in the charming seaside town of Boca Chica. This is the perfect spot to swim, relax and enjoy the amenities of the Don Juan Beach Resort Hotel, which was purpose-built to be a holidaymaker’s delight. Grab a beach chair and hit the beach for some time in the sun. A 500-m reef closes off the bay to the sea and forms a natural pool whose beauty has to be seen to be believed. The mill-pond stillness of the water here is an open invitation to jump in and indulge in all sorts of water-based fun. Food and drinks are also available at the resort at an additional charge. Your beachy day out comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Notes: Umbrellas are available for rent.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SDQ09 - DOMINICAN FIESTA (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  Seize the day on this Dominican fiesta tour that combines a touch of culture and folklore with exquisite cuisine. A coach from the Sansouci Terminal, situated just a short walk from the ship, will take you to a local restaurant in Santo Domingo’s famous historical Colonial Zone. You can then simply unwind and enjoy the live show featuring talented dancers and the lively sounds of merengue and other local rhythms as well as various crafts and cigar-rolling demonstrations put on by on-site artisans. Delicious food will round off your Dominican fiesta tour and a generous buffet featuring various Dominican specialities is sure to tempt your taste buds. Alternative dishes can also be provided for vegetarians and guests needing to observe dietary restrictions, e.g. due to food allergies. Please note: in general, children must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent to take part, but exceptions can be made at the discretion of the parents of children under the age of 8. The maximum age for participation is 85. Max. weight per guest is 250 lbs; max. height is 6’4”.

Price per person $116.00 Adults $81.00 Children

   


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 SDQ10 - Dominican Rum Tour (3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Drink included  New  Located 55 minutes away from the Terminal, a bus will take you into the country side, into the Barcelo Rum Historical Center and Factory. During the visit, we will have at-a-glance a general view of the rum elaboration process. Going through the bodegas, aging barrels will welcome us in a special journey. Then we will see the manufacturing of Barrels, elaboration, distillation, aging and packing of the several Barcelo Rums through a catwalk. Further on, we will enter the Barcelo Rum Historical Center, where colonial and contemporary history share the story of Rum making in Dominican Republic and the Barceló Family History. A final stop will be done in the Barceló Bar and Gift Shop, were guests will have a personal gift, a taste of the Barceló Rums and shopping time at the Barceló Store. Notes: Minimun age - 18 years old, maximum age-80 years old, maximum weight limit, 113 kg.

Price per person $72.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 SDQ1D - City Tour for Disembarking Guests - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Give yourself a break from the ship, board a modern coach and venture out to see the sights of Santo Domingo, the lovely capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic. The first stop is at the resplendent National Palace, after which you will continue on through Gazcue, one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful districts with an abundance of elegant art deco architecture. A stop will then be made at the “Plaza de la Cultura” complex, which is home to the National Theatre, several museums and other cultural institutions. Also, you will enjoy a view of the Palace of Arts and the “Centro de los Héroes”, buildings that are an integral part of the contemporary history of Santo Domingo. Your visit to the bustling Plaza España, the Cathedral and the Alcázar de Colón, an impressive vice-regal residence in the city’s so-called “Colonial Zone” forms the highlight of your tour. You will also have time to do some shopping before returning to your ship. Note: This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 6pm. The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code SDQ01 if you will be in transit in Santo Domingo or code SDQ01D if you will be disembarking in Santo Domingo.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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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.