Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic President meets on Royal Caribbean cruise ship


The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, met with executives from Royal Caribbean as part of his government plan to make the Dominican economy more based around tourism.

Medina was received by Captain Henrik Loy, captain of the cruise Explorer of the Seas while she was anchored in the Bay of Samana.

One of the objectives stated by the president is boost cruise tourism and work on a cruise ship terminal in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Ronan, Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President made ​​a presentation to foreign and domestic entrepreneurs, including  Federico Schad , Director of Services and Bay Cruise Tejera Rafael Blanco, president of Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium.

It is the first time a Dominican president addressed a cruise ship operator in an effort promote this important form of tourism.

More Royal Caribbean ships will visit the Dominican Republic in 2012-2013


After several meetings with three major cruise lines that touch Dominican ports, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Radhames Martinez Aponte, said the country should feel satisfied with the achievements so far in the event organized by the Association of Cruise Florida and the Caribbean (FCCA).  Among the FCCA members is Royal Caribbean, who agreed to increase the amount of passengers that will visit the country in 2012-2013.

"During the meetings we held with Royal Caribbean, MSC and Norwegian have promised us that from the 2012-2013 season will increase the number of cruise ships or cruise the ability of playing the Dominican Republic, which would raise the number of tourists coming this way, "said Martinez Aponte.

Michael Roman, vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean for Royal Caribbean, acknowledged the efforts being made by the Ministry of Tourism to further improve the conditions of ports and the changes they have experienced.