Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata

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    • Day 15

      Dominican Republic

      December 26, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      Insignia has now set sail from the Dominican Republic to return us to Miami. The swells are quite big, with white caps stretching out to the horizon. But the ship is handling the conditions well. And I am continuing to enjoy the breeze and shade that brought me down to the starboard promenade on deck 5 in the first place.

      While we’ve been to the Dominican Republic on a previous cruise, Puerto Plata was a new-to-us port … our third such on this cruise.

      First, a bit of intel for the RTW2023 passengers who will be joining us. The embarkation numbers I heard early on were not accurate. OCA Cella said last night that she had just run the numbers and there will be 73 world cruisers joining in Miami … total pax complement will be 500+ for that segment. She is expecting 300+ world cruisers to join in San Francisco. So, when it is all said and done, it seems that unlike RTW2017, RTWers will outnumber segment passengers this time.

      Now, onward with our day.

      We had some funny money (aka shipboard credit) to get rid of before we arrive back in Miami on 28 December. So, we booked an excursion through the ship. We don’t do this often as we just don’t like being in large groups. But one of the options for today was a day pass at Ocean World. That ought to work, we said to ourselves. Once we got to our destination, we could wander around on our own … pick and choose activities at our own pace.

      What we didn’t count on was sharing the port with Odyssey of the Seas … an RCL ship that carries nearly 4,300 passengers … also at the Taino Bay facilities with us. And I don’t know how many other ships at Amber Cove, the terminal operated by Carnival for its family of cruise lines.

      It wasn’t too bad when we first arrived at Ocean World … around 9:45a to a small folklore group welcoming us with traditional dances. As the facility rep assigned to our group took us around on a familiarization tour, Mui went his own way to snorkel in the aquarium. I continued with the group until we reached the walk-in aviary. That’s when I walked away to check out the birds … a couple of toucans, some macaws, and a flock of love birds.

      Next I headed down to check out the beach, where we intended to spend the day. So disappointing. The small beach overlooking the manmade lagoon — the surf is too rough outside the breakwater — was overcrowded … the lagoon was filled with swimmers. Actually, I should say “players” as everyone seemed intent on climbing up and around the giant inflatable toys that took up so much of the water space.

      By the time I made it back to join Mui, following a straight path without walking into a wall of people was impossible. As for going to the sea lion and dolphin shows … well, you had to go get a seat early or be left standing outside the amphitheaters. We lucked out at the dolphin show … not so much at the sea lion show.

      Our day pass entitled us to a buffet lunch, so we partook of that, paying extra to purchase a couple of bottles of Presidente, the local Pilsner, to wash down the food. Then we went to a spot on the far side of the property where the otherwise blaring music and the screams of kids were drowned out by the waves crashing ashore. This was the best part of our day.

      As we always do, we made the best of what we were handed. But today is not going to take up valuable “grey matter” space in our minds.

      Once back on the ship, Mui decided to take a nap. With the sun baking our veranda, I came down to the promenade to do my writing. It wasn’t the quiet spot it usually is. The cacophony created by the hulls of both vessels rubbing up against the protection buoys as the swells pushed them back and forth made for quite the din in the echo chamber created by Insignia and Odyssey of the Seas tied up on either side of the pier. Luckily that din is no more now that we are out to sea.

      We have a relaxing day at sea tomorrow. Looking forward to that!
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    • Day 81

      26 mars Puerto Plata

      March 26 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Après une navigation de 652 Mn depuis Fort de France, à 08h00, nous sommes à quai à Puerto Plata au côté du Norwegian cruise line qui est gigantesque. Comme d’habitude dans cette partie du monde il fait beau et chaud.
      Départ à 10h00 du port pour notre visite. La ville a été fondée en 1502, son nom lui a été donnée par Colomb qui avait remarqué que le sommet de la colline qui domine la ville, toujours dans les nuages, prenait une couleur argentée
      Nous faisons une première halte au restaurant la Catalina pour déguster les spécialités locales ( un croisiériste. peut boire et manger à toute heure du jour et de la nuit) . Nous repartons pour voir la forteresse de San Felippe de 1564 et le phare métallique qui surplombe la baie, en chemin nous faisons une petite halte en face de la statue de Neptune
      À 12h30 nous sommes à la rhumerie Macorix.
      Le Larimar a été découvert en 1974 et se trouve uniquement en République dominicaine. Son nom vient de Lari la fille du découvreur et mar pour sa couleur.
      Le centre ville avec la place de l’indépendance qui date des années 1860-1870 est coloré et charmant
      Nous poursuivons notre visite par le musée de l’ambre, qui en a fourni à la production de Jurassic Park qui en retour l’autorise à utiliser leur logo
      Un petit lézard pris dans l’ambre depuis 50 millions d’années est le clou du musée. Nous prenons un petit repas en bord de mer avant de retourner vers le fort par le bord de mer où nous prenons une moto taxi pour aller voir la cathédrale avant de retourner au bateau.
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    • Day 14

      Land&Leute IV: Puntilla

      November 13, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Festung Fortaleza de San Felipe, Leuchtturm, Amfitheater, Reiterstatue Gregorio de Luperon, erstarrter Lavastrom, Kreuzfahrtterminal - vor Anker 'Adventure of the Seas' - und trotz der Nähe zum Hafen gibt es kleine Wunder: Die Korallen rund um die Puntilla erholen sich deutlich sichtbarRead more

    • Day 13

      Sapore di Mare

      November 12, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      4-Gänge a'la Carte italienisch 😋🤤
      Lachstartar 💓
      Bruschetta 😍
      Spaghetti aglio' i Olio 🥰
      Fettuccine all Alfredo i Pollo ❤️
      Dessert Cheesecake chocolat - okay nicht alles Italian Style 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Day 9

      12.08 - Puerto Plata No. 2

      August 12, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Puerto Plata selbst ist eine Stadt, die man in einer Stunde erkundet hat. Wenn man mit der Oma zwischendrin noch telefoniert, vielleicht zwei. Einzig und allein die alte Hafenfestung - zur Abwehr gegen Piraten erbaut - ist wirklich sehenswert.
      Aber dafür hat das Umland sehr, sehr viel zu bieten…
      Gestern schon im ersten Nationalpark, ging es heute zu den 27 Wasserfällen von Damajagua - 27 Charcos de Damajagua.
      Da wir heute mal die Spendierhosen anhatten, ging es zuerst mit Zip-Lines durch den Regenwald und danach ins feuchte Nass. Ganze 7 Wasserfälle (mehr waren aufgrund der Dürre nicht verfügbar) sind wir runtergerutscht oder gesprungen. Zwischendurch ging es noch durch das Flussbecken oder -bett. Es war unbeschreiblich.
      Noch unbeschreiblicher als unsere Fahrt zu dem Nationalpark. Die bestritten wir nämlich zu dritt auf einem Moto - Einem Motorrad, frisiert bis nach Puerto Rico, mit Fahrer und uns beiden. Fahrt quer durch die Stadt kostet, samt Abenteuer 2-4 Euro.
      Danach stiegen wir um in ein Guagua. Ein Minibus der da hält wo die willst und gerne auch mal 10 Personen mehr als Platz ist mitnimmt. Dazwischen auchmal das ein oder andere Huhn…
      Aber mit viel Spontanität und frohen Mutes klappt alles ohne Sorgen.
      Morgen gehts an den vielleicht schönsten Ort der Welt. Ein Surferparadies namens Cabarete.
      ¡Hasta la proxima!
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    • Day 3

      Exploring Puerto Plata

      December 19, 2022 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

      Shortly after we woke up, the captain informed us that we had arrived ahead of schedule, so we hustled to have some breakfast and oack up for the excursion of the day -- a tour of the Puerto Plata. After we disembarked, I looked down and realized I had packed and been wearing mismatched shoes for the past several days, which explains why my run on the treadmill felt much more off than the gentle sway of the boat could explain. Putting my vanity aside, we boarded a bus and set off on the tour.

      The first stop was at Macroix Rum house, where we learned the history of the family, followed by a tasting session. While Laura and I felt it was a bit early to start drinking in earnest, many of our fellow guests didn't not share our trepidation. I sipped an 8yr rum that I liked, but we passed on the majority of flavored rums. Caty sniffed one and decided it was not her jam, which was confirmed after dipping a finger in another.

      The next stop was the estate of Gregorio Luperón, a general of the Dominican Republic in the 1800s. We learned a bit about the history of the country and his life (the kitchen downstairs also acted as a restaurant to make money) before we were herded back onto the bus.

      Stop #2 was the Rainbow shop, where we saw larimar stones/minerals, which can only be found off the coast of the Dominican Republic and is made into jewelry. Caty scored some souvenir earrings from the adjacent store.

      Stop #3 took us to Umbrella street, the origin of the name being self-evident with all the rainbow umbrellas suspended overhead. We popped into a local coffee shop for some liquid chocolate (Caty was thrilled), and Laura grabbed some Empanadas from a nearby vendor for her and Caty while we waited for the group to finish. We then walked over to Pink Street, again whose name was self-evident with 100% pink walls. The street took us to a local cigar shop, which smelled heavenly with all the drying tobacco leaves. We heard an overview of the cigar making process, and its importance to the country's economy.

      The penultimate stop was the Amber museum, featuring a collection of amber pieces with various insects or small critters suspended within. Interestingly the museum had ties to Jurassic Park. The movie used one of their pieces in the film, and the film crew liked it so much they asked to keep it. The museum allowed them to in exchange for the rights to copy the logo and use JP intellectual property as part of the museums branding.

      Finally, we bussed over to Fortaleza San Felipe, a fort used to protect the island against pirates and corsairs. We opted to walk along the beach. We wish we had more time to spend in the ocean -- it was like bath water.

      While the sights were interesting, in all honesty the excursion wasn't a winner, as spending the day in a bus with some of our more boorish passengers detracted from the experience. We took it as a lesson learned for how we'd organize the rest of our trip.

      The day wasn't a total loss -- once we got back on the boat Caty went down the water slide "at least 40 times" while Laura and I had lunch, napped and then exercise. Caty had dinner at the buffet (I enjoyed some cocktails at the bar), and then we all went down to the theater for the highlight of the day. Our show was Choir of Man -- a men's choir set in a local pub. The group was talented, and the set had some very funny moments. We were all thrilled with it. Following the show Laura and I had a late dinner, and went back to the room to catch a bit of the Packers game before calling it a night.
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    • Day 11

      Dominikanische Republik

      August 3, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Den ersten Tag auf See haben wir mit faulenzen, Baden und zuviel essen verbracht. 😁.
      Am 2. Tag erreichten wir pünktlich um 10 Uhr die Dominikanische Republik. Für mich das 4. Mal, dass ich die DomRep betrete, für Marcel das 2. Mal . Daher blieben wir auch in Hafen Nähe und suchten uns erstmal ein Café mit WLAN, endlich!!!
      Es gab dort auch schön gestaltete Bademöglichkeiten und einen lazy river. In dem wir uns eine Weile in grossen Reifen treiben ließen . Marcel ksufte noch den gewünschten brugal Rum für seine Oma. Insgesamt ein schöner, entspannter Tag.
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    • Day 20

      Strand Puerto Plata

      February 19, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

      Tagsüber ging es für mich zum Strand in Puerto Plata. Dieser war im Vergleich zu anderen Stränden nicht so schön. So lief ich weiter, bis ich eine ruhig Ecke fand.
      Erschreckend fand ich, dass der private Strand für die Touristen aufgeräumt war und der öffentliche Strand für die Einheimischen voller Mül war.Read more

    • Day 6


      February 16, 2023 in Dominican Republic

      Cittadina sull'oceano atlantico, adagiata in una vallata tra colline verdissime. Colorata e allegra, ti regala gentilezza e sorrisi. È uno di quei posti in cui la gente ti saluta anche se non ti ha mai visto e non ti vedrà mai più, solo perché ti incrocia per strada.
      Nei dintorni si produce molto tabacco e cacao e sono molte le aziende che hanno sede in città.
      È stato piacevole perderci tra le sue viuzze fatte di case basse e colorate.
      Una in particolare, una via che all'inizio non aveva destato il nostro interesse, perché sembrava la tipica via turistica instagrammabile, si è invece rivelata un'altra sorpresa: è stata dedicata a Doña Blanca (Bianca Franchescini de Rainieri) che aprì il primo grande hotel della Repubblica Dominicana, considerato all'epoca il migliore di tutta l'isola. L'omaggio è stato fatto a lei che ha insegnato loro come si fa turismo.
      Nel pomeriggio saremmo dovuti salire su in collina dove si trova un meraviglioso giardino botanico, ma il cattivo tempo non ce lo ha permesso. In compenso abbiamo riso tanto correndo sotto la pioggia torrenziale dei Caraibi.
      A domani!
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    • Day 14

      Land&Leute VII: Puerto Plata Oldtown

      November 13, 2023 in Dominican Republic ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

      Oldtown Puerto Plata mit der Regenschirmgasse, der Gasse Paseo de Dona Blanca - pinke Strasse - und dem zentralen Platz mit der Kathedrale und dem Pavillon. Die Häuser drumherum sind noch teils aus Kolonialzeit und der viktorianischen ZeitRead more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Puerto Plata, San Felipe de Puerto Plata, פוארטו פלטה, POP, プエルト・プラタ, 푸에르토플라타, San Antonio de Guerra, Сан-Фелипе-де-Пуэрто-Плата, Вилояти Пуэрто Плата, Сан-Феліпе-де-Пуерто-Плата, پورتو پلاتا, 聖斐利-銀港

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