Punta Cana as a Cruise Port?

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We took a taxi from our private excursion to that beach then taxi back to the port.

There were 8 of us in cab and I think it was like $5-7pp to get from beach to port.
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Would be delighted to read any others' thoughts and reviews of this port. don't be shy, anything will help.

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Originally posted by DR Cruiser
Hello, here is Celebrity Equinox in Cap Cana (Punta Cana) on September 1st.
https://www.facebook.com/cruisecapcana/

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Next March will be our first stop in the Dominican Republic. Reads all the posts but two questions:

1. Has anyone ever been on one of the Celebrity ships and had the port cancelled due to weather or rough seas?

2. Has anyone done the segway eco tour? It says it is about 4 hours long.

Several months before we go, so will keep watching this post.
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Originally posted by Capt. Johnny
Next March will be our first stop in the Dominican Republic. Reads all the posts but two questions:

1. Has anyone ever been on one of the Celebrity ships and had the port cancelled due to weather or rough seas?

2. Has anyone done the segway eco tour? It says it is about 4 hours long.

Several months before we go, so will keep watching this post.
Just returned from 8-days on the Equinox. Scheduled to stop in Punta Cana as one of 5 stops.
Were never allowed off the boat due to unsafe conditions for the tenders. Two to four foot swells made the 15-20 minutes journey to the marina too dangerous. The weather that day was absolutely gorgeous, so I hate to see what it looks like when the weather is a bit off. This was a huge disappointment for us, not just because we missed Punta Cana but it came at the beginning of a planned sea day which meant we ended up spending 4 days at sea on an 8-day cruise vs. 3 days at sea. Frustrating part is the Equinox was the ONLY ship on the Punta Cana manifest for the entire month of May. Not sure why Celebrity continues to try this destination? I for one will never again book a cruise that has Punta Cana as a scheduled stop.
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Thank you, Tablet. We too are booked on the 8-day Equinox sailing. Hopefully, others will post their experiences here, so we can get a longer term notion of successful shore excursions. Hope you otherwise enjoyed the Equinox.

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Does anyone wish to share their experiences about porting and visiting Punta Cana? I would really like to hear about it.

Thanks, Scanditaly
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Originally posted by scanditaly
Does anyone wish to share their experiences about porting and visiting Punta Cana? I would really like to hear about it.

Thanks, Scanditaly
I did a review of our Oct 2017 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise that included a stop in Punta Cana. A link to our site is in my signature. I hope it helps some. It isn’t a great port.
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
I did a review of our Oct 2017 Nieuw Amsterdam cruise that included a stop in Punta Cana. A link to our site is in my signature. I hope it helps some. It isn’t a great port.
Thank you for your very detailed very interesting travelogue. Can you please help me differentiate between Cap Cana, Amber Cove and Punta Cana?

TIA, Scanditaly
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Originally posted by scanditaly
Thank you for your very detailed very interesting travelogue. Can you please help me differentiate between Cap Cana, Amber Cove and Punta Cana?

TIA, Scanditaly
Cap Cana is the port for Punta Cana. Amber Cove is also in the Dominican Republic. Below is the map of our cruise showing the two different port locations.

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Originally posted by scanditaly
Does anyone wish to share their experiences about porting and visiting Punta Cana? I would really like to hear about it.

Thanks, Scanditaly
Cap Cana (at Punta Cana) became one of our ports last fall on a Nieuw Amsterdam cruise after our planned stops encountered so much hurricane damage. (We were on the same cruise with MVPinBoynton.)

We did a tour with Outback Adventures but because they had a contract with Holland America, we had to book the excursion through the ship. However...HAL has a 110% price guarantee on their tours so I was able to get the difference in the ship price and the price if I had booked independently with Outback Adventures refunded (plus 10%).

The tour was a bit shorter than first advertised, but I attribute that to confusion from this being a new cruise ship port. Other than that, we really enjoyed our day and it was nice to be able to see a little of the "real" DR.

I have a description of our tour and quite a few pictures on my blog. Here is the link if you would like to get an idea of what we did: Outback Adventure Tour from Cap Cana

I also did a video of our cruise and the segment on Cap Cana starts at 9:00 minutes into the video.

Video of our Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise
It looked like the area around the port was being developed, but when we visited, you really needed to take a tour since there wasn't much to do near where the tenders dock.
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Thank you so much, AryMay, love the video.

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For those who have already stopped in Cap Cana / Punta Cana, would you recommend a cruise line shore excursion or just taking the shuttle bus to the beach?

We're scheduled to stop here on our next Celebrity cruise, and their shore excursions seem a bit pricey. We have a bit of extra on board credit to use, so I'd like to book a shore excursion in either Punta Cana or Nassau. Since we've been to Nassau many times before and know we won't get off of the ship without a shore excursion, I'm leaning towards a shore excursion in Nassau and just doing the shuttle bus to the beach in Punta Cana.

Thoughts? Thanks!
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#75
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Originally posted by LizO830
For those who have already stopped in Cap Cana / Punta Cana, would you recommend a cruise line shore excursion or just taking the shuttle bus to the beach?

We're scheduled to stop here on our next Celebrity cruise, and their shore excursions seem a bit pricey. We have a bit of extra on board credit to use, so I'd like to book a shore excursion in either Punta Cana or Nassau. Since we've been to Nassau many times before and know we won't get off of the ship without a shore excursion, I'm leaning towards a shore excursion in Nassau and just doing the shuttle bus to the beach in Punta Cana.

Thoughts? Thanks!
I’m looking for the same thing. I was surprised to see how pricey the Celebrity shore excursions are! I considered doing a hotel for a day, but that costs more than the shore excursions. We are taking our daughter and boyfriend for their college graduation so paying that much for 4 people is really getting expensive. I just can’t justify $600-$700 to go to a resort for a day, but we would really like to do something.
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Originally posted by LizO830
For those who have already stopped in Cap Cana / Punta Cana, would you recommend a cruise line shore excursion or just taking the shuttle bus to the beach?

We're scheduled to stop here on our next Celebrity cruise, and their shore excursions seem a bit pricey. We have a bit of extra on board credit to use, so I'd like to book a shore excursion in either Punta Cana or Nassau. Since we've been to Nassau many times before and know we won't get off of the ship without a shore excursion, I'm leaning towards a shore excursion in Nassau and just doing the shuttle bus to the beach in Punta Cana.

Thoughts? Thanks!
I posted this on 11/27/17

We returned today from our 7 day Caribbean cruise on the Silhouette and one of tbe stops was Cap Cana. It took sometime to load the tenders because of rough waters but we made it on shore.
We decided to go to Juanillo Beach, which is about 25 min ride. The round trip on the shuttle was 20/person and it left every 15 or 20 min. A cab with scheduled pick up time was $65/car so convenient if it is more than 3 in your group. Once there we went to Little John restaurant and settled in a cabana style seats and table. Payment was consumption but you could negotiate. Beach was nice but there was a lot of seaweed and water clarity was not that great. The other option was API beach for $15 round trip per person. It looks like they put a net out in the water to prevent seaweed from getting to shore.

The shops at the marina were open but there really wasn't much to see.

The tender on the way back was much better. This is a port I would not mind missing in the future.


Excursion to same beach was 109 per person. Too pricey IMO
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#77
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Originally posted by Sandy1975
I posted this on 11/27/17

We returned today from our 7 day Caribbean cruise on the Silhouette and one of tbe stops was Cap Cana. It took sometime to load the tenders because of rough waters but we made it on shore.
We decided to go to Juanillo Beach, which is about 25 min ride. The round trip on the shuttle was 20/person and it left every 15 or 20 min. A cab with scheduled pick up time was $65/car so convenient if it is more than 3 in your group. Once there we went to Little John restaurant and settled in a cabana style seats and table. Payment was consumption but you could negotiate. Beach was nice but there was a lot of seaweed and water clarity was not that great. The other option was API beach for $15 round trip per person. It looks like they put a net out in the water to prevent seaweed from getting to shore.

The shops at the marina were open but there really wasn't much to see.

The tender on the way back was much better. This is a port I would not mind missing in the future.


Excursion to same beach was 109 per person. Too pricey IMO


Thanks so much for your report back. My sister and I are on the Equinox in January and hard to find info on this port. Think we will try Juanillo beach as you did (if we are able to tender). I try to avoid tendered ports when booking cruises with my husband but sister liked this itinerary.


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