La Romana

Carnival Cruise is taking part in part of a ground breaking of a new modern cruise terminal in Puerto Plata. The completed terminal is expected to cost $65 million in US dollars and is expected to be completed in 2014. Once completed it is estimated that the new port will bring in around 250,000 cruise passengers per year.

Carnival Cruise already stops at ports in La Romana and Santo Domingo. Puerto Plata has been suffering from (more…)

This weekends Dominican Republic celebrity sightings include Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian who were spotted in La Romana over the weekend. The Kardashians were joined by Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner. (more…)

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One of the major airlines flying into the Dominican Republic announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy.

AMR American Airlines and American Eagle

AMR is the parent company for both American Airlines (AA) and American Eagle so problems affecting one of the airlines will be affecting both. AMR has stated that it has $4.1 Billion dollars in cash to pay to keep services going for the two airlines so at this time it would appear your tickets for American Airlines of American Eagle to and from the Dominican Republic will remain valid. That includes if you have frequent flyer miles under the AAdvantage program of American Airlines and OneWorld Alliance.

In the press release issued by American Airlines today it was stated that they and American Eagle “EXPECT TO CONTINUE” normal services, and flight schedules as well as make reservations, exchanges and offer refunds under its normal rules.

Thomas W. Horton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AMR and American Airlines, said, (more…)

As expected Hurricane Irene inflicted quite a bit of damage to the DR. Irene slowly moved past Puerto Plata as a category 2 hurricane lashing the area with sustained winds up to 95 mph. More than 100 families were evacuated from the Puerto Plata area and moved to improvised shelters. At least 14 houses were destroyed by the sea. A canal also overflowed in the LA Javilla area engulfing several houses and causing the evacuation of at least 15 families.

Landslides caused by the heavy rain were found on the Luperon Highway connecting Santiago and Puerto Plata causing traffic issues on this heavily used route.

Schools reopened

Both public and private schools were closed yesterday due to the hurricane. While for the most part they were reopened this morning, in some areas there are still hard rains and winds keeping schools in a few areas of the country closed.

Santo Domingo

Two of the rivers in Santo Domingo burst their banks (more…)

American Airlines has announce it will wave change fees for passengers affected by Hurricane Irene. This allows passengers to rebook their flights to specific location from specific dates.

Flights from these locations can be rebooked.
La Romana/Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic (LRM)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)
Tortola, Beef Island, British Virgin Islands (EIS)

These are the applicable dates. (more…)

American Eagle

American Eagle

American Airlines affiliate American Eagle announced it will be resuming it’s flights to La Romana-Casa de Campo International Airport (LRM) from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan (SJU).

The flights are set for Friday and Sunday with the flight from San Juan Puerto Rico to La Romana leaving at 12:25 pm and arriving in La Romana at 1:25 pm and the flight from La Romana leaving at 2:00 pm and arriving in San Juan Puerto Rico at 3:00 pm.

This flight works out well if you would like to spend a weekend out of your DR vacation in Puerto Rico. You can Leave the DR on Friday and come back the following Sunday.

San Juan is known as “La Ciudad Amurallada” or “the walled city”. It’s on the Northern Coastline of Puerto Rico. Likely your visit would include some of the major points of interest like “Old San Juan” with its numerous plazas, parks and forts. One of the more interesting forts is “El Morro” an awesome looking 6 level fortress. There are also many museums of interest as well as other historical buildings. Many of these buildings were constructed in the 1500’s to the 1800’s.

Then of course there is the food. You will find food from all over the world here with great restaurants serving French, Italian, Asian, Greek, Spanish and German food.

Jet Blue is adding two more flights from New York to La Romana, Dominican Republic stating Nov 16 2011. This makes jetblue only nonstop flight between the Dominican Republic’s third largest city La Romana and New York. La Romana built its international airport in 2008 to increase traffic to the nearby tourist destinations and golf resorts.

The proposed schedule is for Wednesday and Saturday with a flight leaving JFK at 8:36 in the morning and arriving at LRM at 1:31 in the afternoon and starting its return flight at 2:26 in the afternoon and arriving back at JFK at 5:26. JetBlue expect to be able to offer the flights on an introductory sale for as low as $99 for a one way flight.

This new addition will be JetBlues 5th destination city in the Dominican Republic, something that is good news to me. I personally prefer to travel with JetBlue due to the additional legroom offered in their planes. Other features like the personal TV for each passenger, better in-flight service and smaller lines are just icing on the cake! JetBlue is also very competitive with the other airlines and are very frequently the lowest priced.

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