We took the 9-day Carribean cruise with NCL overt the Spring break. I will review the cruise separately but wanted to write a couple of words about our last stop – Samana, DR. Honestly, it is beyond me why such cruise company as NCL would every pick that place as a stop. Yes, there’s a beach you can tender to which we did not even attempt to go to due to bad weather, but the tender is not free (as it would be to a private NCL island) and the people that did go there were underwhelmed. We opted to tender to the village. What can I say… the “port” was dirty, water was full of garbage floating by, poverty – worse than some 3rd world countries I traveled to. We found a nice guy and his “auto rickshaw” to take us around. We saw a waterfall that was pretty decent but that was IT. He attempted to take us to another beach but it was just simply terrible: I was amazed there were tourists staying in the nearby hotel.
My advice, if you do take this cruise (other stops were Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Thomas) stay on the ship when docked in Samana or pay the money to tender to the Cayo Levantade if it’s a beautiful day.