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About Samana and Cayo Levantado

The Dominican Republic lies on the eastern side of Hispaniola, an island it shares with Haiti. The D.R. (or Dom. Rep in the U.K.), as it's known, stretches over two-thirds of the island and is about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. It also claims the West Indies' highest mountain peak -- rising some 10,415 feet from the Valley of Cibao. Christopher Columbus founded the first permanent European settlement in the D.R. in 1493.
Samana, a port on the Dominican Republic's northeastern peninsula, might not look like much at first, but it offers some pleasant surprises to those who venture beyond its shops and restaurants. Positioned near several fishing villages, the colorful town offers some amazing food that's both fresh and authentic, as well as opportunities for horseback-riding, ATV tours, beach breaks, waterfall visits and mingling with locals. In-town attractions are limited, so an organized tour is the best way to experience this region. You also won't want to miss local specialties like larimar jewelry, Kola Real soda and Dominican hot chocolate.


Trips to the nearby island of Cayo Levantado, visible from Samana and located about 10 minutes away by boat, are also available, but only through your cruise line's excursion offerings. (Private tour operators aren't allowed to transport cruise passengers to the island on days when ships are anchored.) Additionally, some ships call only on Cayo Levantado, half of which is a public beach that's available only to cruisers on days when ships are in port, and half of which is a private resort.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Samana and Cayo Levantado, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      St. Thomas
    • Day 7
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Curacao
    • Day 11
      Curacao
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
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      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

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    scpd1856
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Best HAL Cruise Ever!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Plenty time to wind down.
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Samana and Cayo Levantado, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      St. Thomas
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aruba
    • Day 11
      Curacao
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Mustering up again
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Thank You to The Staff!
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    Hobbsey
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Relaxing Week with HAL
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Key West, Banana Coast ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
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      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Banana Coast (Trujillo)
    • Day 5
      Santo Tomas de Castilla
    • Day 6
      Costa Maya
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Tampa
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 12
      San Juan
    • Day 13
      St. Thomas
    • Day 14
      Antigua
    • Day 15
      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 15
      St. Lucia
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Aruba
    • Day 18
      Curacao
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
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      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    princeamy
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    STAY AWAY FROM HOLLAND AMERICA- THIEVES PARADISE
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    Sail Date May 2019
    This is my 3rd cruise with Holland America.
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Samana and Cayo Levantado, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      St. Thomas
    • Day 7
      Antigua
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aruba
    • Day 11
      Curacao
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Belize City
    • Day 18
      Roatan
    • Day 19
      Santo Tomas de Castilla
    • Day 20
      Costa Maya
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    joedniceguy
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Outstanding
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    jannycam2
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Classic small ship experience
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Samana and Cayo Levantado, San Juan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 5
      San Juan
    • Day 6
      St. Thomas
    • Day 7
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Soufriere Bay)
    • Day 8
      St. Lucia
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Curacao
    • Day 11
      Curacao
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Tampa
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Belize City
    • Day 18
      Banana Coast (Trujillo)
    • Day 19
      Santo Tomas de Castilla
    • Day 20
      Costa Maya
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Joe9596
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Very Pleasantly Surprised
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    viviansky
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    A super boring trip lacking activities
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Virgin Gorda, St. Barts ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Virgin Gorda
    • Day 3
      St. Barts
    • Day 4
      St. Maarten
    • Day 5
      Sopers Hole
    • Day 6
      Samana and Cayo Levantado
    • Day 7
      Grand Turk
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Key West
    • Day 10
      Key West
    • Day 11
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Star Legend - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Upscale, destination-driven yacht that visits off-the-beaten-path ports of call

    Cons

    Without sails, it lacks some of the panache of Windstar's original iconic ships

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for active couples seeking a romantic, small ship atmosphere

    Reviews

    Star Legend Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    For years, Windstar Cruises had been a fleet of three majestic motor-sail yachts: Wind Surf, Wi...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    CanadianKate
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Windstar Cruise, A T-Atl
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Once more before the stretch
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Belize City, Banana Coast ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Samana and Cayo Levantado Route (Holland America Line)