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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We went ashore on the transport boat to find only a few tents with very aggressive vendors selling cheap trinkets. There was a beach bar and you could pay for a lounge chair. Most passengers mistakenly thought we would be on the main ... Read More
We went ashore on the transport boat to find only a few tents with very aggressive vendors selling cheap trinkets. There was a beach bar and you could pay for a lounge chair. Most passengers mistakenly thought we would be on the main island of the Domincan Republic and that we could explore an actual town. The only nice, clean area on the little island of Samana was off-limits to us--for guests only. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Nothing but encounters with locals trying to sell tours and souvenirs as you walk along a not too attractive promenade towards town.
Nothing but encounters with locals trying to sell tours and souvenirs as you walk along a not too attractive promenade towards town. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I liked the dancers as we came onto shore but wasn't pleased how the locals pounced on us as we arrived...it was a bit scary!
I liked the dancers as we came onto shore but wasn't pleased how the locals pounced on us as we arrived...it was a bit scary! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We did not go ashore and after hearing other peoples' tender experiences, we knew we had made the right decision. This could be a decent port IF you have an excursion planned and are physically fit.
We did not go ashore and after hearing other peoples' tender experiences, we knew we had made the right decision. This could be a decent port IF you have an excursion planned and are physically fit. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
Hammish the Cruise Director stated the night before we arrived that there was not much to see. Plus the Zika virus was in the Dominican Republic. So, we stayed on the ship.
Hammish the Cruise Director stated the night before we arrived that there was not much to see. Plus the Zika virus was in the Dominican Republic. So, we stayed on the ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Nice places to see, but the social environment is unplaisant. Dress without blink more than anywhere else if you want get less attention from everyone trying to get "a dollar" for anything.
Nice places to see, but the social environment is unplaisant. Dress without blink more than anywhere else if you want get less attention from everyone trying to get "a dollar" for anything. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
There was a lot of problems with the excursion and not all of them were the dive shop's fault. Very rough seas and bad tender service put us way behind schedule. Being very rushed my party (4) opted out of the second dive and took ... Read More
There was a lot of problems with the excursion and not all of them were the dive shop's fault. Very rough seas and bad tender service put us way behind schedule. Being very rushed my party (4) opted out of the second dive and took advantage of the noon meal which was enjoyable. I was disappointed in the dive boat and operation. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Don't even get off the ship. Dirty island with people waiting to rip you off. Avoid any excursions at port side because they don't give you what they promised. Dollar is strong here so negotiate everything.
Don't even get off the ship. Dirty island with people waiting to rip you off. Avoid any excursions at port side because they don't give you what they promised. Dollar is strong here so negotiate everything. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We did pay for this tour. At the evening before, the Cruise Director told all attendees at the end of the comedian's performance (Noodles Levine- and he was AWFUL) that what would happen would be that everyone who had a shore ... Read More
We did pay for this tour. At the evening before, the Cruise Director told all attendees at the end of the comedian's performance (Noodles Levine- and he was AWFUL) that what would happen would be that everyone who had a shore excursion planned through the ship would be taken via tender to this little island that had no services, very few trees, and no access to the Resorts. He even said: "I asked the Captain why we were stopping, and the Captain told me that it was just for refueling." Had we known that BEFORE the night prior to arriving, we would have cancelled the shore excursion and gotten our money back. We opted to stay on the boat and read. Interesting that we heard an announcement for the cruisers who were going to the beach in the afternoon: "There are very few trees- take your umbrellas from your staterooms." Oceania should consider working with the Resorts, or just be up front about the valuelessness of this stop to guests on the boat. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Samana a place of natural beauty with honest hard working people struggling to make it. It is a jewel that needs some help. The landscape is amazing and the people genuine. Have to see it and buy some larimare found on this great ... Read More
Samana a place of natural beauty with honest hard working people struggling to make it. It is a jewel that needs some help. The landscape is amazing and the people genuine. Have to see it and buy some larimare found on this great island. The MamaJuana was something I had never seen before. This health bark left me intrigued. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Nothing to do at this side of the island, there are other place with blue beaches and white sand named las terrenas at samana, I don't know why they stop at the worst place in samana, las terrenas is better and they don't need to ... Read More
Nothing to do at this side of the island, there are other place with blue beaches and white sand named las terrenas at samana, I don't know why they stop at the worst place in samana, las terrenas is better and they don't need to going to deep into the bahia.Nothing to do at samana. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We just decided to get off the ship and walk around in Samana. It was great, locals are friendly, and a lot of fun. there were shows everywhere, music, dancers. A male dancer even left the set and came and got me to dance and I'm an ... Read More
We just decided to get off the ship and walk around in Samana. It was great, locals are friendly, and a lot of fun. there were shows everywhere, music, dancers. A male dancer even left the set and came and got me to dance and I'm an old woman. It was awesome. We shopped a bit, stopped for a drink, the whole experience was awesome Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Tour was a rip off. Driver spoke no English, his tour master (son) spoke only a few words. Every stop was a encounter with pan handlers. The shopping part lasted about 10 minutes. When we returned to the ship the driver wanted more money ... Read More
Tour was a rip off. Driver spoke no English, his tour master (son) spoke only a few words. Every stop was a encounter with pan handlers. The shopping part lasted about 10 minutes. When we returned to the ship the driver wanted more money than we had agreed to. He did not get it. The island is extremely poor. EXTREMELY POOR with little too offer yet you need to see how some people must have to live. You will not forget it. Most live on the street with dogs and chickens and it seems that no one works. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
very poor. Very un-fun. Did not even wish to get off the ship but did. Should instead stop at PP or SD or somewhere larger. My son called it "sketchy". and I agree.
very poor. Very un-fun. Did not even wish to get off the ship but did. Should instead stop at PP or SD or somewhere larger. My son called it "sketchy". and I agree. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
No dock here so you take shuttle boats to the island. That was where the problem was delaying us from getting off the boat so we missed out scheduled tour. Again Terry and his crew saved the day.We stopped at a woman's house and ... Read More
No dock here so you take shuttle boats to the island. That was where the problem was delaying us from getting off the boat so we missed out scheduled tour. Again Terry and his crew saved the day.We stopped at a woman's house and toured the living conditions. She was baking fresh bread and we got to taste it. THE BEST BREAD ever. Purchased 2 loafs. Next we took a driving tour into the mountains. Walked to the waterfalls, saw a new in the woods hotel that will be open soon. Learned how to make cigars, toured a farm that grows coffee, coconuts, bananas, cocoa, etc. Had the best hot chocolate (no milk added). Lunch was on the beach and consisted of salad, chicken, fruit and drinks. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
Samana is a small town with not much to offer, don't bother with excursions from the ship go with Terry's tours (if younger) you will have fun and get more for your money. (if you don't take excursions here you will be bored)
Samana is a small town with not much to offer, don't bother with excursions from the ship go with Terry's tours (if younger) you will have fun and get more for your money. (if you don't take excursions here you will be bored) Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
If I could put more stars I would. It was amazing, we got a real cultural experience, We were greeted with music and dancing as we left our tender boats. Signs lead us to the open air tour bus. We went our our journey with our tour guide ... Read More
If I could put more stars I would. It was amazing, we got a real cultural experience, We were greeted with music and dancing as we left our tender boats. Signs lead us to the open air tour bus. We went our our journey with our tour guide Richard. He was amazing, he exposed us the real Samana, we went through the rain forest and yes we did see poverty, but the people were warm and friendly, Waving at us NOT begging us, Our first stop was the Culture center where we went into the plantation and they showed us the trees and what grows on them. We then went in the building and were educated about Samana and got to try all the fruits and even wine. After we had time to but some unique pieces of hand carved wood and jewelery. Off on the bus and we arrive at the spot where we were escorted with our own guide to the falls, the guides really knew the path and helped you every step of the way. The walk was worth the view the falls were beautiful. The guides helped us back up and we were greeted by our guide Richard with a ice cold bottled water, it was so needed and enjoyed. He then continued on the most beautiful beach. After an hour on the beach we got back on the bus and then on to a tour of the town. It is being built up with a lot of new buildings to get ready to enter the SHOPPING scene for all the cruise guest who like to shop. I loved the tour, it was not about shopping but of an amazing cultural experience. It was the best tour I have ever done before. ++ Read Less

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