Dominican Republic
Cruise Accident Attorney

Dominican Republic- Cruise Accident Attorney

There are many reasons why the Dominican Republic is quickly becoming one of the busiest cruise destinations in the world. From the stunning Caribbean beaches of white sands and rolling green hills, to the wealth of culture and history the Island of Hispaniola has to offer, The Dominican Republic has been enchanting visitors for centuries. One of the main qualities of The Dominican Republic which make it a desired destination for cruise lines is her proximity to the United States. The average travel time via cruise from Miami, FL to The Dominican Republic is only 14 hours. In fact, all major cruise lines visit the Dominican Republic in one or several of her major cruise ports.

Cruising to The Dominican Republic

The majority of ships that visit the Dominican Republic depart from either the port of Miami or other ports located in the state of Florida. Passengers who are injured on cruises to the Dominican Republic either on board the ship, in a terminal, and a port or while participating in a short excursion may have a claim against the cruise line for their negligence.

The cruise ship passenger ticket details the rules for making a claim against a cruise line. The typical cruise ship passenger ticket to the Dominican Republic will require that any claim against the cruise line be filed in the federal district courthouse of Miami, Florida. This is true even if the accident happened in international waters or in the Dominican Republic as well as if the passenger is from someplace other than Florida. These claims have to be filed within one year of the date of the incident.

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Our cruise line accident lawyers have nearly 40 years of combined legal experience fighting tirelessly to protect the legal rights of injured passengers in their families. If you’ve been injured on a cruise to or from the Dominican Republic or while participating on a shore excursion in the Dominican Republic please contact our admiralty injury Law Firm for a free consultation today.

Our lawyers work solely on a contingency basis. That means, we do not get paid unless you get paid. Please note that not all accidents that happen are viable legal cases; this is primarily because Federal Maritime Law requires that passengers prove that the cruise line had some degree of “notice“ before the accident actually occurred. In other words, simply because you got hurt doesn’t mean you have a case.

This is why it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who can assist you in understanding your legal rights and protect them so that you can get the compensation you are entitled to for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

Call and speak with an experienced cruise lawyer by telephone, Skype, zoom, FaceTime, or Google meet. We are available 24 seven and we encourage you to call us while you’re still on the cruise if possible so that we can begin our investigation. 


We offer anyone who may have been injured while on a cruise an initial legal consultation free of charge by SKYPE, email, or telephone, toll-free at 1-866-597-4529. Our lawyers have a combined legal experience of nearly 50 years, holding cruise lines accountable for putting their profits ahead of your safety.  Let our lawyers help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to for lost wages, medical expenses, travel reimbursement, loss of the enjoyment of the cruise, and pain and suffering.  Call us today. We are ready to help.  


Puerto Plata is a relatively new and an exciting cruise destination for major cruise lines like Carnival, and Virgin Voyages and many more. Both Amber Cove and Taino Bay are both frequently visited cruise destinations for anyone taking a cruise to the Dominican Republic.  It is an exciting place to visit but can be dangerous if you do not know your way around the area outside of the terminal.  


Carnival actually has its own private resort nearby in Amber Cove which it spent over 85 million dollars to develop in 2015.  This is one of the largest financial investments ever made in the Dominican Republic. 

Since Carnival Corporation is the world’s largest cruise ship owner and operator- it operates in almost every part of the globe and visits 128 global seaports. But its investment and focus on the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Plata in particular shows the company’s devotion and intentions to continue to grow and dominate the Caribbean market.  

Amber Cove is a large complex that is ringed by mountains and has the capacity to dock two vessels simultaneously- regardless of their size and can accommodate up to 10,000 people a day. 

What makes Amber Cove particularly exciting for cruise passengers is that it features its own mini port within a portly that has a pool, waterpark, tourist center, cabanas, stores that sell local handmade chatchkees and plenty of bars and restaurants. Some of the most impressive facilities include a convenience store, Coco Cana Bar and Restaurant and Ocean World which sells gifts, luxury watches and designer jewelry.   

Kids will love the terminal’s waterpark, zip line, swimming pool and splash zone.   Passengers leaving Amber Cove for shore excursions have a special staging area.  Currently there are over 40 regional land tours available out of Amber Cove- most notably to Ocean World, the largest marine adventure park in the Caribbean. 

Most of Carnival’s brands visit Amber Cove, including Cunard, P&O, AIDA, Costa and Holland America. 


Taino Barry Cruise Terminal located in Puerto Plata covers 20 acres and is divided into four distinct sectors.  The facilities and amenities of Taino Bay Terminal are a welcome first stop for cruise passengers visiting Puerto Plata for the first time. The MSC Seashore was the first luxury cruise ship to dock at this facility in December 2021. 

The Taino Bay Terminal has one pier that can accommodate two of the world’s largest cruise liners at the same time. Once you wander into the terminal you will find beautifully designed restaurants, shopping and a pool with a lazy river- all made to look like a village. A zip line is currently planned for Taino Bay. 

The town center of Puerto Plata is walking distance from the terminal, but it can be hot and a little dangerous to explore the port area on your own.  We recommend that you purchase an excursion with the cruise line while exploring this area.


Fortelza San Felipe is a historic fort built in 1577 and is located near the cruise port.  It houses a number of iliary artifacts and serves as a museum. Approximately, 26 miles west of Puerto Plata is La Isabela, which was Spain’s very first settlement in the Americas in 1493.  In 1496 La Isabela was abandoned by a mutiny caused by hunger and disease, causing Columbus to further his exploration on to Santo Domingo (officially known as Santo Domingo de Guzman) the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic.  


Santo Domina is the New World’s oldest and largest colonics port city founded by Christopher Columbus in 1496.  The cruise port in Santo Domingo is located on the left bank of the River Obama across from the Zona Colonial also known as the Old Town.  

Today, the Zona Colonial is a UNESCO Site featuring forts, castles, cathedrals, museums, monasteries and a underivisity.  Other must see attractions in Santo Domingo include Botanical Gardens, zoo, various parks (including some very large), the South Coast resorts of Juan Dolio and Boca Chica and The Columbus Lighthouse located at the Mirador del Este.


La Romana is a port city about 50 miles from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Along with Punta Cana, located about 50 miles to the east of la Romana, many cruise ships visit these ports every week. 

The cruise port in La Romana was inaugurated in 2002 when the Costa Cruise ship the Costa Marina first visited it.  Since then the port’s owner and operator has invested tens of millions of dollars in developing the harbor termina.  Today there terminal can accommodate up to two ships simultaneously.

The ships are docked at two wharfs located between the town of La Romana and the world famous Casa de Campo golf resorts.  Most cruise lines offer a complimentary tram or shuttle service to the resort, or you can simply walk- it takes about 15 minutes. 

La Romana is the home port for several cruise companies like AIDA (Germany), TUI (Germany) and Marella (UK).  

In a typical winter cruise season, La Romana can process nearly 400,000 passengers and 138 ships.

Injured on a Cruise Ship?

If you or somebody you know has been injured on a cruise ship, you might be entitled to compensation. Unbeknownst to many cruise ship passengers vacationing around the world, the information concerning the required location for where lawsuits must be filed is almost always discretely included on the back of the ticket or confirmation email. This means that, no matter where in the world an injury might have taken place, the location where one must appear in court when filing a lawsuit against the cruise ship company is predetermined and oftentimes in an entirely unrelated city from where the vacation took place. Most of the time, that city is Miami, FL, and the headquarters for Aronfeld Trial Lawyers happens to be a short drive from both the Port of Miami and the Federal Court House in downtown Miami. 

If you or somebody you love has been involved in an accident on board a cruise ship, it is important you reach out to our experienced personal injury and maritime team of attorneys who have decades of combined experience defending those who suffered the consequences of companies putting profit ahead of our safety. Contact us today for a free consultation!

A: If you want to sue the cruise line to get money for your injury you will almost certainly have to file the claim in Miami’s federal courthouse.  You need a lawyer is experienced in handling claims in Miami.  Our firm has succesfully represented injured passengers since 1991. 

A: The passenger ticket has hidden language that limits the time that injuryed passengers have to make their claim. 

A: We are sorry you got hurt.  Each case is unique and therefore it is difficult to put a number on a claim with so little information.  If you contact our lawyers, we can help you evaluate your claim. Factors such as your age, the severity of your fracture and amount of your medical expenses will help our personal injury lawyers in Miami understand the approximate value of your claim.  Call us today, we are ready to help

Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers was established by Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld in 1991. The firm represents cases resulting in serious injuries in the areas of Defective Product Liability, Maritime Law, Automobile AccidentsPremises LiabilityCycling AccidentsSlip and Fall IncidentsWrongful DeathMedical and Dental Malpractice, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace InjuriesSexual Assault, and others. Every client receives the full benefit of our experience, our resources, and our commitment. The practice of personal injury law is our calling. We are a firm of high-profile, nationally recognized legal advocates who work for you, our client, never big business. All attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish. To learn more, visit or contact Aronfeld Trial Lawyers directly at (305) 441-0440.