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January 24, 2012
  • New at Ocean World
  • Finnish cruise
  • Hotel Plaza Naco
  • DR DATE 2012
  • Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Dominican-born wins Miss New York
New at Ocean World
The Puerto Plata entertainment complex announces that its Bravissimo Show has been refreshed with new sets and international songs from the 1970s and 1980s, merengue, bachata, lambada and Mardi Gras performances. Admission is RD$999 per person, with unlimited drinks served during the show.
Ocean World also announces an international fishing tournament at its marina this spring in time for the opening of its new sports bar, and the launch of the Ocean World Yacht Club, with events and privileges scheduled in 2012 for owners of boats docked there to promote sports fishing in the region.
In May, new water slides will be available for summer vacation visitors to enjoy, as reported by the company.
Ocean World is a leading fun center for the entire family, offering 24-hour entertainment in a combination of animal park, full service marina, liquor store, restaurant, casino, shows and a disco.
Finnish cruise
Kristina Cruise's Kristina Katarina is making its way through the Caribbean, with three 15-day trips planned with airfare from Helsinki, Finland to Bridgetown, Barbados as first and last gateway to the Caribbean. This is the first time a Finnish passenger ship has docked in the Dominican Republic. It will be docking in Santo Domingo at the Sans Souci Port of Santo Domingo, with easy access to the Colonial City, Columbus Lighthouse and the Aquarium.
The ship, originally built in 1982, was refurbished in 2010. The cruises visit Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, and Trinidad & Tobago, returning to Barbados for air departure to Helsinki.
The inaugural ship arrived on January 18 with 400 passengers on board. President Tarja Halonen of Finland sent a message to the Dominican people on the occasion of the ship's first arrival. "I would like to welcome visitors from the Dominican Republic to Finland. Our country has much expertise to offer in areas of education, environment and green economy."
She highlighted that the passengers on the inaugural cruise represented several segments of Finnish society and were led by a member of parliament, Jouko Skinnari.
For the occasion, ship captain Mikko Partanen and Sans Souci Ports board member Victor Macarrulla exchanged commemorative plaques. Finnish ambassador Mikko Pyhala, honorary Finnish vice consul Pasi Kapanen and Alex Schad of the Schad Shipping company took part in the first arrival ceremony.
The ship will be docking at the Don Diego Westside terminal of Sans Souci Ports. Other dates of arrival in Santo Domingo are 1-2 February, 15-16 Feb, and 29 February-1 March with 36 hours in port, with an arrival at noon and departure at 11pm the next day. The ship has 193 passenger cabins, including 119 outside cabins. Passengers are offered options of several tours, including welcome by the Ministry of Tourism folklore groups, beach day, cigar manufacturing demonstrations, and tasting of beer, rum, coffee and chocolate.
Hotel Plaza Naco
The Clarion Santo Domingo has reverted to its former name of Hotel Plaza Naco. The city hotel first opened in 1988 is located midtown, next door to the Plaza Naco shopping mall in the Naco residential area. The hotel, which is operated by Hotelera Naco, caters primarily for business travelers.
DR DATE 2012
This 17-19 April DATE, the leading Dominican Republic hotel and tour-booking event, will take place at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe resort in Punta Cana. The event is organized by the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) and sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. More than 100 tour operators from the DR's main source markets, the US, Canada and Germany, and the emerging South American markets of Argentina and Brazil will be attending the three-day event.
Tom, Dick and Harry
Visit Puerto Plata and enjoy comedy performed by members of the local expatriate community. The North Coast Players Theatre Company presents British award-winning playwright Ray Cooney's "Tom, Dick and Harry" farce on the evenings of 10 and 11 February 2012. Directed by theater professional Jane Waites and produced by Judith Hogg, the comedy is booked for the Sosua Bay Conference Center at 7:30pm.
The play is an everyday story about adoption, contraband, cigarettes and booze, illegal immigrants and dead bodies. The stellar roles of the three brothers are played by Simon Foster, Westlake and Trevor Hay Brett. Tickets are on sale for RD$400 in Sosua until 28 January at The Britannia Pub and the Jolly Roger Restaurant and in Cabarete at Dive Cabarete (opposite Banco BHD) and Maynards Fashion at the Ocean Dream Plaza. For further information, e-mail [email protected]
Last year's play at the Conference Center was presented to sellout crowds of more than 800 per evening, so booking early is highly recommended.
Dominican-born wins Miss New York
Johanna Sambucci, born in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican mother and Italian father, is the new Miss New York. She will compete in the USA pageant for a chance to represent the country in the Miss Universe contest. On her own blog she explains she is a model but is also finishing up her masters degree in Business Administration and wants to turn her love of fashion into her own chain of boutiques one day. The Dominican Republic's only Miss Universe, Amelia Vega has done the same opening boutiques in Miami.
Miss New York is 22 years old and 5'10" tall.

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