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First Look at Carnival’s Amber Cove

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I recently had a chance to tour Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. This new Caribbean cruise port is located on the Northern tip of the Dominican Republic and is located 100 miles south of Grand Turk.

amber cove

The port will be able to host two cruise ships at a time and give cruisers a unique experience both inside and outside of the port.

Background

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  • Founded by Christopher Columbus and his brother in the late 1490s
  • Amber Cove will serve as the gateway to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic and provide access to notable sites such as Puerto Plata’s historic city center, malécon and Fort San Felipe
  • The 62-mile Puerto Plata coast was renamed the “Amber Coast” by Presidential Decree in the 70’s due to the some of the richest amber mines in the world found in this region
  • Famous for the shooting for the original Jurassic Park movie.
When completed Amber Cove will have a waterpark with a lazy river.

When completed Amber Cove will have a waterpark with a lazy river and kids area.

Amenities

  • 40,000 sq ft Welcome Center
  • Two berth cruise pier
  • 12 acre transportation hub
  • Bars and dining
  • Port shopping with familiar regional stores
  • Bar 360 (offers views of the terminal)
  • Waterpark
  • Pool with lazy river
  • Cabana rentals
  • Kid water play area
  • Zip line
Along the pier at Amber Cove.

Along the pier at Amber Cove where two ships can dock at a time.

Who will stop there?

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • AIDA
  • P&O
  • Cunard
  • fathom

Shore Excursions

Local stores and transportation hub.

Local stores and transportation hub.

42 tours to choose from and excursions planned for Amber Cove are going to be unique because nine different cruise brands will stop there. So they’ll be catering to dozens of nationalities.

The shore excursions picked for Amber Cove were hand picked based on guest satisfaction from similar excursions in Caribbean ports.

  • Adventure
  • Culinary
  • History tours
  • Water activities
  • Golf
  • Swimming with Dolphins

Rental cars will also be available at the pier and the area has implemented English training for taxi drivers and made all the taxis a uniform color, white.

An open air market.

An open air market.

The Numbers

  • Hosting more than 350,000 guests the first year
  • Creating 430 local jobs
  • 23 ships

The maiden call will happen on October 6 aboard Carnival Victory.

For more information on Amber Cove, visit: ambercove.com

Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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