Carnival's Amber Cove near completion

By ,   May 17, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

The Miami-based Carnival Corp. is spending $85 million to develop the purpose-built ship facility Amber Cove in the Puerto Plata region, Dominican Republic

Amber Cove is situated on the country’s northern coast. The new port is being built in partnership with the Dominican-based Grupo B&R and is expected to host over 250,000 cruisers in its 1st year and provide nearly 430 local jobs. Amber Cove is named after the rich minerals reserves of amber in the region.

According to Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port & destination development for Carnival Corp., the price tag was more than they had ever invested in anywhere in the world.

Through its five cruise brands, Carnival has operations in every part of the world. Carnival cruise ships operate from 128 global ports, but the new facility reflects company’s desire to continue passenger growth through brand new itinerary options in the Caribbean region.

The Amber Cove site is scheduled to open in October. The spacious port complex is set in a broad cove ringed by mountains. The facility has a long pier with two berths which can accommodate the largest cruise ships.


Upcoming facilities include a waterfront welcome center; waterfront cabanas; a recreational area with green spaces, a pool and water park; a hilltop observation point and bar; retail outlets selling Dominican souvenirs and crafts; plus multiple beverage and food options.

Amber Cove will also feature a staging area from where visitors can embark on 40 regional land tours. The new pier is already built and with several structures and building walls close to finished, the project is around 60 to 70% complete.

Amber Cove will join other successful purpose-built ports of recent years, like Carnival’s Grand Turk, which opened in 2006 and Jamaica’s Falmouth, developed by the country in partnership with Royal Caribbean in 2011. 

Carnival Victory will be the first cruise ship to visit the $85-million port on October 6.