The world's largest travel and leisure company Carnival Corporation & plc announced it would welcome guests at its newly developed $85 Million Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic. Beginning October 2015, 6 of Carnival Corporation's 9 brands will call on Amber Cove.
The port is situated along the country's Amber Coast, that was a partial filming location for the Jurassic Park movie. With the opening of the new port, passengers will be offered expanded itinerary options in the Caribbean, the most popular region for cruise vacations in the world. Amber Cove will pair with Carnival's Grand Turk Cruise Center located only 100 miles to the north. In looking to the future, Amber Cove port will be incorporated into itineraries with potential stops in Cuba.
The new facility is a joint project between Carnival and the Rannik family of Grupo B&R, and represents the largest investment ever made in the Dominican Republic’s cruise industry. It will feature a 2-berth port able to accommodate the largest cruise ships in operation today. Carnival Corporation & plc has monitored the stages of the construction progress by using drones, an innovative development used for the first time as part of the port development process of the company.
During its first year of operation Amber Cove is expected to host over 250,000 cruise passengers. It will provide 430 local jobs. The port will open with Carnival Victory’s visit on October 6. Five additional Carnival brands are following, scheduled to make calls on the new port: Cunard's Queen Mary 2 on Nov 22, P&O Azura on Dec 5, AIDAvita on Dec 11, Costa Deliziosa on Dec 31 and HAL's ms Eurodam on Jan 19, 2016.
The opening of Amber Cove expands the portfolio of destinations developed by Carnival Corporation in the Caribbean. This includes Turks & Caicos Islands’ Grand Turk Cruise Center, Puerta Maya on Cozumel, Mexico, and Mahogany Bay on Roatan, Honduras. It’s one of the 60 ports Carnival brands visit in the region.
Amber Cove port is situated in the heart of the North Coast of Dominican Republic, just outside Puerto Plata, a historical town which was discovered in the 1490s by Christopher Columbus and was recently named one of the "Best Places to Travel in 2015" by Travel & Leisure magazine. The newest Caribbean destination is expected to re-establish the North Coast as a popular destination as the last ship to call at Puerto Plata was 30 years ago.
Amber Cove will boast a waterfront welcome center with retail offerings, including a marketplace for domestic crafts and souvenirs, unique beverage and food establishments. The port will also feature a recreational area with amenities such as a splash zone, pool and green space areas. The single largest component of Amber Cove port is the transportation hub which will provide visitors with an easy access by sea and land to the surrounding attractions.
The new port will offer 40 different landside experiences including water sports, special cultural, culinary and adventure options. Nearby Ocean World, which is one of the largest marine adventure parks in the region, offers popular ways to interact with various marine animals.
Additional ships from Carnival's brands are scheduled to call on Amber Cove including Carnival Breeze, Conquest, Fantasy, Splendor, Sunshine and Valor, and Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam. The visits, starting in October 2015 and going on through April 2016, will consist of 57 calls by 13 cruise ships across the 6 brands, accounting for over 155,000 guests during the period.