Amber Cove is a Carnival Corporation exclusive cruise port on the Dominican Republic's north coast (Caribbean Sea), located to the west of Puerto Plata (a port city and the capital of Puerto Plata Province). Amber Cove to Puerto Plata distance is 12 km (7,5 mi) or around 20 min drive (via Avenida Manolo Tavarez Justo). Puerto Plata is a cruise port visited by ships of other than Carnival major cruise companies - including Royal Caribbean, NCL-Norwegian, Marella UK, Virgin Voyages.
Carnival's exclusive port Amber Cove encompasses 30 acres (12 hectares / 0,12 km2) of waterfront property. The new port was built in partnership with Grupo B&R (Agencias Navieras B&R, Republica Dominicana). The new port was named "Amber Cove" after the rich amber mineral reserves found in the region. The list of other Carnival-owned private island destinations and exclusive cruise ports of call includes Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Princess Cays (Bahamas), Grand Turk Island (approx 160 km / 100 mi to the north of Amber Cove), Puerta Maya (Cozumel Mexico) and Mahogany Bay (Roatan Island, Honduras).
The Miami-based Carnival Corporation invested ~USD 85 million to develop the purpose-built cruise ship terminal Amber Cove. During its first year of operation (2015) Port Amber Cove handled 250,000+ passengers. The facility supports ~430 local jobs.
Through its cruise brands, Carnival Corporation has operations in almost every part of the world. Carnival ships operate from 128 global seaports. However, the new cruise port facility reflects the company’s intentions for further growth through new Caribbean itinerary options. The large Amber Cove cruise port complex is set in a broad cove ringed by mountains. The facility has a long pier with 2 berths, which can accommodate the world's largest cruise vessels.
Amber Cove features a waterfront tourist center, waterfront cabanas, recreational area (green spaces, swimming pool, water park), hilltop observation point (with bar), retail shops (selling local, hand-made souvenirs and crafts), multiple drinks and food options. The terminal also has a staging area where cruise tourists can embark on 40+ regional land tours (shore excursions). The nearby Ocean World is one of the Caribbean's largest marine adventure parks.
The cruise port was inaugurated with a grand opening ceremony held on November 2, 2015. The special event was attended by Danilo Medina (country's President), Francisco Javier Garcia (country's minister of tourism), Arnold Donald (Carnival Corporation's CEO), Jeffrey Rannik (B&R Group's President). Following the first visit by Carnival Victory (October 6, 2015), additional ships from Carnival Cruise Lines fleet plus 7 other Carnival Corp brand companies visited the port - AIDA, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, P&O UK, Carnival Fathom.
Notably, Amber Cove was the first port destination for the inaugural voyage of the cruise brand Fathom (2016-2017), which operated with 7-day roundtrips from Miami to Cuba (starting April 10, 2016). In 2016, Carnival Sensation visited Amber Cove as a port of call on year-round operated 4- and 5-day cruises out of Miami. In 2017, the itinerary was changed to 5-night / 6-day, with call ports Grand Turk and Amber Cove.
In its first full year of operation, the Carnival Corporation's 8 brands made a total of 140 ship calls to the port, with 23 different vessels. Maiden calls (by brand line) included Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 (Nov 22, 2015), P&O Azura (Dec 5, 2015), AIDAvita (Dec 11, 2015), Costa Deliziosa (Dec 31, 2015), HAL's ms Eurodam (Jan 19, 2016).
Amber Cove cruise terminal
Amber Cove Cruise Center is located near Puerto Plata, on the Bay of Maimon. The new cruise ship facility is one of the largest investments ever made in the Dominican Republic. The new cruise ship terminal has 1 pier with 2 berths and a max daily capacity of 8,000 passengers plus 2,000 crew. A transportation hub allows passengers easy access to the surrounding destinations and attractions.
The new terminal was inaugurated In October 2015. Carnival Victory was the first-ever ship to call here. In the period 2016-2017 Summer, the cruise port was a regular port of call (with overnight stays) on Fathom cruise line's (MS Adonia) itineraries to Cuba leaving roundtrip from Miami Florida.
Amber Cove Cruise Center
The following map of the Amber Cove cruise port shows all facilities in the terminal complex.
The list of cruise terminal facilities features Marketplace (convenience store, shopping centre/ domestic crafts, souvenirs), Cafe El Cibao, Elements (Dichtoic Glass items and jewelry shop), Pareo's House (clothes and souvenirs shop), Coco Cana (Bar & Restaurant, poolside lounge, shop), Turquesa (gift shop), Yofi Skin Care (shop), Wild Play (clothes, gifts, pharmacy), Ocean World (gifts, luxury watches, designer jewelry), Effy Jewelers (shop), Yvon International (art gallery), Tourist Information, Car Rental, Taxis (rank, pre-arranged tour bus pick-up), Shorex Booth (shore excursions/tours booking and information), dedicated Crew Center.
Among the terminal's signature facilities are also a large swimming pool (with kids' splash zone), Zip-Line (waterslides), watersports rental, Cabana Bar, Sky Bar, also hillside-, poolside and overwater cabanas for rent.
Port Amber Cove cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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