Puerto Plata-Amber Cove (Dominicana)

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Puerto Plata-Amber Cove cruise port

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2022-05-20 14:12

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San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a major port city located on Dominican Republic's north coast (Caribbean Sea). By population (around 290,000) the city is ranked the country's 9th-largest. It is also the capital of the Puerto Plata Province.

Amber Cove is a Carnival Corporation exclusive cruise port located to the west of Puerto Plata. The distance between Amber Cove and Puerto Plata is 12 km (7,5 mi) or ~20 min drive (via Avenida Manolo Tavarez Justo). Vessels allowed to dock at Amber Cove are operated by the Corporation's subsidiaries AIDA, Costa, Cunard, HAL-Holland America, Princess, P&O UK.

Puerto Plata (locode DOPOP) is a cruise port visited by ships of other than Carnival major cruise companies - including RCG (RCI-Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea), NCLH (NCL-Norwegian, Oceania, RSSC-Regent Seven Seas), Marella UK, Virgin Voyages.

Puerto Plata Cruise Port

As cruise port, Puerto Plata is visited by liners of other than Carnival Corporation-owned major cruise shipping companies. As call port, Puerto Plata is visited mainly as part of Eastern Caribbean itineraries with lengths 4-5-7-days.

Puerto Plata cruise port Taino Bay

Besides being an important cargo port, Puerto Plata is also a popular vacation travel destination famous for its premium hotels and all-inclusive spa resorts, including Grand Paradise Playa Dorada, Iberostar Costa Dorada, Senator Puerto Plata, Hodelpa Playa Dorada, Casa Colonial Beach, VH Gran Ventana Beach, VH Atmosphere, Be Live Collection Marien, Playabachata, Lifestyle Holidays, BlueBay Villas Doradas, Cofresi Palm Beach. In the city alone are available 100,000+ hotel beds. The city's aerial tramway (Caribbean's first) connects downtown to Mount Isabel de Torres - the peak of an 800-m (2625 ft) high mountain within the city.

The city is served by Gregorio Luperon Airport (approx 15 km / 9 mi east of Puerto Plata) with regularly scheduled international flights linking to Europe (Belgium), USA (NYC, Newark Liberty), Canada (Montreal, Toronto), Caribbean (Turks and Caicos). Seasonal flight link to Russia, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden. Puerto Plata's economy is mainly based on tourism, agricultural production, and shipping trade (cargo port services), in addition to shipbuilding, commercial fishing, textiles.

Fortaleza San Felipe is a historic fortification (1577-built Spanish fortress, now museum housing military artifacts) located close to the cruise port. Another best-known tourist attraction is Museo Del Ambar (amber museum with country's biggest exhibition). Approx 42 km (26 mi) west of Puerto Plata is La Isabela - Spain's ever-first settlement in the Americas, established in 1493 by Christopher Columbus (Italian explorer and colonizer, 1451-1506). In 1496, due to a mutiny caused by hunger and diseases, La Isabela was abandoned. Columbus continued its expedition and soon established Santo Domingo de Guzman.

 

Amber Cove Cruise Port (Carnival)

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).

Carnival Amber Cove cruise port terminal

The world's largest cruise shipowner Carnival Corporation invested ~USD 85 million to develop the purpose-built Amber Cove Terminal. During its first year of operation (2015) Port Amber Cove handled 250,000+ passengers. The facility supports ~430 local jobs.

Through its subsidiaries, Carnival Corporation has operations in almost every part of the world. Its 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 port complex is set in a broad cove ringed by mountains. The new terminal has 2 berths that 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 (Dominicana's President), Francisco Javier Garcia (Dominicana's Minister of Tourism), Arnold Donald (Carnival Corporation's CEO), Jeffrey Rannik (B&R Group's President). Following the first visit (Carnival Victory, October 6, 2015), additional ships from CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines fleet plus 7 other Carnival Corporation-owned companies (AIDA, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, P&O UK, Fathom) visited Amber Cove.

 

Notably, Amber Cove was the first port destination for the inaugural voyage of the new brand "Fathom" (2016-2017), which operated 7-day roundtrips from Miami to Cuba (starting April 10, 2016). In 2016, Carnival Sensation visited Amber Cove as call port on year-round operated 4-5-day itineraries 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 Amber Cove, with 23 different boats. 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).

Puerto Plata-Amber Cove cruise terminal

Note: This page combines Cruisemapper's schedules for two different cruise ports/terminals - Amber Cove (exclusive for Carnival Corporation-owned ships), and Puerto Plata. The distance between the ports is 12 km (7,5 mi), with travel time ~20 min drive.

Amber Cove Cruise Terminal

The passenger terminal (Amber Cove Cruise Center) is located near Puerto Plata, on Maimon Bay. The new facility is one of the largest investments ever made in the Dominican Republic. The cruise terminal has 1 pier with 2 berths and a max daily capacity 8000 passengers (plus 2000 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.

The following map of the Amber Cove cruise port shows all facilities in the terminal complex.

Carnival Amber Cove cruise port map

The list of terminal facilities features Marketplace (convenience store, shopping center/ domestic crafts, souvenirs), Cafe El Cibao, Elements (Dichroic 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.

Puerto Plata Cruise Terminal "Taino Bay"

In December 2019, Puerto Plata Port Investment announced that the Cancun Mexico-based company ITM Group MX (that also manages Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico) is the winner of the tender for building a dedicated cruise ship terminal in Puerto Plata. The new facility (Taino Bay Cruise Terminal) will be operational by November 2020. The site for the new cruise terminal is a former cargo dock.

During its first year of operations (November 2020 through December 2021), the new Taino Bay Terminal plans to handle 650,000+ cruise tourists with 150+ ship calls.

Puerto Plata cruise port map (Taino Bay Terminal)

Taino Bay Cruise Terminal covers 20 acres (8 hectares) and is divided into 4 main areas. As facilities and amenities, Taino Bay Terminal has one pier (expanded former cargo pier allowing simultaneous berthing of 2 world's largest cruise liners plus 1 smaller-sized ship), Aldea de Los Tainos (tourist village themed on the pre-Columbian Indian culture), Jungla de Los Monos (interactive eco-park with a botanical garden, aviary, reptile island, wildlife encounters/monkeys), Villa de Los Bucaneros (Buccaneers Village/entertainment complex with a lazy river), Port Cibao (theme park/water park with slides, separated kids and adults pool areas), Centro Colonial (shopping-dining complex/restaurants, bars, shops, live street entertainment).

A zip line is planned to encircle the entire Taino Bay complex.

Direct access (via cruise line shuttle bus services) is provided to Fuerte San Felipe (fortress) and Santo Domingo de Guzman. In addition, from Puerto Plata will be developed and offered (via local companies) around 30 land tours/shore excursions.

On December 15, 2021, was officially inaugurated Port Taino Bay. The ceremony was held during the visit of MSC Seashore - the first ship to dock at the new facility.

Port Puerto Plata-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 Puerto Plata-Amber Cove, Dominicana. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
15 December, 2021
Wednesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Rotterdam08:0017:00
27 December, 2021
Monday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Seashore08:0018:00
29 December, 2021
Wednesday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Millennium09:0017:00
29 December, 2021
Wednesday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Splendor10:0018:00
30 December, 2021
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0016:00
31 December, 2021
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Reflection09:0017:00
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