Step on shore in the Dominican Republic and be welcomed to the quaint town of Amber Cove. This new cruise port, which started welcoming guests in the fall of 2015, is the newest cruise port in the Dominican Republic and the newest home to Carnival Cruise ships.
Nestled along the country’s north coast, just 12km north of Puerto Plata, the cruise port can handle 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew members each day looking to experience a glimpse of a Dominican vacation. The port was an $85-million build, which will allow ships to dock along the Amber Coast for the first time since the 1980s.
Step into the Amber Coast and breathe: enjoy a quiet, relaxing introduction to the Dominican, with activities ranging from beach boardwalks to swimming with dolphins, and exploring historic forts. Explore fort San Felipe, originally built to ward off pirates and now welcoming travellers looking for a taste of history. Shop for local amber, famous for being the clearest in the world and a brilliant orange hue.
This cruise port is a bustling hub of activity with 25-acres offering pools, waterslides, restaurants, bars, shopping, and access points to over 40 shore excursions. Whether you’re looking for something fit for an adrenaline junkie or a quiet, luxurious private beach visit, Amber Cove shore excursions have something for everyone, allowing you to experience more of the Dominican while in port.
With a 1,280 foot pier, a bus and taxi station allowing access into neighbouring Puerto Plata, cabanas, and busy tourist hot spots, Amber Cove aims to offer something different, highlighting their excursions in this new destination.
Did you know? Amber Cove was the filming location of the first Jurassic Park film in 1993!
Though Amber Cove does not have its own beach, excursions offer access to private islands, the Riu beach, and a public beach neighbouring the cruise port. For the traveller looking to explore deeper into Puerto Plata, visit the Cabarate area between Puerto Plata and Sosua for a larger stretch of beach where scuba, snorkeling, and sunbathing are a plenty!
Any of Carnival Corp.’s brands, which include Carnival, Holland America, Costa, Cunard, and P&O will call Amber Cove home for port calls, including the new Carnival Vista ship that started sailing May 1, 2016. Cruises from Miami can reach Amber Cove in a day and a half, while eastern Caribbean cruises will visit from Grand Turk or the Bahamas.
Carnival Cruise ships are known for their family-friendly, playful attitude on board. With ships ranging to more playful to more food-focused or relaxing, Carnival has something for everyone. Onboard activities range from live entertainment to waterpark worthy slides, games, and everything in between: mom and dad can even have some time alone by taking part in supervised youth programs on-board. With ships ready for you and yours to tackle the high seas, Amber Cove is the perfect addition to the Carnival line-up, with on-land activities matching those at sea.
After planning and construction since 2005, the Carnival Victory was the first ship to port at Amber Cove on Oct. 6. We can’t wait to experience it ourselves!