The North Coast of the Dominican Republic celebrated a historic day with the first arrival of a cruise ship in nearly 30 years. Carnival Cruise Line’s newly developed cruise port, Amber Cove, located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, welcomed its first ship October 6, 2015. “Carnival Victory” pulled into Amber Cove with nearly 3,000 guests.
The Amber Cove port serves as a gateway to the Puerto Plata region (which includes nearby Cabarete and Sosua), known for its history, diverse beauty, scenic beaches, and the original destination in the Dominican Republic for tourism. Puerto Plata welcomed the visitors with a distinctive music show including a merengue orchestra, folk dancers, singers, and a reception for the Ministry of Tourism, press and invited guests.
As the newest destination in the Caribbean, the world’s most popular region for cruise vacations, Amber Cove’s opening celebrates the grandeur of the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Offering over 40 excursions in the area, Amber Cove’s guests can choose from adventures including the famous Teleferico (cable car) ride to the top of the mountain Isabel de Torres, waterfall cascading, or a Catamaran tour with snorkeling, to name a few.
Eight of Carnival’s ten global brands will make calls to Amber Cove in coming months, and the official opening on Nov. 2nd was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, fireworks and visit from the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, among other VIP guests.