$US85m Carnival cruise port opens at Amber Cove, Dominican republic

Amber Cove, a new port on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic, officially opened on Tuesday with the arrival of its first ship, Carnival Victory.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Image by Tino Rossini / CC BY 2.0

The Carnival Corp. port complex cost $US85 million to construct and covers 25 acres, and is being billed as the biggest port project in the Caribbean in the last decade. The complex includes a number of restaurants and bars, a transportation hub where travellers can catch buses and taxis, as well as a massive swimming pool area that includes cabanas, a swim-up bar, a zipline and waterslides. Amber Cove will serve as a main entry point for the many historic and natural sites in the region of Puerto Plata, and it is expected to draw 100 ships and 350,000 cruisers in its first year. Before the opening of the port, the north coast of the Dominican Republic had not seen cruise liners since the 1980s, as their current ports were too small for today’s larger ships.

Read more: usatoday.com

Related content