In less than a month Carnival Corp. will open Amber Cove, the highly anticipated cruise port in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The $85 million, 30-acre facility has been under construction since the end of 2011 and is expected to ship in over 350,000 people to the North Coast in the first year alone. In addition to well known brands like Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Costa, the port will also host bi-weekly “social impact” cruises to the Dominican Republic from Miami organized by Carnival Corp.’s new fathom brand (purposely with a lowercase f).
Earlier this week, the port hosted a media tour, so we snagged some photos from LenKaufman.com to show you (either click on the dots up there ^^^ or to the right or left on the photos to navigate) . Already touted as a gateway to our regions historic sites, beaches, and adventure activities, it looks like the designers have done a nice job of “merging the historic colonial architecture with the modern contemporary amenities of the greatest ports in the world.”
The facility boasts of a 40,000-sqft welcome center, accompanied by an array of bars and restaurants, plenty of shopping, a water park that includes a pool and a lazy river, and a zip-line! There is also a massive 2-acre transportation hub where cruisers will find taxis and buses to shuttle them to 42 organized shore excursions available.
One of the aforementioned excursions described as an “informative sightseeing tour of Puerto Plata” will stop in at the San Felipe Fortress, move on to Plaza Independencia, visit the Brugal Rum Factory, and end up at Eze Bar on Cabarete Beach for a breezy seaside lunch.
Cabarete has been gearing up by adding in some public safety measures in the form of ccv cameras, our first stoplight, and talks of futuristic lifeguard towers lining Cabarete Bay. There is no lack of skepticism when it comes to what this will or will not do for tourism in Cabarete, but it won’t belong before we all find out as October 6th quickly approaches.