Am­ber Cove, Do­mini­can Repub­lic

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - Features -

Colum­bus may have dis­cov­ered the Am­ber Cove re­gion of the north­ern coast of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic in the 1490s, but he wouldn’t rec­og­nize it now. Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion in­vested $85 mil­lion in con­struct­ing the 25-acre Am­ber Cove port com­plex, which opened in 2015. This cer­tainly qual­i­fies as a port that cruis­ing built since cruise ships hadn’t vis­ited this area in al­most 30 years.

Am­ber Cove fea­tures a mas­sive pool with a swim-up bar, wa­ter­slides, a lazy river, and over-the-water ca­banas to rent. Nearby, ac­tive cruis­ers can zip line over a rain for­est; go ex­plor­ing on an ATV or in a he­li­copter; or swim with dol­phins, stingrays, or sharks. Guests will find on­site re­tail shops, restau­rants, and bars; and his­tory lovers will no­tice touches of Span­ish colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture in the nearby town of Puerto Plata. Am­ber Cove has an im­pres­sive trans­porta­tion hub where shore ex­cur­sion buses em­bark, or vis­i­tors can rent a taxi bound for a nearby beach.

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