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Amber Cove to welcome first cruise ship in October

Amber Cove, Carnival Corporation’s new port just west of Puerto Plata, will welcome its first cruise ship when the Carnival Victory arrives on Oct. 6 for a daylong call.

Master plan for Amber Cove Cruise Center. Image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Master plan for Amber Cove Cruise Center. Image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Victory (normal capacity 2,758 passengers) will be the first cruise ship to call at Puerto Plata in nearly 30 years. The visit will be the first of 37 calls by eight different Carnival ships that will take place at Amber Cove between October 2015 and April 2016, accounting for more than 100,000 guests during this period.

“Amber Cove is destined to become a cornerstone in creating new itineraries from several U.S. home ports,” Terry Thornton, Carnival’s senior vice president of itinerary planning, said in a recent press release. “It will provide an unmatched combination of fun-in-the-sun activities and eco-tourism opportunities along with unique sightseeing, dining and cultural experiences to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories for our guests.”

Under construction since May 2012, the two-berth Amber Cove Cruise Center will be able to accommodate up to 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew members daily.

The 30-acre development on the Bay of Maimon includes a welcome center with a variety of retail outlets, themed restaurants and bars and a transportation hub allowing visitors easy access by land and sea to nearby destinations.

The $65 million development is a joint project between Miami-based Carnival Corp. & plc and the Rannik family of Grupo B&R.

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