Amber Cove, Carnival Corporation’s new port of call in the Dominican Republic, has been officially opened.
The two-berth port and 25-acre development will handle passengers from eight of the cruise giant’s brands and act as a gateway to the Puerto Plata region on the island's north coast.
Amber Cove will be the first destination for the inaugural voyage of new social impact cruise brand, Fathom, which is due to depart from Miami on April 10, 2016.
The eight Carnival Corporation brands, including P&O Cruises, Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, will make 140 calls on the port with 23 ships in its first full year of operation.
Amber Cove features a zip line and swimming pool with a swim-up bar, children's splash pad and water slides. Passengers can also rent cabanas, some built over the water and others built on a hillside overlooking the bay.
More than 40 shore excursions will eventually be offered, including kayak, paddle board and snorkeling tours, Puerto Plata tours, helicopter rides, fishing trips, horse riding, deep sea fishing tours and catamaran sailings.
The opening of Amber Cove adds to the destinations Carnival Corporation has developed in the Caribbean such as Grand Turk Cruise Centre in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Puerta Maya on the island of Cozumel and Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan in Honduras.
Carnival Corporation chief executive, Arnold Donald, said: "We are always looking for new ways to create wonderful vacation memories for our guests, and we cannot wait to share the excitement of opening our new Amber Cove cruise port.
"We know our guests love the Caribbean, and today celebrates our beautiful new port and the beginning of us bringing our guests to one of the most unique, spectacular and historic regions in the Caribbean.
“We have worked closely with the local tour operators to offer more than 40 unique shore excursions, giving our guests plenty of options for exploring and enjoying the island."
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