Carnival Cruise Line

There’s been more big news for Carnival Cruise lines this month, as they recently announced the introduction of a new port of call in the Dominican Republic. The new port at Amber Cove is set to welcome its first ship in October 2015, and will be added to the cruise line’s Caribbean cruise itinerary. Situated along the north strip of Dominican Republic’s Amber Coast, the new port is only a short journey from the historic town of Puerto Plata.

Destination: Amber Cove

Dominican Republic

Hosting 37 visits by Carnival’s cruise ships alone, the port will welcome approximately 100,000 guests between October 2015 and April 2016. The port itself will feature two integrated food and beverage locations as well as an intermodal transport centre that will be able to host up to 50 coaches and taxis. This will allow visitors to travel around the Dominican with ease. There are also talks of a series of shops, including a duty-free, totalling to 40,000 square feet opening at the port – perfect for shopaholics!

Guests stopping here next year can explore the gloriously green scenery of Dominican Republic around the port and participate in favourite local watersports like surfing and kite-surfing, as well as special culinary and cultural excursions. You’ll have the chance to ride up into the mountainous interior of the Cabarete area by cable car, or hike along the cliffs if you’re feeling more energetic. Beyond the waves waits an underwater world of coral reefs and tropical shoals to explore with a scuba diving or snorkelling lesson.

Nearby attractions

Ocean World near Amber Cove

With the Ocean World adventure park just a few miles away, visitors can indulge in a fabulous day out to explore the Caribbean’s most extensive water park. Swim with dolphins, watch seals perform and, if you’re brave enough, jump in the tank for a brief swim with the sharks!

Along the Amber Coast and into Puerto Plata, there are numerous characterful shops that will have you searching for a unique souvenir to take back home. One of the signature purchases in the Dominican Republic is the gem stone that gives the coast its name – amber. Available at gift shops along the north coast, prices vary from as little as $3 to hundreds, all dependent on the size and colour.

Cruise lines stopping in Dominican Republic

Amber Cove

Carnival Cruise Lines aren’t the only ones with a presence in this beautiful and welcoming part of the Caribbean. Thomson Cruises, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines all make stops at Dominican Republic. Currently, you’ll stop at ports like the traditional Caribbean outpost Samana, with its coconut palms and secluded beach, or the resort of Casa de Campo in La Romana, where you’ll find one of the tallest mountains in the island group, and plenty of activities from horse-riding to golf.

For more information on Caribbean itineraries from Carnival Cruise Lines and more, take a look on the CruiseDeals main site.

Have you sailed to the Dominican Republic before? What did you enjoy most? Tell us in the comments box below.

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