The cruise terminal Turistica Amber Cove is located west of Puerto Plata in a horseshoe-shaped bay next to two RIU Hotels & Resorts. The terminal facilities can accommodate two cruise ships at the same time. They are so powerful that ships the size of the Queen Mary 2 can dock there.
That has counted for a long time Dominican Republic one of the established travel destinations in the Caribbean. The 48.730 km² island state is shared with the country Haiti the Antilles island Hispaniola.
The Dominican Republic is not only popular with millions of beach holidaymakers; Many cruise companies also use four of the country's ports as starting and destination ports or attractive stopovers for the cruise ships. The two well-known cruise destinations are in the south of the country Santo Domingo and La Romana. The destinations in the north of the island are the scenic region of the peninsula Samaná and the cruise port opened in fall 2015 Amber Cove. The one in the west of the big city Puerto Plata located facility is a private port of Carnival Corporation. Not just branded ships Carnival, but also from subsidiaries such as AIDA Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line etc. regularly call at the test tube, which was built for 85 million US dollars.
Amber Cove - main entrance with rickshaws waiting
Carnival and its subsidiaries are following the same strategy with regard to Amber Cove that Carnival and its competitors have previously successfully practiced with other private resorts in the Caribbean.
A holiday complex that is only accessible to ship guests is being built in a remote area. Small, uninhabited islands are best suited for this, enriched with restaurants, bars, shops and a range of beach activities such as water sports or petting rays. - If it is a country resort, like Amber Cove, it is surrounded with a solid fence and closely guarded by security staff. Individual excursions are made more difficult. The guests should consume in the resort and / or use the shipping company's expensive tour offers.
Amber Cove - A massively protected cruise resort
However, it should be recognized that Carnival has put a lot of effort into Amber Cove. A small retort with 22 buildings was built on a huge, green area. The houses of the "village" represent the main periods of colonization of the island; H. was built in the Victorian, Colonial and Fortaleza styles.
Amber Cove - One of the restaurants
The focus of the action is on shopping experiences, gastronomic offers as well as relaxation and water sports. The complex includes a welcome center, shops, bars, restaurants and an aqua park with pools, an artificial river and cabanas. There is also a 200 meter long zip line. - Nobody is in danger with the world at Amber Cove Resort and before to come into contact with the system at all if this is not expressly requested.
Amber Cove - The bathing area
For those ship guests who have booked organized tours, there is a generously dimensioned, shady handling area for buses and taxis. With regard to the taxis, it should be noted that the fixed prices requested by the “Amber Cove Taxi Association” are significantly higher than the prices of the “free” taxis. For the surcharge you will be looked after by uniformly dressed drivers in neat
Amber Cove - The bus and taxi handling area
white vehicles. Compared to the “official” taxis, the “free” taxis wait outside the complex. They are much cheaper. However, the vehicles are not that proper, the drivers do not wear uniform clothing and they are not allowed to drive into the area to pick up and drop off their passengers. That being said, they do a good job too.
Guests who appreciate individual excursions should visit the city, which is 12 kilometers away and has a population of around 300.000 Puerto Plata visit. The city has had a good reputation as a holiday destination for a long time, and it also offers enough sights for a day's stay. More on this under One day in Puerto Plata.