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Cruises to Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

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About Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

Amber Cove is an $85 million port in the Dominican Republic developed for cruise passengers by Carnival Corporation. Originally developed with the intention to use the port for volunteering opportunities on the now-defunct Carnival brand fathom, cruisers from various Carnival Corp. cruise lines can still join fathom shore excursions like a tour of a women's cooperative making chocolate, or a recycled paper and crafts entrepreneurship.

When Amber Cove opened in 2015, it was the first time since the 1980s that a cruise ship stopped at what is known as the Amber Coast, so called for its abundance of the translucent, burnt-orange stone. Located along the Bay of Maimon on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic -- not far from Puerto Plata, which was used as a filming location for the first Jurassic Park film -- the port is equipped with two berths and designed to accommodate 10,000 passengers from most of Carnival Corp.'s brands, including Carnival, Holland America, Costa, Cunard and P&O, among others.

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Rotterdam (2021)
Holland America Line's Rotterdam at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

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Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 19, 2022
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Rotterdam (2021)
Holland America Line's Rotterdam at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

6 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 23, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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14 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 28, 2022
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 13, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 7, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 22, 2022
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 2, 2022
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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14 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 19, 2022
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 3, 2022
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 14, 2023
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Leaving:La Romana
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 28, 2022
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Mar 20, 2022
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Why go to Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)?

Pros:

Amber Cove's resort-style pool features a swim-up bar, water slide and plenty of lounge chairs

Cons:

There's no beach onsite; the nearest one is roughly 15 minutes away and requires a taxi

Bottom Line:

Thanks to its exclusivity as a private port, Amber Cove hardly feels overcrowded

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata) Cruise Port Facilities?

Visitors can walk the long dock or take a complimentary covered pedicab (tips appreciated) in order to pass through the fort-like structure that leads to Amber Cove's duty-free shops and tour buses. Note that some tours meet as soon as you pass through the entrance and into this area. The cobblestoned space with candy-colored buildings offers a range of shops from Diamonds International and stores for watches and leather goods to a pharmacy and a shop that offers all items for $20 or less. You'll also find a cafe and a bar (these offer Wi-Fi and restrooms). In the center is a round building offering stamps and information about the Dominican Republic. For those taking a stroll, you'll notice a few eye-catching sculptures around a fountain, and a wall of information about the area's history, including its various uses as a filming location.

To the far left, if you walk beyond the stores and past the bar, you'll uncover a great photo opportunity of the words "Amber Cove!" in large lettering, typically in front of where your ship is docked. Surrounding this quiet outcrop are a handful of stalls manned by local vendors selling their wares.

If you continue straight through the cobblestoned path, to the right of the central building, you will see a huge archway that leads to tour buses and shore excursion departures on the right, and a taxi line on the left. Prices for one to five people start at $20 one way to Ocean World; $35 to Puerto Plata and $50 to Damajagua, known as the waterfalls. Also to the left, right before you pass under the archway, are a few administrative offices, a desk for National/Alamo car rentals and an ATM.

For cruisers staying close by, Amber Cove offers a resort-style swimming pool, including a swim-up bar, and a lazy river. An open and a closed water slide at the Aqua Zone are fantastic for kids (and adults). This entire area, including the lounge chairs, are free of charge. Further on, visitors will find a separate playground/splash pad for small children, a basketball court and jumbo chess. Restrooms are located all around the area.


Amber Cove (Puerto Plata) Cruise Reviews
Amber Cove is a beautiful resort spot inside of Puerto Plata. People are genuinely friendly. Speak both English and Spanish. It is walking distance from the ship (about 5 minutes). Read More
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josebetzy
Amber cove had a huge pool and plenty of area to relax and shop.Read More
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rhodstr
We got this cruise for a few hundred dollars of port charges and taxes. Amber Cove is clean, well maintained and plenty of junk to buy. Nothing different from other Carrib ports but has a nice beach area and some fRead More
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sailorx2
Amber cove has a nice, clean shopping area with good craft offerings. We also went to a nearby small resort but would never return as the beach was awful and littered with rocks and debris, the all-inclusive dining wRead More
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