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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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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Tropical Caribbean

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Eastern Caribbean

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Southern Caribbean Seafarer

49 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 25, 2023
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Southern Caribbean Seafarer

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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 30, 2022
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Southern Caribbean

528 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 20, 2022
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Tropical Caribbean

181 Reviews
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Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

86 Reviews
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 8, 2023
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Caribbean Cruise

131 Reviews
Leaving:La Romana
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 22, 2023
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Caribbean - Eastern Cruise

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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:La Romana
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181 Reviews
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Dec 17, 2022
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Nov 21, 2022
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Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

1,374 Reviews
Leaving:Charleston
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Dec 19, 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
Fri Jan 28 - Amber Cove (Puerto Plata) 9am-5pm - [ ] private port created by carnival with lots of things - [ ] food and drinks for order on menu. Reasonable prices - [ ] Did VIP seating package $150 for 3 of usRead More
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cbutera
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
Very nice captive cruise port with a nice tropical flavor. Took the Panoramic Puerto Plata bus tour. Saw lots of poverty, etc but the narration during the ride was reasonably well done. Could have skipped the souvRead More
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truetreasureusa
Beautiful island and I very much enjoyed my tour Panoramic Puerto Plata that drove you around the city and made a stop at Plaza Indepension where we visited San Felipe Cathedral and a local souvenir shop (yes, the guRead More
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