397 Amber Cove (Puerto Plata) Cruise Reviews

Beautiful Port, albeit a little commercial. No hassles though, lots of swimming pools immediately available, while beach time will require an excursion.
Beautiful Port, albeit a little commercial. No hassles though, lots of swimming pools immediately available, while beach time will require an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My favorite port on this cruise! The ship docks at Amber Cove, which is a “village” created for the cruise line. It is lovely and well-maintained, with lots of shopping. We took the Ocean World Day Pass excursion, and it was wonderful ... Read More
My favorite port on this cruise! The ship docks at Amber Cove, which is a “village” created for the cruise line. It is lovely and well-maintained, with lots of shopping. We took the Ocean World Day Pass excursion, and it was wonderful ! The staff there was friendly and very helpful to my husband, who has mobility issues. We didn't realize that the park is built on the side of a hill, so the walking was difficult for him. They not only loaned him a wheelchair for free, the staff pushed it for him. The park itself has great animal shows (approved by the Humane Society and World Wildlife Fund). Don't miss the dolphin show ! The seal show is excellent also, as is the parrot show. The only mild disappointment was the Shark Encounter, which is not really a show at all; you simply watch other tourists pet the sharks. We ate at their restaurant, from the menu, and the food was good and reasonably priced. The gift shop is nice as well. One thing to be aware of is that you cannot wear eyeglasses if you do the Dolphin Encounter (for the safety of the dolphins). So if you have poor eyesight and no contact lenses, you may see “fuzzy” dolphins ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We love Amber Cove, definitely do an excursion through. Be aware the country is very poor so just be smart don't leave your things unsupervised. But the people are very sweet and kind.
We love Amber Cove, definitely do an excursion through. Be aware the country is very poor so just be smart don't leave your things unsupervised. But the people are very sweet and kind. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
If the VIP serenity excursion is available, DO IT. Everything is paid for so you can drink all you want and you get a free buffet all while you relax in a covered bed on the beach. The best excursion I’ve done by far.
If the VIP serenity excursion is available, DO IT. Everything is paid for so you can drink all you want and you get a free buffet all while you relax in a covered bed on the beach. The best excursion I’ve done by far. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Did a Holland America excursion to Ocean World .... had the best time of all ports .... did the basic excursion .... saw all the shows - some a few times ....sea lions, dolphins, sharks, birds ( macaws, tropical love birds, etc.) .... was ... Read More
Did a Holland America excursion to Ocean World .... had the best time of all ports .... did the basic excursion .... saw all the shows - some a few times ....sea lions, dolphins, sharks, birds ( macaws, tropical love birds, etc.) .... was amazing .... Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We walked to the main taxi stand at the entrance to the port facility and negotiated with a taxi driver to give us an all day tour of the city of Porto Plata including going to the top of the mountain to the botanical gardens. We paid $80 ... Read More
We walked to the main taxi stand at the entrance to the port facility and negotiated with a taxi driver to give us an all day tour of the city of Porto Plata including going to the top of the mountain to the botanical gardens. We paid $80 for four people for what ended up being a five hour tour. The botanical gardens are amazing. Our taxi driver walked us around the garden and showed us the sites. I would strongly suggest that the gardens are well worth the time. In town our driver took us to several tourist shops that I'm sure he got a kick back from. Most of these were ok, but we don't really enjoy shopping so after about four stops I informed him that we didn't want any more shops. He said ok and for the rest of the day we were shopping free. We stopped by the Spanish fort for a short visit. On to the beach for an hour on the beach and some beers. We asked him to take us through the residential part of town he was happy to show us his neighborhood. He stopped by several other photo opportunities that he thought we would enjoy. He spent time talking with us and explaining the things we were seeing. He took us to a grocery store and a stop by the local farmers market where we purchased some awesome fresh fruit. We had a wonderful time, we didn't feel rushed at all and got to choose what we wanted to see. We were with him for 5 hours and he would have been fine with us going longer. He didn't expect payment till the end of the day. We gave him the agreed upon $80 plus a $20 tip because he had been so nice and had made our day special. In the end that comes out to be $25 per person for the day which was way less than a packaged excursion and we had total control of the day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Stayed in large compound at pool. WiFi for $8 was excellent. Very enjoyable and lots for everyone to do, especially kids at pool. Lots of water activities by rental.
Stayed in large compound at pool. WiFi for $8 was excellent. Very enjoyable and lots for everyone to do, especially kids at pool. Lots of water activities by rental. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Port that the cruise line built is beautiful. Shops and beautiful pool area. However, pool area is very loud with blaring music. They really need a "quiet" are for people who just want to rest and relax in this tropical ... Read More
Port that the cruise line built is beautiful. Shops and beautiful pool area. However, pool area is very loud with blaring music. They really need a "quiet" are for people who just want to rest and relax in this tropical paradise. If you like loud music like they play at Margaritaville in Grand Turk you will love the pool area at Amber Cove. Not for me though. Did take an excursion of Puerta Plata Panaramic Tour. Did enjoy the city tour and the tour guide was excellent. About 30 people on a large air conditioned bus that drove to the city from the port about a 20 minute bus ride. Once in the city we saw the city square (historical), an old cathedral, learned the history of the island. souvenir stop so you could buy some trinkets, drove by the Malecon (beach area), saw the old fort. Overall it was a very good tour and worth the amount of money paid. About a 2.5 hour tour but it was interesting and a good way to see the island, if you have never been. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Did a open air bus tour and beach break. Good tour but be prepared for a rough 45 minute ride to the beach. We were so dirty when we got back to the ship, but had a great day.
Did a open air bus tour and beach break. Good tour but be prepared for a rough 45 minute ride to the beach. We were so dirty when we got back to the ship, but had a great day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Did the Amber Cove, serenity VIP resort excursion. Very relaxing. Got a free 10 massage!
Did the Amber Cove, serenity VIP resort excursion. Very relaxing. Got a free 10 massage! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Did not do a tour here just adventured on our own Amber Cove is absolutely beautifuland the people are as well
Did not do a tour here just adventured on our own Amber Cove is absolutely beautifuland the people are as well Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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