Amber Cove (Photo:Cruise Criitc)
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Associate Editor

Port of Amber Cove

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.

About Amber Cove


Pro

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

Con

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


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Amber Cove Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

2017 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations
2016 Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island Destinations