Competition in the cruising industry is fierce, with major players always on the lookout for the latest ‘wow’ factor to please their passengers and bring in the crowds. In the last few months alone, we’ve seen everything from mega-ships with breathtaking attractions (“’Escape’ to the Largest Water Park at Sea”), fresh and imaginative new themes and itineraries (“Cruise for a Cause? Carnival Corp.’s “Social Impact” Travel”), new access to once-inaccessible destinations (“A Controversial Cruise To Disputed Islands”; “Carnival is Headed to Cuba Too!”), unprecedented levels of luxury (“$100,000 Cruise – Almost Sold Out?”), and applications of high and green technology (“Carnival’s Next-Gen “Green” Ships: Powered by LNG”) – just to name a few!
If you follow Kemplon Engineering’s blog or if you are an avid fan of cruising, you would know that one particular line is quite often at the forefront of the industry’s hot, new developments – Carnival Corp. This time around, they are developing a destination in the Caribbean in an $85-million port project: Amber Cove.
Amber Cove is a 25-acre, private port set on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is described as a quiet gateway to the Caribbean, with places for lounging like pools and bars, and great sites for dining, shopping and adventure, with activities like ziplines, speed boating, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. The cove is so named for its location on the Amber Coast, an area known for having an abundance of the namesake stone.
The port, which will have two berths that can ultimately see almost 8,000 passengers at the same time, is set to start receiving calls by this fall, starting with the Carnival Victory in early October. The expected turnout for the first year of operations is 350,000 passengers from multiple Carnival brands like Aida, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Line and P&O. This is a far cry from Amber Cove’s quiet past, which has not had a regular cruise call in some three decades.
Carnival has previous experience with developing ports, like Grand Turk and Roatan in Honduras.
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Image: Screen capture, from Carnival Cruise Line. “Amber Cove, Dominican Republic.” Carnival.com. Web. Accessed 13 Sep 2015. http://www.carnival.com/cruise-to/caribbean-cruises/amber-cove-cruises.aspx