Cruise ships are returning with regular itineraries to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, for the first time in three decades.
And Carnival Corp. says its highly anticipated $85 million port in the historic city will open later this year.
Amber Cove will start to see ships arrive, starting Oct. 6, with a call from Carnival Victory. Ships from six of Carnival's lines are scheduled to stop at the port through early 2016.
Amber Cove sits on the Dominican Republic's North Coast, which features chances for activities like outback safaris, snorkeling, ziplining, horseback riding, hiking and waterfalls adventures. Carnival's new waterfront port facility is located near the historic town of Puerto Plata, which was founded around 1500.
Carnival says it's important to continue to expand the number of destinations available on cruise itineraries to the Caribbean, as well as enhance the overall experience once travelers arrive.
"There are several markets that are becoming increasingly important to the cruise industry, but today, the Caribbean is the single largest share of our business," said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation. "We are confident that our guests will love visiting Amber Cove, which we believe will quickly become a very popular port of call for our guests. And because Amber Cove is easily accessible, it will give our guests a convenient gateway to the Puerto Plata region, which is spectacular. And importantly, Amber Cove will allow us to offer our guests a new option in our Caribbean itineraries."
That's nice, but you might like to visit simply to check out one of the filming locations of the "Jurassic Park" movie. Boom! Fun fact alert!
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