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About Amber Cove

Amber Cove is nestled on the Bay of Maimón on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, near Puerto Plata. It's an exciting new cruise centre with a variety of shops and themed bars and restaurants, as well as a water attraction.  But it's also the gateway to the tropical splendours of this beautiful island.  The Dominican Republic has everything from stunning mountain scenery to desert scrublands and picturesque white-sand beaches shaded by rows of palm trees. Inland you'll find rivers carving their way through lush jungle, stunning waterfalls and charming small towns overflowing with warm welcoming people.

 

Nearby, is one of the country's most beautiful beaches - Playa Grande. But the stunning coast is filled with small beaches just waiting to be explored. And the watersports are plentiful. For something different, try the splashy playground of the '27 waterfalls of Damajagua'. Hiking and mountain biking are the best ways to enjoy the region's native flora and fauna. And golf comes complete with marvellous sea views from almost every hole.

 

Shore excursions in Amber Cove

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Art, Jewellery and Craft Creation with Locals

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Get creative at Repape and enjoy a day of connection, creativity and inspiring women on this hands-on experience.

Create gorgeous handmade paper, jewellery and art – and have a blast from start to finish – with the ingenious, entrepreneurial women of Puerto Plata. Travel with us deep into one of Puerto Plata’s bustling neighbourhoods to the home of RePapel, an inspiring community of female artists who transform repurposed materials into works of art. Learn new artistic skills and free your imagination as you produce arts and crafts with the help of RePapel’s famously warm and enthusiastic staff – they are known to break into song and dance at any moment, for no reason whatsoever. As your visit comes to an end, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase your favourite crafts made especially by the ladies. Their brightly coloured coasters, cards and jewellery make ideal souvenirs of your visit.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. Children must be aged 8 years or older to participate. US dollars or local currency will be required for purchases. Comfortable, modest clothing and closed-toe shoes should be worn.

Art, Jewellery and Craft Creation with Locals

Artisanal Soap Making with Locals

Activity mediumRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a fun morning or afternoon with locals, in a high energy environment, participating in the step by step process of soap making.

See how art and chemistry combine to create the colourful visual and aromatic experience of artisanal soap at the Dominican Soap Factory in Puerto Plata.

Travel into Puerto Plata to create artisan products alongside the welcoming people of the Dominican Republic. Try your hand at every stage of production (from formulating and cutting to stamping and packaging) and learn new skills under the guidance of experienced local soap-makers. See how they use authentic ingredients to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind products.

At the end of your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase your favourite handmade bars and take home a unique piece of your local experience. In doing so, you’ll be helping support economic opportunity for the humble, hard-working families of Puerto Plata.

Essential information

This excursion by coach and on foot. Children must be aged 8 years or older to participate. US dollars or local currency will be required for purchases. Comfortable, modest clothing and closed-toe shoes should be worn.

ATV Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a thrilling ride on an All Terrain Vehicle (quad bike) with spectacular views of the Dominican Republic.

Your adventure begins onboard your island themed open air truck with ride of approximatley 45 minutes into rugged outback country roads.

Get up-close and personal with the rural Dominican experience, as you climb aboard your ATV and explore hidden trails, quaint villages and scenic vistas on paths that take you deeper into the countryside.

Feel the warm welcome as you visit a typical country home and get a true taste of Dominican rural lifestyle. After a leisurely ride back, relax on the beach or take a swim in a secluded cove.

Essential information

Pregnant women and those under 18 may not participate. A full clean driving licence is required. Passengers must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. This tour is sold one bike per person, pillion passengers are not allowed. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. There is a weight limit of 17 stone on this tour. It is essential to wear long trousers and flat, comfortable closed toe shoes. A back-pack style bag is advisable.

Authentic Dominican Chocolate Experience

Activity lowRefreshments includedShoppingFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy a mouth-watering, behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of life’s sweetest pleasures: premium, authentic chocolate.

Travel into the lush Dominican countryside and explore tropical chocolate-making first-hand with the women of Chocal, a small organic chocolate cooperative.

You’ll take part in the entire chocolate-making process, from the planting of cacao seeds to making Chocal’s renowned chocolate bars. At every stage, you’ll learn about the history and culture of cacao cultivation from the colourful, warm-hearted women of the cooperative. And, of course, you’ll indulge in some of the richest, most decadent flavours in the world: premium dark chocolate, cacao nib and naranja.

You’ll also have the opportunity to buy some for your family and friends. All the while, you’ll be helping support economic opportunity for hard-working families in the local rural villages.

Essential information

This excursion is by coach and on foot. Children must be aged 8 years or older to participate. US dollars or local currency will be required for purchases. Comfortable, modest clothing and closed-toe shoes should be worn. A hair net will be provided and must be worn. Please remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a sun hat, umbrella and US dollars or local currency for souvenirs.

Authentic Dominican Chocolate Experience

Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Join the women of Chocal in creating handmade chocolates from local cacao, one of the Dominican Republic’s most important crops.

Experience and participate in a hands-on visit to a chocolate factory founded by the enterprising women of the Dominican Republic. This endeavour is the result of a search for meaningful work so that they can support their families. At a local nursery, you'll begin with the cultivation of the cocoa plant, by preparing organic soil and planting cocoa seeds. In the chocolate factory, work alongside the women of Chocal at various workstations. Together, you’ll transform the cocoa bean into a delicious chocolate bar. Then, help the women package the chocolate and prepare it for sale.
By helping to improve production and increase sales, you’ll also be helping the organisation to thrive so it can hire more local women, providing critical income in a region with limited employment opportunities.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and is operated in partnership with Fathom Travel. Fathom is the newest brand in the Carnival Corporation & PLC family, offering impact travel and cultural exchange programs in the Dominican Republic and Cuba, on board Adonia. Impact travel is a whole new category of travel: it’s travel with purpose. Children under the age of 8 may not participate. US dollars or local currency will be required for purchases. Comfortable, modest clothing and closed-toe shoes should be worn. A hair net will be provided and must be worn. Please remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a sun hat, umbrella and US dollars or local currency for souvenirs.

 

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