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New cruise port at Dominican Republic's Amber Cove to open in October

Caribbean gains new cruise ship stop at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic

Cruise passengers will have a new stop in the Caribbean in October when ships pull into Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic.

The new port facility is expected to revive interest in the north coast of the Dominican Republic, which hasn't been a regular cruise stop since the 1980s, Carnival Corp. announced Wednesday.

Amber Cove adds more cruising cachet to the Caribbean, already the world's largest cruising market. It accounts for more than a third of the cruise business globally.

The Carnival Victory will be the first ship to visit the $85-million port on Oct. 6. Other lines in the Carnival family -- Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, German line AIDA and British-based P&O Cruises -- will follow suit later this year and in 2016.

Carnival Corp. was a partner in developing the new port facility. Ships (it was built to accommodate super-sized cruise ships) are expected to bring more than 250,000 cruise passengers to Amber Cove in its first year of operation, the announcement says.

The port is near the city of Puerto Plata (it made Travel + Leisure's Best Places to Travel in 2015 list) where there's an Amber Museum that displays insects and flowers trapped in the ancient resin and a marine park called Ocean World.

The new stop allows Carnival brands to offer more than 40 new shore excursions -- including beaches, water sports, culinary and cultural tours -- as well as new itineraries in the central Caribbean.

Thirteen ships across six Carnival brands are expected to make 57 port calls between October and April 2016.

Upcoming visits include Cunard's Queen Mary 2 on Nov. 22, the Costa Deliziosa on Dec. 31 and Holland America's ms Eurodam on Jan. 19.

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