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.
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 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.