Saturday, December 31, 2022
2023 HAL World Cruise
The Amber Cove Cruise Center was built in 2015. The facility will accommodate 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew members daily.
Amber Cove is located on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata on the Northeast Coast. The architecture is based on the country’s colonial roots and houses an assortment of shops, restaurants, and bars. There is a large, charming swimming pool and the over-water-cabanas look just like the South Pacific resorts we all love.
Now it is important to remember that the Dominican Republic shares the Island of Hispaniola with the country of Haiti. Hispaniola is one of only two Caribbean Islands with the distinction of 2 countries sharing the geography (Saint Martin is the other.) First populated by the Taino people around 10,000BC, it was in 1492 that Christopher Columbus (on his first voyage of discovery) became the very first European to step foot on the island (then known as Quisqueya and named La Hispaniola by Columbus, himself), thus initiating the ultimate Spanish conquest of both the Caribbean and eventually the southern American mainland.
Is that enough history for now???
If you’d like to know more, search the archives above or Google Dominican Republic. But perhaps for now, a few photos of the port will be more entertaining. Here’s a look:
Next, we will spend a day at sea preparing for the transfer from 5-day party ship to 128 days of World Exploration. Don’t be surprised if our itinerary should change. We are reading of unrest in areas along our route, so we are girding ourselves for some changes.
The next post, inspired by a comment from Sue on our last blog post, will be entitled: “Where Does the Stuff Go?” We’ll show you!!!