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Dominican president attends Amber Cove grand opening

President Danilo Medina, second from left, with Carnival Corp.'s Arnold Donald at center. With them are Carnival Corp.'s Giora Israel and David Candib, B&R Group's Jeffrey Rannik and Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina joined senior Carnival Corp. & plc executives for Amber Cove's grand opening on Monday.

Carnival Corp. ceo Arnold Donald, Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia and Jeffrey Rannik, president of Grupo B&R, Carnival's Dominican partners for Amber Cove, were present as well.

Featuring a two-berth port and a 25-acre landside development nestled in a picturesque cove, Amber Cove will provide cruisers from eight of Carnival Corp.'s brands with a gateway to the Puerto Plata region, known as the Amber Coast.

Following the first visit by Carnival Victory on Oct. 6, additional ships from Carnival Cruise Line and others from AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises are booked. Plus, Amber Cove will be the first destination for Carnival Corp.'s new social impact brand, Fathom, in April.

In Amber Cove's first full year of operation, 140 calls by 23 ships are scheduled.

'It is an honor to bring Carnival Corporation guests to Amber Cove, which is absolutely beautiful, and to reestablish regular cruise visits to the Puerto Plata from major cruise brands for the first time in nearly 30 years,' said Alan Buckelew, chief operations officer of Carnival Corp., who also attended Monday's ceremony.

'It is just as exciting to know that we will be bringing guests to the newest destination in the Caribbean, the world's most popular region for cruising,' Buckelew added. 'We are all looking forward to Amber Cove and Puerto Plata quickly becoming a very popular port of call.'

Amber Cove opens expanded itinerary options and pairs with the company's other nearby ports of Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays and the Grand Turk Cruise Center only 100 miles to the north to anchor new central Caribbean itineraries.

It is among about 60 ports Carnival Corp. brands visit in the Caribbean, and is strategically located to be incorporated into itineraries featuring potential stops at Cuba in the future.

In addition to Donald and Buckelew, other key Carnival executives attended the grand opening included Josh Leibowitz, chief strategy officer of Carnival Corp.; Julia Brown, chief procurement officer of Carnival Corp.; Giora Israel, svp global port and destination development for Carnival Corp.; and Tara Russell, president of Fathom.

Marie McKenzie, vp global destinations services and sources, and David Candib, vp development and operations in the global port and destination development group for Carnival Corp., were on hand, too.