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Amber Cove Welcomes Carnival Cruise Line's Victory in the Dominican Republic

MIAMI, October 6, 2015 — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest travel and leisure company, today welcomed its first ship – Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Victory and its  nearly 3,000 guests – to its new Amber Cove cruise port in the Dominican Republic.

Featuring a two-berth port and a 25-acre landside development nestled in a picturesque cove, Amber Cove will provide the Carnival Victory’s and future cruise guests with a convenient gateway to the newest Caribbean destination experience in 10 years -- the Puerto Plata region on the island’s north coast, known for the friendliness of its people, its history and culture, and the beauty of its beaches, mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers.  

The port also re-opens the spectacular Puerto Plata region to regular cruise ship visits for the first time in nearly 30 years, adding a new and exotic destination to the Caribbean, the world’s most popular region for cruising.

Following today’s inaugural visit by the Carnival Victory, additional ships from Carnival Cruise Line and seven additional Carnival Corporation brands are scheduled to make calls on Amber Cove -- AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises. Notably, Amber Cove will be the first destination for the inaugural voyage of Carnival Corporation’s new social impact travel brand Fathom, which will depart from PortMiami on April 10, 2016. In its first full year of operation, the eight Carnival Corporation brands will make 140 calls on the port with 23 ships.

Set in a cove among a mountainous and lush tropical landscape, the port features dramatic architectural elements that reflect the area's storied Victorian and Colonial past. The waterfront welcome center hosts a variety of retail offerings, including a marketplace for Dominican crafts and souvenirs sold by local artisans, as well as a wide range of unique food and beverage establishments featuring a variety of specialty dishes of the North Coast and an artisanal coffee shop that brews and sells locally grown coffee. At the Sky Bar perched atop a 60 foot granite hill, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the port and cove.

The port also features a zip line and complimentary pool area with a swim-up bar, children’s splash pad and water slides. Guests can also rent cabanas, some built over the water and some built on a granite hill providing amazing views.

“We are always looking for new ways to create wonderful vacation memories for our guests, and we cannot wait to share the excitement of opening our new Amber Cove cruise port,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “We know our guests love the Caribbean, and today’s visit by the Carnival Victory marks the beginning of us bringing our guests to one of the most unique, beautiful and historic regions in the Caribbean. We have worked closely with the local tour operators to ultimately offer more than 40 unique shore excursions, giving our guests plenty of options for exploring and enjoying the island.”

Added Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line: “It is an honor to have the Carnival Victory be the first ship to call on Amber Cove, which is absolutely beautiful, and to have our guests be the first cruise passengers from a major cruise brand in nearly 30 years to explore the stunning Puerto Plata region. It is just as exciting to know that we and our sister brands will be bringing guests to the first brand new destination experience in the Caribbean in 10 years. We are all very much looking forward to Amber Cove and Puerto Plata quickly becoming a very popular port of call.”

The Amber Cove port is located in the heart of the Dominican Republic's North Coast, also known as the “Amber Coast,” just outside the historical town of Puerto Plata, which was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The region’s amber mines are considered some of the richest in the world, as Dominican amber is 90 percent clearer than others and has 10 times more insects than amber found in the Baltic. Puerto Plata was a filming site for the original “Jurassic Park,” which was loosely based upon the unique features found in amber stones.

Extensive Excursion Opportunities Unlock the Richness of Puerto Plata

Amber Cove’s transportation hub will provide guests with easy access to an extensive offering of shore excursion experiences and attractions, as well as taxis and rental car services.  In fact, Amber Cove features one of the most comprehensive shore excursion programs available in the Caribbean, eventually offering more than 40 different sea and landside experiences from the port, including several beach getaways, kayak, paddle board and snorkeling tours, zip line adventures, ATV-like terracross buggy expeditions, Puerto Plata tours, helicopter rides, fishing trips, horseback riding, deep sea fishing tours and catamaran sailings.

Visitors to the city can tour the historic downtown area and main plaza, which will feature artists and entertainment on days that cruise ships are in port. Visitors can also stroll along the famed Malecon, a three-mile-long open air boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and close to bars, restaurants and shops. Guests can explore Fort San Felipe, one of the oldest military colonial period fortresses in the region, or enjoy museum tours to see the region’s famous amber.

Nearby Ocean World, one of the region's largest marine adventure parks, offers guests popular ways to experience and interact with a variety of marine animals. Guests can also travel via speedboat to beautiful Paradise Island, one of the Caribbean's top spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, or visit rural coffee plantations and sample traditional Dominican cuisine, rum and seasonal fruit. Or for the ultimate luxury experience, guests can reserve their own private beachside bungalow with the services of a personal chef, bartender and staff.

Amber Cove opens expanded itinerary options in the Caribbean and pairs with the company's other nearby ports of Half Moon Cay, Princess Cay and the Grand Turk Cruise Center only 100 miles to the north to anchor new central Caribbean itineraries for Carnival Corporation’s 10 global brands. In looking to the future, the port is strategically located to be incorporated into itineraries featuring potential stops in Cuba.

The opening of Amber Cove adds to the portfolio of cruise destinations Carnival Corporation has developed in the Caribbean. This includes the Grand Turk Cruise Center in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Puerta Maya on the island of Cozumel, Mexico, and Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan, Honduras. It is one of about 60 ports Carnival Corporation's brands visit in the Caribbean region.

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