Puerto Plata , DR July 6, 2021.- With the arrival of the cruise ship “Carnival Horizon” at the Amber Cove port in Puerto Plata, the restart of operations was celebrated here. Present at the activity were the First Lady Raquel Arbaje, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza, the Governor of Puerto Plata Clarissa Rochtte, the Executive Director of the Dominican Port Authority, Jean Luis Rodriguez, among other representatives of the Government. Also present were Mrs. Christine Duffy (president of Carnival Cruise Lines) who came aboard the ship and entrepreneurs from Amber Cove.
Carnival Horizon, from Miami, Florida, is the first cruise with passengers to return to the Dominican Republic since March 2020. On this call to Puerto Plata the Carnival Horizon arrived with approximately 2,600 passengers, all with high expectations and enthusiasm to visit again. the Costa del Ambar.
Carnival executives, as well as those of the Amber Cove port, confirmed that more than 90% of their staff and collaborators have been vaccinated against COVID19 and that cruise lines have implemented protocols that meet and exceed the health regulations and laws of the States. The United States and the destination countries explained that it is a priority to create a pleasant experience for tourists, but with a high level of health, all with the aim of protecting their passengers, their collaborators and the citizens in the destination countries.
The announcement of the arrival of the Carnival Horizon has been received by the people of Puerto Plata with great enthusiasm and they feel rejoiced that during this week the economy of the cruise industry will move again.
Taxi drivers, tour guides, tour operators, artisans and other merchants who were affected by the suspension of cruise operations now breathe an air of hope.
Carnival Cruise Lines is one of the nine cruise lines of Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company.
The parent company Carnival Corporation & plc and Grupo Rannik developed the Port of Amber Cove for the amount of US $ 87 million and the same one that began operations in 2015 managed to handle approximately 650,000 passengers in 2019.