Cruise ship terminal begun.
CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL BEGUN. President Leonel Fernandez and Tourism
Minister Francisco Javier Garcia launched the construction of a cruise
ship port, Amber Cove, in Maimon, Puerto Plata province, reports Hoy
(May 14, 2012). Garcia said the 50,000 square meter terminal would
support tourism in the north, providing thousands of jobs. The terminal
will be built and operated by Carnival, but it will allocate space to
ships from other lines. The terminal will have the capacity to receive
two ships simultaneously, with around 5,000 passengers. A feasibility
study showed that as many as 250,000 passengers could arrive during the
first year, increasing to 600,000 in the next three years. The new
Carnival Cruise Line terminal will cost US$65 million.