What to expect on a Fathom Cruise to the Dominican Republic
Fathom Travel proudly pulls into port at Amber Cove, just outside of Puerto Plata on the north side of the Dominican Republic. This port is brand new and it shows. Oddly enough, there is no beach, even though you have traveled to the Caribbean to enjoy those cool blue waters. There are a few bungalows over the water that you can rent for a premium price, but outside of these bungalows, you have to go out of the port, hire a taxi and head to a beach farther down the road.
Shops. Amber Cove is essentially a shopping center. You can grab freshly ground coffee from the Italian coffee shop (actually owned by an Italian man living in the Dominican Republic), or stock up on souvenirs at one of the many shops offering wears from all over the country. There is a small pharmacy if you need soap, shampoo, chips, diapers or a few minor medications. If you want to do some serious shopping though, hire a taxi just outside of the port gates that can take you into Puerto Plata.
Pool Area. The Amber Cove pool is worth a few hours, if not more, especially if you have kids. The pool and water slides are a welcome relief from the tropical heat. Pull up a chaise lounge to relax and read your book, or take advantage of the excellent Wi-Fi signal you can get in the hammocks by the kid play area. For a fee of about $12 you can zip line all day. The pool is home to a swim-up bar and waiters regularly walk around the lounge chairs to grab your food and beverage order.