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Carnival Corporation Unveils New Solar Park at Amber Cove

Carnival Corporation Unveils New Solar Park at Amber Cove

Carnival Corporation has opened a new solar park at its Amber Cove Cruise Center in the Dominican Republic.

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As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, the park’s 1,800+ solar panels will meet 80% of the port’s energy needs.

“As we bring guests to enjoy the beauty and rich culture of the Dominican Republic, we also take our environmental stewardship here and everywhere we visit very seriously,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said in a press release.

“With this new solar park in Amber Cove, we are furthering our commitment to sustainability at our destinations by focusing on renewable energy sources to power the vast majority of the port’s needs,” Duffy continued.

Carnival executives and local dignitaries at the unveiling of a new solar park at Amber Cove (Pictured from left: Jesus Mendez, Regional Director, Carnival Corp.; Sharon Mei, Amber Cove General Manager; Vicky Rey, VP, Gov. Affairs, Carnival Corp.; Jeff Rannik, Pres., Rannik Group; Alejandro Campos, Pres. of the Board, Dominican Port Authority; Elba Tineo, Municipal Director, Maimon; Joel Santos Echevarría, Minister of the Presidency, Dominican Republic; Christine Duffy, Pres., Carnival Cruise Line; Claritza Rochtte, Governor, Puerto Plata; Juan Fernández, VP, Strategic Operations, Carnival Corp. Image courtesy of Carnival)

The transition to renewable solar energy will replace the majority of Amber Cove’s current energy sources and reduce its dependency on fossil fuel based energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions. In total, the solar park is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,000 tons each year, the equivalent of planting over 30,000 trees.

“On behalf of the Government, we celebrate this achievement, which makes Amber Cove the first cruise terminal in the country with a project of this scale,” said Joel Santos, minister of the presidency of the Dominican Republic. “This project will undoubtedly contribute to the production of clean energy and environmental sustainability in Puerto Plata, the first tourist destination in the Dominican Republic.”

About Amber Cove

Amber Cove Cruise Center, located on the Dominican Republic’s north coast just outside the historic town of Puerto Plata, is one of Carnival Corporation’s eight exclusive ports and private islands.

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The 25-acre port offers dining venues, shops, bars, pools, a zipline, waterfront and hilltop cabanas, and numerous shore excursion options, including snorkeling and a waterfall experience.

Four of the company’s cruise lines—Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises—make regular visits to the cruise port. Last December, Amber Cove celebrated one million arriving guests, accounting for more than half of all cruise guest visits to the Dominican Republic in 2023.

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Do you think Carnival Corporation has been working diligently enough towards sustainability in the cruise industry? What are your thoughts about the new solar park at Amber Cove? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!

Carrie Ann Karstunen