Photo 1: Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 in Amber Cove on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2016.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Receives Warm Welcome for Maiden Call in Amber Cove / Photo © Cunard Line

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Receives Warm Welcome for Maiden Call in Amber Cove / Photo © Cunard Line

Photo 2: From L-R: Jenny Alejandra Montoya; Ambra Attus, Executive Director, Hotel Association of Puerto Plata; Marcos Villanueva, President, Hotel Association of Playa Dorada; Jose Natalio Redondo, President, Touristic Cluster of Puerto Plata and President, Rescue Group; Jose Santana Morillo, Colonel of National Police, North Coast, Dominican Republic; Fernando Ortega, Vice President of Chamber Of Commerce, Puerto Plata and Vice President, Brugal Company; Captain Kevin Oprey, Master, Queen Mary 2; Richard Vasquez, General of Airforce, Dominican Republic of the North Coast; Julio Almonte, Vice Minister of Tourism, Dominican Republic

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Receives Warm Welcome for Maiden Call in Amber Cove / Photo © Cunard Line

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Receives Warm Welcome for Maiden Call in Amber Cove / Photo © Cunard Line

November 24, 2015 – Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 was greeted with excitement during her inaugural visit to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, November 22. Coming from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on her Caribbean voyage, Queen Mary 2’s visit to Amber Cove marked the first call that the ocean liner has ever made in the Dominican Republic.

Queen Mary 2’s arrival was celebrated during a traditional maritime ceremony aboard, during which port officials and dignitaries exchanged decorative plaques with Captain Kevin Oprey to commemorate the maiden visit. Local executives who welcomed the ship included Vice Minister of Tourism, Julio Almonte; Director of National Police, Coronel Jose Isaia Santana Morillo; Commander of the Air Force, General Richard Vazquez.

“It is an honour to bring Cunard guests to Amber Cove, and to join Carnival Corporation’s major cruise brands in making regular visits to the Puerto Plata,” said Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2. “We thank the kind people of Dominican Republic for such a warm and hospitable welcome, and we look forward to further time Queen Mary 2 will be spending here in January as part of her World Voyage.”

Set in a cove among a mountainous and lush tropical landscape, Amber Cove 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, as well as a wide range of unique food and beverage establishments featuring an array of specialty dishes of the north coast along with an artisanal coffee shop that brews and sells locally grown coffee.

“On behalf of the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, The Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia and the city of Puerto Plata, we wish to thank Cunard for the arrival of Queen Mary 2,” said Julio Almonte, Vice Minister of Tourism for the Dominican Republic. “We are very happy and honored to have this important ship visiting our destination. It is a day of joy and celebration for the arrival of Queen Mary 2.”

Named by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton, England, in 2004, Queen Mary 2 is the largest Cunarder ever built. Queen Mary 2 offers an array of entertainment and educational activities including a state of the art 3D Cinema, a planetarium, a casino, a superb Canyon Ranch SpaClub and life enriching workshops. Coupled with luxurious staterooms, a host of dining options and a variety of bars and nightlife venues, Queen Mary 2affords guests with a complete luxury on a grand scale experience.

From Amber Cove, Queen Mary 2 continued on her 13-night voyage, ending in New York on Wednesday, November 25.

Information source: Cunard Line

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