Dominica welcomes first cruise call for 2022 – 2023 season

Dominica has welcomed its first cruise call for the 2022-2023 cruise season.

Mein Schiff 2 of TUI cruises, on Monday, docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth with a capacity of 2,417 passengers.

“As it relates to the issue of sustainability and all of the issues as it relates to the environment I can tell you we [are] getting stronger in relation to that which means it is much more appealing to your guest in terms of the things we are doing,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille said during a welcome plaque ceremony. “And we are beginning to look to see how we can ensure that we can make our tourism product as sustainable as possible in terms of the issue of resilience.”

According to him, the Government of Dominica’s policy is to make Dominica the number one country in terms of resilience.

“And that is a mammoth task that I know the Government of Dominica has taken…,” he stated.

Bardouille continued, “ …again, I can say to you, with every level of assurance within the next 24 months Dominica will be operating on 100% green electric energy.”

This he believes is going to be a major improvement for the country.

“We are going to have geothermal as well as hydro…,” he stated.

Furthermore, he said the Government of Dominica is in fact putting Dominica forward, “not only in the nature island in terms of what you see but beginning to actually add value in terms of some of those aspects that we talked about.”

Dominica is expected to see an increase of 80,000 cruise visitors for this cruise season.

Mein Schiff 2 was constructed by MEYER TURKU and delivered to TUI Cruises in January 2019. It’s the sixth new cruise ship in the TUI Cruises fleet – the entire series was built in the Finnish city of Turku.

The new series features 180 additional staterooms, increasing the total number of passengers to 2,894 – and 90% of them can enjoy the luxury of an outside cabin with a sea view.

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  1. Rick
    November 3, 2022

    Wrong ship in the picture.

  2. ok then
    November 2, 2022

    Bardouille continued, “ …again, I can say to you, with every level of assurance within the next 24 months Dominica will be operating on 100% green electric energy.”

    – As crazy as that sounds we can find relief in the fact that this government is 90% talk so this will never happen. We are still waiting on the geothermal project that is probably old enough to vote at this point.

    But just to humor them for a mintue. What does 100% “green electric energy” mean? Does that mean that all vehicles will be electric vehicles? Including the trucks and the heavy machinery used in construction. Also will everybody have electric stoves at their homes? Some people still living under tarp roofs after Maria which was five years ago. So in 2 years they will have well built houses able to run everything on “green electric energy”? And so on and so forth…

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  3. Bobby
    November 2, 2022

    Bardouille, stop singing for your supper. We all know we’re we stand with you. Once your political master is finally gone… God help you!

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