Dominica to welcome inaugural calls of MV Island Sky and MV Fram

(Top) MV Fram, (Bottom): MV Island Sky

Dominica is set to welcome two new cruise vessels to its shores within a three-day span. The MV Island Sky is scheduled to arrive on April 20th, followed by the MV Fram on April 22nd. Both ships will dock at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth in Portsmouth, marking the 14th and 15th inaugural calls for the 2023/2024 cruise season. A commemorative plaque exchange ceremony will take place aboard each vessel to mark the occasion.

The MV Island Sky, owned and operated by London-based cruise company Noble Caledonia, is a 118-passenger cruise ship. Notably, it was the first cruise ship to visit Scotland following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in that country. With a gross tonnage of forty-two thousand (42,000) and a length of ninety-one (91) meters, it offers a unique and intimate cruising experience.

The MV Fram is a passenger vessel operated by the Norway-based Hurtigruten Group. Named after the original Fram used by explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen ah-mud-sun, it primarily operates in the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, and Antarctica. With a capacity of two hundred and fifty (250) passengers, a gross tonnage of eleven thousand six hundred and forty-seven (11,647), and a length of one hundred and fourteen (114) meters, the MV Fram offers adventurous and immersive cruising experiences.

Dominica’s 2023/2024 cruise season has proven to be a success thus far, with two hundred and six (206) cruise vessels having graced the island’s shores as of April 9th, 2024. This influx of ships has brought a total of two hundred ninety-eight thousand, three hundred seventy-eight (298,378) passengers to Dominica, with one hundred twenty-four thousand eight hundred eight (124,808) of these visitors participating in organized tours. The Ministry of Tourism and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) continue to be committed to providing a memorable and enriching experience for all cruise visitors. Their dedication is evident through ongoing initiatives aimed at improving the cruise visitor experience, including the transformation of the bayfront vending area and the development of the cable car project.

These efforts underscore their commitment to elevating the overall cruise experience on the island. The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) is appealing to all tourism stakeholders to collaborate in fostering a hospitable and enjoyable environment for cruise visitors for the remainder of the 2023/2024 cruise season.

Similarly, the Government of Dominica is deeply committed to establishing the island as a top-tier cruise destination. Their goal is to boost the number of future cruise visits and thereby enhance Dominica’s reputation within the global cruising community.

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  1. Francis Mc.Lawrence
    April 21, 2024

    The tonnage listed as 42,000 tons sounds a bit gross for the smaller ship. lf the tonnage of the 114 meter ship is about 11,000 tons, then it stands to reason that the tonnage of the 91 meter ship should be more like 4,200 tons.

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  2. April 21, 2024

    Dominica is only island/country that makes it big news of a visiting tourist ship. Why? Is it a matter of country bookie or that Dominica is so last behind in everything (according to Big Head US Tree) and never see come, see? If you read daily the news from the other islands there’s never any mention of tourist ship(s). It is a daily business as usual for them. Madame tourism let us get it so.

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  3. En Ba La
    April 21, 2024

    about 350 people how many coming ashore? if all 300 total would each buy a basket?

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  4. RastarMarn
    April 19, 2024

    But dose people just going to stay on their ship wi and doh come ashore as there is noting to attract dem to come for,,,

    Yes Dem ships coming but how much people coming off dem ships to circulate some foreign currency???

    No Jewelry Mart, No Casino, No Gaming noffing!!!

    Juss a rough Bus ride on some broken up road wi,,,

    So who will blame dem people,,,

    Allyou should do a survey when dem Passengers heading back on the ship to see who will say dey coming back to Dominica again,,,

  5. Fred
    April 19, 2024

    Sorry but it’s not possible to be a narure island and have so many environmentally harmful cruise ships calling here. One or the other. Travellers aren’t as stupid as those who promote the destination.

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