BUSINESS BYTE: Increase in cruise ship calls for 2017 / 2018

Freewinds cruise ship

Roseau, Dominica – April 3, 2017 The 2016/2017 cruise season is expected to close towards mid-April 2017 with the last cruise vessel call being ROYAL PRINCESS on April 15, 2017.It is expected that Dominica will receive five (5) calls from the MV FREEWINDS during the period May to June 2017.

The much expected calls from CARNIVAL FASCINATION will not be scheduled for July and August 2017 because of late changes in bookings by Carnival Cruise Lines through their local agents.However, we are assured by Carnival Cruise Lines that for the 2018summer season, Dominica is scheduled to receive nine (9) calls from CARNIVAL FASCINATION beginning May 2018 through September 2018.

This we believe is a strong signal from Carnival Cruise Lines that the progress being made by Dominica in improving the quality of the tour products and services will lead to increase calls.  In addition, other actions to bolster the cruise industry and the increase in ship calls going forward into the 2018/2019 cruise season bears a testament to future growth.

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  1. taxi operator
    April 5, 2017

    Same story every year. Lets see how many will be cancelled! smh

  2. an
    April 4, 2017

    How is it that there is a yearly prediction for increased calls but numbers for arrivals are decreasing or staying stagnant.

  3. Frappuccino
    April 3, 2017

    Excellent news. Cruise ship tourism is exactly what Dominica needs. Especially with our wide selection of duty free shops and malls. Congratulations everyone.

    April 3, 2017

    For two years since this …… minister of tourism took office we have experience a decline in cruise arrival. this guy is possibly the worse tourism ever in Dominica, we thought Ian was bad. Every year he makes these projections and at the end of it, smaller cruise ships and less arrivals. He placed so much regulations on vendors and taxis drivers the he forgot to provide access to a bridge from trafalger to wotton waven for almost two years and left roads to nature sites in deplorable condition, continue to make projections but you have no idea about tourism.

  5. Roger
    April 3, 2017

    The content of this press release does not in any way indicate an increase in cruise activity for Dominica. Even if Carnival comes 9 times during 20 weeks, will this make for any significant increase for the ships which are scheduled to pull out????

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