Dominica officially begins 2021/2022 Cruise Season

Cruise passengers going on tour

Friday October 1, 2021 marked the official start of the 2021/2022 Cruise Season. The MV Celebrity Equinox called in at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth from 8:00am to 5:00pm on that day.

The island is scheduled to receive a total of 274 cruise calls during the 2021/2022 Cruise Season. This
translates to a total of 413,577 cruise passengers. Of the 274 calls 17 will be making their inaugural calls to the island.

Since the resumption of cruise calls in July 2021, the island has received a total of 7 cruise calls as of September 30th , 2021. Calls were received from the MV Seabourn Odyssey and the MV Celebrity Equinox. Together the ships brought 2,940 cruise passengers to the island’s shores. Of the 2,940 passengers received, 1302 engaged in tours to the island’s signature sites such as the Emerald Pool Trafalgar Falls and Ti Tou Gorge. Passengers also engaged activities such as whale watching, snorkeling and river tubbing.

Efforts towards the destination preparedness and improvement in of the islands health and safety
protocols are ongoing. Service providers which include taxi drivers, craft & souvenir vendors, and tour guides, have undergone health and safety protocols and customer service trainings over the past months. Sites upgrades and necessary health and safety measures are being implemented at major cruise sites.

DDA solicits the cooperation of all tourism stakeholders in ensuring a welcoming, enjoyable, and safe experience for the cruise visitors. The Government of Dominica will continue its effort in promoting Dominica as a safe, desirable cruise destination so as to increase cruise calls to the island.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

Cruise passengers shopping on the Bayfront

 

Presenting plaque to ship’s captain

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22 Comments

  1. Nancy Stokes
    October 8, 2021

    Every one passenger has been vaccinated. Or cannot travel on the ship. In our travel news and magazines they are introducing the new hotels, what you can do etc. If you don’t want visitors quit your advertising.
    We are returning, fully vaccinated, done all paperwork. So what is your problem.?
    You complain no visitors for your trinkets, and complain when we want to come. Get a life.

  2. Lin clown
    October 7, 2021

    When the BUS DRIVERS blocked the road and prevented people from going to school or work UWP never called them hungry.Today the bus drivers are called hungry by UWP for trying to feed their family.Hypocrite.

  3. Tom Foster
    October 7, 2021

    Love Dominica as I did business there in the 1990’s. It seems the vaccination rate is low, my question is why?

  4. Rick
    October 7, 2021

    Not the cruise passengers or the government put locals on risk, the locals not taking the available vaccine put themselves on risk on their own decision.

  5. Covid plus
    October 7, 2021

    Get ready for a death toll increase into the triple digits. A mighty variant has visited Dominica. That little US pocket change is not enough to pay your medical bills.

  6. Be Happy
    October 6, 2021

    Shame on all of you HUNGRY BUS DRIVERS. Some of you were happy planting your dasheen and yams, but then you mortgaged your agricultural land to buy a Bus and Banks have no pity. So now you are without alternatives and must risk your life as well that of your family to carry around those who had you bound. I’m still planting my cassava and coffee and I’m happy 😊. While you have a load of tourists and afraid to breathe, I’m chilling out with a dish of coconut Sankoch lamowee and plantain. Why make life hard for yourself? Look the Carib people living real simple and happy. The Yankee dollar won’t make you happy. Instead, you may even get Covid. You think the PM will give you a “State Funeral”? Role yourself.

    • October 7, 2021

      Very negative outlook. Sad just plain sad we have that type of mindset

    • October 7, 2021

      Agree on the attitude of “ return to your tried and true lifestyle of a Dominican farmer, don’t be lured by bus driver profits at the expense of loosing land and your Dominican traditions.” Once that is gone, then where?
      Homeless in a tent like Americans now.

  7. MR DOMINICA
    October 6, 2021

    THIS brings to mind the protocol to travel to Dominica that i read a few days ago that to enter you must get a negative test result . full out an application for approval .pay one hundred dollars ; down load all of this and wait for the response. This is all good as covid is rampant in the country but have the people on the cruise ship gone through this? bearing in mind they have passed through many other countries on the way here not to mention their own home town plus being on a cramped environment . I have one question what is the difference between a Dominican coming home to see his grandmother fling in by plane and a tourist on a cruise ship

    • Martin C.
      October 7, 2021

      …exactly! Yet again this incompetent government and its leader find wanting. The only thing this man is interested in selling passports and find new ways to ‘hide’ the proceeds.

  8. Lin clown
    October 6, 2021

    AMY,the problem is not the passengers on the cruise ships,the problem is the high amount of UNVACCINATED people in Dominica.A few weeks ago countries were advising passengers NOT to travel to Dominica,

    • Gary
      October 7, 2021

      So now you are an expert on infectious disease, lol. What a cheap, nonsensical opinion.

  9. We the People
    October 6, 2021

    A perfect example of breaking of the protocols!! Yet is the poor mar lay way that all those doctors and others in so-called high places beating up on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I guess they will say – we are fully vaccinated. Well if that is the case, remove the dam masks!!!!

    Set of …… hypocrites and wicked souls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Amy
    October 6, 2021

    …and then that useless government asks all of us to get vaccinated but they open the door wide for more Covid cases. By the way, did Skerrit go into quarantine when he arrived back from Dubai??

    • Scared he Scared
      October 7, 2021

      Hehehe…..Mister is too proud for Covid. His …. must be so stinky he is afraid to be around people. I wouldn’t want to quarantine at the same place with him, anyway. But again, this is someone who is scared and cannot do without bodyguards. A kwabor mister is.

  11. Roger Burnett
    October 6, 2021

    In the first photograph the lady has her mask over her mouth buy not over her nose. Perhaps she assumes that being vaccinated prevents her from spreading the virus.

  12. derp
    October 6, 2021

    see the CAPITAL road….

  13. October 6, 2021

    The most crucial mistake our government has made in recent times was to lift the ban on cruiseships whilst covid 19 is still a rampant worldwide pandemic. Cruiseships provide the perfect incubation conditions for this deadly disease to spread, despite the assurances they purport to give. The first cruise ship since the pandemic began was allowed to visit Dominica on 27th July 2021. The current surge in covid began on 28th July 2021 with catastrophic consequences – 22 dead and rising. This correlation may be just coincidence, but why are we taking that chance? Whilst a handful of people make a few extra dimes from the return of cruise ships, this has been countered by the drop in stay-over visitors due to the recent pandemic surge. We owe it to the exhausted and over stretched front-line health care workers to SUSPEND the visits of cruise ships until a sufficient number of our population has been vaccinated. This basic measure is just so obvious. Surely common must prevail.

  14. Ibo France
    October 6, 2021

    You see the Herculean efforts being put into TOURISM. We even put plenty money in overseas advertisement and promotion. That’s may be reasonable since the purpose is to boost the number of visitors to the shores of Dominica.

    This is my argument. Why can’t we promote agriculture and subsidise the career farmers (seeds, seedlings, fencing wire, transport vehicles, irrigation, fertilizers, proper feeder roads).

    There are no reasons why Dominicans can’t produce enough to attain food security; earn enough from farming to be prosperous and provide sufficient jobs to make a serious dent in the abnormally high jobless rate.

    Promote your tourism but give agriculture the attention and monetary investment it deserves.

    • Anson Pantz
      October 6, 2021

      Agriculture has no future in land that grows nothing unique and nothing that can be withheld from the market and is so steep that machines can’t be used.

      • Ibo France
        October 7, 2021

        This is typical of DLP supporters (ds, Clown, KIDDY, Dog Biter, Dr. Shillingford). Have their heads been gutted? Only the brainless makes such ridiculously inane statements.

  15. Morgan
    October 6, 2021

    This is completely and utterly irresponsible and it will lead to suffering. To those who are behind this strategy – people who sit in offices in their fancy clothes and who will never come into close personal contact with cruise tourists – history will remember your names.

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