Dominica welcomed the ship MSC Poesia of MSC cruises to its shores on Monday morning for the first time.
The 963 feet liner docked at the Roseau Cruise ship berth after sailing from Martinique.
Minister of Tourism, Ian Douglas, welcomed the ship’s captain and crew and highlighted the various activities and attractions offered in Dominica, which according to him, makes the island unique.
He said a lot of money has been spent on the development of infrastructure in Dominica in an attempt to maintain the tourism sector and highlighted being able to offer clean water to ships as one of the main attractions of Dominica.
“We have spent millions of dollars putting in a filtration system to ensure quality water throughout the year despite heavy rainfalls,” the minister said.
He added, “We also spent millions upgrading a 500,000 gallon tank and one of the chambers of the tank is dedicated to supplying the ship with water, so no matter at what time the ship requires water it doesn’t affect the surrounding communities.”
He urged the captain to continue to include Dominica on the ship’s itinerary for the next tourism season.
The passenger capacity of the MSC Poesia is 2,550, with 987 crew members.
The ship is expected to sail to St. Maarten after it leaves Dominica.
Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector. A total of 297,626 cruise passengers (194 cruise ship calls) visited Dominica during the 2011/2012 cruise ship season. Approximately 159 cruise ships are expected to call at Dominica during the 2012/2013 season, bringing nearly 229,526 visitors to the island