Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Colin Piper says projections, in terms of cruise ship arrivals for the next season, are on track.
Piper told Dominica News Online on Thursday that a projected three percent growth, “we are likely to see.”
“Once we know the itinerary, we basically can tell you how many people are coming into the island, short of cruise lines cancelling because of high seas and so on,” he said. “The question now is once they come on board, once they come on shore are they participating in the activities.”
According to him, there is still a vibrant tour market in Dominica.
“So indications are that yes according to plan for the cruise season and the hope is obviously is to getting ships added to the itinerary,” he stated. “And if you get a 3,000 passenger cruise line added to the itinerary and it comes 10 times that is 30,000 more people that you have.”
The 2014/2015 cruise season opened on October 28th with the first cruise ship being the Celebrity Summit.
According to officials, 191 cruise ship calls are expected which is a slight increase from 188 calls last season.
The cruise season is expected to end in May.