Dominica gets its first cruise ship since the passage of Hurricane Maria.

SY Sea Cloud II of Sea Cloud Cruises arrived here on Dec 29

Roseau, Dominica, December 29, 2017 –   On Thursday, December 28, 2017, Dominica welcomed the SY Sea Cloud II of Sea Cloud Cruises to its shores. . This marks the first cruise ship call to Dominica since the passage of Hurricane Maria. The ship was anchored at the Purple Turtle Beach in Portsmouth, bringing approximately two hundred cruise passengers to Dominica shores.

The passengers of Sea Cloud II enjoyed many of the shore excursions offered in the north of the island, including Tours to Fort Shirley and horseback riding at Purple Turtle Beach.

The passage of Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017, dampened a well anticipated, fruitful 2017/2018 cruise season for Dominica.  Dominica was well on its way to experiencing a 44.3% increase in cruise passenger arrivals for its 2017/2018 cruise season. Unfortunately, due to the widespread devastation to the island, some cruise lines cancelled their calls to the island through December 2017.

The MV Mein Schiff 3 of TUI Cruises, is scheduled to call in at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on January 28, 2018, bringing well over 2000 passengers to Dominica shores.  Other cruise lines including Costa Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines are scheduled to call in for the 2017/2018 cruise season.

In light of the many resolute efforts made to assure the cruise lines of Dominica’s readiness to receive cruise calls, The Ministry of Tourism& Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority are confident that the cruise passengers will have an extraordinary experience in Dominica.

DDA solicits the cooperation of all tourism stakeholders in ensuring a welcoming and enjoyable experience for the cruise visitors.

The Government of Dominica will continue its effort in promoting Dominica as a desirable cruise destination so as to increase cruise calls to Dominica.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter (@nature_island) and Facebook/discoverdominica and take a look at our videos on YouTube/discoverdominica.

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  1. Mitch Reader
    January 4, 2018

    Just for information … The SEA CLOUD II: a very special cruise ship.
    The SEA CLOUD II can be recognised as the true sister ship of the legendary SEA CLOUD, but has its own, very unique character. It combines the high standards expected of a modern cruise ship with the unique atmosphere of a romantic tall ship.

  2. January 2, 2018

    cruise ship ?really??????

  3. little yout
    January 2, 2018

    Great minister of tourism we the labourats believe this is a mega cruse ship. Anything you tell us is true. that one big boy. sa sot nu sot.

  4. PP Agent
    December 31, 2017

    Wow, I can already hear the Minister for Tourism – PROGRESS, Dominica well and truly open for business!

  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 31, 2017

    That in the picture is not a cruse Ship!

    That is considered one among the tall ships group; it is nothing more than a large pleasure sail boat (a scorner) with mast which are long poles, or spar rising from the keel,  of that kind of ship, and supporting the yards, boom, and rigging’s. Cruse ships are propelled  by a more than mechanical engine, and are  not carried by the wind and s sails!

    Dominicans must lie, as if nobody else knows. I saw that same picture on a Dominica website, the same who wrote the lie a the Automobile Club of Southern California: Westways Magazine  of which I am a member. On page 56, where they said a Dominican said “Dominica not to be confused with the largely unaffected Dominican Republic, this tiny island suffered overwhelming damage to its vegetation and infrastructure.

    Some hotels were only moderately damaged and will soon open. The problem is they are claiming the hurricane of last year 2016 caused the damage, we don’t know of a last year…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 31, 2017

      The caption reads Despite last years hurricane, most islands welcome you! Now unless Erika was in 2016, I don’t see how someone could make the claim that Dominica was damaged by a hurricane 2016, knowing the publication of the magazine was schedule as it is dated January/February 2018, we are still in December, today is the 30th day of December of 2017

      I just happen to get my copy of the magazine early to discover the Dominica lie told by

    • Malatete
      January 1, 2018

      Technically speaking you are correct in that this is not strictly speaking a cruise ship but a luxury sea yacht., carrying fewer than 100 passengers. However, it is not a “scorner” as you call it. To my knowledge no such type of ship exists and I presume you meant schooner but even this is not correct as its sail plan determines it to be a barque. It does have two proper Diesel engines rated at 3,000 horsepower each, giving the vessels a max speed so some 12 knots.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        January 2, 2018

        Well, if you believe there is no such thing as a Schooner, that is your privilege to believe that.

        But since I have been involved in Ships, and sailing the seas, owning a cargo ship, which I even took to Dominica, I suppose I can say I am very knowledgeable in the characterization of classing of ships.

        Have you ever heard the term Wind-jamma and Tall Ships, do some research when you are done give me your opinion again!

      • Malatete
        January 2, 2018

        Mr. Telemaque, I have no wish to embarrass or ridicule you but you referred to this boat as a “scorner” and not “schooner”. It happens to be neither your fictitious scorner or a schooner but a barque. I made a mistake though. Its designation is SY, standing for Sailing Yacht.

  6. Anonymous
    December 30, 2017

    “Cruise passengers will have an extraordinary experience in Dominica”. Indeed, they may get the shock of their lives!

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