Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas made its inaugural call to Dominica’s port in Roseau today and according to the ship’s captain James MacDonald, the island’s lush green landscape is an almost mirror reflection of the Madeira in the Portuguese archipelago.
Today’s call is the first and only for a long time as there are no immediate projections as to when the vessel would return. It brought over 2,000 passengers with it to the island.
“Although we’re only here once, we appreciate your hospitality and we would love to return,” the ship’s captain said in a brief ceremony on the 13th floor of the cruise ship.
Tourism minister Ian Douglas was on call to greet the ship and its crew. In a short discourse he pointed out that Dominica is a “unique island that presents a very unique experience”.
“I am sure that the reviews will be very impressive,” he said, adding that, “tourism is very important to us in Dominica and we want to share it with the rest of the world and particularly all ships in the Royal line.”
Head of Product Development at Discover Dominica Authority Kathleen Cuffy also welcomed the ship to the Nature Isle and encouraged them to make a speedy return.
Meanwhile, the ship’s agent in Dominica.Whitchurch Shipping, was also present to make the acquaintance of the Royal Caribbean ship through representative Kira Thompson.
Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority Benoit Bardouille, who was also present, spoke of plans to develop the port’s capacity.
Plaques and a goodie-basket were exchanged between the Minster of Tourism and the ship’s captain and Whitchurch Shipping.