MV Saga Pearl II to make inaugural call to Dominica

Dominica expects to welcome the MV Saga II Pearl of Saga Cruises on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth. This is the first of two calls that the ship will make to Dominica during the 2010/2011 cruise season.

This liner is 164.30 meters long with a GRT of 18591.  The passenger capacity is 446 with 252 crew.

A welcome ceremony is expected to take place aboard the ship at 10 am. Government Officials, tourism stakeholders and representatives from the Discover Dominica Authority will be present to officially welcome the ship’s captain and crew.

Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector. A total of 546,487 cruise passengers (275 cruise ship calls) visited Dominica during the 2009/2010 cruise ship season.

Approximately 237 cruise ships are expected to call at Dominica during the 2010/2011 season, bringing nearly 451,141 visitors to the island.

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10 Comments

  1. Ainsworth Irish
    January 16, 2011

    I am happy for the counntry, as the tourist industry continue to grow the economy will thrive thus creating more employment for the young and not so young. Tourism as we say is everyone business . congratulation for having this ship berth on portsmouth beautiful harbour.

  2. possie
    January 15, 2011

    man we happy for the ship but possie is just not ready for boats the place need lots off clean ups in cabrits where the people use to come up have a big hive bees like hell they not doing not one thing to clean them up the street are not good, they pal rep self doh have shame to make people come to see there 3 weeks ago i hear some people on a ship saying this place is very poor they did not pay there money to come in that place why the boat did not go in the city .what a big shame pal rep and PM. pay man to plant flowers along the road or get them lazy thiefs in the jail to come clean up every week.

    • Hey just giving my two cents
      January 15, 2011

      Probably you can spearhead the clean up and tell the people of Portsmouth not to litter the place. You can spearhead a group and you all can plant the flowers that you noted that is needed. The “lazy thiefs” in the jail should not come to clean up every week the garbage that Possie people littering the streets and sidewalks etc with. Form a group – a development group, educate the people about littering and plant the flowers and if everyone play their part, then there will be no need for the “lazy thiefs” to come all the way from Roseau to Possie to clean up every week. You said that you happy for the ship but you make Possie ready to receive this ship and more in the future. The Parl Rep cannot do it alone – he needs your help in keeping the environment clean.

  3. CB CUZ
    January 15, 2011

    Way to go dominica! One decided to stop making dominica one of their ports of call but others have included dominica in their stops…bravo dominica u a blessed THANK U MR PM

  4. Nathaniel Peltier
    January 15, 2011

    In a just released report from the Florida- Caribbean Cruise Association, Dominica earned just over US$14 million from 269 100 passengers who visited the country during the 2008/09 cruise ship season.

    Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector. A total of 546,487 cruise passengers (275 cruise ship calls) visited Dominica during the 2009/2010 cruise ship season.

    Congratulations to the Discover Dominica Authority.

    Your success in the cruise tourism area seems to be much better than I ever expected.
    You seem to have more than Doubled cruise numbers in 2009/2010.
    This is way over what was expected even in the estimates of the Tourism master plan.
    I just wonder why people are complaining about one ship not coming anymore. So I assume one should expect that Dominica made over 28 million US dollars from cruise tourism.

    Is anyone actually expected to believe that?

    • Hey just giving my two cents
      January 15, 2011

      “Is anyone actually expected to believe that?” This is quoted from you article above.

      Can you please explain what you mean in this last paragraph. I don’t quite understand your question.

    • hmmmm
      January 17, 2011

      After giving such positive info why would you end like that? Or was it a typo…. Please explain

      • Nathaniel Peltier
        January 17, 2011

        Was not a typo. Ask yourself a question.

  5. only
    January 15, 2011

    The sidewalks are deplorable and badly need to be fixed. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone in a wheelchair even attempt to deal with the sidewalks. When Roseau becomes a walking and shuttle town instead of a driving town, then more tourists will frequent and explore it.

  6. Jay
    January 15, 2011

    This is all good, but the government is still not doing any thing about the parking on the sidewalks so that the wheel chair and power chair people can pass. So many little things the police can do to make the tourists more comfortable.

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