First cruise ship arrives in Dominica

Tourism Ministry of Dominica greeted its first cruise ship after reopening the borders in July 2020. Seabourn Odyssey got a warm welcome upon arrival.

First cruise ship
First cruise ship

Dominica: Tourism Ministry of Dominica greeted its first cruise ship after reopening the borders in July 2020. Seabourn Odyssey got a warm welcome upon arrival.

As per Tourism Minister Denise Charles, the coronavirus cruise protocols that have been approved by the government should be followed strictly. As per this, only vaccinated passengers would be permitted to arrive on the island and proceed for tours on the island.

Tourism Minister Charles added that although cruise activities had been halted due to the coronavirus restrictions since March 2020, several conferences were held between the ministry and cruise lines such as Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean to begin the cruise activities again Dominica.

Minister further noted that their priority, while all of the discussions had always been about the health also the safety of citizens of Dominica as well as passengers, the approved coronavirus protocols for Dominica and to encourage strict adherence to measures such as the temperature checks, hand sanitization, mask-wearing and safe distancing.

Minister Denise Charles while explaining that based on the Ministry of Health protocols, only those certified would be permitted to communicate with cruise visitors and only organized or pre-sold tours would be permitted to maintain social distancing while the visitors are enjoying their rides and the experience of nature island.

This has been the first tour at the Woodbridge Bay Port for the summer season of 2021. Similarly, the tours have been scheduled for the Roseau Cruise Terminal. Minister Charles said all the taxi drivers, vendors, braiders, tour operators, and others would interact with the passengers and the safe corridor established. The passengers should be getting the same Dominican hospitality for which Dominica’s people are known.

Minister Charles noted, ” priority during all of the discussions had always been about the health and safety of Dominica’s citizens and passengers.”