Dominica has just welcomed their first major cruise call to the island and the first vessel to sail into the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island last September. The cruise ship by TUI Cruises’ is called the MV Mein Schiff 3. As the ship made its first of six scheduled calls to Dominica for the 2017/2018 cruise season, there were more than 2,000 passengers that disembarked the ship.
So far, over $3 million have been spent on restoration of access, rehabilitation and upgrading of sites, and clean-up of debris post-Hurricane Maria by the government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal.
With support from the Ministry of Public Works and Ports, Forestry, Parks and Wildlife Division, National Employment Programme, Dominica Solid Waste Corporation, and other stakeholders in the public and private sector, the destination was prepared to cater for cruise ship passengers on many of the island’s shore excursions, including tours to the famous Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Twin Falls, Bois Cotlette Estate, Titou Gorge, Whale Watching tours and the unique, therapeutic black sand Mero Beach.
A series of cultural performances were organized for passengers throughout the day of Mein Schiff 3’s arrival.