Dominica Surges into New Cruise Season
ollowing the fanfare and massive crowds from World Creole Music Festival, Dominica’s 2018-19 cruise season made an official and strong start on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The destination welcomed Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit to its shores, with Summit and the more than 2,000 passengers arriving at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth in the island’s capital, Roseau. The season continued full steam ahead followed by calls from both Carnival Fascination of Carnival Cruise Line and MV Mein Schiff 5 of TUI Cruises on Nov. 6, 2018, docking at Roseau Cruise Ship Berth and the Woodbridge Bay Port, respectively, and bringing well over 4,000 passengers to the island’s shores. To welcome them, activities included a series of cultural entertainment on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard, Woodbridge Bay Port and Trafalgar Falls. Preschoolers of the SPICES Centre and Bright Beginnings preschools formed part
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of the welcome ceremony to greet cruise visitors upon arrival at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth by waving the national flag. In total, Dominica expects to welcome 189 cruise calls and 304,000 passengers this season, including nine ships discovering Dominica and its nature and adventure for the first time. Inaugural ceremonies with plaque exchanges will be held aboard the respective ships. The Discover Dominica Authority (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. One of the DDA’s initiatives came to a close just before the cruise season’s beginning. Kes the band moved the crowd and brought down the curtains down on the 20th edition of the Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) in the
early hours of Monday, Oct. 29, amidst widespread fan satisfaction and praises to the organizers, DDA. The 2018 WCMF—which featured an impressive lineup of artists representing the various genres of Creole and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago, dancehall and reggae from Jamaica and afro-pop music from Nigeria—did not disappoint the thousands of fans present at the Windsor Park Stadium for the “Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythms” from Oct. 26-28. Dubbed the most indigenous music festival in the region, the WCMF was back after a year’s absence due to the passage and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. This year’s festival displayed an array of homegrown and international acts who came to perform in an act of solidarity with Dominica and its people, as well as to entertain the thousands of local and visiting fans of the festival.