MSC Poesia Make Inaugural Call to Dominica
Selected tourism officials and media personnel received a special tour as they were invited to the MSC Poesia for its inaugural call to Dominica.
This took place on Monday December 17th, at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth where the traditional plaque handing ceremony took place.
Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Honourable Ian Douglas who was part of the tourism officials who welcomed the ship to Dominica used the opportunity to sell Dominica’s natural attributes.
In doing so he highlighted the fact that it is much easier for cruise ship visitors to visit the Trafalgar Falls, as there have been organized tours set up which are exclusive to the site in addition to the beauty of hiking along one of the many segments of the Waitukubuki National Trail.
Mr. Douglas says this inaugural call is a positive move for the tourism industry of Dominica, and promised to keep working closely with the management team of the ship to try to get it to make more calls to Dominica.
He says this is why the Government has been spending millions of dollars to rehabilitate many of the roads that lead up to the natural sites, as they know how important they are and need to do their best to improve the tourism industry.
Communications Manager of H.H.V Whitchurch IGA, Mrs. Kira Thompson-Aird says this is the only call the ship will be making to Dominica during this tourist season, which was made possible thanks to the hard work of Mr. Gerry Aird of H.H.V Whitchurch Company Limited.
She said if it was not for Mr. Aird’s nonstop lobbying in 2011 when he met with the ship’s manager for the ship to include Dominica in it port of calls, this would not have be possible.
Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA), Mr. Benoit Bardouille, pointed out that he is extremely pleased with this ship’s inaugural call, as its visitors will get to experience all Dominica has to offer.
He said with that, once the cruise passengers love Dominica’s natural beauty, the chances of t making more calls to Dominica would be significantly higher.
The ship’s captain Mr. Francesco Veniero stated he is very happy that they made this trip to Dominica.
He added he hopes in the future that he can bring more cruise passengers to Dominica.
The ship is 963 feet long with a gross register tonnage of 93,330, while the passenger capacity is 2550, with 987 crew members.
From Dominica the ship sails to St. Maarten.