MV Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Cruises makes its inaugural call to Dominica
The government of Dominica in collaboration with the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) is currently investing some US$2.5 million, into the expansion of Dominica’s main sea ports, an investment they believe, will bring both short term and long term benefits to the island.
The announcement was made by the Chief Executive Officer of DASPA, Benoit Bardouille at a ceremony marking the inaugural call of the MV Queen Elizabeth of Cunard Cruises, at the Woodbridge Bay on December 27th, 2010.
Bardouille says with such an investment, docking will be made much easier for vessels such as the MV Queen Elizabeth.
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Edward Henderson, who represented the minister at the inaugural ceremony, says his ministry will continue to work with DASPA, in ensuring that cruise passengers enjoy their experience in Dominica.
Captain Julian Burgess says the ship and its team are elated to be in Dominica, and expect great reviews from their passengers.
An exchange of gifts culminated the ceremony.
The passenger capacity of the vessel is 1,791 with 921 crew members.
Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector.
A total of 546,487 cruise passengers visited Dominica during the 2009/2010 cruise ship season.
Approximately 237 cruise ships are expected to call at Dominica during the 2010/2011 cruise ship season, which will bring approximately 451,141 visitors to the island.