MV Thompson Dream makes its inaugural call to Dominica

Chief Executive Officer of Discover Dominica Authority and Director of Tourism, Mr Colin Piper has reiterated the importance of cruise tourism to Dominica’s economy, an industry he says provides employment for thousands of citizens.


Piper was at the time welcoming the MV Thompson Dream as it made its inaugural call to the island on Wednesday, February 23rd, at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth.


Gerry Aird, who represented the ship’s agent, Whitchurch Shipping says they are pleased to be partnering with the Ministry of Tourism and the government of Dominica in welcoming the ship.


He says the agents have no doubt that after receiving great reviews from their passengers; Dominica will welcome the ship to its shores again.


Captain Torsten Olbrich, who visited Dominica some 42 years ago, says he is pleased to see that the island has developed into this little paradise.


The liner, which is 243 meters long, has a passenger capacity of 1,506 with 600 crew members.


Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector.


A total of 546,487 cruise passengers (275 cruise ship calls) visited Dominica during the 2009/2010 cruise ship season.


Approximately 237 cruise ships are expected to call at Dominica during the 2010/2011 season, bringing nearly 451,141 visitors to the island.

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