Volume No. 2 Issue No. 68 - Monday, February 16, 2009|
MV Vision of the Seas makes second call to Dominica
The MV Visions of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line recently made its second call to Dominica. The ship made its inaugural call to Dominica on January 28, 2009 together with the MV Eurodam.
The MV Vision of the seas.
This is the second of six calls the ship will make to Dominica during the 2008/2009 cruise season.
At its most recent call, and during a brief ceremony held aboard with government officials, tourism stakeholders and representative from Discover Dominica Authority and the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Anders Ingebrigtsen, the ship’s captain referred to Dominica as ‘an island of plenty nature’ when he addressed the gathering.
According to the captain, although this is only the second call to the island, the passengers and crew have already fallen in love with the island and will continue to make provisions to increase their calls in the future.
The ship, which measures 279 meters in length and has a gross tonnage of 78,340, brought some 2,500 passengers to the Dominican shores on Wednesday. Most of the passengers came from the United States. When it left Dominica, the ship was expected to sail to Margarita, Venezuela.
Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector. A total of 366,692 cruise passengers (233 cruise ship calls) visited Dominica during the 2007/2008 cruise ship season.
Approximately 311 cruise ships are expected to call at Dominica during the 2008/2009 season, bringing nearly 500,601 visitors to the island.
The MV Vision of the Seas was the ninth inaugural call for the 2008/2009 season with one more expected.
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