Dominica has welcomed its first cruise call for the 2022-2023 cruise season.
Mein Schiff 2 of TUI cruises, on Monday, docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth with a capacity of 2,417 passengers.
“As it relates to the issue of sustainability and all of the issues as it relates to the environment I can tell you we [are] getting stronger in relation to that which means it is much more appealing to your guest in terms of the things we are doing,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille said during a welcome plaque ceremony. “And we are beginning to look to see how we can ensure that we can make our tourism product as sustainable as possible in terms of the issue of resilience.”
According to him, the Government of Dominica’s policy is to make Dominica the number one country in terms of resilience.
“And that is a mammoth task that I know the Government of Dominica has taken…,” he stated.
Bardouille continued, “ …again, I can say to you, with every level of assurance within the next 24 months Dominica will be operating on 100% green electric energy.”
This he believes is going to be a major improvement for the country.
“We are going to have geothermal as well as hydro…,” he stated.
Furthermore, he said the Government of Dominica is in fact putting Dominica forward, “not only in the nature island in terms of what you see but beginning to actually add value in terms of some of those aspects that we talked about.”
Dominica is expected to see an increase of 80,000 cruise visitors for this cruise season.
Mein Schiff 2 was constructed by MEYER TURKU and delivered to TUI Cruises in January 2019. It’s the sixth new cruise ship in the TUI Cruises fleet – the entire series was built in the Finnish city of Turku.
The new series features 180 additional staterooms, increasing the total number of passengers to 2,894 – and 90% of them can enjoy the luxury of an outside cabin with a sea view.