Dominica welcomes the first cruise ship to its shores on Tuesday for the start of the covid-19 pandemic.
Minister for tourism Denise Charles made the announcement this afternoon.
“My fellow Dominicans after over a year of no cruise calls to Dominica due to covid-19 restrictions stakeholders can expect the first cruise, call to Dominica shores on Tuesday, July 27.”
The seaborne vessel will be docked at Woodbridge bay with approximately 135 passengers following approved protocols for Dominica.
Only vaccinated passengers will be allowed to disembark and proceed on tours in Dominica.
The country’s tourism minister said regular discussions between the ministry and cruise lines such as carnival cooperation and the royal Caribbean held discussions to enable a restart of cruise activities here in Dominica.
Charles further stated, “as we address the challenges brought on by the pandemic our priority during all of the discussions has always been about the health and safety of citizens and passengers and emphasized covid-19 protocols will be strictly observed during the season.”
She added for this cruise, call-only organized or pre-sold tours will be permitted as an initial measure for limiting co-mingling and maintain social distancing while our visitors enjoy the experience of the nature island.
Although this first call will be at Woodbridge bay port for the summer season, the minister also stated that subsequent calls are scheduled for the Roseau cruise ship terminal.
Charles is urging the populace to continue to follow the established covid-19 health protocols.