Dominica welcomed the MV Marella Explorer of TUI Cruises on Thursday December 6, 2018. The vessel arrived at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth with a total of 2076 cruise passengers.

This was the first of six scheduled calls that the ship will make to Dominica for the 2018/2019 cruise season.

To commemorate the ship’s first call, a ceremony was held aboard the ship at 11:30am to welcome the passengers and crew. A Plaque depicting Dominica’s National Bird, the Sisserou Parrot, was presented to the ships’ captain.

Cultural entertainment was held on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard and at Trafalgar Falls from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entertainment was provided by the Kalinago Dancers, Phaze Five Steel Pan, Aftermath Band and Bobb and Friends.

A total of 177 cruise calls are projected for the 2018/2019 cruise season. This translates into a total of 268,343 cruise passengers. The call of MV Marella Explorer, marks the fifth out of nine cruise calls to Dominica for the 2018/2019 cruise season.

Senior DDA and Ministry of Tourism officials met the ship’s captain at a short ceremony on board to welcome the ship on its first of 6 calls to the Nature Island.

Photos courtesy of Discover Dominica Authority

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