The Carnival Sunshine made its first call to Dominica on Saturday December 5th.
The Hon. Minister for Tourism, Senator Robert Tonge and other officials from the Ministry of Tourism were delighted to officially welcome the ship and carnival cruise line back to the island
In his remarks at the welcome ceremony, the Hon. Minister for Tourism informed that Government and other tourism stakeholders continue to work together to ensure that visitors enjoy the true Dominica experience.
“We welcome you in a very big and we look forward to Carnival Cruise lines coming to Dominica on a more frequent basis. The Government of Dominica sees this as very important and we are listening as much as possible to what you have to say so we can make the necessary changes for a great experience. It is not about just sitting on the beach; it’s about immersing oneself in the nature and culture of the country so that when they return home, guests have a story to tell.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority, Benoit Bardouille described Dominica’s relationship with Carnival as a marriage.
He too expressed elation over the line’s return to the island.
Keira Thomson-Aird represented the ship’s agent, Whitchurch Travels.
She told the Captain that Carnival’s visit in 1989 kicked off Dominica’s cruise industry “because wherever Carnival went, everybody wanted to go.”
This wasn’t the captain’s first trip to Dominica.
Captain Salvatore Messina shared, “Thirty years ago I was here and I love this place. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. [Nicholas] Liverpool, the deceased former President. He used to come cruise with us.
“It’s a good change for us and for Carnival,” he said.
As is customary, plaques and tokens were exchanged to commemorate the event.
Carnival Sunshine has a guest capacity of about 3,000 and 1000 crew.
The ship moved on to St. Lucia following its visit to Dominica.