Cruise ships return following campaign violence in Dominica

Cruise ships have begun returning to Dominica after arrivals were suspended last week due to violence in the lead up to last Friday’s general election, said officials in the tourism industry.

A number of cruise liners had diverted from the island due to violence related to the December 6 election, which Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit blamed on the United Workers Party (UWP) opposition.

Additionally, all flights to the island had resumed, said Tourism Director, Colin Piper following cancellations by US-based Seaborne airline, which had rescheduled a number of its flights. “We are pleased to inform that everything is back to normal as it relates to tourism activities. Specifically cruise calls are back on from Monday December 9, as well as all the airlines are operating into Douglas Charles (Airport),” Piper said.

“Dominica reaffirms that it is open to conduct business and we welcome all our visitors to enjoy all that the nature island has to offer,” the tourism authorities said, adding that the MV Marella Celebration had docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on Monday, December 9.

Authorities in the tourism industry had received calls “querying the safety of their passengers” from cruise operators said Skerrit, who led the Dominica Labour Party to a fifth term.