Ship captain accepts gift from agent, H.H.V. Whitchurch
Ship captain accepts gift from agent, H.H.V. Whitchurch

MV Insignia made its first of seven calls for the season last week.

Welcoming the ship and crew Chief Executive Officer of Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille said he is pleased to welcome Insignia and hopes that the passengers enjoys the beauty Dominica has to offer.

"We pride ourselves as being different because Dominica as you know is the Nature Island of the Caribbean and because of that we are known to be very beautiful in terms of waterfalls and all the other offerings we give on land," Bardouille said

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs Stephenson Hyacinth said: "I am certain that one visit is insufficient for them to experience Dominica in it wholeness. We have been developing quite a number of other sites just finish doing some work at an area in Titou Gorge and there you can go and experience the life that you will never experience anywhere in the world."

He added: "Dominica can boast itself for having a large number of people in its country who are friendly and hospitable; in fact that is our trademark; so the relationship you will experience out there is one that you will not experience in any other part of the world."

The captain of the ship received gifts a plaque from the Mayor of Roseau Irene John, a basket filled with locally made products from HHV Whitchurch, the ship's agent and a wooden carving of Dominica's National Bird, the Sisserou Parrot.

MV Insignia is part of Oceanic Cruises and was built in 1998 and refurbished in the spring of 2014.