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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby Wansbrough » 26 Apr 2015 12:39

Spotted this story while doing the rounds..

Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks


In a statement this past week, the Tourism Minister indicated that because a number of tours were being sold onshore at significantly lower prices by independent operators, the ship's tour revenues were going down and visits to other islands were deemed to be more lucrative to cruise lines.

Tonge said that the government was moving to address the issue.

“If this practice is not controlled immediately, we are destined to witness other ships moving towards what they consider to be more profitable ports,” the Tourism Minister is quoted as saying.



Isn't this the case all over the world? Why should this particular port be any different?

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.
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Re: Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby tomvet » 26 Apr 2015 13:18

You are correct Mike and Dominica remains one of our favourite ports of call where we had a wonderful day hiking with Javin from Bumpiing Tours!
My experience of Caribbean ports is that tour operators provide excellent value tours for individuals, couples and families on a seat in coach basis whereas in Europe such value can only be got if you manage to get a group of 8-10 to share the cost i.e. charter the vehicle!
Carnival have form - they pulled out from Dominica before. On our Carnival Victory cruise we had 7 ports in 7 days. Victory did the itinerary ex San Juan year round before it was replaced by Valor. Shortly after we cruised, Dominica was dropped from the itinerary and replaced with a sea day!

I am not sure what the Tourism Minister is going to do! State subsidy for the operators? Ban them? Force them to charge more? Restrict their access to the port area making them difficult to find by the punters on the ship!

In EU this could never happen as it would be anti-competitive!

Having said all that, Dominica after the ship docked was heaving with the local operators and taxi drivers doing a very brisk business!
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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby Dave » 26 Apr 2015 14:35

Wansbrough wrote:Spotted this story while doing the rounds..

Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks


In a statement this past week, the Tourism Minister indicated that because a number of tours were being sold onshore at significantly lower prices by independent operators, the ship's tour revenues were going down and visits to other islands were deemed to be more lucrative to cruise lines.

Tonge said that the government was moving to address the issue.

“If this practice is not controlled immediately, we are destined to witness other ships moving towards what they consider to be more profitable ports,” the Tourism Minister is quoted as saying.


Isn't this the case all over the world? Why should this particular port be any different?

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Have I got this right? It seems that Carnival are telling customers that they're boycotting Dominica because customers can get cheap tours there, and Carnival doesn't want customers to get cheap tours because they want to make money by selling them expensive tours.
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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby grannyM » 26 Apr 2015 15:25

Dave wrote:
Wansbrough wrote:Spotted this story while doing the rounds..

Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks


In a statement this past week, the Tourism Minister indicated that because a number of tours were being sold onshore at significantly lower prices by independent operators, the ship's tour revenues were going down and visits to other islands were deemed to be more lucrative to cruise lines.

Tonge said that the government was moving to address the issue.

“If this practice is not controlled immediately, we are destined to witness other ships moving towards what they consider to be more profitable ports,” the Tourism Minister is quoted as saying.


Isn't this the case all over the world? Why should this particular port be any different?

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Have I got this right? It seems that Carnival are telling customers that they're boycotting Dominica because customers can get cheap tours there, and Carnival doesn't want customers to get cheap tours because they want to make money by selling them expensive tours.


If this is true it's preposterous - mega global company apparently trying to deny local people doing their best in their own country to earn a living. :crazy:
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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby Mungo » 26 Apr 2015 16:12

What next? Perhaps cruise lines will implement a minimum spend required on board. :shock:
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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby Wansbrough » 26 Apr 2015 19:23

Dave wrote:
Wansbrough wrote:Spotted this story while doing the rounds..

Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks


In a statement this past week, the Tourism Minister indicated that because a number of tours were being sold onshore at significantly lower prices by independent operators, the ship's tour revenues were going down and visits to other islands were deemed to be more lucrative to cruise lines.

Tonge said that the government was moving to address the issue.

“If this practice is not controlled immediately, we are destined to witness other ships moving towards what they consider to be more profitable ports,” the Tourism Minister is quoted as saying.


Isn't this the case all over the world? Why should this particular port be any different?

I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Have I got this right? It seems that Carnival are telling customers that they're boycotting Dominica because customers can get cheap tours there, and Carnival doesn't want customers to get cheap tours because they want to make money by selling them expensive tours.


Or is the Tourism Minister making a smoke screen to hide the truth??? Like I said there is probably more to it than meets the eye.
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Carnival Liberty Pulls out of Dominica for Next Two Weeks

Postby tobysgranny » 26 Apr 2015 19:58

Mmmmm! I wonder if you are right W. All the Caribbean islands offer great value tours by locals so why should Dominica be any different?

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