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Dominica weekly is a personal weblog about the nature island of Dominica.

Dominica’s cruise sector in the last two weeks had three cruise ships making inaugural their call to its shores. The MV Delphin Voyager which originates out of Germany, Legend of the Seas – which is apart of Royal Caribbean cruise line, and the Norwegian Gem of the Norwegian Cruise line.

MV Delphin Voyager


With a length of 174 meters, a width of 24 meters and passenger capacity of 650, the MV Delphin Voyager docked for the first time at the Roseau Bayfront Cruise Ship Berth on January 3rd, 2008. The MV Delphin Voyager is a medium-sized cruise liner which was built in 1990 in Japan as the “orient Venus”.

Legend of the Seas


The MV Legend of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line made its inaugural call at the Woodbridge Bay Port in Roseau on Tuesday January 8th, 2008. The passenger capacity of the Legend of the Seas is 867-meter is 2076.

Norwegian Gem


Norwegian Gem of Norwegian Cruise Line, made its inaugural call at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on Saturday January 12th. When it comes to Freestyle Cruising, something new is definitely a good thing. The ship is practically brand new, equipped with all the restaurants, the bars and lounges, plus the complete disregard for watches and alarm clocks. All the things you love about NCL.

Special thanks to my girl Luida of Veselo Exotic Travel who managed to snap of all three cruise liners on their inaugural calls to Dominica

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I’ll begin this beach review with a tip of the hat to Larry from Canada, who wrote that he appreciates the restaurant reviews, but that the beach reviews “make me smile the most”. Thanks, Larry.

Now that we’ve reviewed an Atlantic-Batiboubeach and a Caribbean beach-Prince Rupert Bay and fresh water-Chaudière swimming hole, let’s pay a visit to a prime spot for underwater viewing, Champagne. To quote a Web posting by Linda Garrison,

“One very interesting snorkeling option is to visit the Soufriere area of Dominica south of Roseau. Dominica has many pristine coral reefs with diverse marine life, perfect for diving or snorkeling. One snorkeling place that is very unusual is nicknamed “Champagne” because of the tiny crystal bubbles that continuously rise from small volcanic geothermal fissures in the sea floor. Swimming in these bubbles is like swimming in a glass of champagne!”


champagne rocks



She took an excursion from a tour boat, and wrote: “The snorkeling boat picks up guests within walking distance of the cruise ship pier in Roseau for the 3-hour shore excursion. We had an enjoyable ride of about 45 minutes along the southwest coast of Dominica, providing a great view of Roseau and several small villages along the coastline. The snorkeling boat anchored in the Champagne area of the Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve. We snorkeled for about an hour, and the bubbles made us all giddy! (I guess it was the champagne.) The boat then returned to Roseau after an exhilarating snorkeling experience!”

Are We Lucky or What! :mrgreen:

photo of a couple seating at champagne beach in Dominica

Getting To Champagne

You can also easily reach Champagne by any southbound bus from Roseau, and save some money. Or drive there yourself. It’s only a short distance south of Point Michel. Because Champagne is a marine reserve, there is a small fee ($3 US, I believe) per person to enter. This is paid at the concrete steps leading to Champagne from land or to the boat operators. But the small fee is well worth the price, not only for the wonderful experience but also for knowing that the money goes for nature preservation.

Champagne is marked right on the main road by a small sign. There is a newly constructed tourist accommodation just after the stairs down to the beach, just as the road turns left and starts uphill. Champagne beach itself is a rocky beach, and the prime snorkeling spot is at the far end of the beach, about a 5-minute walk. Look up into the trees on the left as you proceed and you may see colorful male iguanas sunning themselves and displaying for the benefit of lady iguanas. Lizards will also scuttle from the rocks into the bush as you pass.

Keep going until you reach a cliff. That’s where you want to enter the water. Look carefully, because you should see bubbles rising only a foot or two from shore. The cliff has a small cave too, about big enough to shelter two people from any rain. Afternoon showers there on mixed sunny days often produce beautiful rainbows – sometimes even double rainbows – over the Caribbean or even framing Roseau.

If you’re like us, you’ll love watching the beautiful and colorful fish while being gently tickled by the bubbles. It’s intoxicating without even drinking.

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royal-caribbean-wedding.jpg Photo Via: Jungle Bay Resort

Are you looking to escape from the ordinary? What about a Royal Caribbean wedding on Dominica Island. I have lived in Dominica nearly my whole life, and you will think that I have seen everything that there is to see. Not a chance! Dominica is the perfect blend of adventure and romance. If you’re the kind of person who loves nature untouched and unspoiled, then look no further – Dominica is your perfect Royal Caribbean Wedding.

Whatever you can you can imagine, Dominica has it all and saying “I do�? to the voice of the breaking ocean Surf or underneath a lush rain forest canopy is my idea of a Royal Caribbean wedding. What is your idea of a Royal Caribbean wedding?

There are hotels and resort in Dominica which you can book your romantic vacation, but Jungle Bay Resort and Zandoli Inn in my opinion is a couple’s paradise, the they both complement their natural surrounding and how everything is catered towards total relaxation. Also if you believe planning a royal Caribbean wedding might be a little too much, you could always hire a Marriage Consultant. Some the resorts like Jungle resorts the marriage consultant in right there to help.

Legal Requirements

All Royal Caribbean wedding are subjected to local Government Regulations, and requirements are needed before the wedding. Don’t worry these are just formalities.

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