17th Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference opens in Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic's Director of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia Fernandez cuts ribbon to open ceremonies at FCCA Conference and Trade Show while NCL President Kevin Sheehan looks on.
Photo by Thomas Routzong

The 17th Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show opened in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 with cruise line CEO’s and representatives, Caribbean tourism representatives, travel agents, tour operators, port agents, vendors and press from all around the world.

Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic, attended the opening ceremonies on Tuesday evening at the Jaragua Hotel and Casino.

“The FCCA’s mandate is to foster a better understanding of the cruise industry and to develop cooperative relationships with our destination partners,” said FCCA President Michele Paige.

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is offering event tours highlighting local attractions and cruise facilities including the San Souci Terminal which has undergone major upgrades as part of a $1 billion planned tourist-friendly hotel and shopping district.

The Dominican Republic is often referred to as “the cradle of American civilization” or “the Athens of the Americas” because it is thought to be Christopher Columbus’ first discovery of the New World.

Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong of FloridaCruiseAndTravelersMagazine.com.

Onboard: Norwegian Pearl Eastern Caribbean voyage

ncl pearl, dec. 14, 2009

Norwegian Pearl at anchor off Samana, Dominican Republic, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. The 2,394-passenger vessel is in the midst of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and will also be calling on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard and will be posting dispatches from the ship this week.