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About Dominica

A visit to Dominica (pronounced Do-min-EE-kah) promises to be unlike any other stop on your itinerary. Prepare to slow down, take in the scenery, breathe fresh air, sample fruit right off the trees and experience nature in a way unique to few places on earth.

This "Nature Island" measures 29 miles long by 16 miles wide and encompasses about 290 square miles of untamed rain forest; dense, lush vegetation; waterfalls; freshwater pools and bubbling hot springs, heated by the active underwater volcanoes surrounding the island. Much of the interior can only be reached on foot.

It's easy to see why producers selected Dominica as a backdrop for two sequels in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. As you drive the coastline on roads hacked out of the mountainside, jagged edges plunge into the ocean, as mango trees and ginger root cascade down into the sea.

Once off the ship, head inland to visit the island's impressive national parks or into the water to spot plentiful sea life. Dominica ranks as one of the top sites for scuba-diving in the Caribbean. Its beaches are mostly rocky.

The island features no chain hotels or big-box mega-stores, though there are a Pizza Hut and KFC in Roseau, the capital city.

Originally populated by the Carib tribe of Indians, the island gets its name from Christopher Columbus, who first spotted the land in 1493 on a Sunday. (Domenica means "Sunday" in Italian.) In the 1800's, the French and British fought for control of the island. If you glance at a map of Dominica, it's clear by the town names that the French populated the South (Roseau, Soufriere), while the British occupied the North (Portsmouth).

Eventually, the British conquered the French portion of the island and maintained control until 1978, when Dominica gained independence. The island still has a Carib population of about 3,000; they occupy a northeastern corner of the island. A drive through this "Carib Territory" will give you a rare glimpse at traditional native life in the Caribbean.

Dominica has survived with a predominantly agricultural-based economy that includes bananas. Tourism also remains strong, with Dominica attracting a stream of naturalists who flock to the island to see 172 types of birds, 12 major waterfalls and peaks that rise to 5,000 feet.

Whale-watchers also come in hordes to explore the waters that plunge to nearly 6,000 feet right off the coastline, providing an ideal base for seven types of whales that can be seen nearly year-round, including a resident population of sperm whales.

Weather on the island averages 77 degrees in winter, 82 in summer, although it's cooler in the mountains, humid in the rain forest and warmer on the coast. The driest months are January through April, but don't be surprised if you experience a brief downpour every day.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Croix, Antigua ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Croix
    • Day 5
      Antigua
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      St. Lucia
    • Day 8
      Grenada
    • Day 9
      Dominica
    • Day 10
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Equinox - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Innovative features like a real grass lawn and glass-blowing show

    Cons

    Main dining could use a little improvement

    Bottom Line

    Sail for a strong mix of dining and activity options

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    Celebrity Equinox Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Equinox undergwent an extensive refurbishment in May 2019. It received additional...

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    SiestaKeyGirl
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional Staff/Service
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    Keepsteadypace
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Entertainment on Celebrity
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Barbados, Grenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Barbados
    • Day 4
      Grenada
    • Day 5
      Dominica
    • Day 6
      St. Maarten
    • Day 7
      St. Thomas
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Enchantment of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Genial onboard atmosphere, with good service and excellent food.

    Cons

    No adventurous attractions like waterslides or ziplines; limited optional dining.

    Bottom Line

    A good value for families with lots to do and friendly crew and fellow passengers.

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    Enchantment of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Enchantment of the Seas might not have all the jaw-dropping features of newer Royal Caribbean ship...

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    ched03
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Pleasantly surprised with the charm of this little ship.
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    SeaJoy45
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Return to Enchantment
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, Tortola ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      Tortola
    • Day 4
      Antigua
    • Day 5
      Dominica
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
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    Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Smaller ship that does not require lots of walking to get from place to place

    Cons

    Limited dining variety and onboard activities

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, well-maintained ship perfect as a base for port-intensive cruises

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    Carnival Fascination Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    A sailing on Carnival Fascination is the quintessential "choose this cruise for the itinerary, ...

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    tammyjw305
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    The last Fascination cruise...for now
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Cruising the Carnival Fascination Local Style
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, Antigua ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      St. Thomas
    • Day 3
      Antigua
    • Day 4
      Dominica
    • Day 5
      Grenada
    • Day 6
      Barbados
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Smaller ship that does not require lots of walking to get from place to place

    Cons

    Limited dining variety and onboard activities

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, well-maintained ship perfect as a base for port-intensive cruises

    Reviews

    Carnival Fascination Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    A sailing on Carnival Fascination is the quintessential "choose this cruise for the itinerary, ...

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    GLSailor
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A mixed bag of good and bad
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    taylormaid21
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Grand Suite/Extended balcony worth every penny
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    San Juan
    Visiting:
    Tortola, St. Maarten ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Juan
    • Day 2
      Tortola
    • Day 3
      St. Maarten
    • Day 4
      Dominica
    • Day 5
      Barbados
    • Day 6
      Grenada
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      San Juan
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    RANGERAT
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Back to small ship Cruising
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    JUST TRIPPIN'
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Third time on Summit
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
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    • Butler Service
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Dominica

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    St. Thomas, Antigua ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    10 Night Cruise to Dominica Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Antigua
    • Day 6
      Dominica
    • Day 7
      St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    • Day 8
      St. Maarten
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

    Reviews

    Vision of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Vision of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships, is known for its stunning ...

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    svbcjnsn
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great time on a smaller ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Worst Cruise Ever. So many things were wrong, they could not have had a manager
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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