Philippines Now a Home Port for a Cruise Ship

Philippines is soon to be a home port for a cruise ship and you may expect its first cruise trip by March this year.

Finally, Manila, Philippines is set to be the first-ever homeport deployment in the country for Star Cruises’ newly launched “Jewels of the South China Sea” cruise.

According to Star Cruises’ president, Ang Moo Lim, Filipinos can now cruise hassle-free, visa-free and almost no limitation on baggage allowance.

During a press release, Lim claimed and we quoted:

“Star Cruises was the first major cruise line to recruit Filipinos 23 years ago for our cruise ship, and now we are pleased to be the first international cruise line to make Manila our home port,”

The first cruise is scheduled to sail on March 19, while the last trip is scheduled on May 23. Apparently, guests should expect a storm-free expedition as the six-day and five night trips are scheduled during the summer months.

The ship’s itinerary will begin from Manila and will have its first stop at the Fort of Curimao in Laoag where passengers can take a tour in historical and cultural landmarks in Ilocos Norte such as the Spanish colonial buildings and houses, the uniquely designed Baroque churches and to include the opportunity to see the white sand beaches of Pagudpud.

Second stop will be at the biggest port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Lim claimed that special considerations have been granted so that Filipinos on the cruise will not need to apply for a Taiwanese visa.

While in Kaohsiung, tourists can enjoy Taiwan’s finest street food, while history enthusiasts can visit either the myriad of historical sites or the temples and museums.

From Taiwan, the cruise’s next stop will be in Hong Kong where travelers can get a chance to shop, dine and enjoy the nightlife in the bustling city of Hong Kong.

Thereafter, a day will be spent at the sea as the cruise ship heads back to Manila.

The Superstar Virgo features some 935 cabins that range from reasonable staterooms to luxurious executive suites. Meanwhile, its passenger capacity based on lower berths is 1,870.

The 13-storey cruise chip’s amenities include an outdoor greek-inspired swimming pool with a Mega waterslide, food outlets, beauty salon, library, spa and health club, karaoke rooms, gyms, a basketball court and a jogging track.

Also, meals from breakfast to dinner in their three main restaurants are included in the cruise fare.

Meanwhile, live shows featuring magic shows and ballroom dancing sights are held every night in its theater. In addition, in every trip, there is a fashionable diner party held at the Grand Piazza deck where guests can mingle and make a toast with the ship’s captain and officers.

And the good news is here – Star Cruises is now offering an early bird rate for all its cabins for the first month of its cruise to celebrate its most recent milestone.

For US$490.00 per person, you can avail a twin sharing room while for an additional 50% off at US$245 per person, you can enjoy a quad sharing room. So hurry up and book your reservation now!

Aizelle Joe