26 cruise ships to drop anchors in Puerto Princesa until 2015 Q1

November 13, 2014 6:47 am 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 12 (PNA) — Cruise ship tourism is looking positive in this city with the expected arrival of 26 luxury liner voyages until the first quarter of 2015, according to Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

Following the maiden voyage of Star Cruises’ M/V Superstar Aquarius on Monday, Bayron said the “Princess of Ports” is expecting to welcome more to make one of the two liveliest industries – tourism and agriculture with fishing — in the city aerated.

“The PPA (Philippine Ports Authority) just told me that all-in-all until the first quarter or so, 26 more cruise ships will dock here to bring tourists from all over the world,” Bayron told the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Of this number, 14 cruises will be served by M/V Superstar Aquarius from its home port Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia, and the rest by various cruise liner companies in the world.

“With Star Cruises’ voyages to Puerto Princesa, and more that we are expecting, we are assured that we will reach our target tourist arrivals before the end of the year, and we have more to record for 2015,” Bayron further said.

Star Cruises’ M/V Superstar Aquarius debuted its regular cruise tour package to Puerto Princesa when it dropped anchor in this city on November 10, bringing tourists from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hongkong, as well as Filipino travelers.

Over 30 shuttle vans in the city serviced the travelers of the M/V Superstar Aquarius to visit various destinations within the capital and to Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan, where the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is located.

Bayron said the success of cruise ship tourism in Puerto Princesa is not only the city government’s achievement but also the people, who welcome them with charming hospitality and cordiality.

“This is an example of how tourism should be in our city… all of us helping one another to welcome them with the kind of hospitality they will never forget when they return home. One that is honest and sincere,” he added.

In the past, cruise ships that visited Puerto Princesa to bring travelers were M/S Amsterdam, which is said to be the “third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line’s over 135-year history."

The M/S Legend of the Seas of the Royal Carribean International (RCI), a cruise ship that promises “a truly immersive cruise adventure that gets passengers up close with Asia’s exotic and fascinating coastal cities,” and the M/V Europa by the Amadea Shipping Company operated under charter by the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen. (PNA)

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