MANILA – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Department of Tourism have identified eight ports as tourism gateways that could become international hubs for cruise liners.
According to PPA, these are the ports in Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, and Zamboanga.
PPA said developing cruise ports is vital considering that the Philippines has now become one of the major cruise destinations in Asia.
Last month, Star Cruises-owned Super Star Gemini had its inaugural launch at Pier 15 Super Terminal in South Harbor, Manila. Star Cruises operates from Xiamen, China, while South Harbor is operated by Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI).
Several cruise calls have been recorded since March 2010 that included a German cruise ship docking at the Port of Iloilo, Portugal’s MV Princess Danae at the Port of Davao, and Royal Carribean’s Legend of the Seas at the Port of Puerto Princesa as part of the cruise ship’s seven-night “Borneo Explorer Cruise.”
“The Philippines welcomes this growing interest in cruise tourism in various strategic locations in the country,” PPA general manager Juan C. Sta. Ana said .
Given this, PPA has lined up various port development programs for cruise terminals, he said.
“These include the ports of Puerto Princesa, Currimao in Ilocos Norte and Catagbacan in Bohol,” he added.