Asia Cruise Yearbook : ASEAN Yearbook 2018
THE PHILIPPINES / The next 12 months More cruise lines have announced they will be visiting the Philippines over the next year and beyond. Currently, lines such as Princess Cruises and Holland America Line are regular visitors to the islands. Boutique cruise line Windstar recently returned to Asia with a 14-day cruise that visits remote destinations in the Philippines. Scandinavian cruise line Viking Ocean Cruises revealed its world cruise itinerary – the longest history – which will call at Manila. Luxury line Silversea this year visited the Philippines for the first time. The Palawan government is also proposing to convert roll-on and roll-off docks into cruise ports in a bid to entice more cruise lines to the region. And while Boracay was temporarily closed in 2017, more ships are visiting Subic Bay with at least 20 visits booked. Costa Atlantica, SuperStar Gemini and Voyager of the Seas will all visit. / Things to do and see In the capital city of Manila, there is plenty to do and see – the densely populated bayside is filled with Spanish colonial architecture, resorts, shopping centres, markets and great restaurants. Intramuros, a walled city from the colonial era, is the heart of Old Manila and well worth a few hours of exploring. Tourists will find lots of sites including the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church. Divers should take a trip to Coron Island, the third-largest of the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan. It’s famous for its cave diving and extensive wreck dives – one of which is considered to be in the top 10 wreck dives in the world. The rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras consist of five sites – all of which have been carefully constructed and built into the natural contours of the hills and mountains in the province. / Top places to stay If you’re looking for high-end accommodation in Manila, the five-star Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila boasts bay views, three dining options and a lagoon- style pool. If you’d rather stay outside the capital city, visit the private island resort of Amanpulo, which is all about off-grid luxury in beautifully appointed villas. The only way to get there is by a chartered flight on a 15-seater jet which lands on the island’s own private airstrip. THE PHILIPPINES: PORTS The old city of Intramuros (left); a parade in the capital (below left); the famous terrace rice paddies (below) ASEAN CRUISE DIRECTORY 2018/2019 41 Cruisers like: Visitors may choose to simply relax and drink in the beauty of the many beaches or try something more challenging such as cliff-diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, snorkelling or scuba driving. Don’t miss: The Motag Living Museum for an understanding of Philippine history and culture. MAJOR PORTS 3 BUSIEST PORT Manila NUMBER OF PORT CALLS 72 ANNUAL GROWTH plus 2.8 per cent MANILA Who goes there: Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, Silversea. Cruisers like: Manila still has something for everyone. History spans centuries from the walled Spanish settlement of Intramuros and the World Heritage 16th- century San Augustin church, to the tranquil and touching Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. Keen shoppers should head to the many malls or the indoor-outdoor Greenbelt haven of Bonifacio. Don’t miss: Notable landmarks include the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, the historic Manila Hotel lobby and the Manila Zoo. Best for: All ages, nature-lovers, bargain hunters. Getting around: The cruise terminal is located within walking distance of Old Manila. Taxis are the best way to get around. BORACAY Who goes there: Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, Silversea. Best for: Couples, active people. Getting around: Caticlan is Boracay’s main entry. It is a 30-minute boat from the jetty to the island of Boracay. There are plentiful taxis at the wharf.
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