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Puerto Princesa tourism department prepares for arrival of cruise ships PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Jan. 7 (PNA) –- Four large international cruise ships are set to arrive this summer here, the City Tourism Department recently reported.

Tourism officer Rebecca Labit said the cruise ships would arrive every week in March until the first week of April with over 2,000 passengers. One of the luxury liners will be the Royal Carribean’s Legend of the Seas, which made its inaugural call on the ports of Manila and Boracay last October 26–27 as part of the vessel’s eight-night Southeast Asia itinerary.

“Tourism handlers confirmed that the Royal Carribean’s Legend of the Seas is arriving, which is big because its passengers are in a thousand, and probably more,” Labit told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

She said the CTD is at this time preparing a plan to welcome the arrival of the cruise ships to make sure there will be enough accommodations for the guests, and that their entry to the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) will be smooth knowing the New Seven Wonders of Nature site only has a capacity of only up to a thousand.

“This January our first order of almost every day is meeting, meeting because we can’t be on a wait-and-see-mode. It’s not possible that we only meet when they are already in Puerto Princesa. We have to make a good impression because our business is not in the arrival, it is when we are able to convince them to come back and stay in the city,” she added.

The PPUR is on top of the list of the places the cruise liners’ passengers will visit. Aside from this, they will also be brought to appreciate the community-based sustainable tourism (CBST)sites that have been divided into six circuits in Puerto Princesa.

Labit said they expect there will be no problem at the Puerto Princesa City Port when the large cruise ships arrive to dock.

Apparently, Manager Luis Cuison of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has informed the city government and the CTD that the dredging at the pier is finished to accommodate larger vessels, such as the cruise ships.

Additional facilities are due for construction by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in preparation for the coming of more cruise ships all year round.

Labit encouraged the residents of the city to take advantage of this development in the tourism industry by putting up businesses that would cater to the needs of the tourists.

“There is really a time for everything, and if I were the residents of the city, I will take advantage of this now,” she said. (PNA)



































































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