Large cruise ships to visit Puerto Princesa

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Mar. 5 (PNA) -– Large cruise ships are expected to drop anchors at the Port Princess in this city from this month to April to bring international tourists, said City Tourism Department (CTD) officer Rebecca Labit.

Labit told the Philippine News Agency (PNA)that one cruise ship per week with 2,000 passengers will set sail to Puerto Princesa beginning March 7.

The first to arrive will be the MS Amsterdam, said to be the “third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line’s over 135-year history."

It will be followed on March 19 by the MS 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.”

A ship built for adventure, the Legend of the Seas offers onboard rock climbing, the Casino Royale, live music shows, and outdoor bars and lounges. The cruise ship first arrived last October in the Philippines with Boracay and Manila as destinations.

On March 23, the MV Europa will arrive, and on April 6, the MV Amadea; a cruise ship by the Amadea Shipping Company operated under charter by the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen.

Labit said the city is more than prepared to welcome the arrival of the cruise ships following the completion of the rehabilitation and expansion of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) of the Puerto Princesa City Port to accommodate their anchorages.

“What we are fixing right now are their itineraries,” she said, adding although many of the tourists want to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), some will be diverted to other tour sites as it has a carrying capacity that cannot be violated. (PNA)
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