Voyager of the Seas makes maiden call at Manila, Philippines
(Manila, Philippines) – Royal Caribbean invited travel writers from various publications for lunch and a tour of the facilities while docked in Manila port. They also allowed the families of Filipino crew members for them to experience what it’s like onboard.
Luxury Cruise Ship Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas visited Metro Manila for the first time for a 4-night cruise from Shenzen, China. The cruise ship arrived last July 20 with 3,600 guests onboard to tour the capital city of the Philippines. A traditional plaque exchange ceremony was officiated by Voyager of the Seas’ Captain Sindre Borsheim and Philippine authorities Mr. Francisquiel Mancile, Port Manager of Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Mr. Patrick Chan, Vice President for Operations of Asian Terminals, Inc. to celebrate one of the largest ships to call at any of the Philippines’s port.
Ms. Marilen Yaptangco, International Representative of Royal Caribbean International in the Philippines stated that the company aims to offer a luxury vacation experience like no other through Voyager of the Seas. She says that this quick stop in our country gives them the chance to show that the Voyager of the Seas has something good to offer to Filipino travelers.
Voyager of the Seas offers unique amenities for everyone. The luxury cruise ship can be enjoyed by 4,269 guests with its 15-deck and countless activities they’ve prepared. Some of the highlights of the cruise ship are the Royal Promenade, duty-free boutiques, ice skating rink and sports court. They also have FlowRider surf simulator and rock wall climbing opportunities for sports enthusiasts.
Their dining activities will have you forgetting about your diet with their all-day-all-night dining at Café Promenade. The Main Dining Room and Windjammer Café Buffet, on the other hand, serve international cuisines including Asian dishes. There also something for each and everyone like Chops Grille Steakhouse, Giovanni’s Table Italian Restaurant and Johnny Rockets. Asian guests can have a feast at Izumi.
Accommodations include luxury suites, Panoramic Oceanview Staterooms and Virtual Balcony Interior Staterooms. Each guest rooms have their standout feature. The Panoramic Oceanviews Staterooms have floor to ceiling windows while the Virtual Balcony Interior Staterooms offer real-time vies of the ocean and the destinations.
Guests will be able to enjoy what the Philippines has to offer in terms of tourism while they’re here. They can participate in a nature trip at a secluded and private resort in Laguna where they can see rare collections of orchids. The orchids are located at the crater of an extinct volcano where they can also see lush greeneries and a hidden waterfall. After the breathtaking event, they will be served with traditional Filipino buffet lunch and snacks.
Another part of the tour for the cruise ship’s beloved guest is “A Glimpse of History where they can have sightseeing and learn a thing or two about a bygone era by visiting top tourists spots in Intramuros like Fort Santiago, Casa Manila and the reproduction of a Spanish “Illustrado” home. They can marvel at the “Walled City” of Intramuros where sturdy walls which acted as fortress still remain up to this day. They can also embark on a religious journey by visiting church ruins and San Agustin Church and its museum where they can take a look at antique vestments, icons, and religious paintings. This is also the chance of a lifetime to see the National Museum where Spanish Galleons from the Philippines-Mexico barter trade and monuments that tell the story of the Philippines from its discovery to the colonization the country has endured and the leaders of the country are housed.
The upcoming cruises of Voyager of the Seas offer 5-night cruise from Shenzen to Okinawa (Naha), 9-night cruise from Hong Kong to Kochi visiting Okinawa (Naha), Kyoto in Osaka and Kobe on August 10 and 8-night cruise from Hongkong to Singapore with port calls at Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Bangkok (Laem Chabang) on August 29.
The luxury ship will go on its longest season in Southeast Asia with more than 70 sailings from Singapore until June 2019. The schedule includes a 4-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Phuket, 5 night-cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket and a 5-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) with an overnight stay.
ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: (+632) 892 2701 to 03
Mobile: (+63) 955 213 3579
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