SAILING THE HIGH SEAS The 13-story SuperStar Virgo arrives at Pier 15 after establishing Manila as its home port fromMarch 19 to May 29. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

SAILING THE HIGH SEAS The 13-story TremendousStar Virgo arrives at Pier 15 after establishing Manila as its home port from March 19 to May 29. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

For the primary time in current reminiscence, a world luxurious cruise ship has made Manila its home port.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Sunday led authorities and journey sector executives within the rites for the launch of the TremendousStar Virgo cruise from Pier 15 at Manila North Harbor.

Presentations by the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, cultural dance performers and Higantes stilt walkers welcomed the overseas and native vacationers embarking on the six-day cruise, which might take them to Laoag City, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and again to Manila.

The TremendousStar Virgo departed at round 2 p.m. for its subsequent vacation spot, Laoag, docking on the close by Currimao port, from the place the cruise passengers can be taken on facet journeys to go to sights equivalent to Ilocos Norte’s well-known Baroque church buildings, Spanish colonial homes and the favored Pagudpud Beach.

Celebrities led by the reigning Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines additionally graced the welcome ceremony.

The 13-story TremendousStar Virgo, operated by the Hong Kong-based Star Cruises, has 935 cabins and may carry 2,400 passengers. It has a crew of 1,100.

The ship’s Italian-themed visitor services embrace the principle corridor, known as the Grand Piazza; the Palazzo, a restaurant; and an indoor theatre, the Lido, which might characteristic a manufacturing present of the Arabian epic “1,001 Nights.”

The ship has a dozen smaller eating places and leisure bars; an outside swimming pool that includes a 100-meter mega water slide; golf-driving vary; mini-golf; basketball court docket and jogging circuit; jet present train pool, steam sauna, magnificence salon, personal karaoke rooms, dance lounge, card and majhong recreation venues and duty-free outlets.

The German-built TremendousStar Virgo will take a complete of a dozen journeys from Manila, the final scheduled on May 23. The cruise fares vary from $490 for an inside stateroom to $1,530 for government suites for every particular person holding a Philippine passport, unique of $165 port charges.

Those reserving early might get promo reductions by as a lot as 40 p.c, whereas the third and fourth individuals in teams or household vacationers can stand up to 50 p.c reductions.

The journeys are a part of the “Jewels of the South China Sea” cruises being promoted by Star Cruises and its companions.

Star Cruises President Ang Moo Lim introduced that Filipino passengers can benefit from the visa-free cruise with no baggage allowance.

Special preparations may also be made with Taiwanese authorities in order that the cruise passengers can disembark there visa-free.

Star Cruises, owned by Genting Hong Kong, is the third largest cruise line on this planet.

Source: inquirer