Hot on the heels of Royal Caribbean Cruises' announcement last week to build a purpose-built cruise ship terminal in the Western Visayas' Caticlan or Boracay, Genting Cruise Lines has also signed an MoU with Philippine stakeholders to develop cruise infrastructure in the country.
The agreement is in line with the country setting in motion a new cruise strategy, focused on improving port facilities, easing entry procedures and designing cruise packages.
SuperStar Virgo arrives in Manila; Photo credit: Phiippine DoT
Hui Lim, executive director of the Genting Group, which owns Star Cruises, said: “(We will continue to work closely) with the Philippine government and the various local agencies to accelerate the growth of cruise tourism in the Philippines and to maximise its full potential.”
Genting's latest announcement comes amid SuperStar Virgo's arrival into the Philippines this week to become the first international cruise ship to homeport at Manila.
SuperStar Virgo will return for another season of cruising from Manila in December of this year, calling at ports in the Philippines, as well as other Asian destinations such as Kota Kinabalu, Brunei, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Okinawa.