Royal Caribbean sails into the Philippines

THE 694-guest Azamara Quest, part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, will make its maiden call in Manila on March 28 as part of a 17-day itinerary covering the Philippines, Borneo, Komodo Island and Bali.

Baron Travel Corporation, the official shore excursion agent for Azamara Club Cruises in the Philippines, will undertake shore excursions in Manila for the 550 passengers who boarded the ship in Hong Kong.

“We will offer them tour packages of Tagaytay and Pagsanjan, taking care of them for about one and half days,” said Baron Travel general manager inbound leisure, Aurora Tadeo.

Azamara Quest is scheduled to depart Manila at 13:00 on March 29, and will sail onward to Balikpapan (Borneo), Palopo (Sulawesi), Komodo Island, Benoa (Bali) and Semarang (Java), before ending in Singapore on April 12.

The ship will then embark the same day on a 12-day Spice Route programme to Phuket, the Andaman Islands, Cochin, Goa and finally, Mumbai.

Royal Caribbean’s 2,074-guest Legend of the Seas, operating from its homeport in Hong Kong, will also make its inaugural call in Boracay this October as part of an eight-day South-east Asian cruise. The ship will make a day’s stop in Manila en route to Boracay.

The Philippines Department of Tourism had earlier stated that cruise tourism development would be one of the priorities within the National Tourism Development Plan.

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