IN its bid to become a regional cruise hub, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is negotiating with three international ships to include the port in their travel itineraries, according to chairman and administrator, Roberto Garcia.
Garcia said Subic Bay had “a very good start” when the London-based MV Spirit of Adventure became the first cruise ship to dock at the port in February with 378 passengers, most of whom were Europeans. The liner also called at Palawan, Cebu and Manila as part of its South-east Asia itinerary.
He said Subic has the potential to become a cruise hub. “In addition to having a deep natural harbour that can accommodate all types of vessels at the same time, Subic Bay provides convenient quayside disembarkation and boarding.
“Its location along major shipping lanes and proximity to favourite Asian cruise destinations, as well as the inclusion of SBMA as a founding member of the Asian Cruise Terminals Association, gives Subic Bay a distinct edge and position to capture a share of the fast-growing Asian cruise market.”
Major tourist attractions such as theme parks, ecotourism sights and shopping districts are also situated within a few minutes’ drive from the passenger terminal.