MANILA – Late last month, Star Cruises’ Superstar Gemini luxury cruise ship docked here for the first time, an event that the government sees as a sign of the growing interest in this type of travel in different parts of the country.
SuperStar Gemini brought around 1,500 guests from mainland China for a short visit to Manila and Boracay.
“The Philippines welcomes this growing interest in cruise tourism in various locations of the country,” said Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) vice chairman and general manager Juan Sta. Ana as he welcomed the cruise ship to the country, along with representatives from the Department of Tourism and the City of Manila.
Sta. Ana added that they are expecting more cruise ships to visit the Philippines as he mentioned eight of the country’s top international hubs for cruise liners – Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic and Zamboanga.
Since it caters to mostly Chinese guests, SuperStar Gemini charges in Hong Kong dollars for its offerings – ten restaurants, four entertainment lounges, swimming pools, boutiques, a mahjong room, a health club, a salon and a children’s playroom.
The 230-meter long cruise ship has 765 guest cabins, which include executive suites, junior suites, staterooms with balconies offering a view of the sea, and ordinary rooms for couples and families.
View the slideshow for a quick photo tour of the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship.