Subic Bay Freeport now accommodating bigger cruise ships

Published on : Monday, June 11, 2018

Cruise Terminal of DurbanruiseThe Subic Bay Freeport has recently made its entry in the next level in its cruise ship tourism program, as bigger and more luxurious vessels started making port calls here this week.

MS Ovation of the Seas, the latest in the Quantum-class cruise vessels of the Royal Caribbean International cruise line, reached here on Friday for its maiden port call.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma observed that the Ovation of the Seas was the biggest ship to ever dock in Subic in its long history as a naval facility.

“This ship is huge, even bigger than the so-called super-carriers of the US Navy that used to dock here when Subic was still a military base,” Eisma pointed out.

“So, as you can see, we have now taken this cruise ship program several notches higher. We started in February this year with Costa Atlantica, which has a passenger capacity of just over 2,000, and now we have this—Ovation of the Seas with almost 5,000 passengers and crew,” she added.

“We are glad that in its own little way, Subic is able to help in the national government effort to raise tourist arrivals in the country and generate more income for local people,” Eisma said.

The Ovation of the Seas is an 18-decker ship that gauges 348 meters long, has a gross tonnage of 168,666, the greatest occupancy of 4,905 passengers and with its sisters Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Sea, is considered the sixth biggest cruise ship in the world today.



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