For cruise tourism, Subic starts strong!

Published on : Monday, January 21, 2019

With six vessel arrivals listed for January, this premier free port hopes to strengthen its reputation even more as the hottest cruise ship destination and top anchor tourist attraction in the country today.


Subic on Wednesday greeted for the third time this year the cruise ship World Dream, the flagship of the Chinese premium brand Dream Cruises owned by Genting Hong Kong.


On January 30th, the ship will be back. Another Subic regular, the Italian-flagged Costa Atlantica owned by Costa Crociere, has all set arrivals for January 15 and 29.


“Right now, we’re experiencing a phenomenal influx of cruise ships, and this is really a strong start for Subic, which recorded 17 arrivals last year,” said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma, who was one among those who greeted World Dream at the Alava Wharf here on Wednesday.


“We are very happy that our cruise ship program is really picking up, and this is just the start. By next month we hope to see more cruise ships coming in and some of them would be staying here in Subic overnight,” she added.


As per SBMA Tourism Department manager Jem Camba, from each visiting cruise ship, an average of around 3,000 tourists get off in Subic and then explore various attractions in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Clark Freeport Zone, and the nearby provinces of Zambales and Bataan.


Among the cruise ship passengers most preferred destinations are the nature theme parks in Subic and historical places in Bataan and Pampanga, she said.


In 2018, the Central Luzon Regional Development Council cited the SBMA for establishing Subic into a leading cruise ship destination of the country and observed that Subic’s cruise ship arrivals had churned out more than P85-million worth of financial activity in the first eight months alone.

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