Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

Cruise ship visits Puerto next week

Acosta says the establishment of three cruise ports forms part of the provincial tourism development plan, which aimed at making Palawan as the tourism center in Southeast Asia. (File photo)

The cruise ship Silver Shadow operated by Silversea Cruises is expected to drop anchor in this city on January 28 carrying around 400 tourist passengers.

City Tourism Department (CTD) Promotions and Marketing Officer Michie Meneses said Friday it is the second cruise ship to arrive in Puerto Princesa out of 13 they are anticipating this year.

“We’re reminding our tourism frontliners to take this opportunity to show our guests that we are ready to welcome them with the best services we can offer to make their stay memorable and to spread good words about how nice we took care of them,” she said.

With 295 crew members, Silver Shadow will arrive in the city in the morning from its last port call in Sandakan, Malaysia.

It will leave in the afternoon following an 8-hour stay to sail to Romblon.

Silver Shadow is a 28,258 gross tonnage cruise ship that boasts 194 outside suites, ranging in size from 287 square feet to 1,435 square feet with some featuring teak balconies. It has a speed of 18.5 knots.

“Our list of cruise ships to arrive has grown from nine to 13 expected this year, and we are thankful that our city continues to attract the tourist-cruising sector,” Meneses said.

Three major destinations are usually offered to cruise ship passengers, including the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Barangay Cabayugan, Honda Bay in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, and the City Tour composed of visits to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) in Barangay Iwahig and the Crocodile Farm in Barangay Irawan.

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