• A Hong Kong-based international cruise liner made Manila its home port
• The deployment of 13-storey Superstar Virgo cruise ship in Manila was welcomed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo
• Making Manila a home port of an international cruise liner will mean a boost to the country’s tourism industry
Star Cruises owned by Genting Hong Kong deployed its 13-storey ship Superstar Virgo in the Philippines as it makes Manila its home port.
The launching of the cruise ship with Italian-themed guest facilities was graced by Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea at Pier 15 in Manila North Harbor on Sunday, March 19.
Several local performers welcomed local and foreign travelers embarking on a 6-day cruise. The reigning Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa also graced the welcome ceremony, as per the Inquirer.
The Superstar Virgo has 935 cabins and can carry 2,400 passengers. It has a crew of 1,100, one third of which are Filipinos. At 2 p.m., it departed to its next destination, Laoag in Ilocos Norte. After Laoag, the cruise ship will dock at Taiwan’s biggest port in Kaohsiung and then it will travel to Hong Kong.
Making Manila a home port of an international cruise liner will mean a better tourism industry in the country and more jobs for Filipinos.