Subic books 6 cruise ship arrivals in Jan
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The Subic Bay Freeport is starting the year on a positive note by booking six vessel arrivals for January.
The vessels include cruise ship World Dream, which the Freeport has welcomed for the third time.
“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,” Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma said in a statement.
World Dream is the flagship of Chinese brand Dream Cruises owned by Genting Hong Kong. It booked its arrival on January 30.
Meanwhile, Italian-flagged and Costa Crociere-owned Costa Atlantica, which is another Subic regular, has set two arrival dates, the second being January 29.
“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,” Eisma said.
In 2018, ship arrivals in Subic generated over P85 million in the first eight months. Eisma is expecting to keep up the momentum this year with the recent implementation of Executive Order (EO) 72.
Eisma said EO 72 “eased the entry of foreign nationals via the Subic seaports and extended them a visa-free stay of 14 days similar to those entering through the Subic airport.”
“This arrangement is less complicated, and thus we foresee that the resulting ease of travel would make Subic Bay an even bigger tourist magnet and anchor destination in Central Luzon,” she added.
The new measure can also facilitate the development of tourism in nearby areas of Region 3, with Subic as the “anchor destination and gateway,” Eisma said.
Meanwhile, SBMA Tourism department manager Jem Camba said there were about 3,000 tourists per visiting cruise ship. They tour the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City and Clark Freeport Zone. Other parts of Zambales and Bataan are visited.
The top destinations, Camba said, are the nature theme parks in Subic and historical places in Bataan and Pampanga.