Philippine cruise ship arrivals jumped more than a 100-fold in the last 12 months capped by the simultaneous docking of cruise ships at the Manila’s South Harbor, according to state-run Philippine Ports Authority.
Cruise tourism arrivals as of January this year registered an increase of 1,951 percent to 9,156 passengers from just 446 in January of last year.
Over half of the volume or 4,520 was recorded in Northern Luzon in view of the regained interest of Star Cruises at the Port of Currimao as one of its cruise routes.
The other areas that posted positive cruise tourism arrivals include Coron, Boracay and South Harbor.
The Manila South Harbor, managed and operated by Asian Terminals Inc., registered the biggest number of cruise ships docked at the ports with four, namely SuperStar Virgo of Star Cruises, Costa Atlantica of Costa Cruises, Amsterdam of Holland America Lines, and Silver Shadow of Silversea Cruises.