SBMA chair expects 20 cruise-ship visits in 2018
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chair and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the agency’s expecting at least 20 cruise-ship visits this year, as the Subic Bay Freeport aspires to become the next cruise-ship playground in Asia.
According to Eisma, five different cruise ships are already scheduled for port calls from March to October this year, and they’re expecting more shipping agencies to coordinate their schedules.
The first cruise ship to visit Subic this year is MV Costa Atlantica, an Italian-flagged vessel that made its second visit at the Subic Bay Freeport on Tuesday following its first arrival on February 10.
The 85,619-ton ship disembarked 2,500 passengers and crew for a one-day tour of the free port and neighboring communities.
“Clearly, Subic is marking a new milestone in terms of cruise-ship arrival. This is not your usual once-in-a-blue-moon accidental port call; this is a surge!” Eisma said during the arrival ceremonies for Costa Atlantica on Tuesday.
“Now, Subic is ready to offer the best tourism facilities and services for cruise-ship passengers, and we are betting that our visitors would find their experiences here—as well as in the neighboring areas of Zambales and Bataan—most memorable,” she added.
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