Star Cruises has celebrated the inaugural visit of the SuperStar Aquarius cruise ship to Puerto Princesa.
The 51,300-tonne, 13-deck vessel sailed into the Philippine city on 11 November 2014, as part of a series of Southeast Asian voyages from its winter home port of Kota Kinabalu.
Located on the island of Palawan, Puerto Princesa is home to several natural attractions, most notably the UNESCO-listed Subterranean River National Park.
“We are proud to have Puerto Princesa as one of the new destinations for SuperStar Aquarius,” said Michael Goh, Star Cruises’ senior vice president of sales.
“During this deployment, SuperStar Aquarius will make 14 calls to Puerto Princesa, each time bringing in world travellers to this beautiful city. We are committed to promoting Puerto Princesa and the Palawan Island province to travellers across the region and the world.”
SuperStar Aquarius’ maiden voyage to the city brought international passengers from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and Hong Kong to Puerto Princesa. They were welcomed by the local Department of Tourism, who arranged for traditional local dancers to perform upon the ship’s arrival.
SuperStar Aquarius’ homeport deployment in Kota Kinabalu will see it offer a series of one-, two- and three-night cruises to destinations in Malaysia and the Philippines.