Photos by Star Sabroso
For some Filipinos, taking a cruise ship to go to a local destination is still not one of the top options. The old images in people’s minds is that of cramped ship spaces and dirty quarters, which can be enough deterrent. This will soon be changed with premier land/sea trip provider 2GO Travel which has been upping domestic travel by providing passengers with world-class and cruise-like experiences on board.
Armed with the vision to promote local destinations, 2GO Travel is launching the 16,622-ton and 160-meter long M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus, in time for the peak travel season to serve the ports of Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro.
Going aboard the massive cruise ship brings you to a wide lobby with personnel ready to assist you for boarding. With a capacity of 1,856 passengers and 200 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo, it addresses the demand for an alternative means for people who want to go home to their provinces and tourists who want to go around the Philippines in an affordable, safe and convenient way.
“It has always been 2GO’s mission to promote local tourism and to introduce both Filipino and foreign tourists to the many beautiful and interesting destinations all over the country. At the same time, we wanted to raise the bar in domestic travel by providing passengers not just safety and convenience but a most leisurely, cruise-like experience aboard our vessels,” says 2GO’s senior vice president Stephen Tagud.
M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus is ready to treat any passenger to a relaxing journey to his destination with the elegantly designed six suite rooms, 12 state rooms, 21 business class and 34 tourist accommodations. First time cruise ship travelers would be surprised at the many amenities the ship has to offer. Just like the rest of 2GO’s fleet, the vessel also has a first-class bar and restaurant, a 24-hour convenience store and gift shop, a spa and salon, areas for karaoke, comedy acts and other forms of entertainment held nightly. It also houses a clinic and a chapel. And for passengers who want to see the views on the open sea or stargaze at night, an open-air deck is available.
The addition of this new vessel also addresses the demand for cargo space to transport goods and produce across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus serves the Manila-Bacolod-Iloilo-Cagayan de Oro route every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
Those booking via 2GO Travel can also enjoy a wide range of hotel accommodations, tours, event packages and entertainment options. The company has 1,200 outlets nationwide, catering to various ports across the country so it’s very convenient for anyone across the Philippines.
For more information and updates on 2GO Travel services, visit its website at www.2GO.com.ph.