MANILA – Royal Caribbean International rang in the new year in Asia with the maiden call ceremony of its ship Spectrum of the Seas at Subic Bay, The Philippines on Jan 7, 2020.
The first Quantum Ultra Class ship to debut in 2019, Spectrum of the Seas has gross registered tonnes of 169,379 and a total capacity of 5,622 guests, making it Asia’s largest cruise ship.
Yesterday it was carrying close to 4,500 international tourists onboard on her seven-night sailing from Hong Kong, which has also called at Okinawa (Nakagusuku) and Ilocos (Salomague).
The plaque and key exchanges took place onboard the ship between Captain Flemming Nielsen, master of Spectrum of the Seas and Wilma Eisma, chairman of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Carolina Uy, driector for Department of Tourism Region 3 as well as Captain Terence Uytingban, general manager for Ben Line Agencies.
Guests of Spectrum of the Seas will get the chance to explore ashore at Subic Bay with Royal Caribbean’s shore excursion options such as the ‘Subic Bay & Ocean Adventure Combo Tour’ where they will go on a jungle environment survival training camp guided tour and see marine animals at the Ocean Adventure.
On the ‘Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Tour’, visitors will get to set foot into the restored homes of old Manila and nearby provinces, as well as Spanish colonial-era mansions transformed into modern hotels. Filipino cuisine will also be served during the tour which also includes a ride in a jeepney to other places of interest.