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The Ultimate 7-Day Family Getaway with Norwegian Escape



For families looking to plan their next summer holiday, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, will be offering 7-day sailing from Miami to the Caribbean and back. Sailings from 3rd June 2017 to 5th August 2017 start from US$849 per person with a range of Free at Sea offerings: specialty dining, shore excursion credits, unlimited open bar for the adults and WiFi minutes.

With more than 25 different dining options, top-class Broadway entertainment and an exciting range of on and off shore activities, guests of all ages are free to create and personalize the perfect holiday itinerary.

This week-long round-trip cruise will depart from the homeport of Miami, sailing through the Eastern Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands where families can experience colorful snorkeling, tropical beaches, fruity drinks and local island music. Families can swim with the dolphins just off the beach of Tortola or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle in Nassau, Bahamas. Guests can also have close encounters with stingrays on Balmoral Island for an unforgettable experience. For the more leisurely traveler; the white sand beaches, turquoise seas and private islands are the perfect way to enjoy the days spent onshore.

Norwegian Escape offers daily onboard entertainment suitable for the entire family. Offerings include dinner shows, live music, comedy performances and the Tony Award winning Broadway musical After Midnight, which highlights jazz band sounds and the electrifying dancing of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. For some onboard adventure, the aqua park features the world’s first-ever tandem waterslide at sea while the action packed sports complex, located 19 decks above the ocean, includes the Sky Rail Zip tracks and the largest three-level ropes course that are ideal for the adventurers. The Splash Academy for kids, the Guppies Nursery for toddlers and Entourage for the teens will keep the children highly entertained all under the watchful eye of the ship’s certified and professionally trained staff.), whilst parents can spend time relaxing at one of the 2 adult pools or 8 hot tubs.

Onboard Norwegian Escape, families are free to dine at their own leisure – whenever and wherever they choose. With over 25 choices, guests can discover a new bar or restaurant each day, with a variety of international cuisines and settings such as classic American fare, Spanish inspired bites and dine at the first ever floating Margaritaville at Sea. Travelers can start the morning off at the Garden Café that has floor to ceiling windows, offering endless ocean views while sipping on hot coffee and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Families can dine ocean side at La Cucina, the classic Italian restaurant with homemade pizzas and pastas, or indulge in some Mediterranean tapas at the first-at-sea Pincho Tapas Bar, while watching the sunset.

This cruise holiday offering will bring families together to have some fun, relax, dine and try new adventures. As the newest ship to the fleet, this state-of-the-art vessel offers an immersive 7-day getaway full of well-rounded experiences for families.

To book an award-winning cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, call +852 2165 6000 (English, Cantonese and Mandarin assistance) contact your preferred travel professional or visit

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Cebu Aims to Become Int’l Cruise Ships Destination




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More than 1,100 Japanese retirees made a brief stop here on board M/V Peace Boat which made its port call in Cebu on Monday.

Despite the early morning rains and continuous shower, the tourists stepped off the boat and swayed with the Sinulog dancers who welcomed them together with officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) of the province.

Newly-installed DOT-7 Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano said the regional office was looking forward to more cruise ships making its port of call here.

With cruise tourism as one of the priority areas for development under the National Cruise Tourism Development Plan, the region is poised to be one of the main ports of call for international cruise liners.

“It has been a priority of the Department to develop and market the Philippines as a cruise tourism destination,” Tamano said.

“With more than 7,000 islands and being consistently part of the best islands in the world lists, we have more to offer – whether beach, food, culture or history.”

Tamano also said that with the location of the region being in Central Philippines, Central Visayas would be an ideal port of call for these international cruise liners.

“Of course, to lure more cruise liners to the Philippines especially the big cruise ships, we must be (at) par with international standards. That’s why the Department of Tourism developed the National Cruise Tourism Development Plan which highlights the strategies and programs to be adopted by the DOT and its partner agencies from ‎2016-2022 to develop the country’s cruise tourism industry,” Tamano added.

Aside from the passengers, the crew members were also very happy with the warm and enthusiastic welcome.

According to M/V Peace Boat’s international coordinator Adrian Gaviola, they are looking forward to coming back and bring more of their ships to the Philippines.

Upon disembarkation, the Japanese tourists broke off into groups and visited the tourist sites and attractions in the city and province, going as far as Carcar City in the south for a countryside tour.

After Cebu, the Peace Boat will travel to Bali, Indonesia, Australia and Oceania before going back to its home port in Kobe, Japan. (PNA)

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‘Suroy 2018’ to Showcase South Cebu’s Rich Culture and Heritage



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To sustain the Provincial Government’s efforts to boost Cebu’s thriving tourism industry, the annual Suroy-Suroy Sugbo kicks-off this year in the south from January 24 to 26.

Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito “Boboi” Costas said that the three-day, two-night package tour highlights the rich culture and history of 13 towns and cities.

“This year’s tour is not just about getting to know the place, but we also want the participants to experience the richness of Cebu’s culture,” Costas said.

Participants get to experience the towns of Argao, Dalaguete, Boljoon, Oslob on the first day where they get to experience first-hand hablon weaving, as well as listen to the recently restored bamboo organ at the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel Church in Argao.

On the second day, travelers will be welcomed by the hospitality of southwest Cebu towns, specifically Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Alegria and Moalboal.

Here, adventure-seekers will be able to feed their thirst for thrill as they trek the Aguinid falls in Samboan and take part in the canyoneering activities in Alegria’s Kanlaob Falls.

On the last day, participants will be able to visit the local churches of Ronda and Barili, while cultural performances await them in the cities of Carcar and Talisay.

Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale, chairman of the committee on tourism and international affairs, is hopeful that the annual activity will continue to encourage local and foreign travelers to embrace the Cebuano culture.

“Suroy-suroy is not just literally a trip to the south, but an experience of what is truly Cebuano. With the digital age, I hope everyone gets to share their experiences online and in this way, help preserve what is truly Cebuano,” Magpale said.

For reservations and queries, you may contact the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office at 253-5642 or follow them online and on their social media sites @SugbuTurismoPH for real-time updates.

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Calape’s ‘Fishyalan’ Opens in February




In an effort to offer an alternative tour site to mall and resorts goers, the local government unit of Calape and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to open its ‘fishyalan’ next month.

Located at BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center at Barangay Bentig, the ‘fishyalan’ is a unique place for visitors to hang out and learn new fisheries technology.

This way, BFAR can also better disseminate its advocacies, as well as information about its different programs and projects toward the development of the fisheries sector in the region.

Calape Information Officer Nicolas Sendrijas said when they open ‘fishyalan’ to the public, an entrance fee of P20/person will be collected.

The rate for children 12 years old below is P15, while rental for fishing gear with bait is P5 wherein visitors pay for the fish they catch.

They can opt to cook it there or they may bring it home.

Sendrijas, also the President of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol), held their first out-of-town Bisita Opisina and agency familiarization program hosted by LGU Calape at the Conference Room of BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center on January 11.

The people’s organization, Bentig Farmers-Fishermen’s Association, is set to undergo a training on entrepreneurship to be conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) Business Administration.

When operational and at the end of the fiscal year, the net income generated will be shared 50-50 between the PO and LGU Calape, according to Sendrijas.

As of now, worth P3 million of milkfish ( bangus, ) siganid (kitong) , pompano (talakitok) , tilapia, mangrove crab, and grouper (pugapo) have been stocked in the two fish ponds of fishyalan.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of fishyalan was signed by Calape Mayor Nelson Yu and BFAR Regional Director Allan Poquita. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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More Cruise Liners Want to Include Ilocos Norte in Itinerary




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Cruise tourism in this northern part of Luzon is slowly picking up with the entry of more boats wanting to explore Ilocos Norte’s natural and man-made wonders.

Governor Ma. Imelda Marcos said the Royal Caribbean International — a cruise line brand founded in Norway and based in Miami, Florida in the United States — and other small boats have already expressed interest to include Ilocos Norte in their travel itinerary.

This, as SuperStar Virgo, a Leo class cruise ship owned and operated by Star Cruises, has continued to bring in tourists here since March last year.

On Sunday, January 14, over 1,300 passengers on board the 13-storey SuperStar Virgo safely docked at the privately-owned Omnico Natural Resources Inc. Port located within the boundary of Badoc and Currimao towns.

This is now the second winter call in Ilocos Norte of the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific since its first arrival in 2017.

From the port of embarkation in Manila, the management of Star Cruises also bared plans to open more routes in Japan, Kota Kinabalu, Brunei, Ho Chi Minh, Okinawa and Thailand, among others.

While the Ilocanos are eager to welcome more visitors, Marcos hopes that the cruise line industry here will be sustained.

The governor is particularly concerned on the safety of visitors and the provision of win-win solutions to encourage more investors in the province.

“More boats are coming and we are trying to put together a package to benefit both the government and investors,” said Marcos.

As the Currimao seaport being managed by the Philippine Ports Authority is apparently not ready yet to accommodate bigger ships due to its shallow waters, the Omnico port was temporarily used this time for the safety of visitors.

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