Asia’s booming cruise industry taps the Marianas market

Although the Guam Visitors Bureau has yet to finalize the feasibility study of a cruise industry home-ported on Guam, local travelers don’t have to wait long to get on board.

Guam and Saipan travelers can embark on Asia’s booming cruise industry through Star Cruises, the first international cruise line to homeport in the Philippines. Superstar Virgo, a 13-storey 935-cabin cruise liner, is the flag ship of Star Cruises, also dubbed as “Jewels of the South China Sea.”

In collaboration with Asia Cruise Cooperation— an alliance between Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines— Resorts World Manila and Star Cruises have created a package exclusively for the Guam and Saipan market.

Cebu Pacific, through its local distributor iTravel Guam, offers island travelers a special rate for the Stay and Cruise package, which can be booked online through Resort World Manila’s website.

The package includes a six-day/five-night cruise with itinerary departing from Manila. The first stop is Laoag, a historical center in Ilocos N