Philippines Snags Asia’s Best Cruise Destination at World Cruise Awards

Philippines World Cruise Awards
A Warm Welcome: Passengers from a luxury cruise ship at a Philippine port are greeted by vibrant local performances. Photo from the Department of Tourism website.

The Philippines sails to the forefront as Asia’s Best Cruise Destination for 2023, a first-of-its-kind recognition from the esteemed World Cruise Awards. This accolade propels the nation further into prominence in the global cruise and tourism arena.

Held in Dubai at the Atlantis The Royal on October 16, the World Cruise Awards 2023 spotlighted the Philippines for its exceptional contributions to the cruise sector. The country edged out competitors including India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

According to the Philippine Department of Tourism, the nation is set to welcome cruise ships at 128 ports across 33 distinct destinations. These cruises are projected to bring in over 101,000 passengers and approximately 50,000 crew members.

Among the ships making their way to Philippine waters are the Seaborne Encore, Silver Shadow, MSC Poesia, and Queen Elizabeth, to name a few. Notably, the Blue Dream Cruise made its inaugural trip to the country this month.

“The Philippines is world-renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and warm hospitality. Our archipelago of 7,641 islands offers a wide array of cruise experiences, from exploring picturesque coastlines and coral reefs to immersing in local culture and traditions,” said Philippine Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

The World Cruise Awards is a sister event to the World Travel Awards, which also recently honored the Philippines as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the fifth consecutive year.

The Philippine islands of Boracay, Palawan, and Siargao have also recently earned Conde Nast Travel’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Islands in Asia.

Share this article to celebrate and spread the word about the Philippines’ latest triumph in the global cruise industry. Let’s continue to take pride in our nation’s remarkable achievements!

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