METRO MANILA | Star Cruises Launch Cruises from Manila

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Star Cruises Manila Cruise

Ever thought of joining a cruise trip but can’t find one without flying to neighboring countries? Worry no more, Star Cruises, the cruise giant in the Asia Pacific, will now launch cruises from Manila! Their first venture, a six-day cruise that would take you to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, then to Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and finally, to Hong Kong. Quite exciting!

Star Cruises Superstar Virgo

I have previously joined tours from Star Cruises. First, their Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa cruise cruise, then a second one from Guangzhou to Hong Kong cruise, and lastly, a few months ago, taking the Singapore to Malaysia cruise. On all these, I had nothing but a good leisurely time, both on my time on the ship and the much-awaited shore excursions.

Star Cruises Superstar Virgo

The ship docking in Manila this coming March 2017 would be one of Star Cruises’ biggest ships, the Superstar Virgo. I was lucky enough to have boarded it during my second cruise with them and it is quite impressive. From the luxurious grand lobby, to the multitude of buffet restaurants (all free for cruise guests, by the way), and my own comfy room which has its own balcony to boot!

Kaohsiung Taiwan Cruise

Now, you’re probably thinking that cruises are quite expensive. Well, to be honest, most cruises are, especially if you’re a backpacker. But consider this; for a limited time, Star Cruises is offering early bird discounts (for departures on March 19, 24 and 29, 2017) starting from USD490.00 or around PHP24,500.00 per head for a twin-sharing room. If you add in a third and fourth person with you (quad-sharing room), you get their tickets at 50% off the price at PHP12,250.00 per person. If you’re four in the group, cruise price would clock in at PHP18,375.00 for each.

Still expensive?

Hong Kong Cruise

You get to go to two different countries, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Add in the requisite travel tax plus the Laoag trip by bus. That would, more or less, leave you with PHP5,541.00 for a six days / five nights stay on a cruise ship inclusive of top-notch entertainment shows, use of facilities, and more importantly, unlimited buffet meals at all times of the day, yes, even at midnight. Can you name a hotel offering the same for a measly PHP1,108.20 per night?

Laoag Cruise

Granted, I’ve made it a roundtrip fare for Taiwan and Hong Kong, but come one, would you really do a trip where you would jump from Taiwan to Hong Kong? Highly unlikely. So let’s break it down with more precise numbers:


  PHP 1,594.00 – Laoag Bus Fare
  PHP 4,000.00 – Manila to Taipei Roundtrip Ticket (estimated seat sale prices)
  PHP 1,620.00 – Airport Tax
  PHP 4,000.00 – Manila to Hong Kong Roundtrip Ticket (estimated seat sale prices)
  PHP 1,620.00 – Airport Tax
  PHP 12,834.00 – Total
- PHP 18,375.00 – Cruise Fee per Person
  PHP 5,541.00 – Divided into five nights, equals PHP 1,108.20 per night

Cruise trips are expensive? Not really.


Star Cruises Philippines
Address: 5/F Star Cruises Centre, 100 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (+63) 836-6830 to 32
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  1. For an oldie like me, cruising is the only enjoyable and less tiring way to travel. Have a great New Year and keep on traveling!

  2. do i need to have visa to go to taiwan via cruise?

    1. Hi Eloisa, no need for Filipinos to apply for Taiwanese Visa for the cruise. Star Cruises would be the one to prepare a special permit for guests boarding the cruise.

  3. Approximately how much pocket money should my brother bring on the cruise?

    1. Actually, the cost is almost all in. You'd only need extra money for shopping and if you want to eat at pay restaurants within Superstar Virgo

  4. Join the Asian Cruise of the First Ever Cruise to Homeport in Manila :
    6 DAYS MANILA-LAOAG-KAOSHIUNG-HONGKONG-MANILA inclusive of Star Cruises Super Star Virgo Accommodation onboard, 6 Meals a day,World Class Entertainment -nightly shows, Use of Recreational facilities. For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at (02) 2458668 / 0939 9171756

  5. question if I joined the 3 night farewell cruise and hongkong is the last stop do I need to get a plane ticket for hongkong to manila?