Decades ago there was “The Love Boat”, a tv series that featured life on a cruise ship. The show featured the challenges of managing a cruise ship intertwined with personal stories that depicted each passenger’s perspetive on traveling in a cruise. Though that series has long been gone, the memory of the excitement of traveling on a cruise still lingers. Bringing back focus to the beauty and romance of sea travel, 2GO Travel presents Filipino passengers with world-class and cruise-like experience on board a premier sea trip provider. 2GO Travelunveils the newest addition to its fleet of luxurious and modern sea vessels, the M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus, with the aim of promoting local tourism and strengthening the economy.
The 16,622-ton and 160-meter long M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus was launched in time for peak travel season to serve the ports of Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro. The ship has a capacity of 1,856 passengers and 200 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo.
According to 2GO’s senior vice president Stephen Tagud, the company acquired a new vessel to address the growing demand for domestic sea travel and to provide tourists an affordable, safe, and convenient alternative for travel.
“It has always been 2GO’s mission to promote local tourism and to introduce both Filipino and foreign tourists to the many beautiful and interesting destinations all over the country. At the same time, we wanted to raise the bar in domestic travel by providing passengers not just safety and convenience but a most leisurely, cruise-like experience aboard our vessels,” Tagud said.
The M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus, like the rest of the fleet, has been refurbished to become a domestic cruise ship, with 6 suite rooms, 12 state rooms, 21 business class and 34 tourist accommodations, and elegantly designed furnishings. It also has a spacious first-class bar and restaurant, a 24-hour convenience store and gift shop, a spa and salon, areas for karaoke, comedy, and other forms of entertainment held nightly, a clinic, chapel, and an open-air deck where guests can enjoy island sightseeing and stargazing.
Aside from raising the bar for domestic tourism, 2GO, the country’s largest shipping company, also sees the addition of the new vessel as an opportunity to strengthen the economy by providing better service to meet high demands for cargo space for the transportation of goods and produce all across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus serves the Manila-Bacolod-Iloilo-Cagayan de Oro route every Thursday at 9pm.
2GO Travel also offers a wide range of hotel accommodations, tours and events packages, entertainment options, and amenities. With a combined history of more than 148 years in the travel industry, it works with over 1,200 outlets nationwide, catering to various ports across the country. For more information and updates on 2GO Travel services, visit their website at http://www.2GO.com.ph.