For a destination with the perfect blend of glamour and tranquility, you might consider taking your next cruise from Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Having originally been destroyed during a bombing in World War 2, Manila has since risen as a city filled with glitz, charm, and stylishness. Manila is filled with iconic landmarks, parks, churches, museums, and many interesting tourist attractions! There’s also a bunch of shopping malls, thought-provoking art museums, resorts, restaurants, and much, much more. With so many incredible options for activities and entertainment, if you take a cruise that starts in Manila, you may want to consider staying in Manila for an additional day or two so you can experience as much as possible.
A great time to visit Manila is between January and April, when chances of rainfall are least likely to occur.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Manila. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Manila. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Manila:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Manila, along with a brief description:
♦ Rizal Park
Hands down one of the most popular places in Manila, Rizal Park is a must-visit! This historic urban park is one of the largest in the country, and sits along the beautiful Manila Bay. Rizal Park was the site of many notable events throughout history and continues to host recurring local events. Within the park are a number of gardens, museums (the National Planetarium, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Fine Arts, and Manila Ocean Park), many pieces of art and monuments (including Rizal Monument). With s many amazing things to see and do in one central location, you can easily spend an entire day here!
♦ Fort Santiago
One must-see historical landmark in Manila is undoubtedly Fort Santiago. This 16th century citadel was constructed by Spanish governor Miguel Lopez as a defense fortress. During your visit, you can learn more about the historical significance of this fort. For instance, the fort contains a museum about national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned there prior to his execution. With so much to learn and take in, you can easily spend half a day exploring Fort Santiago. Guided tours are available to ensure you discover as much history as you can.
♦ Manila Ocean Park
Located in Rizal Park, this newer aquarium opened in 2008 and features over 14,000 marine animals of over 250 species! Unique highlights of this venue include a transparent tunnel walkway (where you can walk beneath sea creatures), exhibits on sharks, stingrays, and jellyfish, a penguin park, and a few special interactive experiences. For example, you can learn to swim in a mermaid tail costume during the Mermaid Swim Experience, or partake in a glass-bottomed boat ride. Ocean Park also has its own hotel (Hotel H2O), which features a spa, fitness center, and restaurants.
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