Monday, February 13, 2012

Manila Bay Sun Cruises *Pix Heavy

Happy Monday! Love is in the air, isn't? ;-D... just want to join in the whole fanfare for tomorrow's Valentine's Day. So maybe, this could be of interest to some who haven't finalized their V-Date just yet. ^_^ Anyhow, we took this escapade a while back. Hubby remembered taking the cruise yearsss ago, and he'd been wanting to try it out with me for the longest time, but it's not really a priority until we had to scout for a one of a kind evening activity for our friends and relatives who visited last time. So we set of going for a Manila Bay Cruise just to have a feel. At least I know of two companies offering the Manila Bay Dinner Cruise, one from the Prestige and from the Sun Cruises'. We didn't know that last time. So we found ourselves taking the Sun Cruises. Read on for my thoughts and take. ;-D

Aboard M/V Spirit of Manila via Sun Cruises. We were treated with the spectacular sights of the SM Mall of Asia lights and the SM MOA Eye Ferris Wheel. 
We made it in time for the 6:15 pm trip. It's docked at the back of CCP, beside the now-closed Jumbo Floating Palace Restaurant,  just after the Folk Arts Theater. 
The vessel of the Prestige Cruises is bigger, but it seemed doesn't have an A/C dining area unlike the Sun Cruises'. 
Since we didn't have a reservation, we were ushered inside the airconditioned dining area. It was a Wednesday, but the place was full.
There was a big group of French Tourists, with a Filipino Interpreter/Guide....oh how I envy him for his fluency in French. I took 6 modules for 2 years back in college, but I barely remember anything. 
The empty A/C dining area of Sun Cruises. Dinner will be served momentarily, before the ship sails off. So in the end, I guess it's better that we were seated here, since the docking area is not as clean. 
It's a sit-down dinner, with a single serving of clear soup to start off, and then the main course, then a dessert. Soda is not included. It's tasty, but it's so modest...not for those with a hearty appetite, like yours truly!  So yes, to our surprise! 
We finished our meal pronto, and we all went up to the higher deck for the view.
The higher deck/al fresco dining area. 
And then we started cruising... Sofitel at night. 
The cruise will circle most the Manila Bay offering the sights of the Makati, SM Moa, and Manila lights and skyline. The SM MOA especially the spectacular changing lights of The Eye of SM MOA are sights to behold.
Ms. Friendship with a nice French Madam. :-D
More sights. Aboard M/V Spirit of Manila.
Overall, this is not for those with hearty appetites. The cruise doesn't come with a gastronomic adventure. The Php 550/rate is for the whole cruising by the bay al fresco and several photo opportunities. The tour takes about an hour, it offers plenty of time of getting-to-know-each-other type of engagements. The lights of course offer a romantic back draft. ;-D For the usual always-on-the-go like my hubby, it offers a great unwinding respite. More so, as happy travelers, this is a great way to appreciate and relieve that maybe cruising can be #morefuninthePhilippines.

Since our guests didn't have the luxury of time, we skipped this, we treated them to a Korean Feast instead. They would rather spend their last few hours in Manila shopping at Greenhills and SM MOA anyhow. ;-D
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11 comments:

shelmar said...

nice one... napapadaan ako sa Manila Bay.. pero dp ako nakapagstay dito para pumasyal.. ang ganda pla...!!

Janet said...

Wow! it looks pretty decent and nice...I didn't know that we have cruise services here..lolz..The price is not that bad either..thanks for sharing..=)

olyv said...

I've never been to Manila and I hope if I will, I can visit this place cause it's so nice :)

enzo said...

This is a perfect venue for a date. I love those lights reflected in the water.

I hope I can have this cruising experience sometime soon.

violy vallester said...

wow i want to try this!! kaso bakit naman ganyan ang serving ng food kulang yan sa akin ang takaw ko e.. hehe :)

Cha said...

Ay kala ko tira yun nasa plate :( Yun na pala yun hu hu hu. Hindi po pwede sa akin yan ganyan kakonti na food, magugutom po ako waaaa. Pero in fairness po maganda pa rin ma experience ang ganitong cruise kahit minsan lang. Magaganda din po ang mga kuha mo!

wendy said...

i'd like to try this one... and if i be allowed to have a wishful thinking... i would love to have an exclusive party here hahaha...

rom salvar said...

Gusto ko ding maranasan yan. Planning to set my wedding venue on a cruise someday. ^^

AiDiSan said...

Happy V Day Ms. Des!

V Day on a Cruise is my dreamdate with hubby. I hope we'll be able to that in the future.

Mom Daughter Style said...

Thanks for this post. This is on my list this year to try one of the lunch or dinner cruises offered here. They're kind of expensive hopefully we can go one of these days.

Ness said...

I'd like to try this from the first time I heard about this. Pero, looking at the food serving, parang di naman sya worth it. Uhmm, pag-iisipan ko. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

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