Travelling via sea vessel is not new to me. I remember six years ago, I used to travel to Cebu monthly from Masbate bound to Cebu. For some, they find it scary because the sea vessel has to leave at 6:00PM and sailing at the middle (of almost nowhere) at night time were you can only here the sounds of ocean waves, and sounds of sea vessel’s machine. After 13hours of sailing, I arrived at Cebu port safely and sound.
I understand that some of you find it scary and inconvenient. Yes, it is inconvenient and time consuming considering of long hours of sailing. Not to mention that there are times that when it is too crowded (especially during peak season) and you will encounter very diverse type of passengers, especially if you booked for economy class. But on the brighter side, you’ll got the chance to meet new friends or if you are a born loner, it will be your chance to observe people (definitely I’m not a sociopath, but I do that sometimes, lol).
Another con for some are those numbers of sea vessels accidents happened not only here in the Philippines, but also in other parts of the continents.
The truth is - every vehicle that we use might cause us accidents.
These shouldn’t stop us. We must face our fear on travelling either via land, by air, or by sea.
In fact, I find traveling via sea vessels more fun, exciting and comfortable!
And one of the sea vessels I would like to try is 2GO’s premium sea vessel. I want to explore our islands using this medium, and I don’t care how many long hours I would take to reach my destination!
So when I got an invitation from 2GO itself for their launch of their new premium sea vessel + a familiarization tour of the vessel per se, my heart leaps with excitement.
PS. Okay I can't silent myself how much I admire the company logo and its color! Hahaha so fun and girly, and I love it!!!
Well, at first not everyone is getting an invitation to visit their port and new vessel.
And second, I’m excited to see the vessels that I will use (very soon!) when I took my 2GO travel destination. I’m thinking of traveling going to Palawan, Cebu, CDO and Davao! Yey!
Together with fellow blogger influencers and journalists, we arrived at Ragoza Port Manila. 2GO Travel, the leading commercial-passenger sea vessels in the Philippines escorted us to their new and modern sea vessel, the M/V Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (or simple St. Therese) aiming to promote more local tourism and promote the local economy. Isn’t that so cool?!
So let’s shall have a quick photo-tour of their beautiful ship!
Passengers will be more excited cruising with St. Therese. With this 160-metre long and 16,622 tons it can carry more passengers to their destinations at ease even during peak seasons. The ship can carry a capacity of 1,856 passengers and up to 200 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo. So if you are traveling with huge cargos (either your stocks of raw materials for your business, or even tons of pasalubong/homecoming gifts) you can ship it at 2GO St. Therese with minimal hassle.
In transportation industry, there is a never ending demand. It keeps on getting higher and higher, and more demanding. If there is available means to reach each destination, then it will help to increase our economy through tourism.
Just think about how easy it would be going island-hopping with less cost, compared to flying!
To be honest, as much as I enjoy jetting – I find cruising more convenient, exciting and safer.
It is convenient because, I can bring my luggage without worrying about additional cost. Well if it does, it would be less, compared to travelling via air).
It is exciting because, sailing is a kind of adventure. It long hours of travel, passengers will have more time to enjoy the vessels amenities!
You can go to the bar, enjoy dining in restaurants, do karaoke, etc.
It will also a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances, build new friendships, and for some business opportunities!
Or if you are a certified loner (just like me), you can go at the top deck, sit back and relax and enjoy the beauty of the clear sky at night-time, watching the starry night while sipping beers, or your favorite wine. (PS, just do it moderately coz we don't want you ended up jumping and swimming in the middle of the night coz you forgot you are in the ocean and not in the pool, LOL)
Worrying about safety? St. Therese is well equipped with emergency and life-saving devices, and also employed well-trained personnel for their response team. St Therese also have life-saving boats ready at all times in case of emergencies.
MV St Therese is a domestic cruise ship with six (6) suite rooms, twelve (12) state rooms, twenty-one (21) business class, and thirty-four (34) tourist accommodations – all with elegantly designed furnishings. It also has a spacious first-class bar and restaurant, a 24-hour convenience store and gift shop (for your homecoming gifts!), a spa and salon, karaoke area, comedy and other forms of entertainment, a clinic and a chapel. Plus a wide open-deck where guests can enjoy island viewing across the sea, stargazing (and for me men-gazing, lol).
Check the photos below for their rooms and amenities!
This is St Therese Suite Room – it has 2 beds, a coffee table, and huge vanity mirror, own bathroom and a bath tub! Fully air-conditioned, with television and wi-fi connection so you’ll stay connected anytime online. So it is like you are in a hotel! Perfect for couples and with their family.
Note that not all suites has the same interior layout, so do check with 2GO for your suite choices.
Business Class – Each business class room has a deck, and composed of 4 beds (with curtains for your little privacy). They also have washroom but the comfort room and located separately.
Also perfect when travelling with your team, equipped with flat-screen television, fully air-conditioned room and a mini fridge.
Tourist Class – This looks like a military dorms (I saw it on movies only) and fully air-conditioned. They have separate washrooms and comfort rooms.
All beds in the entire rooms has its own safety-vest located on the headboard for easy access.
Super Value Economy – similar to Tourist beds, but not air-conditioned. This is very public, good for savvy travelers, and backpackers.
At the reception area, you can hang-out here and enjoy their cozy sofa beds and lovely ambiance.
Do you think cruising is boring? Hahaha definitely not! Even this background color shouts “we are not boring”, lol
St Therese will serve the Manila-Bacolod-Iloilo-Cagayan de Oro route every Thursday at 9:00AM.
You may log-in at their website to book your trips, and to view the list of schedule trips, including the latest fare and promos.
Although initially have a fewer trips, I hope that 2GO will increase the number of trips of St. Therese to cater the increasing demands of travelers domestically.
I’m encouraging you to book your next domestic trip and enjoy cruising with St. Therese.
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