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The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia made up of an archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. This chain of islands is home to sandy beaches and gorgeous teal waters swirling around craggy rock formations. Its lively cities and beautiful skyscrapers are along the lines of what you might expect from a country that’s not far from the glamorous cities of Singapore and Hong Kong (two other ports you’re likely to visit during a cruise to the Philippines).
When you cruise the Philippines, you’ll sail to this gorgeous island nation in luxurious comfort before an exciting day in one of its intriguing ports. Once you step onto the soil of the Philippines while on a Southeast Asia cruise, you will be immediately drawn to its tropical beauty and charmed by the friendly locals you meet.
Whether you love lounging on the beach or feeling the buzz of city life, you’ll find both during a cruise to the Philippines. From sleepy beach towns to countryside escapes and busy city centers, you’ll experience different aspects of the local culture in each port.
The Philippines is more than just island lifestyle and beach bliss. You’ll also find energetic cities buzzing with people, cuisine, and commerce. Manila in particular is a can’t-miss city to see when you cruise the Philippines, known for its blend of colonial and modern architecture punctuated with gleaming skyscrapers.
Beyond the port harbors of the Philippines, you’ll find incredible natural wonders. Relax on gorgeous beaches, like the white sands of Boracay and Puerto Princesa. From Manila, it’s easy to travel to the vibrant green Hidden Valley or Taal Lake and Volcano, two natural elements that complement each other in a mesmerizing way.
Explore the Philippines’ lush countryside, which is home to fields of green, historic plantations, and villas with spring-fed pools. Combine your trip to the country with traditional dining to try some of the delicious Filipino cuisine the country is known for.
During a Philippines cruise, you’ll stop in at least one of the following cities: Boracay, Manila, Puerto Princesa, or Ilocos. Each of these ports of call offer a very different type of experience. In Boracay and Puerto Princesa, you’ll get a glimpse of the country’s magnificent beaches and island lifestyle. In Manila, get a taste of the bustling city life of the Philippines, and in Ilocos, enjoy historical experiences. Depending on your itinerary, you might even overnight in Manila.
When you cruise to the Philippines’ beautiful ports of call, you’ll get an in-depth, cultural look at the country and what makes it special on a shore excursion.
For an unforgettable, beach-filled day that will have you dreaming about moving somewhere tropical, book an island-hopping shore excursion. Hop on a boat and visit multiple islands for a day of relaxation and water fun.
Manila is home to a variety of top-notch museums. On a shore excursion, you’ll tour the museums with a knowledgeable guide that will help you to better understand the history of the region and the artworks and artifacts on display.
Learn more about the culture and top sites of Manila on an escorted city tour that takes you around the vibrant city in comfort. You’ll hear all about the city’s past and present while snapping pictures of some of its most impressive buildings and attractions.
Visiting the city of Tagaytay and the nearby Taal Lake and Taal Volcano provides you with both a city and country life experience during your Philippines cruise.
We sail to the Philippines in the months of December and January. This is an ideal time to visit since the tropical weather is still hot, but not stifling, and it’s before the rainy season begins. Since the weather is hot and humid, you’ll want to pack light, breathable clothing in natural fibers like cotton and linen. The style of dress is generally more conservative in the Philippines than you may be used to in the U.S. and other countries, so keep that in mind when packing.
Don’t forget to pack for the other ports you’ll be visiting during your Philippines cruise. Most will require similar clothing, but if you head farther north and plan to venture into any mountainous regions while in port, you’ll likely want some warmer layers.
The ports you’ll visit depend on the itinerary you choose. You can cruise to the Philippines on one of our Vietnam, Philippines, and Hong Kong itineraries, where you’ll sail between Hong Kong and Singapore, or cruise roundtrip from Singapore. Along the way, you’ll visit the beautiful Philippines cruise ports of call as well as cities in Vietnam. You’ll also have an overnight port of call in both Singapore and Hong Kong. On the roundtrip itinerary from Singapore that sails to the Philippines and back to Singapore, you’ll have an overnight in Hong Kong, and you’ll visit Malaysia and China.