|MV Spirit of Manila|
|The airconditioned lower deck|
This double-decker cruise yacht, docked beside the Jumbo Palace, just after the Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), offers world-class dinner cruise service along Manila Bay.
Available for Filipinos and international tourists alike, it has 3 sailing times - 4:30PM to 5:45PM; 6:15PM to 7:30PM; and 8 PM to 9:15PM. The most popular is the second schedule where one can catch the famous Manila Bay sunset, which spectacularly painting the sky with a reddish or orange hue, as well as the 7 PM fireworks spectacle of the nearby SM Mall of Asia.
|Sunset over Manila Bay|
|Dusk at the Manila Film Palace|
The lower deck is enclosed and airconditioned while the open-air, upper deck is for al fresco dining. Its crew appears to be professionally trained, as Sun Cruises’ parent company, the Magsaysay Group, is known for its training center for seamen.
The extraordinary cruise of this clean and seaworthy boat, at a leisurely 13 knots, takes at least an hour and fifteen minutes. Its route across Manila Bay takes it southwards, toward the vicinity of SM Mall of Asia, Asia’s third largest mall, before heading toward Roxas Boulevard then turning around and heading back to the dock.
|The dinner buffet table|
Not many get to see Manila’s skyline by the bay, one of the best natural harbors in the world. Then, as dusk falls, it starts to fade as the garish and magnificent lights along Roxas Boulevard, seemingly more attractive when seen from a distance, come to life against the black velvet night sky, its reflection also seen on Manila Bay as you feel the sea breeze.
Come 7 PM, guests are sometimes treated to a fireworks display set amidst the spectacular changing lights of SM Mall of Asia’s The Eye Ferris Wheel, truly a sight to behold.
|Fireworks display at SM MOA|
|The acoustic duo|
The dinner cruise also included live entertainment in the form of the acoustic duo which adds to the already relaxing, soothing and romantic atmosphere. After singing a number of tunes, they would gladly ask for the audience's requests as well as serenade birthday and wedding anniversary celebrants.
This enchanting, exhilarating and romantic experience is ideal for those who want to have a quick but unforgettable getaway from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.
Sun Cruises: Fernando Ma. Guerrero cor. Paseo Palisoc St., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Tel: (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 966-9391 to 92 or (632) 527-5555. Website: www.corregidorphilippines.com. Cost: Php550 per person (includes roundtrip fee, dinner and live entertainment, drinks not included). Ticketing booth is located at the entrance of the dock. They don’t operate during bad weather and typhoons.