Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

I was able to buy a good deal at pakyaw.com.ph (one of the groupon site in the Philippines). The promo was Sun Cruises’ Manila Bay Cruise! originally priced at Php550 and I was able to purchase the deal at Php188 (66% off, whereas I was able to save Php362.

Pakyaw - Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

Pakyaw - Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

The promo was very timely in celebration for my Mama’s birthday.

Based on my research over the Internet, you are really paying for the 1 hour and 15 minute experience so don’t expect much on the food, although the cruise package comes with set dinner. With that as a mindset all 21 of us took the second trip at the Manila Bay Sunset Cruise of aboard M/V Spirit of Manila. Yes, we are all 21 in all – well, that is how we usually are in our family; we would usually go by that numbers though it is just typical malling. Family bonding to the max I might say…..it is really happy and fun to have a big family.

I reserved our slot 2 weeks ahead of our desired schedule. There are 3 trips:
Sailing schedule:

  • 1st sailing: 4:30pm to 5:45pm
  • 2nd sailing: 6:15pm to 7:30pm
  • 3rd sailing: 8:00pm to 9:15pm

We selected the 2nd trip, just in time to capture the fireworks at MOA, the captivating sunset and the lights of nearby buildings which is an attraction in itself.

The schedule started promptly, but we are advice to be there earlier for the registration. There is also ample parking for your vehicles just in case you will be bringing one.

It is the first time of our kids and teens to travel thru water, so that along was an experienced to cherish.

The dinner was served promptly and since we did not expect much on the food, we are not disappointed. The serving was small but it was delicious. But that is fine since we also had plans to eat out after the cruise.

Manila Sunset Crusie Set Dinner

An acoustic duo was aboard to provide entertainment. The singer’s voice is soothing and provides an ambiance to the entirety of the cruise. We also asked her to sing a Happy Birthday to our Mama who was basically crying her heart’s out due to happiness.

Manila Bay Sunset Cruise - Acoustic Singer

After the dinner, of course comes the camera whoring. We moved towards the front part of the ship and of we do the strutt.


The Tanaw sa Malayo Look

The Tanaw sa Malayo Look

Tips:
- reserve early to really get the time desired. We originally planned i the birthday of my Mama but it was already fully booked so we had delayed our cruise 2 weeks after.

- be there 30 minutes early

- get on the ship ahead of others so you can have the best seat. Although you are reserved the table seats are on a first come first serve basis.

- during reservation, choose upper deck. It is always nice to feel the breeze of the air during the cruise. Lower deck btw is air conditioned.

- for a voracious eater like my family, don’t expect much on the food, the serving is really small. So be there full or have a plan B eat out right after.

To cap our experience, it was indeed a moment to cherish. Any moment spent with my family is always the best. Too bad that my OFW hubby was not with.

After our Manila Bay Cruise, we headed to Dampa Macapagal for our Plan B – the real family dinner to the max

On a sad note though the experience is worthwhile, I can’t help but be saddened with the sad plight of Manila Bay, although you will not see it at night. We are there early so we sat that There are lots of garbage floating.Just to do our share to Mother Nature we advise our kids to be responsible in throwing their waste. This makes them aware of the little things they can do to save Mother Earth.

 

11 Responses to Manila Bay Sunset Cruise

  1. Ria Hazel says:

    This is nice :) I bought one din sa isang deal site but buffet daw ang food. I havent used them pa nga lang, but Im hearing bad reviews about it. :( Sana ito nalang yung binili ko. :))

    Ria
    http://sugarsmile.blogspot.com

  2. jou says:

    i am not attracted to cruising, maski sa banca takot na takot ako sumakay, maybe because i do not know how to swim ahaha. but seeing you enjoying the cruise i might consider it in the future ahihi

  3. peachkins says:

    hontaray ng pichure mo, stolen shot! I love it!

  4. Di ko pa na-experience yan, sana one of these days eh masubukan ko rin yan. At sana ay malinis na ang Manila Bay para mas sulit ang cruise. #NapadaanLangMulaSaPPB :)

  5. Maricel Tan says:

    Wow, someday I’ll try to purchase from the groupon sites, though I’ve never tried and I’m a bit scared to try baka maddict ako :P

    I’m sure your mom enjoyed this to bits! :)

  6. i remember the first time i had my manila bay sunset cruise. It was really a great and beautiful experience.

  7. imriz says:

    sans the minute cons you mentioned in this post, the cruise looks like a fun adventure with the whole family.

  8. Looks like a great cruise. I would love to visit there some time, I’ve heard so many great things about the Philippines. And the last huge news I saw was the largest crocodile ever caught is there. It’s amazing!

  9. Diva Fabulosa says:

    Wow looks like you had a wonderful time. It is sad nga to know that there are so many garbage floating on the bay…I wonder why the government is not doing anything about this. Nakakahiya naman kung ang mga dayuhan ang makakkita nito.

  10. Quite pleased too with the cruising experience you had with your family and it’s really appreciable that you advised not to throw the waste material in Manila Bay to save mother nature. We have to aware of our responsibilities towards the environment as we are completely dependent on it.So if we care it will be good or we will not be here for care any more and it’s a vital fact.

  11. This is a great post! Very interesting and love to go the place. Excellent job. Keep up the good work.

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