An international cruise ship with 450 tourists, mostly Germans, on board arrived at the Tagbilaran City Tourist Port on Monday.
According to Bohol Tourism Officer Josephine Cabarus, the M/S Europa 2 made port call in Tagbilaran City at 6 a.m. for some of its passengers to tour Bohol.
Passengers who opted to explore Bohol took a countryside tour which includes the world-renowned Chocolate Hills, Man-Made Forest in Bilar and nearby tourist spots, Cabarus said.
Some passengers, on the other hand, went to Pamilacan Island and rode bikes from the pier to Panglao.
Police meanwhile tightened security in key areas for the safety of the tourists.
Cabarus said that Bohol is the Europa 2’s penultimate stop as it sails for Malaysia at 9 p.m. on Monday.
The cruise ship went to Taiwan then the Philippines particularly Manila, Palawan, and Calangaman Island in Leyte before arriving in Bohol.
M/S Europa 2 is the first cruise ship to visit Bohol in 2019 and it will not be the last.
On January 25, M/S Pacific Venus which will carry mostly Japanese passengers will arrive in Bohol.
The M/S Europa is also expected to visit the province in March. (A. Doydora)