International cruise ship docks at Tagbilaran pier

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International cruise ship docks at Tagbilaran pier

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German-based international cruise ship M/S Europa made port call at the Tagbilaran City Tourist Port on Wednesday morning | Photo: via Department of Transportation

Luxury liner M/S Europa made port call at the Tagbilaran City Tourist Port on Wednesday morning, bringing 324 tourists, mostly European, to the island province.

The vessel, owned and operated by German company Hapag-Lloyd, was the third international cruise ship to visit the province through Tagbilaran City in less than three months.

According to Philippine Ports Management Office-Bohol executive assistant Epilito Arao-arao, M/S Europa arrived from Papua New Guinea at the Tagbilaran port at 7 a.m. and departed for Leyte at 6 p.m. on the same day.

The tourists who opted to disembark from the cruise ship toured Bohol’s main tourism draws including the Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Abatan River and the Tarsier Sanctuary.

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Unlike the previous two vessels that arrived in Tagbilaran City earlier this year, M/S Europa docked at the pier.

Passengers of the two cruise ships that arrived before M/S Europa were transported to the Tagbilaran pier through smaller seacrafts.

M/S Europa has a tonnage of 28,000 tons and overall length of 198 meters.

In January, the M/S Europa 2 and the M/S Pacific Venus visited Bohol, bringing 450 and 321 tourists, respectively. (rt)

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