TAGBILARAN CITY (PNA)–M/S Europa, an international cruise ship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruise com-pany in Europe, made a port call early morning Sunday, bringing in some 369 mostly foreign visitors to savor Bohol’s natural and man-made tourist spots.
In an interview, provin-cial tourism officer Jo Cabarrus said the arrival of the cruise ship boosts the province’s bid to become the favorite international cruise ship destination in the country.
M/S Europa is the fourth to visit Bohol this year.
Cabarrus, who was on hand in welcoming the cruise ship which has some 283 crewmembers, most of whom are Filipinos, said that the cruise ship came from Boracay island. After the ship’s visit here, it will set sail to Kalanggaman island in Palompon, Leyte, then to Coron, Palawan prior to Hong Kong.
The visitors took at least four tour circuits Bohol is known for.
Some of them were toured to the usual day’s tour — Tagbilaran-Bac-layon-Loboc-Chocolate Hills; Tagbilaran to Corella town where the Tarsiers are found; Tagbilaran to Panglao; and Tagbilaran to Abatan river nature tour in Cortes and Maribojoc towns. Others just took a hike from this port to the city proper, Cabarrus said.
Just two months ago, M/S Silver Shadow of the Silver Sea Lines also made a port call.
More than 300 foreign visitors on board the M/S Shadow took their respec-tive tourist buses to see the Chocolate Hills, Loboc river cruise and Tarsier, the smallest primate found here, were among their itinerary, tour operator Lourdes Sultan said in interview.
The international cruise ships, such as those Helle-nic and Minerva companies and L’Austal companies, docked here for the last three years, directly bri-nging hundreds of foreigners to savor Bohol’s famous tourist spots.