Offbeat destinations are focus of new long-stay cruise
Adventure travel specialist Zegrahm Expeditions is launching a 20-day chartered luxury expedition to Philippine island destinations that are difficult to access by land.
Running on February 7 to 27, the cruise on board Noble Caledonia’s 100-pax MS Caledonian Sky will depart Sandakan, Malaysia, with visitors mostly from North America.
Explorers, divers, birdwatchers, geologists and naturalists will be on the trip, said Lourdes Banzon, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sharp Travel Service, Zegrahm’s partner and ground handler in the Philippines.
“It is the longest expedition for a cruise in the Philippines,” said Sharp Travel Service’s Benjie Bernal, who remarked that most leisure cruise liners visit the country for about three days and call on major ports.
Travellers on this expedition, on the other hand, will get immersive experiences in areas like Sibuyan Island in Romblon, Capul Island in Samar, Limasawa in Sogod Bay, Leyte and Camiguin Island, some of which are difficult to reach overland.
Meanwhile, Noble Caledonia is selling a 13-day leisure program in May featuring Japan, Taiwan and northern Philippines. Before that, MS Caledonian Sky will spend two days in Palawan, this time on the tail-end of a 16-day Noble Caledonia cruise highlighting Indonesia and East Malaysia.
[pictured: Sogod Bay, Philippines; courtesy ChoosePhilippines.com]