THE REEMERGENCE AND
INNOVATION OF WATER TRAVEL IN
THE LATER PART OF THE CENTURY
GREATLY INCREASED THE NUMBER
OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS
WHO AVAIL OF THIS MODE OF
in cruise ships are among the most
sought-after jobs by hospitality students. The
industry provides decent pay and enables its
employees to travel all over the world.
ship in this era serve as floating
Ships changed very little during
the first half of this century.
Although engine efficiency
staterooms, public lounges, and
deck space on a cruise ship built in
the 1950s were not much different
than those on the Titanic.
ships in this era serve as floating
Ships have been used in traveling
throughout the ages.
In the early 1900s, transatlantic voyages
were introduced for travel and trade.
During that time, ocean liners were
expensive and only the wealthy can afford
to travel first class. A vast majority of the
travelers who cannot afford first-class
travel were assiged to the steerage class.
Steerage refers to the lowest decks in a
ship and only offer basic amenities.
decline of the popularity of
water transport was brought about
by the introduction of commercial
However, the cruise industry
flourished again with the
introduction of leisure travel. Cruise
ship repositioned themselves by
offering leisure activities to their
The industry’s popularity reached
new heights with the introduction of
mega ships in the 1990s.
cruise ship is a stress-free and hassle free
It provides a new experience to vacationers
as this differs from their usual vacation
Cruises offers different activities inside the
sip, such as swimming, jogging, shows and
other recreational activities.
Cruises facilitate socialization and
A cruise is ideal for special occasions, like
honeymoons, anniversaries, and rekindling
and renewing of relationships.
cruise provides a brief overview of
historical and learning experiences from one
port to another. In-house experts, such as
port and shopping lecturers, provide
passengers with information about the places
included in the cruise itinerary.
In the advent of highly sophisticated
technology, cruises offer a safe travel
experience. Sea vessels ensure guest safety
The cruise package price is generally all
inclusive. Passengers will know how much
their vacation will cost.
Not exceeding 200
More than 70,000
More than 2,000
1. STATEROOM SPACE
If hotels have guestrooms, a cruise ship has a stateroom or
a cabin. Ship staterooms are usually extremely compact
but all spaces are well utilized to answer all the guests
There are three types of ship staterooms:
Outside staterooms are meant for guests who may have a
preference for an ocean view. Since most of the spaces
in cruise ships are well utilized, this type of room does
not give off a feeling of smallness due to its ocean view.
Inside staterooms are cheaper than outside staterooms
since they do not have windows. To create a bigger
space for the room, several deign methods have been
employed by cruise ships, like the use of colors,
patterns, and mirrors.
As with hotels, suites are the most expensive rooms on a
ship. Today, suites in cruise ships may be comparable to
land-based hotels. Services and facilities inside the room
are highly personalized to exceed guest expectations.
2. PRIVATE SPACE
Private spaces are reserved for the ship’s personnel. These
include the crew’s cabins, cafeteria, gym and recreational
facilities, the bridge where the vessel is controlled, the
gallery or kitchen, and machine areas.
3. PUBLIC SPACES
These are areas dedicated to passengers’ usage. The public
areas in cruise ships are similar with those of land-based
hotels. The following are the areas that comprise the
public area section of cruise ships.
Similar to a hotel lobby, the reception area in cruise ships
has several offices. These offices have direct contact with
This is where the guests’ meals are served. Similar to the
food and beverage outlets typical in land-based hotels, the
size of the dining area usually depends on the carrying
capacity of the vessel.
This serves as the ship’s venue for entertainment
and business functions, such as
conventions, conferences, and meetings.
One of the many recreation centers in cruise
ships, this area also has food and beverage
outlets and relaxation areas for the passengers.
Gym, Spa, and Sports Facilities
Just like in land based hotels and resorts, cruise
ships provide complete gym services, like
aerobics programs, yoga, and weight machines.
This area offers babysitting services to a wide
range of age groups. As compared with landbased hotels, this service may only be availed in
top land based as part of their highly
The gift shop sells both souvenir items and sundries
Bigger vessels may even have dresses and jewelries
by designer labels.
Maritime law requires any vessel that carries more
than 100 passengers to have a physician on
board, often assisted by one or more nurses.
This is similar to business centers in land-based
hotels and is an important feature of cruise ships
since communication is hard to get by at sea.
Casino operations are usually legal on ships; most
cruise vessels boast of casinos where clients can play
a wide selection of card games, slot machines, and
ferry and passenger ferries are
the life blood for traveling in and among
the Philippine Islands.With 7,107 islands
to explore, it is almost impossible not to
experience a trip or two in one of the
many forms that a ferry can take.
Whether you need to travel short
distances or extremely long distances
there is a Philippines ferry to suit you and
For short distances the most common Philippine
passenger ferry is the banca and can be found just
about on or near to every beach in the Philippines. You
will be able to negotiate a fare with the captain prior to
your voyage. Have a look here for more information
on banca boats.
All the major cities can be reached by a Philippines
ferry of some description. The major ports are
Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga and Davao, from these ports
you can get to just about any island in the Philippines.
The Philippine ferries that ply this particular route are
some of the super ferries and can take up to 46 hours or
more, depending on weather conditions.
The Philippines ferry services has really opened up the
opportunity to discover the many islands in the
Visayas, which helps local businesses and communities
by bringing in tourist money that was not available prior
to the Philippines ferries.
Traveling by Philippines ferries is an economical way for
budget conscious travelers to get around.
It is also a fantastic way to see areas of the country that
would be impossible to see by air or land travel. You have
the chance to also mingle with the extremely friendly
Filipino people. A ferry trip is all part of your
adventure, treat it as one an you will have risked nothing.
Having said that long trips on boats may not be every ones
ideal way for getting from a to b.
Philippines passenger ferries have not had a great safety
record in the past, so it is always a good idea to have an
idea about what the weather is up to between your port of
disembarking and destination is, if it looks like it may be a
bit rough and stormy, particularly in the monsoon season
then postpone or take an airplane.
Manila the major ports or islands you
can travel to by Philippines passenger ferry
Bohol, Catanduanes, Cebu, Leyte, Lubang, M
arinduque, Masbate, Mindanao, Mindoro, Neg
ros, Palawan, Panay, Romblon and Samar.
This is not an exhaustive list but does cover
the major ports.
From these major ports or islands you can
take other Philippine ferries to smaller or
lesser known islands and so forth.
of the leading ferries in the Philippines
include the following:
1. Cebu Ferries – a sister company of the
Super Cat and Super Ferry, which are all
subsidiaries of the Aboitiz group.
Montenegro Shipping Lines
3. Negros Navigation- Considered the oldest
shipping line in the Philippines. It was
established on July 26, 1932
4. Super Ferry- the second largest shipping
company in the Philippines. It is one of the
major subsidiaries of the Aboitiz group of
cruise line industry offers
various carrer paths in the tourism
industry. Cruise ships have landbased and sea-based operations
from which a person can choose
The sea-based operations may be
divided into bridge and hotel
captain has the final authority on the
The deputy captain is the second-incommand and is in charge in absence of
The chief engineer oversees all the
mechanical equipment, such as the
systems, lightning, plumbing, waste
management, on-board climate
control, and the maintenance or repair of
the ship itself.
chief medical officer, or
doctor, tends to the health of
the passengers and the crew.
The chief radio or
communications officer oversees
in-room satellite TV
phone calls, Interner
service, and all other shipboard
hotel manager ensures that all hotel
operations on the ship are properly
As with the front desk personnel of a
hotel, the purser is in charge in all phases of
guest stay, like welcoming the
guest, assisting the guest, transacting
financial matters, and processing
immigration and customs requirements.
The shore excursion manager/concierge
orchestrates the operation and booking of
The cruise director provides the guests with onboard activities and entertainment.
The executive chef manages the French kitchen
brigade on the ship.
The head housekeeper of chief steward manages
the sanitation of all staterooms, public
spaces, and private spaces.
The food and beverage manager oversees the
dining team, which is composed of the maitre, d’
captains, waiters/waitresses, busboys, bartender
s, drink servers, and wine stewards.
The chief radio or communications officer
oversees in-room satellite TV programming, shipto-shore phone calls, Internet service, and all
other shipboard communication systems.