Asia Best Cruise Destination 2023 | The Philippines

News > Asia Best Cruise Destination 2023 | The Philippines

The World Cruise Awards, an affiliate of the World Travel Awards, recognizes excellence in the global cruise industry. On October 15, 2023, the organization named the Philippines Asia’s Best Cruise Destination for 2023. 

This accolade was a testament to the country’s diverse offerings and highlights its contributions to the cruise industry. The recognition reflected the Philippines’ Department of Tourism’s commitment and dedication. In acknowledging the award, Philippine Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said, “This first-time recognition as Asia’s Best Cruise Destination 2023 is a big win for Philippine tourism as it reflects a resounding global preference for our island destinations.”

Cruise Ship Lineup to the Philippines

Now, let’s look at some of the cruise ships bound to sail to the Philippines. 

Queen Elizabeth 

Queen Elizabeth is part of the iconic Cunard Line and offers timeless luxury and refined cruising. Passengers can also expect regal elegance and exceptional service.

Moreover, it promises a journey that returns to the golden era of ocean travel. We’re excited to book a cruise to the Philippines with Cunard.

Norwegian Jewel 

Norwegian Jewel stands out with diverse dining options and vibrant entertainment. After over three years since its last visit to Asia, this ship recently stopped by Boracay.

Meanwhile, other ships known to arrive in the Philippines include: 

  • Coral Adventure 
  • MS Seven Seas Explorer 
  • MS Star Breeze 
  • Silver Whisper
  • Oceania Cruise 

Exploring Ports of Call in the Philippines

Embark on a journey to the vibrant ports of call scattered across 33 destinations. So, here’s a taste of the diverse Philippine offerings. 

Boracay, Aklan 

Firstly, Boracay, a jewel of Aklan, is renowned for its powdery white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife. Cruise passengers can explore the island’s lively atmosphere and indulge in water sports. This place is also where you can witness breathtaking sunsets along the famed White Beach. 


With its hundred shades of green, Palawan is a sanctuary for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Moreover, it beckons with an invitation to explore, unwind, and create everlasting memories. 

This region alone has many ports of call, including: 

  • Puerto Princesa 
  • Balabac
  • Busuanga 
  • Culion 
  • El Nido 

Manila, the Capital of the Philippines

The bustling city of Manila combines modernity with historical charm. Cruise passengers can explore Intramuros, the historic walled city. They can also visit museums and experience the vibrant culture of this dynamic metropolis. 

Moreover, the Philippines has approximately 128 ports of call. So, in addition to the ones mentioned above, here are six more scenic ports to look forward to: 

  • Cresta de Gallo, Romblon 
  • Bohol 
  • Somalogue, Ilocos Sur 
  • Subic Bay
  • Hundred Islands, Pangasinan 
  • Calangaman, Leyte 

Your Adventure in the Philippines Awaits 

This World Cruise Awards 2023 recognition not only shows off the Philippines’ beauty. It also tells that it’s a wonderful place for fancy cruise trips. 

For the most current information on the Philippines, visit their official tourism portals. Meanwhile, contact ILX Travel for tailored assistance on the Philippine cruise experience. 

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