81 Manila Cruise Reviews

We went on a ship excursion and whilst expensive got around any problems of walking through dodgy areas between port and old city. As well as traffic problems. Our guide spoke good English and was informative and at the same time ... Read More
We went on a ship excursion and whilst expensive got around any problems of walking through dodgy areas between port and old city. As well as traffic problems. Our guide spoke good English and was informative and at the same time entertaining Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Took the ships excursion due to the reported traffic congestion concerns which could run you late back to the Ship, could not hear what guide was saying unless you stood close to her - with 35 in the group this was not possible most of the ... Read More
Took the ships excursion due to the reported traffic congestion concerns which could run you late back to the Ship, could not hear what guide was saying unless you stood close to her - with 35 in the group this was not possible most of the time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was disappointed with the Manila City Tour Classic we stopped at Rizal Park for 10 minutes (which I had not expected to stop at) . Our tour bus then proceeded to Fort Santiago where we spent a really interesting three quarters of an hour ... Read More
I was disappointed with the Manila City Tour Classic we stopped at Rizal Park for 10 minutes (which I had not expected to stop at) . Our tour bus then proceeded to Fort Santiago where we spent a really interesting three quarters of an hour in the fort and museum learning about Rizal and the history of the fort. We were then directed to the Handicraft/Souvenir Shop but our bus did not collect us from here for a further 25 minutes. We then drove past the Manila Cathedral where we had hoped to stop to learn the history of the historic Roman Catholic Basilica but this was not to be?? We did however stop at San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines and we visited the museum run by the Augustinian order for 20 minutes but we were standing around for a further 20 minutes before our bus collected us. 20 minutes later we passed the Cultural Centre of The Philippines Complex where we had expected to stop and spend some time but instead we drove straight to the Mall of Asia which was to have been for last minute shopping but ended up being an hour and a half. It was meant to have been one hour but a group from our bus did not return so we waited an additional half hour! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My prepaid shore excursion "Modern Manila" was canceled because not enough people had booked it. I took the "Charms of Old Manila" excursion. At Rizal Park, we could not go close to the monument because the Prince of ... Read More
My prepaid shore excursion "Modern Manila" was canceled because not enough people had booked it. I took the "Charms of Old Manila" excursion. At Rizal Park, we could not go close to the monument because the Prince of Monaco was there surrounded by security guards. I enjoyed Casa Manila, Manila Cathedral, and the San Augustin Church. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Used a taxi to the Mall of Asia which was quite an entertaining trip.
Used a taxi to the Mall of Asia which was quite an entertaining trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Manila Intramuros - old town We were berthed at the usual Pier No 15 and planned to visit Intramuros, the oldest part of Manila, allegedly ten to fifteen minutes’ walk from the port. We decided to take a taxi instead and were quoted ... Read More
Manila Intramuros - old town We were berthed at the usual Pier No 15 and planned to visit Intramuros, the oldest part of Manila, allegedly ten to fifteen minutes’ walk from the port. We decided to take a taxi instead and were quoted 700 PHP each, say £20 or $US 28!! We politely declined this generous offer, and walked outside the dock gates, and were accosted by a guy saying taxi? Exchanges were made and a fare of 200 PHP for both of us - £3 or US$4.20 was agreed. We were dropped outside the Cathedral, and being Sunday, morning Mass was in full flow - surprisingly in English. We were told that the Tagalog (the language of the Philippines) service is held at a different time. Although we are Anglicans, we did not need the screen prompts to guide the relevant responses during the service. When it came to "peace of the Lord", whereas we either shake hands, hug or kiss depending on the degree of familiarity, here the congregation signalled the V peace sign to one another. Unsurprisingly there were quite a few hawkers, and peddle cycle carts outside. Surprisingly, the owner of one of the latter - Andy, spoke the best English of anyone we encountered in Manila. His cycle had pictures of the main sights in Intramuros and we agreed his quoted 300 PHP for a half hour tour. Whilst this was "overpriced" he had charmed us by his humour. He told us that he came from the USA, which he expanded as The United Squatters Association! He pointed out his "residence" area during the tour, though did not suggest we paid a visit. This resembled a jumble of higgedly-piggedly narrow alleys, and little shack-like shops, with an air of dilapidation yet a bustle of activity. Sweat dripped from the slightly built Andy, continually wiping his face with an old towel, but running down his arms, showed the amount of exertion he expended to pedal our combined 18 stones around the streets, and we felt we should get off and walk!! We paid a visit to Fort Augusta, which Andy was not allowed to enter, so he did have a short respite. Interestingly horse drawn carriages were allowed access on a one way system driving around the perimeter of the gardens. By the time we returned to the cyclo, Andy pointed out that we had gone past the 30 minutes, (actually by only five minutes) and did we want to make it an hour all told, however not asking for more money, but the inference was obvious. Declining this, we asked to be returned to the Cathedral, which was only just round the corner. Deciding to give him 400 PHP, rather than the agreed 300, he was extremely grateful, and said that he would now be able, not only to buy food, but also milk for his daughter who was two years old! We then hailed a cab for another 200 PHP to go back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Tagaytay Ridge Excursion: Bamboo organ at Las Pinas Church was interesting but probably not worth a 30 minute stay. Crazy long bus ride (4 hours!) - so much traffic that everyone was getting super cranky and hungry. However, a beautiful ... Read More
Tagaytay Ridge Excursion: Bamboo organ at Las Pinas Church was interesting but probably not worth a 30 minute stay. Crazy long bus ride (4 hours!) - so much traffic that everyone was getting super cranky and hungry. However, a beautiful view of Taal Lake and Volcano and the lunch was fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
American war cemetery was awe inspiring, almost as much so as Normandy. Chinese cemetery was unique and well worth visiting.
American war cemetery was awe inspiring, almost as much so as Normandy. Chinese cemetery was unique and well worth visiting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
four hours and spent most of the time in the bus in traffic, two 30 minute stops
four hours and spent most of the time in the bus in traffic, two 30 minute stops Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Bus tour of old and new Manila was handled poorly. Regent insisted that ALL tour buses stick together, so no matter where we went, we were in a LONG line of people. It was a miserable way to tour the city. You'd think this was ... Read More
Bus tour of old and new Manila was handled poorly. Regent insisted that ALL tour buses stick together, so no matter where we went, we were in a LONG line of people. It was a miserable way to tour the city. You'd think this was Regent's first tour/excursion - otherwise why handle it so poorly Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We did a private tour with Filipino Travel with 3 other couples. Long drive to Tagatay Ridge, but lots of city sights along the way and pretty views once there. Coming back to the city we stopped for a walking tour self guided) of ... Read More
We did a private tour with Filipino Travel with 3 other couples. Long drive to Tagatay Ridge, but lots of city sights along the way and pretty views once there. Coming back to the city we stopped for a walking tour self guided) of Intramouros which was interesting too. Too far to walk from port to anything (and it's HOT) but options include hiring a taxi or taking a pedicab into city center. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We took a private taxi around Intramuros which was great without having to go into the busy city of Manilla. Our favourite sail away, the local schoolchildren gave us a lovely send off performing (singing, dancing, playing musical ... Read More
We took a private taxi around Intramuros which was great without having to go into the busy city of Manilla. Our favourite sail away, the local schoolchildren gave us a lovely send off performing (singing, dancing, playing musical instruments) on the port side for nearly two hours. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
It was okay, very long coach trip, very busy city with cars.the pools were pleasant, but not long enough in them.
It was okay, very long coach trip, very busy city with cars.the pools were pleasant, but not long enough in them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Skipped the art museum otherwise just a ride to town, with the traffic problems best to use ships transport
Skipped the art museum otherwise just a ride to town, with the traffic problems best to use ships transport Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We did the excursion to the volcanic lake and it was very interesting going out into the countryside and seeing what the real life is like in Manila and the surrounding country side. Had for stops the Bamboo Organ very interesting, the ... Read More
We did the excursion to the volcanic lake and it was very interesting going out into the countryside and seeing what the real life is like in Manila and the surrounding country side. Had for stops the Bamboo Organ very interesting, the Jeepney garage was fascinating, then the volcanic lake which was spectacular and the hotel and the meal were excellent. The view from the hotel had to be seen to be believed and finally the pineapple plantation. The most fascinating part of the excursion was the police escort and the way they got our buses through the traffic. The excursion was well and truly worth it and enjoyable. Had a very good guide Read Less
Sail Date October 2015

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