A Pasig River Cruise that showcases the new and old Manila will be launched this month, featuring another view of the city for both business and leisure travellers sans the traffic gridlock.
The cruise starts from the Guadalupe ferry station in Makati, and the cruise will take around 45 minutes to glide to the end-point, Escolta in old Manila. The air-conditioned ferry is able to carry 150, and features Wi-Fi and piped-in music.
Passengers can expect to see Makati CBD’s high-rises and gastronomy spots; Mandaluyongâ€™s colourful neighbourhoods; Santa Anaâ€™s heritage houses; Malacanang â€“ the presidential palace; as well as the Manila Post Office which was once touted to become a Fullerton Hotel.
Native snacks await at the Escolta ferry station before travellers are taken to the newly-restored Jones Bridge for a tranvia (trolley) tour of Binondo Chinatown â€“ the worldâ€™s oldest â€“ passing through various tourist spots until the final stop at the Spanish-era seat of government, Intramuros.
The tour is then capped by a special dinner at the Ayuntamiento de Manila, a Neoclassical building which once housed the Manila City Hall.
A twilight tour is recommended for a magical experience of the old quarters. Alternatively, the tour can begin in Intramuros and end in Poblacion in Makati, for a pub crawl and dinner experience.
This is the first-ever Pasig River cruise for tourists, after the successful cleanup of the river.