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Boracay welcomes back cruise ship

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By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—More than a month after it reopened to tourists, the resort island of Boracay in Aklan welcomed back a cruise ship Thursday.

A foreign tourist is seen relaxing at a secluded beach resort of Boracay Island with an international cruise liner in the background. (Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

A foreign tourist is seen relaxing at a secluded beach resort of Boracay Island with an international cruise liner in the background.
(Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

Niven Maquirang, port administrator both in Boracay Island and mainland town of Malay, said the MS Star Legend arrived around noon.

The cruise liner under Windstar Luxury Cruise Line has 372 guests and crew.

Maquirang told Manila Bulletin those who will disembark will have half a day to tour the island, The ship will depart by 9 p.m.

Star Legend is the first cruise liner to dock off Boracay after it was closed last April 26 for a six-month environmental clean-up.

Another cruise liner, the MS World Dream, is scheduled to arrive on Dec. 19. The ship can carry 3,400 passengers and a crew of 2,000.

Around 48 cruise liners were originally scheduled to visit Boracay this year, but the six-month closure prompted cancellations. Before the April 26 closure, only 16 liners visited Boracay.

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