In the Philippines, a firm associated with local casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation has reportedly unveiled a plan that is to involve the building of a cruise ship terminal near metropolitan Manila’s Solaire Resort and Casino.
According to a Friday report from GGRAsia citing an earlier story from Seatrade Cruise News, the scheme from Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Incorporated is due to be called the Solaire Cruise Center and is expected to be open by the third quarter of 2021 following around 24 months of construction.
Guillaume Lucci from Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Incorporated reportedly told the news outlet that his firm expects to award contracts to build the coming Entertainment City facility in August or September following the completion of a competitive tender process. The advisor moreover purportedly stated that the Philippines venture will involve the construction of a giant pier with two berths in order to allow cruise ship passengers to disembark close to the 800-room Solaire Resort and Casino.
GGRAsia also reported that the coming Solaire Cruise Center will be able to handle some of the world’s largest vessels including those serving mainland China such as the Global designation from Genting Hong Kong Limited’s Dream Cruises brand alongside Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class. Lucci purportedly detailed that the enterprise is to additionally involve the earlier construction of a smaller facility near the northern Luzon community of Salomague where passengers will be required to disembark using tenders.
Lucci reportedly told Seatrade Cruise News…
“Our plan is to have this operational by the third-quarter of 2021 season with a clear timeline for cruise lines to plan their schedules to begin calls at the Solaire Cruise Center. We have a short period to launch [in Salomague] but have so far been able to confirm the first few cruise calls from December of 2019 onwards including Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas and Genting’s World Dream in 2020.”
GGRAsia reported that Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Incorporated is a subsidiary of Sureste Properties Incorporated, which is itself an arm of Manila-listed Bloomberry Resorts Corporation and controlled by local billionaire businessman Enrique Razon.