As mentioned in my A Day Trip to Corregidor post, the Corregidor day tour package that I got in a travel fair last year already included a Manila Bay Cruise. It was really a great deal since a Corregidor day tour package actually costs PHP 1,999, while the Manila Bay Cruise is sold separately for PHP 550. Same as the Corregidor tours, the Manila Bay Cruise is also under Sun Cruises. It runs daily, with 3 different time slots- 4:30pm, 6:15pm and 8:00pm. The cruise is only for 1 hour and 15 minutes. My friends and I chose the 4:30pm slot since our ferry from Corregidor would dock in Manila by 3:30pm. To lessen the waiting time and to see the sunset while on cruise, we chose the earliest schedule, even if it means having an uber early dinner. LOL! 😀

To be honest, if this wasn’t included in our package, I wouldn’t pay for a dinner cruise along Manila Bay. No offense, but my first impression was- “Can we actually have a nice dinner while breathing the Manila Bay air?”. Okay, sorry. I haven’t really walked along the Manila Bay area, but I always had this notion that it does not smell that good. False. I didn’t smell anything stinky for the entire ride. Well, probably at first you could smell that salty/ fishy scent (Okay, that was a weird description, but I know you get what I mean), but I guess that’s normal in any bay area. And when the boat sailed, I started breathing the fresh air we’ve all wanted in the city. 🙂

While on cruise, someone started explaining on the safety precautions. Just like in airplanes, eh?! 🙂


After a while, dinner was served. As seen in the photo below, it doesn’t look appetizing. Well, it wasn’t. Hehe! We had a lunch buffet at Corregidor and part of the course were Pork Adobo and Chicken with white sauce (I’m not sure of the name). And for dinner, it was just the other way around- Chicken Adobo and Pork something. LOL! 😀 I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but that doesn’t really matter. This set meal wasn’t that special still. Well, it wasn’t totally unappetizing. It wasn’t just what I expected for a dinner cruise. Usually, dinner cruise should be special right? But yeah, thinking about it, why expect something special for a PHP 550 cruise? 😉


Oh, and surprisingly, we were serenaded while on cruise. I must say, the singer was good. 🙂


And of course, what’s the cruise for without sunset pictures? LOL! We made the most out of the cruise by taking a lot of pictures. 😀 Anyway, the entire day was really a photo op day for us so we were all in the mood to emote. Haha! 😀

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Sorry, it was really windy! And it gets a bit cold at night, so make sure to bring a cover-up if you plan to try this out. 😉


Over-all, the Manila Bay Cruise experience was fun because I was with friends. I wouldn’t be that contented though if it was really a date night. One, the set meal served wasn’t that great. I’ve always wanted my date nights to be perfect and for me, the food plays a big part. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but I somehow want it special- meaning, not something I can eat anytime, everyday. Hehe! 🙂 Two, I found the cruise quite short- 1 hour and 15 minutes. We all had to hurry up eating just so we had more time to take a lot of pictures. Haha!

Well, this is just my opinion. If you simply want to try this Manila Bay Dinner Cruise just for experience, why not? It’s just PHP 550, anyway. I don’t think you can find a dinner cruise that cheap anywhere else! 😀

Disclaimer: Prices above are as of March 1, 2011. These may or may not change without prior notice.

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