A Norwegian cruise ship with 2,376 passengers and 1,970 crew members from different countries has docked at the Port of Currimao in Ilocos Norte.

Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises set up early at the port to showcase Ilocano products.

The cruise ship came from Boracay and sailed to Taiwan after at least six hours at the port.

This was the second time the Norwegian Cruise Line has docked in the province.

The ship docking in Ilocos, no matter how short the time, was expected to contribute to the continued growth of the tourism industry in the area.

According to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in 2023, 164 cruise ships with over 80,000 passengers from various shipping companies such as Norweigan Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Silverseas, Windstar Cruises, and AIDA had visited the Philippines.

The Philippines was also recognized as the 'Best Cruise Destination in Asia' by the World Cruise Award.

The PPA expects around 132 cruise ships to visit the country with around 100,000 passengers in 2024.