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The New Esplanade Seaside Terminal

June 26, 2015
How would you like to enjoy romantic dinner in a cruise and enjoy the golden sunset?

You only need to go to One Esplanade Seaside Terminal (near SM Mall of Asia) to book and experience Dinner Cruise in Manila Bay.

A few years ago, dinner cruise has become one of the popular attractions and activities for couples and families. We tried the offering but I was disappointed. I wrote an unforgiving blog review about the Prestige Cruise (click the link to read it)

Yesterday, SM invited me to the opening of the One Espalanade Seaside Terminal that provides a public venue where one can easily book cruises and tours, including Corregidor Tour. The terminal is also open for both local and international vessels looking for quick access to the city, Mall of Asia, restaurants and hotels. 
The event has a nautical theme and I came prepared with my sideless dress (as Rey Belen calls it!) Haha.
Aboard the Prestige Cruises ship, we enjoyed the sail (it was windy and rocky) and the great view of the golden sunset. It is good that Prestige Cruises has improved a lot since my last dinner cruise. They have tables with nice setting and shiny glasses. The buffet table looks decent with enough food for everyone. But since it is a buffet, expect that some people would just care less and take whatever food they want. I just hope that they do finish whatever they take. 
A beautiful picture of the sunset. Taken using Olympus camera with no filter and cross-processing.
After the dinner cruise, we checked out the runway that serves as holding and walkway area for those who are taking the Sun Cruises for Corregidor Tour. Sun Cruises offers guided tour to Corregidor which starts at 7:00 AM until 3:45 PM (ETA in Manila). We even captured a beautiful golden and blue shadows cast by the sunset. 

The Esplanade Seaside Terminal is a great innovation from the previous CCP terminal. It has a holding area, clean toilet and ample parking. Commuters can easily direct Uber or GrabTaxi services to the area because it is also accessible via public transport. Esplanade Seaside Terminal is also close to SM by the Bay and Mall of Asia. If you own a sea vessel, you can go park in the terminal as it is PPA accredited and can accommodate both domestic and foreign vessels. 

I just hope that their partners – Sun Cruises, Prestige Cruises and Orient Craft can maintain the same luxurious services that they provided during the media launch.

How to get to the One Esplanade Seaside Terminal?

From EDSA MRT Taft, take jeepney to Mall of Asia.
Alight at the One Esplanade event’s place.
Walk straight to the Diokno Blvd.
One Esplanade Seaside Terminal is on your right side.

What do you guys think of the new Esplanade Seaside Terminal?

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