The ports of Cebu is one of the safest ports in the Philippines because of its location. The smaller satellite islands in the Visayan region and surrounding Cebu city protects the port from strong winds and heavy tropical storms.
Cebu port can contain both local and international ships because of its deep seabed. More importantly, its port is the center of sending and receiving goods from anywhere in the country and around the world.
Yes, you should be a boat or ship lover if you prefer to take a long ride to Cebu. There are smaller boats and larger passenger ships that carry all sorts of loads including human beings. One of the few advantages in taking a boat ride to or from Cebu is that you can save more than taking a plane.
The second advantage is that you can see some great and spectacular views during the day time – including the dolphins that swim beside your boat.
There are various sleeping quarters inside, the quality depends on your booking, and you can sleep as much as you want to.
The boat or ship is like a small house with complete basic facilities. They have showers, TVs/videos, karaokes, dance halls, bathrooms, mess halls, mini-stores that sell all sorts of beverages and finger foods.
Cebu Shipping Companies and Lines
Cebu City’s domestic port could be the busiest one among the country’s ports. Since Cebu is located at the heart of the country, ships and boats from Northern and Southern regions mostly docks, delivers, loads and uploads their cargoes or passengers.
The major shipping lines include: WG&A (Gothong Shipping Lines), Sulpicio Lines, Trans-Asia, George & Peter Lines and Lorenzo Shipping Lines which have main offices on the island. You can find most of these shipping ticket offices at SM shopping center and other branch offices in the city.
Most of the larger ferries cover the distant routes, logically, and have capacities from 2 thousand to 4 thousand passengers. They cover routes (vice versa) including Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, Davao City, among others.
Such large ferries are also the mode of transporting goods from one region to another. Loading and uploading take longer than passengers getting in and out of the ferries.
The medium-size ferries are usual and most common sea transports for passengers who are regulars in traveling the nearby islands. They could be overcrowded especially during peak seasons making them so vulnerable to accidents.
Alternatives to inter-island transports are the catamaran type vessels. They are fast and also expensive. People take them when there’s emergency and when they do important business.
List of Major Cebu Shipping Companies & Lines in Cebu, Philippines...
SuperFerry (2GO Travel)
The original name of 2GO Travel was Aboitiz SuperFerry. It is a shipping line based in Manila, Philippines. It is the most popular and the largest among the domestic and Cebu shipping companies with its main hub in Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor.
SuperFerry or 2GO Travel has modernized its fleets and has the largest vessels that operate for inter-island travels in the country.
2GO Travel now travels across the Philippine archipelago to the following destinations…
Luzon – Manila, Batangas City
Visayas – Bacolod City, Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay, Aklan (gateway to BOracay), Cebu City, DUmaguete City, Iloilo City, Tagbilaran City (Bohol), Tacloban City (Leyte)
Mindanao – Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Ozamis City, Surigao City, Zamboanga City, Dapitan City, Cotabato City, Davao City, General Santos City
You may visit their blog for some details and interesting promos…
It is a shipping line that is based in Batangas City and Cebu City. Cebu Ferries has sister companies – SuperCat and SuperFerry. (SuperCat is a fast island to island transport).
Both Cebu Ferries and the two sister companies are now owned by another shipping company, the Negros Navigation.
Cebu Ferries serves the destinations including…
Luzon (Batangas), Visayas (Cebu, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan, Ormoc City), Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City, Ozamis City).
Phone: (02) 528-7000
Sulpicio Lines (now Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation – PSACC)
I know this shipping line with its old name since this was my regular transport when studying in Cebu City back then.
Sulpicio Lines, or PSACC, is one of the major inter-island shipping lines serving various destinations in the country. PSACC transports passengers, cargoes, and containers with their few vessels.
Sulpicio was established by Don SUlpicio Go in 1973 who also worked as a general manager at Gothong Shipping Line, which is owned by Carlos Go his brother.
Sulpicio (PSACC) up to this day offers decent and affordable price for their services. Currently, this company is being operated by the younger successors of the family.
You can contact PSACC through the following…
Phone: (032) 232-5361 to 79
Negros Navigation Company, Inc.
Negros Navigation Company is considered one of the oldest of Cebu shipping companies in the Philippines. It is also one of the biggest passenger transporter shipping businesses in the country. Negros Navigation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 26, 1932 as a passenger and cargo vessel.
It is the first domestic line that operates new, fast, and air-conditioned ships. Negros Navigation is also the first to build and operate a modern passenger terminal in Manila’s North harbor (Wikipedia.com).
Negros Navigation started serving the following destination in March 2012…
Luzon (Manila), Visayas (Bacolod City, Negros Occ., Iloilo City, Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Dumaguete City), and Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro City, Dipolog City, Iligan City, Ozamiz City, Butuan City, Surigao City).
Cokaliong Shipping is the youngest among the Cebu shipping companies. Basically, Cokaliong focuses on transporting passengers and goods to particular points of destination.
Cokaliong aims to improve much their services by incorporation the latest technology to have an edge over its competitors in this business. Above all, Cokaliong made it a motto to satisfy its customers first.
Cebu, Surigao, Maasin, Dumaguete, Dapitan, SIndangan, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Palompon, Iligan, Ozamiz, Baybay, and Calbayog.
For further details, news, and promos, please visit their website…
Contact - Mrs. Anna Lynne Cokaliong
Tel. no. - (032) 232-7211 to 18 Fax no. - (032) 231-6826 / 231-6825
Trans-Asia is based in Cebu City and is the master of transporting passengers and goods in the Visayas and Mindanao Islands.
Recently, Trans-Asia improved its services, for one, by establishing Shuttle Service for the passengers’ convenience to come and leave the port through some designated pickup areas. One of the pickup areas is at SM.
Other services include Warehousing (warehouse services for cargos), Forwarding (deliver cargos “at your doorstep”), and Chartering (charter all sorts of cargoes to any point in the Philippines).
Other Cebu shipping Companies
Roble Shipping Inc.
Now, please inquire your destinations, price, accommodation or any.
Have an enjoyable and safe love boat travel!
May St. Christopher pray for you.