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HRM students go cruising

The students who opted to go local underwent hands-on training on different shipboard operations while aboard St. Augustine of Hippo of 2Go Travel. Photo by Razelle Vergara.

The Third Year HRM students recently went on an international cruise to Singapore and Malaysia as part of their course requirements in HRM156 (Cruise Management). The activity aimed to increase students’ appreciation for cruise operations, specifically in the areas of housekeeping, front office, food and beverage service, and banquet and catering operations.

The Cruise Management students pose in front of Superstar Virgo, the flagship cruise vessel of Star Cruises. Photo by DJ Dungo.

On November 27, 2013, 41 HRM students boarded Jetstar Airways bound for Singapore, home port of Star Cruises Superstar Virgo, the flagship cruise vessel of Star Cruises. They were warmly welcomed by the ship officials headed by the Hotel Manager, Executive Chef, Front Office Manager and Cruise Director.

For 3 days and 2 nights, everyone enjoyed luxurious accommodations, buffet meals, world class entertainment, use of recreational facilities and an exclusive ocular tour of the back of the house areas such as the galley (kitchen) and provision (storeroom) conducted by the Executive Chef himself.

As part of their learning activities, the students attended a seminar on Cruise Food and Beverage Operations. They were also able to interview employees of the ship to gain insights on the benefits and challenges of a cruise career.

Two city tours were also part of the international travel experience. The Kuala Lumpur city tour featured a trip to the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers, while the Singapore city tour allowed students to see its popular tourist attractions such as Merlion Park, Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer, Universal Studios and Sentosa Island where they were treated to a lights and sounds Show, “Songs of the Sea.”

HRM student Leo Melchizedek Almendral receives his certificate of completion. Photo by DJ Dungo.

Aside from the Singapore-KL tour, some of the Cruise Management students opted to go local. Twelve students went for a more adventurous 29-hour sailing to Puerto Princesa, Palawan via St. Augustine of Hippo of 2GO Travel. Highlight of the trip was the Apprenticeship Program By Experience (Apex) conducted by Oceanlink Institute where students underwent hands-on training on different shipboard hotel operations, specifically in front office and housekeeping.

Side tours included the Puerto Princesa city tour and the famous 1.5 km boat ride inside the world heritage site Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

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