This week I’ll be sharing another one of my firsts–my first ever children’s party to be held aboard a yacht! I know, it sounds crazy but…
My family and I were invited by one of my younger sister’s classmates to her seventh birthday party. It’s a common occurrence here in the Philippines for children to have their “biggest” birthday parties when they turn 7 years old, then the parties mellow down until they reach the age of 18.
In my time, some of the bigger parties had choreographed dance numbers mimicking that of a debut but nothing could prepare me for how my sister’s friend would celebrate her birthday. A yacht party.
Shock aside, since we would be sailing, theme for this party was a mix of nautical and disney themes! The entire thing actually reminded me of the Disney Cruise Line.
That being said, the dress code for guests was anything in the following colors: blue, red, or white. Of course, the fact that we would be on a boat for 3 to 4 hours had to be considered as well when I chose my outfit.
In the end I chose a off-shoulder top from H&M and a denim skirt from Forever21, coupled with my favorite holographic Adidas Superstars, Michael Kors Selma bag, and a thin choker from N.Cat, a famous Korean accessories store.
I have to say, seven year-olds these days are really something…they’re getting more and more creative when it comes to their party ideas and aspirations. When I was seven I never would have even thought about holding a birthday party aboard a yacht.
Although it’s true that it has become a trend for people my age to celebrate certain occasions or hang out with their friends on yachts, it’s usually because they either (a) own the yacht or (b) know someone who does and will rent it out to them for a lower price than usual. In those cases however, the yachts are usually just the smaller 12 to 15 meter individual sailing yachts.
When we arrived at the Esplanade Seaside Terminal, I found that the yacht that we would be taking was not one of those smaller individual sailing yachts. It was actually a trilevel yacht! Upon researching, the craft that we would be taking is Prestige Cruises‘ MV Eagle Cruiser–a 180 passenger cruise liner famous for it’s Manila Bay Dinner Cruise (+ it has also been rented before for other parties). However, I learned that this was the first children’s party that would be held aboard this cruise liner.
As mentioned, the cruise liner has 3 levels: the lower deck had the registration area, food carts (Fruits in Ice Cream, Potato Corner) as well as face painting and a kiddie salon! The middle deck on the other hand was the main activity area and the venue for most of the children to eat, play games and eventually watch two Disney Princesses perform live. The buffet was also found on this level, while on the upper deck there was a small bar, and the adult buffet.
The cruise took us around the Manila Bay Area-starting from the Esplanade Terminal right next to SM Mall of Asia up to the Port Area of Manila (near Ocean Park). While we were cruising, we were treated to a feast from the cruise liner’s official caterer, Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant and Catering. The menu was as follows:
For Kids: Spaghetti Bolognese and Chicken Lollipop
For Adults: Filipino Ensalada (Eggplant, Seaweed, and Indian Mangoes), Cream of Asparagus, Chicken with Peanut Sauce, Grilled Blue Marlin, Pancit Sotanghon, and Salmon Croquettes.
Personally, my favorites from the menu were the Chicken with Peanut Sauce and the Grilled Blue Marlin.
After having our meals, we were treated to a show by two lovely performers-Ariel and Rapunzel! The two princesses sang a couple of Disney songs for the kids and even invited them to sing along, which I think they really enjoyed.
As the cruise went on, we moved to the upper deck to catch the sun set over Manila Bay. By this time we were already making our second round of the bay area. After this we made a smaller roundabout close to the Solaire, City of Dreams, and Okada areas then made our way back to the dock where we began our little trip.
The bar for children’s parties just got even higher thanks to this party by Barah and her amazing parents.
You can mimic this wonderful experience because Prestige Liners (as mentioned above) is open to reservations for their 6PM, 8PM, and 10PM cruises.
Prestige Cruise Liner tickets can be bought via: SM Tickets and on site at Mall of Asia Ferry Terminal, Seaside Blvd, Pasay, 1000 Metro Manila