M/V LITE FERRY 18, the biggest and youngest RO-RO Passenger Ship plying the Cebu-Cagayan route began its commercial operations last week serving travelers between Northern Mindanao and Cebu.
It is also the youngest ship (built in 2002) with a gross tonnage of 3,800 tons and can carry 774 passengers.
Lite Ferry 18 leaves Cebu for Cagayan de Oro every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 PM, while Cagayan de Oro to Cebu is scheduled every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM.
As shown, it has 2 passenger decks. The upper deck only has the Economy Class while the lower deck has Economy, Tourist and Business Class.
It can serve the route in nine hours which is faster than any other passenger ship which usually takes 10 to 12 hours on the average.
It has 2 levels of Economy Class (P1,020) with wide hallways.
Tourist Class section (P1,125) is fully air-conditioned.
It has one Executive Business Class section (P1,400) with 12 bunks.
It is so spacious you can have a group meeting while aboard.
It has four cabin rooms with three cabins with 6 bunks (beds) and one with 4 beds.
Cabin costs P1,615.
Linen Station is right between the Tourist and Economy Class and very accessible.
The Chapel (soon to be operational)
See below the latest official rates.
The Cafeteria (to be operational soon)
It has its own state-of-the-art kitchen.
It has wide stairways which are uncommon in inter-island vessels.
Here’s the Bridge.
Proper waste disposal and cleanliness is being implemented.
Toilets and bath are significantly clean and spacious.
Here’s the ship’s bow with a view of Macajalar Bay.
Unlike any other inter-island ships, Lite Ferry 18 is powered by two brand-new Ningbo diesel engines with a total combined power of 7,800 HP.
The ship can achieve a maximum speed of 16.8 knots but will run a service speed of 15 knots
Can you read the date at right? It indicates March 2018.
The Cargo Hold is wide and spacious.
Vertical clearance at the cargo hold entrance is 5.1 meters which is higher than the usual 4.5 meters.
Watch this video below.