2 days before Christmas, sea travel suspended in Visayas areas threatened by Ursula

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine Coast Guard has suspended sea travel in all areas under Signal No. 1 on Monday, December 23.

"All areas under tropical cyclone wind signal no 1 are now suspended effective immediately," Philippine Coast Guard Visayas spokesperson MJ Encina told reporters.

The suspension comes a day before Christmas eve, when many who work and go to school in Cebu City, the economic center of the region, will head home for the Christmas break.

According to the PCG, over 2,600 passengers across the region are stranded due to the suspension of sea travel.

The areas under Signal No 1 include:

Signal No. 1 means winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h are expected. (READ: PAGASA: Be vigilant, Tropical Storm Ursula may hit Christmas Eve)

OceanJet announced trip cancellations on their Facebook page:


Meanwhile, Fastcat said in a Facebook post that, in addition to voyages under areas covered by the coast guard's advisory, the Toledo, Cebu, to San Carlos, Negros Occidental trips have also been cancelled. – Rappler.com

Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.