May 16, 2015

Things to do in MV Logos Hope, the world's largest floating book fair!

MV Logos Hope is here! MV Logos Hope is here!

As a self-confessed bibliophile, it was only natural for me to go berserk when I found out that the largest floating library in the world will return to Cebu on May this year. MV Logos Hope is currently the latest and only ship operated by German Christian organization GBA Ships; GBA stands for Gute Bücher für Alle which translates to Good Books for All in English.

The massive MV Logos Hope boasts of a collection of 5,000 book titles for sale but aside from browsing the bookshop, there are plenty of other things you can do on board! Click on READ MORE to know what you can do when in MV Logos Hope! 

MV Logos Hope shares the inspiring vision of the other floating bookshops of GBA Ships: to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. Read more about the organization's incredible story and philosophy here

MV Logos Hope arrived in Cebu on May 6th and I scheduled a visit on May 16. The timing was perfect because I was entertaining a friend (and fellow bookworm) from Bohol so I decided to bring him along with me to MV Logos Hope.

Here are some of the fun things you can do when on board this amazing floating library!

Interact with the international crew

MV Logos Hope has a devoted crew with members coming from different countries around the world. The crew members are friendly and there's a lot you can learn from their background stories and experiences while traveling around the globe. So when you visit Logos Hope, smile and don't be afraid to start conversations with the crew! 

Watch a cultural show

The ship hosts events onboard like the cultural cafe which showcases an interactive cultural programme. The culture cafe lets guests learn about the different continents and their unique cultures, enjoy snacks, meet crew members, and hear their inspiring stories. 

Here's the schedule of the cultural cafe: 
  • Europe: May 9, 2015 (Saturday), 7:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Africa: May 10, 2015 (Sunday), 7:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Americas: May 16, 2015 (Saturday), 7:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Asia: May 23 2015 (Saturday), 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Tickets are available for sale at the bookshop on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations. 

Learn about the history and setup of the ship

Aside from being a floating library, MV Logos Hope serves as a museum for visitors. The pictures, simulated cabins and other informative items on display will give guests an idea of the ship's history, operations and the crew's living arrangements on board. Additionally, before being allowed into the bookshop, a crew member will give a brief introduction about the different parts of the ship. 

Buy something at the book shop

With 5,000 book titles, MV Logos Hope has a diverse literary collection from a wide range of genres including classical literature, historical fiction, youth fiction, cooking, medicine, parenting and Christian literature. Aside from books, the shop also sells music, toys, audiobooks and souvenirs. The items are priced in "units" and 1 unit equals 1 peso. 

I bought "The Last of the Mohicans" by J. Fenmore Cooper for 200 units and my friend got "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, also for 200 units each! The last time I visited MV Doulos, the predecessor of MV Logos Hope, in 2007, I got a 3-books-in-1 copy of The Lord of the Rings for cheap! 

Enjoy the food and drinks at International Cafe

I'm sure you'll get hungry from all the walking around and thankfully the ship has its own International Cafe which serves a variety of snacks and drinks. My friend and I each ordered mixed flavor ice cream (chocolate and vanilla) and shared a slice of chocolate cheesecake (they also serve fruit flavored cheesecake). What a fun and tasty way to end our book-shopping adventure!


After Cebu, MV Logos Hope is heading off to Subic and La Union. Check out the ship's schedule for more information. 

Have you been to MV Logos Hope? What did you do while there? What books did you buy? You still have until May 28 to experience what this fascinating library has to offer! 

MV Logos Hope 
Docked at Malacanang sa Sugbu (Pier 1)
Directions via Google Maps:

Opens from May 6 to 28, 2015
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 AM to 9:30 PM
Sunday: 1PM to 9:30 PM
Closed on Mondays

Admission: PHP 20 per person
Free for kids 13 years old and below and senior citizens 60 years old and above

Contact: Official Website | Facebook | | Mobile: 0922-7386-026 

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  1. I need to be back there! But I have to go on a weekday. I'm trying to avoid the crowd. Hehehe.

    1. We went there on a Saturday morning - like as soon as the ship opened at 10AM - and the lines and crowds weren't too bad. The International Cafe was packed though D: What books did you buy :D?

  2. Hi Lyza! I went. Here's my blog post: Like the last MV ship travel, I was overwhelmed with Christian Books and so still didn't get to buy anything, which means I'll be coming back there next year not without hope.