The conditions on the ships are quite modern - there is Internet access, sockets, air conditioning and other amenities needed by passengers.
Those who are considering how to get from Manila to Cebu, but not leave a car, a motorcycle or a scooter on island parking, need to use another type of sea transport - cargo ferries. The fare on such a vessel directly depends on the size of personal transport and starts at $20.
In addition to freight ferries carrying travelers with personal vehicles, there are ships carrying small buses with passengers, but they do not go to Cebu.
The schedule depends on the weather, so it makes no sense to book tickets in advance, you just need to come to the pier, read the information on the board and arrive at the pier on the right date at least an hour before departure. A margin of time is necessary in order to have time to visit three ticket offices. You can read the schedule of the port of Cebu here https://www.cebusite.com/catalog/index/1238159/port-cebu-ship-schedules/page/cebu-port-schedules-2019
In the first, the ticket itself is purchased, in the second the “terminal fee” is paid and in the third the money is collected to collect the “environmental see”. That is, a passenger boarding a ferry with three multi-colored paper tickets; in the absence of them, they will not be allowed to go on deck.
The pier in Manila is called the Manila Harbor Center. It includes 14 piers. Find this place simply by GPS coordinates - 14.6323,120.9433. Or you can take any public transport, including taxis, to the North Port stop. It is preferable to go to the berths by taxi. You can not let go of a taxi and visit the necessary piers from which cargo ferries depart, or from where passenger ships depart.
This is an important point, since the port of Manila stretches along the coastline for 19 kilometers, and the depth of its berths averages 11.5 meters. That is, when viewed from the sea, the coast line resembles a tree branch, numerous moored ships act as leaves.
There are not only piers needed by travelers, but also moorings intended for:
2. Merchant ships.
4. Reception and handling of containers.
Three piers receive container ships, but at the same time they look from the shore quite like those from which cargo passenger ferries depart. The numbering is quite confusing and sometimes it’s easier to go into the building at the pier than to find a sign with a digital sign and information. Therefore, a taxi is useful, of course, if the traveler does not have his own transport.