Halong Bay will next year welcome the 46-cabin, 1,200-ton President Cruise, which the cruise’s operator believes is the largest overnight ship to ply the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lion Asia, a new luxury cruise operator scheduled to debut next year with the first of two President Cruises, also claims to be the first on Halong Bay to feature an elevator system catering to people with disabilities and the elderly.
Measuring 86m long, 13.9m wide and 13m high, the steel craft offers cabins ranging from 30m2 to 130m2 across five cabin types.
The 30m2 Ambassador Balcony and Premier Balcony cabins are equipped with private balconies while the Cabinet and Treasury suites span 35m2 and 38m2 respectively and offer outdoor terraces and bathtubs.
On the upper deck at the front of the ship, the 130m2 Presidential Suite is complete with a private terrace, private bar and dining area, and floor-to-ceiling windows affording sweeping views of the bay.
Facilities include two sun decks, each able to accommodate all 120 passengers; a piano bar featuring nightly performances by a Brazilian jazz duo; a six-room spa by Vietnam’s Kaia Spa; and a fine dining restaurant presenting an a la carte menu of Japanese-, Korean-, and European-inspired dishes.
A limousine transfer service with reclining seats connects Hanoi with Halong Bay on a new highway that has cut the drive time between the destinations in half to two hours.
President Cruises offers one and two-night itineraries with a luxury speed boat transporting passengers to attractions around the bay including caves, beaches, floating villages and a pearl farm. The ship also offers sunrise tai chi and cooking classes onboard.