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Two Paradise Elegance ships will set sail in March and June, reaffirming Paradise Group's position as the largest luxury cruise operator on Ha Long Bay.
The Paradise Group fleet will expand this year with the introduction of a new line of cruise ships, known as Paradise Elegance. The two new Paradise Elegance cruise ships join a fleet of five that are divided between two lines: Paradise Peak & Paradise Luxury.
Since its inception in 2007, Paradise Group has established itself as the first choice for luxury cruising in Vietnam’s ultimate natural heritage site: Ha Long Bay. The singular Paradise Peak vessel has long been considered the pinnacle of Ha Long Bay cruising, while the multiple Paradise Luxury cruise ships have also proved popular. Paradise Elegance positions itself between these two lines: a step up from Paradise Luxury but not equal to the extravagance offered by Paradise Peak.
At 25 sq m, cabins on the Paradise Elegance ships are some of the largest on Ha Long Bay. This was an intentional decision to ensure that guests can enjoy the bay as much from their private cabins as they can from the various communal areas. The cabins, each with their own balcony, are divided into four categories: Deluxe Balcony (14 cabins), Executive Balcony (13 cabins), Captain’s View Terrace Suite (2 cabins), and Elegance Suite (2 cabins).
The Paradise Elegance cruise ships also boast a spa, a dining room, a sun deck and two bars, which are all spread over five decks. Offering a range of treatments, L’Évasion Spa is found on the main deck away from the social areas. Le Marin Restaurant and Le Piano Bar, both of which offer live entertainment, are located on the salon deck. On the sun deck, L’Odyssée Bar and sunbathing areas offer wrap-around views of the bay.
“As with everything at Paradise, attention to detail is paramount,” said Ms. Carmen Marienberg, Chief Operations Officer of Paradise Group. “Central to each decision are the myriad wants and needs of our customers, which is why we have developed a reputation for not only meeting but exceeding the expectations of our guests.”
“Many visitors to Ha Long Bay wish they had spent more time cruising away from the crowds. That is why we simultaneously designed the ships to be glorious places to be and adapted the itinerary in order to escape into more quiet corners of the bay. I can confidently say that these cruise ships offer a premium travel experience when exploring Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder.”
Allowing visitors to explore Ha Long Bay more deeply is a primary objective of the new cruise ships. Where other vessels stay anchored during excursions, the Paradise Elegance cruise ships will continue sailing around the bay and those visiting the attractions will go by tender boats. Guests that don’t join the activities will be able to cruise through different parts of the bay instead.
In the evenings, an a la carte dinner will be served either in the dining room or on a private balcony between 7 and 10pm. This marks another distinguishing factor of the new cruise ships compared with other operators that have fixed dining times and locations.
“Premium service and elegant design are two things I hold in very high regard,” explained Mr. Nguyen Cao Son, Chief Development Officer and Vice Chairman of the Paradise Group. “2017 marks ten years of operations for the company, and I feel so proud that these two values remain the defining characteristics of our company. This new line of cruise ships is the cherry on top of the birthday cake.”
The Paradise Elegance cruise ships are the only new vessels of any cruise operator to set sail on Ha Long Bay this year. Each new ship weighs 200 tonnes and is 61 meters in length and 13 meters in height.
About Paradise Group
Paradise Group is one of Vietnam’s premiere hospitality groups and based in Hanoi. With almost ten years of experience in the industry, the company has consistently built luxury brands in different sectors, including Paradise Cruises, which is the leader and the largest operator in Ha Long Bay cruising, Paradise Suites and Trend, several restaurants (HOME Hanoi, NGON Villa, HOME Hoi An), and many others.
Please visit www.paradisevietnam.com for more information on its wide range of products and services.