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President Cruises set sail on Ha Long Bay

Released at: 18:12, 08/11/2018

President Cruises set sail on Ha Long Bay

Photos: President Cruises

First vessel of President Cruises to take to waters on November 12.

by Doanh Doanh

New luxury Vietnamese cruise operator Lion Asia will debut the first of two President Cruises ships at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay on November 12, with a second vessel to take to the waters in 2019.

The 1,200-ton steel craft measures 86 meters long, 13.9 meters wide, and 13 meters high, making it the largest overnight ship to ever ply Ha Long Bay’s waters. But it is the five-deck vessel’s sublime selection of onboard entertainment and conveniences and elegant cabin design that promise to impress its first passengers the most. The cruise has 46 spacious cabins, an evening piano bar, a spa, a fine dining restaurant, and two expansive sun decks.

A Brazilian jazz duo will stage nightly performances in the stylish piano bar, which evokes the refined atmosphere of a 1920s New York jazz café. An a la carte menu of innovative Japanese, Korean, and European-inspired dishes will be plated up at the ship’s fine dining restaurant, while renowned Vietnamese wellness group Kaia Spa will offer indulgent world-class treatments at the six-treatment room spa.

“It’s bigger, it’s bolder and it’s better than anything Ha Long Bay has ever seen,” said President Cruises’ Canadian-born General Manager Mr. Franco Muzzone. “Our debut takes cruising in the bay, and possibly worldwide, to a whole new dimension, with unsurpassed dining, entertainment and relaxation options so that time spent on the ship is hands down the highlight of the cruise.”

The vessel stakes a claim to being the first on Ha Long Bay to feature an elevator catering to people with disabilities and the elderly.

The ship is also home to two capacious sun decks totaling 324 sq m and 250 sq m that each have the capacity to accommodate all 120 passengers, lending themselves to large corporate events, weddings, and other special occasions with a backdrop of the bay’s dramatic limestone karsts.

Ranging from an ample 30 sq m to an immense 130 sq m, the 46 high-design cabins across five non-smoking cabin types are bedecked with dark parquet wooden flooring and neutral and earthy palettes, and include walk-in closets and large windows providing spectacular views of the bay.

The 30 sq m Ambassador Balcony and Premier Balcony cabins are equipped with private balconies while the Cabinet and Treasury suites span 35 sq m and 38 sq m, respectively, and offer outside terraces and bathtubs.

Situated on the upper deck at the front of the ship, the 130 sq m Presidential Suite is the largest and most lavish cabin on Ha Long Bay, with a generous private terrace, private bar and dining area, and floor-to-ceiling windows affording sweeping vistas of the bay.

“Our Presidential Suite really is the ultimate penthouse on the sea, completely redefining luxury on the bay in a whole new way,” said Ms. Dang Hang, General Director of the Lion Asia Tourism and Trading JSC.

A limousine transfer service with reclining seats connects Hanoi with Ha Long Bay on a new highway that has cut the travel time between the destinations in half, to two hours. Arriving passengers immediately embark on the ship rather than waiting in a lounge.

President Cruises offers one and two-night itineraries with a luxury speedboat transporting passengers to a host of destinations around the bay, including caves, beaches, floating villages, and a pearl farm. The ship also offers sunrise tai chi and cooking classes onboard.

With more than 2,000 limestone karsts jutting from emerald waters in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay makes for a mystical landscape that lures millions of tourists each year.

President Cruises’ rates start from $450 per person, with the Presidential Suite priced at $7,800, inclusive of attractions on the itinerary, meals, and transfers.

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