Paradise Cruise is charting new waters with the launch of a day trip cruise replete with private cabins, an onboard spa and cooking classes. Anticipating an influx of travelers after the opening of a new highway between Hanoi and Halong Bay and the new Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province, Paradise Cruise’s new day cruise will begin February 15 this year.
Two of Paradise Cruise’s four 17-cabin Paradise Luxury vessels have been repurposed for the new experience, affording day trippers the same level of luxury as overnight cruisers for the first time.
The vessel’s 247-square-foot cabins have private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and plush beds, and are available to day trippers who might be keen on having a more private experience on the day-long cruise. In addition to the onboard Le Parfum Spa with its array of facial, body and foot treatments, a sundeck offers vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage site’s limestone karsts. The sundeck is also the setting for Vietnamese cooking classes.
The Paradise Luxury day cruise caters for up to 50 passengers, who will check in at the Paradise Lounge at Halong Bay's Tuan Chau Marina at 10:30 a.m. before embarking on the cruise.
The itinerary includes exploration of Sung Sot Cave, kayaking in Luon Cave, and climbing to the top of Soi Sim Island for panoramic views of the bay, before guests return to the marina at 5:30 p.m. Note: The new Paradise Luxury day cruise also offers non-cabin packages.
The VND 13 trillion (approximately $572 million) highway, that opened in September last year, has cut the four-hour drive time between Hanoi and Halong Bay in half to two hours. Meanwhile, Van Don International Airport, located 30 miles from Halong Bay, opened on December 30, 2018.
In 2018 Quang Ninh province received 12.3 million visitors including 5.2 million foreigners, up from 9.87 million visitors, of which 4.28 million were foreigners, the year before.