There’s a luxurious new way to cruise through Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its dramatic limestone karsts. Paradise Cruises recently launched the Elegance, a contemporary style, 200-ton steel vessel which joins the company’s fleet of more traditional junk designs. Measuring 200 feet long and 42 feet wide, the Paradise Elegance is the largest overnight cruise option in the bay. There are 31 cabins, including 27 Deluxe Balcony cabins and four Terrace Suites, which come with walk-in closets, rain showers, private balconies and floor-to-ceiling glass doors framing views of the famous bay. Onboard amenities include a spa with four treatment rooms, a dining room with piano bar, and a carefully designed sundeck with a circular bar under a shade sail (accommodating 70 passengers).
Nice perk: Guests are invited to dine whenever and wherever they want (sundeck, dining room, private balcony). A la carte menus are available for both lunch and dinner (hours run from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.) What’s more, transfers from Hanoi are included in the cruise price.
As quoted in the official press release, Nguyen Cao Son, Chief Operating Officer of Paradise Group Vietnam said, "Halong Bay has never had anything like this. We've always strived to be the best, and this move speaks to that." With 11 vessels, Paradise Group now operates the most luxury cruise ships in Halong Bay. Established in 2008, the company also manages three restaurants and the Paradise Trend hotels, billed as the only boutique luxury properties in Halong Bay.
Paradise Group Vietnam is slated to inaugurate a second Paradise Elegance in June.