Halong cruise: Five-star cruise ship returns Ha Long Bay
After a three-year break, Star Cruises Limiteds five-star liner, the SuperStar Libra, Monday brought more than 1,700 premium tourists into Ha Long Bay from Hong Kong.
All local off-shore and ancillary services, like visiting the Bai Chay touro zone or shopping at Hon Gai Market, were planned and provided by Viet Nams premiere tour facilitator, Saigon Tourist. The voyage marks the start of weekly cruises for 1,000-2,000 travelers a trip between Hong Kong and Ha Long, said Saigon Tourist cruise department head Le Quang Thang.
The Libras displacement is some 42,300 tons, its passenger capacity 1,800 with a crew of 600.
Star Cruises is also to offer 39 other voyages on the SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Aquarius, with the maximum capacities of 1,000 and 2,200 passengers each, from December 2007 to August 2008.
Ha Long Bay hosts intl cruise,
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An international cruise tourism conference, recognised as a milestone in the development of Vietnams tourism, opened on Monday at the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Organised by the National Administration for Tourism (VNAT) and the Saigontourist Travel Service Company, the conference was attended by representatives of outstanding,
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The event, which also attracted delegates from the worlds largest travel operators, sought to promote co-operation between international travel agencies and cruise shipping lines to benefit tour operators and countries in Southeast Asia.
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Yesterday Ha Long Bay also welcomed the Malaysia-flag cruise ship SuperStar Libra, which carried some 1,200 tourists, most of them from Hong Kong and China.
The cruise ship docked at Cai Lan Port in Ha Long Bay where guests were taken to the sites of Rong, Lu Huong and Ga Choi islets, Sung Sot Cave; Hon Gai fishing village; and other areas, in the film Indochine starring French actress Catherine Deneuve.
Organised by Saigontourist, the six-hour tour of Ha Long Bay, which is being considered for classification as one of the worlds Seven Wonders in an ongoing contest, also included visits to Chay Beach, Long Tien Pagoda and Hon Gai Market.
This was SuperStar Libras second weekly visit to Ha Long Bay. The first on December 3 marked the resumption of SuperStars scheduled journeys to the bay after over three years suspension.
A representative of the Malaysian cruise shipping line said from December of this year, the company would send five-star cruise ships including SuperStar Libra and SuperStar Virgo to Ha Long before heading for China, Japan and South Korea on weekly journeys.
The citys tourism department said it would launch surveys next month to find suitable routes for tourists and consider services needed for the citys river tourism.
Earlier, the department ascertained huge potential in river tourism after making surveys on two short routes, with one starting,
Bach Dang Wharf to the confluence of Nha Be, and from the wharf to Tau Hu Canal.
Asked to comment on the expanded river tourism, most tour operators told the Daily they supported the scheme, but decried the lack of a wharf for tourist boats. They called for quick development of such a wharf.
There are around 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating at,
Bach Dang Wharf in the citys District 1. At the wharf, such boats can drop anchor at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the end of Hai Ba Trung Street to receive guests but cannot be moored there for a long time because space is limited.
Furthermore, as Bach Dang Wharf is not a tourist wharf so it lacks services for guests as well as places for tourist buses to drop, Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, told the Daily that Binh Quoi had canceled its plan to build a big floating restaurant due to the lack of a venue to anchor.
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“There is no place for new tourist boats. I think that the most important activity for the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.
Binh Quoi currently has six boats and canoes operating on the river section between Binh Quoi and Bach Dang Wharf.
The tourism department estimated foreign arrivals in the city this month at around 188,000, up 20% year-on-year but down around 12,000 compared to June as now is the low season of the inbound sector. Tourism revenue is expected at VND2.7 trillion this month, up 15% year-on-year, bringing the total in the January- July period to over VND21.2 trillion.
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