Boutique is the way to go as cruise lines take every effort to customize their experience with off beat attractions and onboard design.
Heritage Cruises, a member of the Lux Group under the five-star Emperor Cruises brand, announced at ITB Berlin that it is set to launch its first boutique cruise in the Cat Ba Archipelago in the Tonkin Gulf. The prices for maiden voyages starting from USD 400 per suite per night.
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Launching in June 2019 it will offer cruises for 40 guests aboard an architecturally-designed boutique river and ocean cruise ship. Amenities include an art gallery, wine cellar, luxury spa, movie under stars, two restaurants, indoor and outdoor lounges, pool bar and its first swimming pool in the Halong Bay region and 20 suites with picture windows, offering full ocean views.
Currently operating in Vietnam’s Nha Trang Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, CEO and founder of Heritage Cruises, Pham Ha wishes to extend boutique hotels-like charm with his boutique cruises “characterized by their intimate atmosphere and idiosyncratic style”. He said: “We want to create memorable moments that focus on the local culture and arts encountered on the way.”
Aside from offering a cozier atmosphere, the small size of this ship allows easy access to remote, less-visited places that larger vessels just can’t get to. This provides the chance to cruise the Gulf of Tonkin (Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Halong Bay), complemented by personalized service and on-request limousine transfers, which Heritage Cruises offers.
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