The Ha Long international cruise port in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has welcomed thousands of visitors from Europe and the U.S. aboard two 5-star superyachts.
The Maltese-flagged cruise ship Celebrity Solstice, carrying 2,683 European and American tourists, arrived at the port on Monday.
Upon docking, the tourists disembarked to begin a journey exploring renowned destinations in Ha Long, such as the Quang Ninh Museum and double-decker bus tour, to immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine.
The visitors will also explore Hanoi and Hai Phong City before the Celebrity Solstice ship departs from Ha Long Bay on Tuesday evening, marking the conclusion of its sea voyage in Vietnam as it returns to Hong Kong.
Another 5-star superyacht Regatta, registered in the Marshall Islands, is scheduled to dock at the Ha Long international cruise port on Tuesday, with almost 700 visitors from Europe and America.
Following their exploration of Ha Long, this international tourist group is set to visit Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang City, Chan May Port in central Thua Thien-Hue Province, Nha Trang City in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, and Ho Chi Minh City before continuing their journey to Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore.
|Passengers disembark the Maltese-flagged cruise ship Celebrity Solstice at the international cruise port in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam, November 13, 2023. Photo: T.Duong / Tuoi Tre|
During the ongoing cruise season, the Ha Long international cruise port plays regular host to large passenger ships visiting Ha Long Bay and the tourist destinations of Quang Ninh, with a total of 16 large tourist ships registering to dock at the port.
The port is expecting nearly 60 ships with over 70,000 passengers to register for docking in 2024.
Among the registered ships are those belonging to renowned and world-famous brands such as Mein Schiff 6 and 5, Celebrity Solstice, Noordam, MSC Splendida, Westerdam, and more.
Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Quang Ninh annually welcomed around 100 luxury cruise ships, bringing in approximately 150,000-180,000 international tourists.
The return of high-end cruise tourist groups not only signifies the revival of the international tourist market but also underscores the enduring allure of the iconic Ha Long Bay.