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Over 2,100 European cruise guests visit Vietnam’s coastal city

Over 2,100 European cruise guests visit Vietnam’s coastal city

Sunday, April 02, 2023, 16:29 GMT+7
Over 2,100 European cruise guests visit Vietnam’s coastal city
International cruise tourists disembark from a small boat to visit Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam on April 1, 2023. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

The Italian-flagged cruise ship MSC Poesia with 2,145 European passengers onboard arrived in Nha Trang City on Saturday morning, making it the fifth large cruise vessel to have visited this popular beach destination in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam in the year to date.

The vessel departed from Hong Kong, then sailed to Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City, according to the provincial tourism authority.

Nguyen Quang Thang, director of Tictours International Travel Company, said his firm had arranged multiple 45-seater buses to serve these cruise tourists.

European visitors will join different tours after arriving at the Nha Trang seaport. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

European visitors will join different tours after arriving at the Nha Trang seaport. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

The bus owners and drivers were informed of the itineraries and regulations for serving cruise passengers and were present at the Nha Trang seaport at least one hour prior to the arrival of the vessel, Thang added.

The company also arranged for tour guides and interpreters to serve the European guests of various nationalities, such as British, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

The guests will visit some tourist attractions in the coastal city, including Long Son pagoda and Truong Son traditional craft village, take a boat tour along the Cai Nha Trang River, and learn how to cook local food at Memento, a tourist destination in Dien Khanh District, among others, Thang elaborated.

Due to its huge size, the MSC Poeisa cruise ship had to dock at the Nha Trang Bay, instead of the Nha Trang seaport, while cruise guests were taken to the seaport on small boats. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Due to its huge size, the MSC Poesia cruise ship had to dock at the Nha Trang Bay, instead of the Nha Trang seaport, while cruise guests were taken to the seaport on small boats. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

In related news, 1,900 international visitors will arrive in Nha Trang next Thursday, April 6, on the Bermudian-flagged cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II, according to Bui Minh Thang, director of Phuong Thang Travel Services Trading Company.

Around 600 of them registered to embark on various tours to tourist hotspots in the province.

Khanh Hoa has received five international cruise vessels in the year to date, with close to 2,000 of the guests booking tours to explore the province.

The province is set to welcome two more ships this month.

Nha Trang is expected to welcome some 27 more cruise ships from now till the end of the year.

International cruise visitors take a xich lo (pedicab) tour in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, central Vietnam on March 24, 2023. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

International cruise visitors take a 'xich lo' (pedicab) tour in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam on March 24, 2023. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

International cruise visitors learn how to make cha ram, a local spring roll Khanh Hoa Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

International cruise visitors learn how to make 'cha ram,' a local spring roll, in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

International cruise guests join a bike tour to explore the countryside in Khanh Hoa Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

International cruise guests join a bike tour to explore the countryside in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

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