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Paradise Cruises Spruces Up Halong Bay Vessels

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | June 29, 2015

Paradise Cruises Spruces Up Halong Bay Vessels

The Paradise Luxury fleet on Halong Bay is undergoing a renovation (photo courtesy of Paradise Cruises)

Paradise Cruises, which operates overnight cruises on Halong Bay in Vietnam, is renovating its fleet.

First up are the four boats in the “Paradise Luxury” category. The renovation of these vessels, which set sail starting in 2008, is already underway and expected to be completed in August.

Each boat’s 17 cabins will get new wooden floors, ceilings, curtains, carpet, and beds. “We’re calling the beds ‘dream beds’ because they have eight different layers of cushion,” said Paradise General Manager Edgar C. Cayanan. “The goal was to make them feel more like home than your home, and I’m confident guests will find that we’ve achieved that.” Additionally, guests can choose from a pillow menu.

The majority of the work is being done by Ho Chi Minh City-based Art House, a firm that specializes in hotel and resort interior design and “understands the local culture and history and the expectations foreign tourists have when they come to Vietnam,” Cayanan said.

Most new furnishings are handmade, including the Oriental-style tables and chairs in the dining rooms.

The Paradise Luxury fleet is populated by traditional Vietnamese junks with four decks, a spa, bar, and public Jacuzzi.

The largest room categories are the 247-square-foot Terrace Suites and Paradise Suites, of which there are 14 total. The former has a private terrace with lounge chairs, while the latter has a private Jacuzzi.

In addition to the Luxury line, Paradise Cruises operates five other vessels — divided into three categories — and the 156-room Paradise Suites Hotel, a Halong Bay boutique property.

The two “Paradise Privilege” boats have three cabins each, optimum for groups of up to six. The sole “Paradise Peak” vessel is designed to hold up to 16 passengers, with a personal butler dedicated to each cabin.

Paradise Cruises plans to renovate the Privilege and Peak lines next year. Like the luxury line, they are available for one- and two-night cruises.

The two Paradise Explorers are primarily day boats, but can also be used to take guests aboard the other vessels to jungle-clad Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay.

Halong Bay ranks as Vietnam’s most popular natural attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has 2,000 limestone karsts ascending from the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong Bay is located three hours by car from Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city.

Paradise Cruises includes premium shuttle service between Hanoi and Halong Bay. For more information, click here.

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