Local travel firm Viet Excursions on December 10 brought two luxury cruise ships, Le Diamant of France and SeaBourn Pride of the US to the Tien Sa Port in the central city of Danang.
Phan Xuan Anh, President of the company said there were around 200 passengers on board each vessel. More than 50 tourists on board France’s ship took a tour of Danang and around 150 travelers from the American ship visited Hoi An, Danang and Thua Thien-Hue.
Le Diamant has visited the country for the first time. The cruise ship is taking tourists from the first port in HCMC, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Danang, Hue, and stop in the northern city of Haiphong.
It will stay there for three days to wait for more passengers and then take them to attractions from the north to the south of the nation.
SeaBourn Pride started its trip in the middle of last week from Halong Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh and has since taken tourists to Danang and HCMC. It left the city on December 11 for Singapore, and will come back to the country.
Anh said the two ships were cruising on fixed routes in Vietnam and that he expected them to have regular visits to Vietnam.
Viet Excursions has been busy with monthly visits by cruise ships this year. The company earlier also arranged Vietnam tours for the Silver Shadow vessel to HCMC and the Diamond Princess to Nha Trang.
In previous years, it was hard to find cruise passengers from May through July but this year the company welcomed guests from Australia and Russia during this period, Anh said, adding prospects for next year are also bright.
Updated : 16-12-2010 22:31:05
Source : SGT