At the beginning of October 2022, it is projected that the first superior cruise ship will finally make its long-awaited return to Ha Long Bay after an extended hiatus caused by the COVID-19 virus. This event has been eagerly anticipated by many.
According to Lao Dong Newspaper, Mr. Phan Xuan Anh, the General Director of Tan Hong Tourism and Trading Service Company, which is one of the largest operators for cruise ship visitors to Vietnam, disclosed that the company will officially welcome the first international cruise ship back to Ha Long Bay following a period of negotiation and preparation. It is anticipated that this event will take place at the beginning of the month of October.
The vast majority of passengers on this cruise ship will be French, and they will visit a range of popular tourist destinations all around Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay. Among these destinations will be Ha Long Bay.
According to Mr. Xuan Anh, the next cruise ships will continue to visit Vietnam’s international seaports, including Ha Long Bay, and the number of visits will gradually increase at the beginning of next year – the peak tourist season for international cruise passengers. In addition, Mr. Xuan Anh anticipates that the number of cruise passengers will continue to rise in the coming years. Cruise guests consider Ha Long Bay to be one of the most desirable places to visit while they are in Vietnam.
Passengers on international cruises often arrive in Vietnam from one of two locations: either China or the markets of ASEAN countries (particularly Singapore and the Philippines). China is the most common origin, followed by the markets of ASEAN countries (from Hainan and Hong Kong).
Prior to the emergence of the COVID–19 virus, there were roughly one hundred first-rate international cruise ships that visited Ha Long Bay each year, as stated by the Quang Ninh Provincial Department of Tourism. These ships transported between 150,000 and 180,000 tourists from various nations all over the world. The beginning of the cruise passenger season occurs in September or October of the year before, and it lasts all the way through April of the year after that.
In order to better meet the recreation, shopping, and entertainment needs of cruise visitors, Quang Ninh has established closed tourism chains. These chains include places like SunWorld Ha Long Complex, a high-end entertainment and recreation area, Bai Chay beach, the complex of Museums – Libraries, Fairs, and Exhibitions, Ha Long Market… The overarching goal of these tourism chains is to improve the visitor’s experience as soon as they step off the ship. This is a component of the efforts being made by Quang Ninh to develop the potential for cruise tourism.
To be more specific, the Ha Long International Cruise Port, which is situated in the Bai Chay Ward of Ha Long City and has an investment capital of more than 1,100 billion dong, has been officially put into operation as of the 27th of November, 2018. This port has a total investment capital of more than 1,100 billion dong.
This is the first port that is solely dedicated to serving passengers, and it has the capacity to receive a maximum of two ships at once, with a combined capacity of 8,460 passengers and a maximum gross register tonnage of 225,000. It is also the first port in the world that is solely dedicated to serving passengers.
Professionals in the field of cruise tourism have noted that Ha Long Bay is located on a significant marine trade route in Asia. It is in perfect alignment with the route connecting cruise lines in the region and the rest of the world, and it is particularly near to China, which is a port of call for a significant number of international shipping lines that bring cruise ships to operate there. Additionally, Ha Long is the place from which one may access other North Asian markets, such as Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, in the most expedient manner possible… As a direct result of this, there ought to be a greater number of events and activities to entice tourists.