Once a year, The Au Co rests herself in an annual dry dock.
Being the pioneer in setting the trend of giant luxury cruises in Halong Bay back in 2012 doesn’t make The Au Co an old and behind folk. Serving about 20,000 passengers each year and cruising every day in the tough tropical weather of Halong Bay, the ships cannot stay away from aging forever. However, there is a reason why she can maintain her “Cruising with style” concept and top-notch position after all these years even when comparing to the youngsters in the Bay. The Au Co regularly spends 1-2 months each year going through a scrupulous dry dock, in which she doesn’t just simply rest but being refreshed and renovated to secure safety and perfect facility.
Now you’re asking why stop cruising for the whole month or even 2 months of the year? In The Au Co, it’s not about making profit by having the ship cruising all year long. Cruising in the World Heritage of Halong Bay is about providing a meaningful journey, leaving people with memories and satisfaction. That’s what traveling means to us, to all those travelers out there seeking for experience and enjoyment in their trips.
What happens to The Au Co in the dock and off the bay?
The Au Co 1 is scheduled to be in dock from 19th May – 19th June, while The Au Co 2 is scheduled from 21st June – 2nd August. During 1 month, what happens to our 2 ships?
- Hull’s going under checking to assure the integrity of the steel and boat’s safety
- Engines and technical categories are under maintenance
- Safety equipment are carefully examined and renewed
- Repainted and polished, hence expect a renovation in appearance of the boat, the interior and furniture in cabins, restaurant, bar and sundeck
- Back service facilities are modernized
Once out of dry dock, The Au Co will slip back to the Bay with remarkable refurbishment of safety equipment, facilities and appearance, hence expected to provide even higher quality service to advance our guests’ cruising experience.
In the end, putting the ship in a dry dock is not just our annual job, but more about our passion and promise to deliver maximum safety, well-equipped facilities and perfect service to customers.
The most amusing part of the story is: WE STILL CRUISE! With the team of 2, one of our ships is always in service during June to August. Enjoy the cruise, while waiting for our brand new image.