Many of our passengers tell us that they would have chosen a longer cruise option if they had known it was possible. Why? To relax and enjoy the scenery, to go further in the bay and avoid the crowds and to participate in more excursions. So how can you encourage them to book a two night trip?
The main difference between a day cruise or overnight cruise and a longer cruise (two nights or more) is that a cruise for two days or less doesn’t allow enough time to travel deep into the bay, which actually covers more than 1500 km2. Cruising time is limited and the boat cannot reach areas located really far from the shore. And as most boats (out of the 500 boats in Halong Bay) are focusing on two day cruises or less, all of them are going to the same places. For high-end travelers, sharing the experience of a cruise in one of the most beautiful bays in the world with a hundred of other boats is likely to lead to complaints if expectations are not set in advance. Cruises of two nights or more allow cruise operators to offer trips which go deeper into Halong Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin, and, therefore, to less frequented areas. A visit to the most secluded areas of the bay makes for a more exclusive cruise and guests will discover unique places such as Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bays, and the National Park of Cat Ba Island and its primary forest.
Guests should also take into account the journey to the Bay, which is around 3hrs 30mins along a crowded highway. On a day or one night cruise this means that guests will spend a lot of time on a bus, rather than relaxing on-board and enjoying the scenery. Many travelers to Vietnam will not have a choice, because of their budget or time-restraints, but a two night trip to Halong Bay is a worthwhile investment for those who have the time and finances.
The Au Co, Bhaya Cruises’ latest ship, offers the first and only continuous itinerary of three days and two nights in the Gulf of Tonkin, giving priority to exclusive areas thanks to a cruise of more than 100kms (most of the overnight cruises will cruise 25km at best). With the only two ships in the area offering daily departures for such journeys, Bhaya Cruises is a pioneer in the world of luxury cruising. For more information, please contact Armand CHEVEUX at [email protected] or have a look at The Au Co website: www.aucocruises.com