As figure reports, the number of international cruise travelers visiting Halong Bay in the first 5 months of 2012 reaches 30,000 people, 22 percent higher than same period of 2011. Among cruises port at this bay, 5 stars Super Star Aquarius of Star Cruises (Malaysia) is considered the most frequent ship with averagely 2 trip a week, followed by other deluxe cruises including Princess Daphne (Australia), Pacific Venus (Japan) or Voyages of Discovery (UK). Moreover, it has been reported many visits of giant international cruises to Halong Bay with 2000-3000 passengers per trip, including cruises like Legend of the Seas (USA) or Minerva (UK).
In addition, various travel agents have also predicted about bright future this year for international cruise trip to Halong Bay in particular and to Vietnam in general, with an estimated average developing rate at around 10 percent compared to 2011.
Halong Bay has become a preferred visiting destination for a huge number of international cruises in recent year. The reason is that the bay possesses and ideal location which is close to numerous crucial markets for cruise trips in Asia, including China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Also, being continuously recognized by international travelers with various awards such as “New 7 Wonders of Nature” or UNESCO World Heritage Site is another stimulation to attract international tourists to this charming bay.
Vietnam Airlines ( 020-3263 2062 ; vietnamairlines.com) flies non-stop from Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City twice daily.