Small ship cruise line Cruise West recently announced that it would be reintroducing its Vietnam itinerary in 2009.
Back by popular demand, Cruise Wests’ Vietnam voyage will give travelers the chance to experience Asian destinations such as Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hue while discovering Vietnam’s architecture, art, and ancient shrines. Along the way, guests will sample traditional Vietnamese cuisine, enjoy beautiful dance, martial arts and colorful puppet theater.
Guests will sail aboard Cruise West’s flagship and most luxurious vessel, the 120-guest Spirit of Oceanus. The ship hosts just 120 guests in comfortable outside suites, each with a picture window or porthole. The 15 suites on the Sun and Sports Decks feature private teak balconies, the first in our fleet. Other cabin amenities unique to the Spirit of Oceanusinclude a walk-in closet or wardrobe, a large marble bathroom, and a lounge area. Each suite also features an in-room safe and satellite telephone access.
The 12-day journey will depart on November 21, 2009, and tour some 1,600 mostly uninhabited islands and islets along the Gulf of Tonkin. Other highlights include the Cham Museum, a special private performance of traditional martial arts in Qui Nhon and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay.