Construction of two luxury Superyacht cruise ships for Vietnam
Construction is underway at Ha Long Shipbuilding in Vietnam on the country’s first-ever superyacht cruise ships. The ships are being built by a partnership between Vietnamese group Elegance Hospitality, which operates luxury hotels, and Vietnamese shipping company Viet Thuan Group.
The companies marked the start of work on the vessels in a ceremony held Feb. 19 at the shipyard. They proudly point out that the ships will be 100% Vietnamese designed, built, owned and operated, marking a major step forward for the country’s merchant marine operations and designed to support the international tourism industry.
Each of the ships will weigh 25,400 gross tons, with the companies claiming they are built to international standards and fitted with the latest amenities for luxury, privacy and sophistication. The vessels will be 360 feet long with a beam of 61 feet and feature seven passenger decks. There will be 55 suites, each with a private balcony, and can accommodate up to 160 people. The cabins will include a large owner’s suite with a dining room, office, bar, kitchen, bedroom and private deck. Each ship will have a crew of approximately 80 people.
Each ship will be 360 feet in length and will accommodate 160 passengers (EHG)
Among the amenities they describe, in addition to luxury suites, each ship will have a helicopter landing pad to make it easier for guests to move around. On board, the ships will have a spa, a luxury restaurant, a wine and cigar bar, a sky bar and a library. Activities will include a large saltwater infinity pool with a beach club, cinema and billiard rooms, a 3D golf simulator and a karaoke room. There will also be a kids’ club.
Ha Long Shipbuilding, which builds the vessels, recently completed construction of a similar-sized vessel luxury yacht cruise ship called the Emerald Azzurra. The luxury cruise ship was delivered earlier in February to Emerald Cruises, part of the Scenic Group, and will sail the Mediterranean for the summer of 2022.
The Vietnamese cruise ships are due for delivery in late 2023 and will both operate in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination in northern Vietnam. Hotel operations will be managed by the Elegance Hospitality Group, which also operates five La Siesta luxury hotels and resorts as well as restaurants, bars and spas.
The maritime operation of the two new vessels will be provided by the Viet Thuan group. The company currently operates ocean-going bulk carriers as well as inland bulk transportation, barges, land transportation and warehouses.
Facilities include a forward helicopter landing area and a saltwater infinity pool and beach club (EHG)