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Sustainable Cruising in Vietnam’s World Heritage Sites: Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay

Sustainable Cruising in Vietnam’s World Heritage Sites: Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay

This exceptional overnight cruise exemplifies Vietnam’s first boutique cruise line, Lux Cruises, with its Emperor Cruises and Heritage Binh Chuan voyages through Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, showcasing the splendor of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites aboard a luxury boutique vessels

Inspired by the legacy of the King of Ships, Bach Thai Buoi, Lux Cruises Group’s Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan Cat Ba Archipelago commemorates the centenary of its launch in Hai Phong. The Heritage Binh Chuan offers an authentic experience for 40 to 60 passengers in 20 en suite cabins, ensuring an intimate and refined cruise through the Gulf of Tonkin, immersing passengers in Vietnam’s culture, history, art, and its people amidst awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Exquisite Cruising Experience

Lux Cruises ( boasts a fleet of two brands: Emperor Cruises and Heritage Cruises. Heritage Binh Chuan, inspired by Bach Thai Buoi, the King of Cruise Ships in the early 20th century, embodies luxury boutique and responsible cruising. The meticulously designed ship seamlessly blends chic comfort with Indochine elegance, offering spacious cabins adorned with plush furnishings and large windows for uninterrupted views of the breathtaking limestone karsts rising above the emerald waters.

Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan Cat Ba Archipelago has been nominated for the World Cruises Award 2023 as the World’s Best Boutique Cruise Line, offering an unparalleled cruising experience amidst natural wonders.

Although there isn’t a strict definition of a boutique cruise, this category tends to have some common features. Here are the top ten characteristics of Lux Cruises Group’s boutique cruise: Size, Personality, Design, Character, Culture, Services, Cuisine, Clientele, Perception of a destination, and authenticity and uniqueness of the experience.

Choosing between a modern superyacht and a cruiser for the Ha Long Bay adventure ultimately depends on personal preferences and priorities. Lux Cruises’s Heritage Binh Chuan combines significant features of both, providing spacious cabins with private balconies, gourmet dining options, and personalized service, ensuring an unforgettable experience for guests, including those residing in the Royal Suite, where they can enjoy a sense of exclusivity.

Authentic and Unique Itineraries on 3-night Cruises

Embark on journeys ranging from one-night escapades to three-night odysseys, exploring the hidden treasures of Lan Ha Bay and immersing yourself in Vietnamese culture. Expert guides lead exhilarating kayak excursions through hidden coves and secluded lagoons, uncovering ancient villages steeped in history, where traditional ways of life flourish, ensuring an authentic and unforgettable adventure.

Water Activities and Enrichment Programs

Heritage Binh Chuan offers a dynamic range of water activities including boating sampan, speedboat, kayaking, beach walking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. On board, guests can enjoy art tours, cooking classes, boat shows, and access to a library rich in books and magazines. Additionally, the cruise offers VOVINAM, a traditional Vietnamese martial art, a wine cellar, sauna, and massage, including the first-ever Tẩm Quất – a traditional massage introduced on a cruise ship.

Gastronomic Fusion Delights

Guests can indulge in fine dining at Le Tonkin, where a culinary journey awaits, featuring a fusion of local and international cuisine amidst Lan Ha Bay’s natural splendor, transforming dining into an immersive experience.

Personalized Service

Lux Cruises’s staff provides personalized service from the moment guests step on board until the end of their journey, ensuring every need is met with an atmosphere of exclusivity and refinement. Private dinners amidst Lan Ha Bay’s enchanting backdrop and exhilarating high-speed rides further elevate the experience, offering bespoke experiences tailored to every desire.

Sustainable Cruising Initiatives

Lux Cruises’s Heritage Binh Chuan ( is committed to sustainable tourism practices, implementing ISO 9001 and 14001 standards to preserve Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay and raise awareness regarding environmental concerns. Lux Cruises received the International Sustainable Award 2024 from the Luxury Lifestyle Awards of America for their dedication to sustainable tourism.

Their commitment to sustainability includes protecting ecological resources, maintaining social and cultural responsibility, creating jobs for local people, contributing to economic development, satisfying customers, and operating a profitable business.

Lux Cruises promotes cultural preservation by showcasing local heritage, customs, and practices and conducts business with professional ethics, promoting the culture and lifestyle of local people.

Efforts to save energy include participating in Earth Hour, implementing an eco-friendly air conditioning system, and recovering waste heat generated from the power generator. Initiatives to reduce plastic waste involve minimizing single-use plastics, installing water stations, and using reusable bottles.

To preserve the ocean, Lux Cruises’ Heritage Bình Chuẩn conducts monthly bay cleaning programs and refuses to discharge waste directly into the bays, ensuring the pristine environment of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay in the Cat Ba Archipelago is protected for generations to come.

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