Bhaya Group, which operates cruises in Vietnam’s Halong Bay, has unveiled the results of a two-month programme to renovate its boats.
The two luxury vessels, collectively known as The Au Co, have been completed overhauled, with work encompassing all 64 cabins, reception areas, onboard spas, F&B outlets, libraries and cinema areas. Both vessels now feature a second bar on their sundeck, and the cabins’ classic French balconies and floor-to-ceiling glass doors have been retained.
The vessels are now ready to take travellers on a series of three-day, two-night cruises around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed bay, including land excursions to destinations including Cat Ba Island.
“Every year the twin ships undergo refurbishment that lasts at least a month, but after four years in operation we were looking to offer our passengers something different – an onboard experience that captures both traditional Vietnamese and modern luxury styles,” explained Bhaya’s managing director, Ly Thuy Huynh Nhu.
“The new look boats will further strengthen Bhaya Cruises as the leading luxury provider on the waters of Halong Bay.”
Beyond aesthetics, other adjustments have been made to improve the passenger experience, such as relocating the exhaust pipe to the rear of the vessels to minimise engine noise.
Bhaya operates three cruise brands in Halong Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin: Bhaya Classic, Legend Halong and The Au Co. The company carried almost 75,000 passengers in 2015, the majority of which come from Australia, the US, UK, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and France.