Vietnam’s Paradise takes over La Vela Cruises

Paradise Hotels & Cruises, which operates sailings in Halong Bay, has taken over one of its rivals, La Vela Cruises.

In operation since 2008, La Vela operates two boats in Halong Bay – the 28-cabin La Vela Classic and the 21-cabin La Vela Premium. Under the new management, Paradise said it won’t alter the look of the vessels, but plans to change how they are operated.

one of La Vela Premium’s 21 cabins
One of La Vela Premium’s 21 cabins

“Our goal is to take La Vela to the next level,” said Edgar C. Cayanan, Paradise Hotels & Cruises’ general manager. “We plan to do that by bolstering quality across the board, and delivering on the kind of customer care that has become synonymous with the Paradise brand. With La Vela, we’re offering five-star services at four-star prices.”

As with all Paradise cruises, La Vela will offer one- and two-night voyages in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed bay. Destinations will include Sung Sot Cave, Cua Van Floating Village and Titov Island, and onboard activities will include Vietnamese cooking demonstrations, morning tai chi sessions and buffet lunches.

The two La Vela vessels will also offer spa treatments and open-air bars on the ships’ sundecks. The highest room categories will feature jacuzzis and connecting rooms will also be available, which Cayanan said was “a rarity”.

“For that reason alone, we think La Vela will be a very attractive option for families,” he added.

Room sizes range from La Vela Classic’s 18m² deluxe cabin to La Vela Premium’s 25m² premium balcony cabin.

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