Lotus, a cruise ship that operates regularly between HCM City and Ha Long Bay, berthed at the Hon Gai International Passenger Port in Ha Long for the first time last Sunday.
|Hon Gai Port|
Around 1,000 passengers were traveling aboard the ship. Port authorities said it was the first time that a giant vessel had berthed there. The port cost about VND 645 billion (US$40 million) to build.
The ship, regarded as the most luxurious and modern cruise liner in Viet Nam, was launched by state-owned Vinashin Ocean Shipping Company last December.
Vinashin bought the vessel from Italy at a cost of VND1.3 trillion (US$81.25 million). It is equipped with modern facilities, has hundreds of cabins and areas decks for autos and aircraft.
Vinashin plans to make the cruise a daily service.