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Danang welcomes first international cruise ship since Covid

By Nhan Tam

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DANANG – Le Lapérouse, an international cruise ship with over 200 guests, arrived at the Tien Sa port, Danang City, on October 9, becoming the first to return to the coastal city after a two-year suspension due to the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 200 international guests, including tourists and crew members on the French-flagged cruise ship, are mainly from the EU and the U.S.

La Lapérouse will continue docking in Danang on October 16 and 29, offering tourists a variety of tour selections, such as Ngu Hanh Son, Ba Na Hills, the ancient town of Hoi An and the My Son sanctuary.

According to Nguyen Xuan Binh, a representative of the Danang Department of Tourism, La Lapérouse marked the return of cruise ship travels to Danang after the fourth wave of Covid infections, showing good signs of the city’s tourism recovery.

La Lapérouse is a leading cruise ship of the fleet of Ponant Explorers consisting of six members managed by the Ponant cruise carrier.

The tour to discover the coast and famous sightseeing places of Vietnam, lasting from 8 to 11 days, is a new journey of Ponant in Asia, offered at a starting price of EUR4,240, equal to nearly VND100 million on its website.

La Lapérouse is an environmentally friendly cruise ship and modernly equipped with an open design and five-star lounge. The highlight of the cruise ship is a multi-story underwater lounge entitled “The Blue Eye”.

In 2019, Danang welcomed merely 100 international cruise ships with around 130,000 visitors, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year.

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