Cruise West is returning to Vietnam in 2009, reprising its popular itinerary there due to customer demand. The voyage will take place upon the company’s flagship and most luxurious ship, the 120-passenger Spirit of Oceanus. Travelers will experience such destinations such as Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hue.
The 12-day journey leaves from Hanoi on November 21, 2009, and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. The itinerary tours the Gulf of Tonkin; Hue, the Imperial City on the Perfume River; the temples and fishing boats of Nha Trang and more.
"Cruise West’s Asian itineraries are an important component of our goal to be an international cruise line," said Dietmar R. Wertanzl, newly appointed president and CEO of Cruise West. "The decision to reintroduce our Vietnam itinerary was an obvious one given the interest in the destination our guests continue to express." Prices for the cruise start at $5,649.
An optional five-day Angkor Wat/Cambodia add-on includes tours of the Temples at Angkor Wat including the spiritual center of Ta Prohm, Tonle Sap Lake, a floating fishing village of homes, shops and deepwater rice paddies, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.