Heritage Line have added a new member to their fleet – Ylang. A stunning marriage of classic French colonial and traditional Vietnamese style, the classic and artisanal artwork and floral patterns are a nod to nature, and the four seasons. Blossom is heavily featured within the suites and the colours, patterns and style promote relaxation and harmony on a luxurious sea trip.
Itinerary & Prices
|Long Quan Suite||$973||$1,460|
|Au Co Suite||$1,093||$1,640|
AM: After meeting at welcome lounge at the Tuan Chau Marina, we take a quick speedboat transfer to your luxurious floating home before starting our unique journey of exploring one of the wonders of nature – Lan Ha Bay and its main island of Cat Ba.
PM: The first highlight of the cruise is lunch, which is served in Ylang’s nearly 360-degree light-flooded, elegant restaurant. Enjoy a fine menu of tasty local, international or vegetarian dishes freshly prepared by our culinary team. Relax on the terrace deck or on your private balcony and soak in the enchanting aura which emanates from the surreal seascape. While we cruise along in the early afternoon, there is time to enjoy the ship’s vast wellness and spa offerings. Choose your favourite treatment from an extensive spa menu, or take a plunge in the pool with infinity-like vistas.
As we reach the shore of a small lagoon on Cat Ba Island, we hop on bicycles (e-cart transfers are also available) for a leisure pedaling along small paved roads towards the Viet Hai village. Little has changed in Viet Hai since the ancestors of the 80 households settled here centuries ago. Situated in a valley within the Cat Ba National Park and surrounded on all sides by think forest and mountains, the locals are isolated from the island’s other villages and towns. The only access is via sea. The community is self-sufficient, as the residents provide for themselves by cultivating vegetables and fruits in the next door fields, growing rice of cause in the valley, and go fishing out in the bay. This is truly unique and authentic opportunity to meet local inhabitants and experience their local daily life. We have a glimpse of local households, see how they make medicine organically from a tree bark and we can also try various homemade liquors.
Back on board, we are sailing a little bit to find an exclusive and undisturbed parking spot for the overnight mooring in the midst of southern Lan Ha Bay. Join an optional tea tasting lesson in the restaurant to learn about Vietnam’s traditional herbal teas and gain insight into their health benefits. Alternatively, get pampered with a spa treatment or take a sauna session in Ylang’s fantastic spa facilities. We can also provide you with a foot massage in the privacy of your suite. For dinner, you can choose assorted dishes from the delectable multiple course menu. After dining, we offer in the wellness studio a guided “singing bowl meditation”. This is an ancient Tibetan ritual which intends to invoke a deep state of relaxation – it alleviates stress and promotes a better night of sleep. You can also opt for one of the best ways to spend the evening by just taking a seat under the stars on the terrace deck or on your balcony to embrace the serenity of this surreal landscape. Or if you would like to fully immerse yourself in relaxation, our spa
Ben Beo, Cat Ba National Park & Lan Ha Bay Mooring Point
AM: Wake up early and have a coffee, tea or a pastry prepared in the restaurant before joining our Tai Chi session on the terrace deck. A great experience to ease your mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun touching the water. Afterwards you can re-energize from our wide selection of healthy or hearty breakfast offerings. Meanwhile, Ylang sails towards the very southern tip of Cat Ba Island. Here, we take our tender and visit one of a last remaining real authentic floating fishing villages, not far outside of the town of Ben Beo on the main island. This fishing village is home to approx. 300 families living in floating houses and making their living from fishing and aquaculture, much like their ancestors did. Get a close view of how the villagers live and work on the water in this unique community. We continue towards Ben Beo Pier, go ashore and travel a short distance along scenic island roads into the Cat Ba National Park. We like invite you for a leisurely and mindful walk (taking the same path both ways) through this lush, jungle-like forest to get a somewhat a feeling of this tropical island. Cat Ba National Park is designated as a biosphere reserve and hosts over 1,500 plant species, 78 avian, 20 reptilian and 32 mammalian species including deer, macaques and civets. Guests who would like to skip the light trekking, we bring back to the ship to enjoy Ylang’s facilities in the meantime.
PM: Once all back on board lunch is served, and the luxury Ylang resumes sailing northeast through the stony maze of Lan Ha Bay. Eventually we reach a secluded spot in the bay which will be the basis for our afternoon activities. Ylang will anchor here and we offer our guests an afternoon of “at-your-own-choice”. Our tender is available to commute between a wonderful natural island beach for relaxing or swimming. Kayaks are available as well to explore the calm area on your own. A snacks and drink station is set up on the beach if you get thirsty or need a bite to eat. Guests who like to stay on the ship, or those prefer to return from the beach, can enjoy from a treatment from our spa menu, or use the steam bath or sauna as complimentary available wellness facilities. Enjoy this afternoon the fullest as the clock is not ticking and take back home long-lasting memories from Lan Ha Bay.
As the sun sets the ship is sailing further north to find is overnight mooring for the last night. Enjoy your last multi-course dinner in the ambient restaurant. We offering another guided “Singing Bowl Meditation” tonight to join optional, or simply unwind on your private balcony while taking in the tranquility of Lan Ha Bay.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet in the restaurant as the Au Co cruises towards Lan Ha Bay.
Enjoy swimming at the beautiful beach in Lan Ha Bay named Ba Trai Dao Beach. The area is easily recognized by its three rounded peaks of equal height, said to resemble peaches when viewed from afar.
Later, we return to the Au Co for some time at leisure to relax or try the jacuzzi and onboard spa or join the Bridge and Engine room tour to discover the boat.
PM: Lunch is served in Halong Restaurant while the Au Co passes the beautiful karst towers of Lan Ha Bay to reach Cat Ba Island.
We arrive in Cat Ba Island at around 14:30. Choose a bicycle and pedal to Viet Hai Village – a small village nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park with your tour guides. While there, visit Bhaya Café – a simulation of Vietnamese ancient house and learn about “Viet Hai Community Farm” & “Save the Langurs”, two of the cruise’s corporate social responsibilities projects.
At 17:00, we return to the Au Co for some time at leisure to relax. Enjoy Happy Hour deals with complimentary snacks at Lan Ha Open Bar with buy one get one free available on a vast selection of drinks.
Later, join in the signature Barbecue Party to enjoy exquisite fusion cuisine onboard. Relax in your cabin, chat with new friends at the Lan Ha Bar or join a fruit-carving session with the kitchen staff in the restaurant.
Suites & Cabins
2 - 3
40 m² / 431 ft²
Double / Twin
These elegant suites come with a separate lounge area with a sofa and a table. Some of these suites are interconnected to accommodate friends traveling together. Guests can enjoy the modern bathrooms featuring a walk-in shower and bathtub overlooking the bay.
2 - 3
54 m² / 581 ft²
The suite is generously extensive, with a lounge area and a balcony for relaxing. The luxurious bathroom is equipped with the finest amenities, hot water, a walk-in shower, and a jacuzzi overlooking the bay. Both suites are designed with extravagance to bring a luxurious feel.
Premium Regency Suite
2 - 3
51 m² / 549 ft²
Glory Daisy & Royal Bamboo are the most premium accommodations on board and sit in a prime location at the bow of the ship. Both are also individually designed and include a separate bedroom and sofa lounge area which grants access to the front-facing private balcony with outdoor Jacuzzi. The elegant bathrooms are outfitted with walk-in showers and free-standing bathtubs with splendid views of the bay.