Heritage Cruises derives the inspiration for its boutique concept and design from the heritage ships of the patriotic entrepreneur Bach Thai Buoi, who transformed transportation on the waterways of Tonkin in the North of Vietnam in the early 20th century.

Launching in September 2019, Heritage Cruises will offer authentic experiences for 40 guests aboard an architecturally designed boutique river and ocean cruise ship in the Gulf of Tonkin. Amenities include a spa, outdoor lounge, pool and 20 suites with picture windows offering river and ocean views.

As Heritage Cruises’ first true floating four-star boutique hotel, the cruise offers guests high-end service in an unforgettable setting that captures the quintessence of North Vietnam and the classic charm of the 1930s Indochina style.

Cruising is all about destinations, experiences and memories. Our ambition is lofty: to provide a spectacular experience based on elements of exclusivity, comfort, elegance and style.

At Heritage Cruises, we regard the smallest detail as essential to a personalized cruising experience. As well as a passionate team, we have incredible partners who will help ensure your voyage is rich in memories.

Heritage Cruises was launched in 2019 by founder and CEO, Pham Ha, to fulfill his cruising dream of bringing unparalleled travel experiences, in the utmost comfort, to modern-day explorers cruising the world’s greatest rivers and bays.

Deck Plan

  • Year of construction: 2018
  • Launch: Summer 2019
  • Type: River and ocean vessel (SB standard)
  • Ports of embarkation: Got Pier, Haiphong City (Vietnam)
  • Vessel registry: Haiphong, Vietnam
  • Length: 75 metres
  • Beam: 13.10 metres
  • Draft: 1.80 metres
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots or 22.224 km per hour
  • Engines: 2 new Caterpillars, tier-three emission compliant
  • Electricity: 2 new Denyo generators, encapsulated for noise reduction
  • Voltage: 220 volts
  • Water: Reverse osmosis and UV water-treatment plant
  • A/C: Central air conditioning with individual controlled units in all indoor areas
  • Internet: Complimentary Wi-Fi with intermittent connection
  • Delta Suites (33 m2)
    101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
  • Ocean Suites (33 m2)
    201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210
  • Captain Suites (38 m2)
    107, 108
  • Regal Suites (46 m2)
    211, 212

At Heritage Cruises, dining is not just about eating – we craft dining experiences. Our carte-du-jour is in the capable hands of an Iron Chef, whose passion for gastronomy results in a fine-dining experience involving local and fusion cuisine drawing on Asian and Western influences. He is responsible for the Le Tonkin and L’Indochine Restaurants, our two dining venues.

Our sommelier can help you pair your meal with some of our exquisite wines from the Bach Dang wine cellar.


Lounges & Wine Cellar

There are plenty of social spaces aboard Heritage Cruises.

Upstairs on the Panorama Deck, you will find the ship’s air conditioned Indoor Song Hong Lounge where you can relax comfortably. Sink into a plump couch angled to optimize the engrossing, ever-changing Annamite landscapes streaming in through the floor to ceiling wall of windows.

An air-conditioned, top-deck gym does not allow anyone to miss the view while staying fit. Or you might skip the exercise today and enjoy a sunset from the outside lounge, or cool off in the swimming pool with its bar and private cabanas.

At the White Lotus Spa, guests can relax at the sauna or enjoy a treatment in one of our two rooms. Or for retail therapy, our art gallery and Van Don shop, specialised in antiques and artisanal items, offers a range of original souvenirs.

Heritage Cruises also offers a floating exhibition L’Art de l’Annam featuring the artist Pham Luc, known as the Picasso of Vietnam, plus works of other famous Vietnamese artists in canvas, silk and lacquer art. Guided art tours can be arranged as well as occasional auctions.

  • Vietnam’s first cruise-ship art gallery and art auctions
  • Vietnam’s first swimming pool with a 360-degree view, and private cabanas
  • Bach Thai Buoi Library
  • Shop featuring exclusive local handcrafts and antiques
  • Lobby lounge and outdoor shaded lounge
  • Sundeck with sunbeds, parasols and morning session of Volvinam – a Vietnamese martial art
  • Top-deck gym overlooking the ocean
  • Spa with a sauna and two treatment rooms

Tuan Chau International Marina, Halong City, Quang Ninh Province takes about a 2.5-hour drive from the capital, Hanoi or Noi Bai Airport; 60 minutes from Cat Bi Airport, Haiphong and 70 minutes from Van Don Airport, Quang Ninh. Apart from daily limousine transfers between Hanoi and Tuan Chau Marina upon request, Heritage Cruises can also arrange for private charter aircraft, helicopters or seaplanes.

Safety features aboard the Heritage Cruises vessel include radio communications with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life rafts, flares and signals, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin, and an automatic defibrillator.

Small boats for excursions: Two speedboats equipped with two four-stroke low-emission engines stay in constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 20 passengers.

Crew: 40 members, one-to-one ratio with guests, including a cruise director, paramedic and tour guides.

Capacity: 40 passengers