Over 8,500 foreigners visit Vietnam on luxury cruise ships

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Foreign tourists visit Vietnam on the Voyager of the Seas, which docked in the southern beach town of Vung Tau on April 8. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE
Two American luxury cruise ships carrying more than 8,500 international tourists and crew members have docked in Vietnam recently, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Both the Voyager of the Seas and the Celebrity Millennium belong to the US-owned Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, one of the world’s largest cruise lines, according to the report.
It quoted a representative of Saigontourist, a major Vietnamese tour operator, as saying that 3,500 tourists and crew members of the Voyager of the Seas, which docked the southern beach town of Vung Tau on Tuesday, spent one day touring the town and Ho Chi Minh City.
During the tours, they learned about local people’s lifestyles, went shopping, and visited destinations like the Cu Chi Tunnels, some 60 kilometers northeast of HCMC.
Meanwhile, tourists from the Celebrity Millennium, which docked at Vung Tau on Sunday, are visiting the town, the central ancient town of Hue, and Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh during their five-day stay here.
Famous destinations in the central region, including UNESCO-recognized heritage sites -- namely the Complex of Hue Monuments, the ancient town of Hoi An, and My Son Sanctuary -- are included in their itinerary.
Saigontourist's general director Vo Anh Tai told the newspaper that his company has served more than 80 visits of international luxury cruise ships this year.
The ships, which belong to famous lines like Star Cruises, Costa Crociere S.p.A, and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, carried hundreds of thousands of tourists, the newspaper reported.

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