Asia’s largest cruise ship returns to Nha Trang

Spectrum of the Seas, Asia’s largest luxury cruise ship carrying over 4,300 foreign visitors, docked at Nha Trang Port Monday, marking its return for the second time in a month.

Due to its size, the ship was forced to anchor outside Nha Trang Bay and the visitors, mainly from France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong and Thailand, moved ashore on small boats, according to Khanh Hoa’s Department of Tourism.

They visited the Institute of Oceanography, Ponagar Tower, Truong Son Craft Village, and Long Son Pagoda and cycled to explore the city’s outskirts.

The ship left Nha Trang at 4 p.m. and continued its journey to Vung Tau in the southern region. Earlier this month, the cruise vessel brought over 4,600 foreign tourists to Nha Trang.

A representative of HCMC-based tour operator Saigontourist, which serves passengers on Spectrum of the Seas, said that since reopening, this was the third time the cruise vessel had brought international tourists to Vietnam.

Operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI), the 347-meter-long vessel has 16 decks, more than 2,000 cabins and a capacity of 5,600 passengers.

So far this year, Khanh Hoa has welcomed 11 cruise ships with more than 13,600 visitors. In the first half of this year, Khanh Hoa has received over 2.7 million visitors, about 70% of this year’s target.

Its tourism industry has set a target of welcoming about 4 million tourists, including 2.5 million domestic tourists and 1.5 million international visitors.

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