Built in the style of a traditional Indochine-Vietnamese junk boat with contemporary and classic art themes and sumptuous interiors, the dazzling 187-ft Ginger is both incredibly spacious and timelessly elegant. She accommodates just 24 guests, and cruises the quiet Lan Ha Bay area of the Halong Bay archipelago in Northern Vietnam.
Your Luxurious Suite
Ginger has 12 large suites, divided into three categories and split over two decks. Each has full-length glass windows, a comfortable seating area, unique handmade decorations and furnishings, an en-suite bathroom, and a generously-sized private balcony overlooking the mesmerizing Lan Ha Bay. The Junior Suites, located on the Lower Deck feature a light and airy contemporary design, hand-inked with images of local scenery and silver leaf details on the ceilings; two of these suites interconnect, making them ideal for a family.
The Signature Suites are perfect for honeymooners, each with a mosaic-tiled bathroom and delicate floral embroidery on the silk wall hangings creating a romantic and dreamy atmosphere. The two Regent Suites, named White Crane and Blue Phoenix, both present a vast amount of space, antique furniture, gold leaf accents and a jacuzzi, in which you can bubble all your troubles away while enjoying unparalleled vistas over the Bay.
Ginger’s nearly-360-degree glass-surrounded restaurant introduces an open kitchen with live cooking for an unforgettable culinary experience. The live cooking zone, located at the centre of the venue, will capture your full attention during the preparation of gastronomic feasts showcasing local dishes and fresh fish. You can expect the highest standards of food and beverages with a fantastic daily brunch, and multi-course menu for dinner. The adjacent indoor bar corner is also stylishly designed, inviting you to relax at any given time of the day. Meals can be taken in your cabin, alfresco on the terrace, or in the stylish restaurant and bar.
Activities On Board
During your Ginger Cruise, you can slip into the inviting pool or laze in a cabana on the expansive Terrace Deck, which is another marvelous spot for viewing the 300 ethereal-like limestone islets and karsts passing by. Dine in the alfresco restaurant, then allow yourself to be pampered in the Lady Ginger Spa. Join a cooking class in the restaurant and learn the secrets of creating delicious Vietnamese cuisine.
Participate in a morning Tai Chi session on the deck or enjoy an evening movie screening. The library lounge with its antiques and artifacts offers a cool retreat. With Wi-Fi and in-room entertainment systems, you will always find something to occupy your time on board.
On Shore And Water Activities
Spot the old French lighthouse, and then disembark at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island. Tour the island by bicycle and meet villagers. Enjoy a refreshing swim or try paddleboarding off a secluded beach on Frog Lake. Well suited for couples, families and groups of friends, the luxurious Halong Bay Ginger Cruise invites you to gain a deeper insight into the local way of life within a dramatic setting of limestone pillars and green islands against the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay.
Itineraries & Prices
AM: After meeting at Heritage Line’s 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 we serve in Ginger’s nearly 360-degree light-flooded restaurant. Our live cooking in the open kitchen is a one of a kind experience – enjoy the culinary display along with fantastic panoramic views of the passing scenery. 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 some unique facilities on board. Take a plunge in the pool with infinity-like vistas or get pampered with a selection of fine treatments and massages in spa area of the ship.
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, and during the time we sailing northbound again, our chef invitees for an interactive cooking class in the restaurant’s big open kitchen. Learn about local ingredients as well as the preparation of classic Vietnamese dishes. You are warmly invited to lend a hand. As the sun sets, we arrive at our tranquil anchor spot for the night. Kick bank and let reveal in your mind’s eye today’s adventures as night falls gently over the bay. After a delicious dinner, you may like to unwind at our bar with a digestif or watch a movie in the cinema which is set up in the dining area later on. Or join our team and have some fun fishing for squid before retiring to your room.
AM: Wake up early and join our Tai Chi session on the terrace deck to ease your mind and muscles with the first rays of the sun touching the water. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries await in the dining room to start the day. It is time for Heritage Line Ginger to lift her anchors and cruise to a place called “Frog Lake”, a secluded area which is perfect for our energetic morning excursion. Go for a refreshing swim in the bay or explore this captivating marine landscape via kayak. The cliffs stretch vertically out of the water and you feel a sense of freedom while paddling through this labyrinth of jade-green water, rocks and vivid tree-topped islets.
Back on board, we serve a hearty breakfast while cruising back to our off-shore embarkation spot, from where we transfer you back to the welcome lounge at the pier by your speed boat. Savour the last moments of this unique journey while relaxing on comfy sun beds on the terrace deck.
Suites & Cabins
These suites come with large windows that naturally flood the room with light. Some of the rooms are interconnected to accommodate traveling groups. The suites also feature individually controlled air conditioning, a balcony with sun chairs and tables, and a sofa lounge.
These suites have a balcony where guests can relax and unwind as they take in the beautiful scenery of the rainforest. The bathrooms are beautifully designed with mosaic tiles, an elegant vanity, a large walk-in shower, and elegant bathtub.
These suites boast the finest amenities from a minibar, a movie and music entertainment system, a cabinet, and air conditioning. The private bathroom has a walk-in shower and a jacuzzi for guests to soak in as they relax.