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Introducing GINGER – A new luxury experience in Halong Bay

Launching in June of 2018, Heritage Line introduces its newly constructed luxury cruise, the Ginger, cruising the Lan Ha Bay, which is a tranquil part of the famous Halong Bay in northern Vietnam.  Ginger exudes the feel of elegant warmth. Featuring timber floors, marble bathrooms, wooden furnished and antique decor, Ginger will remind you of the long-lasting traditional design of Vietnam, with indulgent, contemporary accents.  Aboard this suite-only vessel, be amazed by its gastronomic undertones. The ship’s beautifully decorated restaurant boasts a 360-degree view of the emerald bay. Equipped with the open space kitchen situated at the centre, the restaurant brings out the excitement of the culinary experience as the chefs bring the space to life

Ginger is Heritage Line’s most recently launched vessel which will cruise in Lan Ha Bay (June 2018), a quiet extension of the famed UNESCO Heritage Site Halong Bay. Ginger boasts a stunning Indochinese-Vietnamese heritage theme paired with refined contemporary accents. The style interlaces long-lasting traditions of major regional elements which are displayed in the rooms and play key roles in Vietnamese sagas and poems, including landscape, botany and mythological birds. Ginger has only 12 spacious, natural lightflooded Suites – all with wide panorama sliding glass doors opening onto a private balcony. The vessel’s true uniqueness is her refined culinary attitude combined with a refreshing lifestyle component. Its terrace deck is a remarkable public area hosting an almost 360-degree light-flooded restaurant where live cooking is performed. Another exclusive facility is the adjacent pool, encircled by shaded cabanas and sun beds. Located in the stern of the ship, offering wonderful views of the bay through vitreous floor to ceiling frames, the spa area adds another state-of-the-art facility.

The six spacious Junior Suites on the main deck offer a separate sofa lounge area and bathroom fitted with a walk-in shower, bathtub overlooking the bay and private balconies. The Junior Suites rooms are naturally light-flooded and feature an artful design of dark-ink hand painted, local scenery and landscapes at the backdrop of the bed and their ceilings are covered with entwined silver leaves.

The Signature Suites have the same total floor space as the Junior Suites but are located on the upper deck. They feature a warm yellow, earthy brown and antique gold flower theme with intricate, feminine décor. Delicate floral embroideries on silk panels inspire guests to revel in romance and poetry. The exquisite bathroom with its mosaic tiled walls behind a lavish vanity, a large walk-in shower and an exquisite bathtub invite to indulge in extravagance.

The two Regent Suites, named Blue Phoenix and White Crane, are the most luxurious options to voyage aboard Ginger. Both have 50 sqm of floor space including private balcony and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi that offers great vistas of Lan Ha Bay. The light-flooded expansive bathroom in conjunction with the private balcony (6 sqm) make the Regent Suites a special abode. Each of the two suites features an individual design theme dedicated to mythical birds of Vietnam’s rich repertoire of fables. The interior design features hand-made lacquer panels over the bed, antique and colonial furniture, gleaming gold leaf ceilings and artistic decoration.

With its ceiling covered with delicate wood panels and warm coloured stucco decoration, the lobby reminds of ancient Indochinese wooden junks gliding over the calm waters of the bay.  The library lounge is an air-conditioned area with comfortable sofa lounge arrangement.   The outsized spa is located on the upper deck and occupies the whole stern area of the ship hosting three treatment rooms.  Ginger’s terrace deck boasts a pool tiled with blue mosaic tiles and is surrounded by lush cabana-shaded sun bed making it the perfect place to spend time outdoors while on board.  Ginger’s top feature is very likely its practically 360 degree view daylight-flooded restaurant and bar. Dark wooden furniture with luxurious fabrics offer comfy, private seating. The stylishly illuminated backdrop of the adjacent bar invites guests to get together at any time of the day without missing a single glimpse on the bay.

Step aboard Ginger, your home while you explore one of nature’s wonders, Lan Ha Bay. The private atmosphere on board makes it feel almost like you have the whole vessel to yourself. Enjoy the vast space and homey feeling in your room, or head out to the pool deck and take in the blue hour with a sundowner after some cycling around the jungle-like Cat Ba Island. You can also learn more about local cuisine and customs by joining a cooking class to find out how to strip down a fresh squid – be careful with the ink!

But maybe nothing is more enjoyable on Ginger than balcony breakfast in close togetherness with your partner while the boat slowly sails back to the harbour passing thousands of karsts and small islands. Aboard Ginger, it is a matter of pride for the ships staff to present guests with very delicious cuisine. Made from fresh locally and internationally sourced ingredients their Vietnamese and Western dishes will have you eagerly coming back for seconds. Breakfasts can either be taken in the restaurant or at the al-fresco area on the sun deck. The open live cooking area in the restaurant adds a defined culinary themed experience on Ginger.

For more information on  the Ginger, or the other luxury vessels in the Heritage Lines group contact Travel Masters or The Travel Studio today…