Leading boutique cruise company Ambassador Cruise is charting new channels of improvement on the uncharted Lan Ha Bay with the launch of Ambassador Signature all-night sailings.
The limestone-studded seascape of the northern reaches of the Gulf of Tonkin has long been renowned for its beauty. And now visitors can enjoy the refreshing visual splendor on the relatively uncharted waters of Lan Ha Bay, just south of Halong Bay, aboard the Ambassador Signature ship., A new 39-berth ship made its maiden voyage in July.
The new one-night cruise features a myriad of attractive calling cards. There is a destination for the kickoff. The 300 karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha Bay characterize the beauty of Halong Bay. Although it retains the grandeur of its star neighbour, Lan Ha Bay sees a fraction of the traffic. The seascapes are almost interchangeable, but the lack of tour boats gives Lan Ha Bay a more secluded appeal.
The ship features an interior design that combines high luxury with contemporary elements. This marriage is at the forefront of cabins designed in four different categories. These are Ambassador Balcony, Executive Ambassador Balcony, Ambassador Balcony Suite, and Captain’s View Ambassador Suite. All cabins have a private balcony and a spacious bathroom. The last two classes, the highest on board, have private balconies where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning views in complete seclusion. Cabins range in size from 28 to 35 square metres.
Elsewhere there is a spa, a luxurious piano lounge and a spacious sun terrace. The largest of any cruise ship in Lan Ha Bay. A strong focus on gastronomy is showcased through sumptuous evening menus curated by Michelin-starred Chef David Galian. The exquisite dining is complemented by the sounds of a resident band that enhances the evening atmosphere.
Meanwhile, attractive optional excursions include a visit to Viet Hai, a traditional floating fishing village, and a tour through the Light and Dark Cave by bamboo boat or kayak. The cave features impressive stalactites and leads to a tranquil lake surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.
“The launch of Ambassador Signature was momentous for several reasons,” said Nguyen Cao Son, founder of Asia Premier Cruises Corporation, which owns Ambassador Cruise.
“Lan Ha Bay is undiscovered compared to Halong Bay, which brings to sailing a sense of discovery for passengers. Additionally, we have focused on life enhancements with a world-class spa, truly stunning cabins, and of course a kitchen overseen by a Michelin-starred chef.” .
Galian’s exquisite multi-course offerings are one of the many tantalizing aspects of cruises on board the new Ambassador Signature ship.
Launched on July 21, the ship features a fascinating blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French colonial touches.
There are many interesting elements to the Ambassador Signature experience.
The surrounding natural beauty, best appreciated through the 360-degree views of the bay from the sundeck, is nothing short of stunning.
The on-board spa includes a wide range of massages and other treatments. The Piano Lounge is the place to relax after dinner, with live musical entertainment, fine wines and creative cocktails adding to the swing of sailing.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Signature’s focus on fine dining is sure to capture the imagination of connoisseurs.
Ambassador Cruise Company was recently awarded the World TOP Heritage Gourmet Award by the International Business Association in recognition of the cuisine offered by the Ambassador II ship. Ambassador Signature’s culinary offerings are expected to attract wider interest.
Normandy-born Chef Gallien, who trained at the Michelin-starred Manoir du Lys, earned his star at his Le Jardin des Plumes restaurant in Giverny. He gained further recognition by winning Season 11 of the TV show Top Chef. For dinner at Ambassador Signature Restaurant, Galian oversaw menus that use premium ingredients and incorporate Asian and French flavors and cooking techniques.
Since launching its first ship in 2021, Ambassador Cruise has made a name for itself as the leading luxury cruise operator in Halong Bay. With the launch of Ambassador Signature, it now operates three ships, the others being Ambassador I and Ambassador II. Guests can choose from a variety of excursions including overnight cruises, day cruises and dinner cruises.