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Paloma Cruise

The Paloma is a brand new Chinese wooden junk crewed by a professional, loyal and dedicated team. Spread over 4 decks she has 16 en-suite fully equipped luxury cabins, a bar with soft seating and plasma TV, gourmet restaurant, outside dining area, sundeck and luxury spa.
Come onboard The Paloma. Be charmed by her exquisite luxury, intimate setting and unrivalled home from home service. An unforgettable way to witness the serene, calm setting of Halong Bay’s exceptional natural beauty.
The Paloma is your home while you are in Halong Bay. Good service is key. Our crew consists of 20 dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to making your stay with us special and unforgettable.

Facts about The Paloma

  • 10.5m wide
  • 43m Long
  • 4 decks
  • Luxury Spa (1st deck)
  • Luxury cabins (1st and 2nd decks)
  • Dining areas (3rd deck)
  • Sundeck (4th deck)

The Cabin

A selection of superior and deluxe cabins, honeymoon and family suites mixing the modern with traditional elements. All ensuite and fully equipped with air conditioning, in house phone and bathroom amenities, allowing you to relax in peace and luxury.

  • 5 Superior (13m²) (double or twin)
  • 7 Deluxe (15m²) (double or twin)
  • 2 Honeymoon suites with balcony (17m²) with 270 degree panoramic sea views
  • 2 Family suites with balcony (20m²) with 270 degree panoramic sea views

The Bar & Dinning Room

Relax and unwind in the bar which adjoins the restaurant. Enjoy pre-dinner or after-dinner drinks, relax in the soft seating area, browse our selection of books and magazines or watch a DVD on the plasma TV. The bar is fully stocked with fine wines, spirits, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

On board you will be delighted with our top notch service and fine dining experience. Our menu is an innovative blend of European cuisine with an Asian twist. In Vietnam food preparation and presentation is an art form. A healthy and refined cuisine with exotic flavours features Vietnamese herbs, spices and other well-known traditional specialties.

Non-meat eaters will be able to sample some of the best vegetarian food in Vietnam.
 

Sundeck

The sundeck, situated on the 4th deck, is the perfect spot to view the limestone peaks, lagoons, grottoes and emerald sea. Relax on our cosy sun lounges and enjoy the cool sea breeze.
 

Activities

During your stay on The Paloma, you won’t be short of things to do. Our expert guide will lead kayaking tours of the bay, enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters or pamper yourself in our luxury spa. Join our staff in some late night cuttle fishing and we run cookery demonstrations for those interested in learning the art of Vietnamese cooking. Take part in early morning Tai Chi on the sundeck which is the perfect way to welcome the new day.

Water sport facilities and activities

  • Kayaks (upon request or part of cruise package)
  • Tender
  • Bamboo rowing boats
  • Swimming
  • Cooking demonstrations (upon request)
  • Early morning Tai Chi
  • Join the staff to go cuttle fishing in the evening
Amenities
With perfect attention to detail, all aspects of your stay on board have been meticulously planned. All cabins are en-suite with hot showers and full bathroom amenities, towels and luxury linens. The junk is fully air conditioned throughout, there is plenty of storage space, a luxury spa, gourmet restaurant and a fully stocked bar. Equipped with all the luxury and comforts you desire, The Paloma is your home from home while you cruise the Bay.
 
Prevention better than Cure
To ensure your safety and to give you peace of mind, The Paloma is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment complying with international safety standards and requirements.
On board we have:
60 life vests
40 life bouys
4 lifeboats
In case of fire there are 4 fire hoses and 14 fire extinguishers in the public areas and 1 extinguisher per cabin
GPS system
Radar
VHF radio
Automated alarm system with speakers throughout the  vessel
As part of our introduction to life on board we will give you a short talk on our health and safety procedures.

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (L, D)

08:30 am approx: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. Mini bus or private car pick up.
Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. You will have a chance to take photos. Comfort break
The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours
12 noon approx: Arrive Halong Bay. Welcome aboard The Paloma. Meet the captain and crew and join us for a welcome cocktail as we tell you about life onboard. 
Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind. Set sail as lunch is prepared by our chef.
Join us for a relaxing lunch in the restaurant or on the outdoor dining area. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay, its dramatic limestone islands as we sail through the calm waters.
Afternoon: While we make our way to Bai Tu Long Bay, relax on the sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin. 
Early afternoon arrive at Vong Vieng floating fishing village. Drop anchor.
Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. Disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. See at first-hand what life is like living on the water.
We are proud of our working partnership with, and support of, this community.
Back on board The Paloma we head towards Halong Bay. We drop anchor in the calm waters surrounded by islets Opportunity to go swimming in the clear warm waters or go kayaking. Kayaking is suitable for all levels and ages. Our expert will run through the safety procedures and after a basic paddling lesson our experienced guide will lead you to explore the Bay, its lagoons and beaches.
For those who prefer a relaxing afternoon, make the most of sunbathing on deck or pamper yourself with a massage and sauna in our luxurious spa.
Early evening: Back on board, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit. 
Take an opportunity to refresh and then join friends for a pre-dinner drink in the bar.
Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area, which is a gastronomic delight. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night or take a late night swim under the stars.
Accommodation and overnight on junk.


Day 2: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

06:30: For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the Bay or have an early morning swim.
Breakfast, coffee and tea and served.
After breakfast we sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves including Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) cave and we drop anchor at Surprise (Sung Sot) Cave.
Disembark and visit Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
10:00 am: Back on board. Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the luggage store. 
An early lunch is served.
12 noon: Return to the shore and disembark from The Paloma as our crew say farewell. ransfer to minibus or private car and return to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30/17:00.
 

Prices quoted in US$ nett per person

Cabin Grade

May - Sep

Jan - Apr & Oct - Dec

Single

Double

Single

Double

Deluxe

210

149

234

161

Suites

228

162

254

174

Paloma Suite

282

186

311

210

Family Suite *

390

205

449

297

 
* Family suite (cabins included 1 double bed & 1 single bed for 3 persons only)
* Children Policy:
- Only one child under 4 can share the cabin with parents, free of charge.
- Children aged from 5 -11 will be charged 75% of adult price.
- Children from 12 years old will be charged as the same as adults.
- Baby cots available free of charge for every cabin - on request

* Terms and conditions about our family Suite (1 double bed, 1 single bed)
- 2 adults and child 4 years old or under. Child no charge
- 2 adults and child 5-11 years. Charge of 75% for child
- 2 adults and child over 12 years old. Child full cost
 

Included services


  • Full equipped luxury en-suite cabin with A/C, hot water
  • All meals onboard
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Complimentary morning tea and coffee
  • Welcome drink
  • Teambuilding games
  • Cookery demonstrations (on request)
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Mini bus per person round trip

Excluded services


  • Beauty Spa and massage
  • Additional drinks
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • All other services not clearly mentioned above

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (L, D)

08:30 am approx: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. Mini bus or private car pick up.
Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. You will have a chance to take photos. Comfort break
The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours
12 noon approx: Arrive Halong Bay. Welcome aboard The Paloma. Meet the captain and crew and join us for a welcome cocktail as we tell you about life onboard.
Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind. Set sail as lunch is prepared by our chef.
Join us for a relaxing lunch in the restaurant or on the outdoor dining area. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay, its dramatic limestone islands as we sail through the calm waters.
Afternoon: While we make our way to Bai Tu Long Bay, relax on the sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin.
Early afternoon arrive at Vong Vieng floating fishing village. Drop anchor.
Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. Disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. See at first-hand what life is like living on the water.
We are proud of our working partnership with, and support of, this community.
Back on board The Paloma we head towards Halong Bay. We drop anchor in the calm waters surrounded by islets Opportunity to go swimming in the clear warm waters or go kayaking. Kayaking is suitable for all levels and ages. Our expert will run through the safety procedures and after a basic paddling lesson our experienced guide will lead you to explore the Bay, its lagoons and beaches.
For those who prefer a relaxing afternoon, make the most of sunbathing on deck or pamper yourself with a massage and sauna in our luxurious spa.
Early evening: Back on board, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit. 
Take an opportunity to refresh and then join friends for a pre-dinner drink in the bar.
Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area, which is a gastronomic delight. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night or take a late night swim under the stars.
Accommodation and overnight on junk.


Day 2: Halong Bay Discovery (B, L, D)

06:30: For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay or have an early morning swim.
Breakfast, coffee or tea is served.
After breakfast transfer from The Paloma to a smaller boat which will take you to one of the more remote and secluded parts of the Lan Ha Bay waters and islands. Our guide will take you on a kayaking tour of the waters. There is no better way to discover the lagoons, the coral reef, beaches and limestone peaks. 
Or sunbathe on one of the secluded beaches, go swimming. During the morning our chef and crew prepare a special BBQ lunch on the private beach (depends on the weather). After lunch we discover Ho Ba Ham Islet in Lan Ha Bay which borders the Gulf of Tonkin. Our local guide will take you on a tour of the local community, Van Gia fishing village and lagoons.
 16:00: Back on board The Paloma, take time to refresh and relax. 
Early evening: Enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit. 
Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go night fishing or take a late night swim under the stars.
Accommodation and overnight on junk.

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

06:30: For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the Bay or have an early morning swim.
Breakfast, coffee and tea and served.
After breakfast we sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves including Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) cave and we drop anchor at Surprise (Sung Sot) Cave.
Disembark and visit Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
 10:00 am: Back on board. Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the luggage store. 
An early lunch is served.
 12 noon: Return to the shore and disembark from The Paloma as our crew say farewell. ransfer to minibus or private car and return to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30/17:00.
 

Prices quoted in US$ nett per person

Cabin Grade

May - Sep

Jan - Apr & Oct - Dec

Single

Double

Single

Double

Deluxe

384

270

438

295

Suites

408

280

475

318

Paloma Suite

468

330

530

354

Family Suite *

678

350

730

487

 
* Family suite (cabins included 1 double bed & 1 single bed for 3 persons only)
* Children Policy:
- Only one child under 4 can share the cabin with parents, free of charge.
- Children aged from 5 -11 will be charged 75% of adult price.
- Children from 12 years old will be charged as the same as adults.
- Baby cots available free of charge for every cabin - on request

* Terms and conditions about our family Suite (1 double bed, 1 single bed)
- 2 adults and child 4 years old or under. Child no charge
- 2 adults and child 5-11 years. Charge of 75% for child
- 2 adults and child over 12 years old. Child full cost
 

Included services


  • Full equipped luxury en-suite cabin with A/C, hot water
  • All meals onboard
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Complimentary morning tea and coffee
  • Welcome drink
  • Teambuilding games
  • Cookery demonstrations (on request)
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Mini bus per person round trip

Excluded services


  • Beauty Spa and massage
  • Additional drinks
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • All other services not clearly mentioned above

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