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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

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    • 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 Cabins

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.

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    • 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

Bar & Dining 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

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    • 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.

Safety

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:

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    • 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.

TWO NIGHTS  HALONG BAY CRUISE ABOARD PALOMA CRUISE
Bai Tu Long bay – Vong Vieng floating village – Trong cave – Lan Ha bay – Ba Ham islet – Van Gia fishing village  – Ha Long bay – Sung Sot cave

 

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay

7.45 – 8.15 Our bus or private car will pick you up at your hotel.
12.30 Arrive at Paloma office, Halong City. Transferred by tender to Paloma Cruise – enjoy welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check into cabins and begin your cruise.
13.15 – 13.30 Have lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu (Massage service is available after lunch  and thoughout the cruise). Head to Bai Tu Long Bay, pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15.00 Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc.
17.00  Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets near Hang Trong.
Happy Hour (sunset party)
18:30 Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
19.15 Sumptuous Set-dinner onboard.
21:00 Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.
Happy Hour! Buy two drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)
Overnight aboard Paloma Cruise.

Day 2: Halong Bay

06.15 Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00 Paloma weighs anchor to sail through the bay and pass by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Early breakfast in the dinning room.
08.30 Transfer to Smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion.
09.30 Guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water.
12.30 BBQ lunch is served on beach (depend on the weather).
14.00 Continue discovering discovery Toi and Sang Cave (depend on the condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting).
16.00 Return to Paloma Cruise.
17.00 The vessel cruises back to the bay for second overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy hour (Sunset party).
19.15 Sumptuous Seafood Set – dinner onboard.
21.00 Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.
Happy Hour! Buy two drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)
Overnight aboard Paloma Cruise.

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi

06.15 Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00 Have buffet breakfast in dinning room.
08.00 Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
08:15 Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.
10:00 Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10:30 Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11.30 – 12.00 Arrive at Hon Gai Habour. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the Paloma Office while waiting for return transportation
16:00-16:30 Arrive in Hanoi

Price for group tour (USD/pax) – Promotion price valid to 30 Dec 2012 

Cabin Normal price Promotion price Single Supplement
Superior room $275/pax $247/pax $130/pax
Deluxe room $300/pax $270/pax $150/pax
Family suite (3pax max)* $306/pax $275/pax n/a
Paloma suite $325/pax $292/pax n/a
Pick up service $20/pax n/a n/a


Inclusions: 

  • Welcome drink
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Visit to fishing village by rowing boat
  • Air-conditioned ensuite cabin
  • Visit to Sung Sot Cave
  • Kayaking
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Complimentary morning Tea & coffee
  • All meals on board(Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)
  • Tai Chi
  • Fishing equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Onboard insurance, tax and service charges

Exclusions:

  •  Airfares, Car Transfers and Hotels
  •  Visa Arrangements
  •  Massage Services (please see massage menu in cabin)
  •  Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  •  All other services not clearly mentioned above.

Other Notes:

  • Cruise schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all passengers.
  • Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.
  • A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent.
  • Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard

ONE NIGHT HA LONG BAY CRUISE ABOARD PALOMA
Bai Tu Long bay – Vong Vieng floating village – Trong cave – Ha Long bay – Sung Sot cave

 

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay

7.45 – 8.15: Our bus or private car will pick you up at your hotel.
12.30: Arrive at Paloma office, Halong City. Transferred by tender to Paloma Cruise – enjoy welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check into cabins and begin your cruise.
13.15 – 13.30: Having lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu (Massage service is available after lunch  and thoughout the cruise).
15.00: Head to Bai Tu Long Bay, pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional  activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc.
17.00: Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets near Hang Trong.
Happy Hour (sunset party)
18.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
19.15: Sumptuous Set-dinner onboard.
21.00: Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.
Happy Hour! Buy two drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)
Overnight aboard Paloma Cruise.

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi

06.15: Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00: Have breakfast in dinning room.
08.00: Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
08.15: Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.
10.00: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11.30 – 12.00: Arrive at Hon Gai Habour. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the Paloma Office while waiting for return transportation
16:00-16:30: Arrive in Hanoi

Price for group tour – Promotion price valid to 31 Dec 12 (USD/pax)

Cabin

Twin/ double

Promotion price

Single Supplement

Superior room

$160/pax

$144/pax

$65/pax

Deluxe room

$180/pax

$162/pax

$75/pax

Family suite* (Max 3 people)

$205/pax

$184/pax

n/a

Paloma suite

$215/pax

$193/pax

$105/pax

Pick up service

$20/pax


Inclusions: 

  • Welcome drink
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Visit to fishing village by rowing boat
  • Air-conditioned ensuite cabin
  • Visit to Sung Sot Cave
  • Kayaking
  • Complimentary mineral water
  • Complimentary morning Tea & coffee
  • All meals on board(Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)
  • Tai Chi
  • Fishing equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Onboard insurance, tax and service charges

Exclusions:

  •  Airfares, Car Transfers and Hotels
  •  Visa Arrangements
  •  Massage Services (please see massage menu in cabin)
  •  Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  •  All other services not clearly mentioned above.

 

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