With featured guest speaker Jim Laurie, former ABC and NBC New Correspondent
This exclusive nine-night cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, “Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the Five-Star, small ship m.s. L’Austral showcases the Orient’s most intriguing destinations, the fascinating treasures of Vietnam—from the serene landscape of rice paddies to traditional pagodas and bustling sampan-filled harbors—and four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour Hanoi, Vietnam’s dynamic capital and a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Cruise along the majestic shores of Ha Long Bay. Visit the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial capital city of Hué. Admire the Japanese-style covered bridge and the intricately carved Assembly Hall in beautiful Hôi An. Discover the mystique of ancient cultures and colorful traditions juxtaposed with modernity. Round-trip economy-class air from Los Angeles is included.* Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise. A Hong Kong Pre-Cruise Option and an Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Post-Program are also offered.
*Air included from Los Angeles has limited availability and is not guaranteed.
Day 1: In Transit | Cross the International Date Line
Day 2: Hong Kong | Embark M.S. L’Austral
Day 3: Cruising the Gulf of Tonkin
Day 4: Haiphong, Vietnam, for Hanoi
Day 5: Ha Long Bay
Day 6: Cruising the South China Sea
Day 7: Chan May for Hue and the Hai Van Pass| Da Nang
Day 8: Da Nang for Hoi An
Day 9: Day at Sea
Day 10: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Day 11: Saigon | Disembark ship | In Transit