The Dutch cruise ship, Volendam, was the first ship to dock at Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa Province in the Lunar New Year.
On February 12 or the third day of the Lunar New Year, over 400
tourists on board the ship came ashore to take a sightseeing tour around
the city and neighbouring regions. They visited the Cai River ,Long Son Pagoda and Po Nager Tower.
In 2012, Nha
Trang City received 36 cruise ships carrying more than 40,000 foreign
tourists, mainly from the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea and
the Netherlands .
According to the province’s
Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the number of cruise ships
travelling to Nha Trang will peak from January to April, and again from
October to December in 2013.
Volendam, which visited Nha Trang
for the fifth time, left the city on the day for central Da Nang
city and Ha Long Bay (northern Quang Ninh province).
February 12, Superstart Gemini, a cruise ship carrying 1,400 foreign
tourists, became the first ship to dock at Tien Sa Port, Da Nang
city in the new year.
The city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism organised a ceremony to welcome the first tourists ashore.
Tien Sa Port expects to receive five other cruise ships with 6,500
tourists from the US, Britain, Canada , Australia and China
during Tet, a year on year increase of 17.2 percent. It plans to welcome
47 cruise ships during the first quarter of the year.
The municipal Department said Da Nang hopes to receive 47,300 foreign
tourists during Tet, up 20.4 percent from the same period last year.-VNA