Cruise Updates

Important Cruise & Travel Information



Heritage Line’s Halong Bay Violet operation will be paused from 31st July to 10th October 2024!

During this period, we’ll be undergoing refurbishments to make necessary adjustments and enhancements to our facilities to offer a more remarkable experience for our valued guests.

Heritage Line VIOLET will return on the 11 October 2024 with a fresh new appearance and upgraded amenities. We are open for bookings for 2025 and 2026.



Heritage Line is pausing its upper Mekong operation between April and December 2024!

The pausing is necessary to undertake some major refurbishments and adjustments with the ship in order to offer our guests the best possible on and off-shore experience possible.

After our first season with our new vessel ‘Anouvong’, we have learned more details about the absolutely interesting but also very challenging Mekong river in Laos. With this maintenance Heritage Line will improve the ship’s navigability which is crucial at certain difficult section of the river, but also taking the occasion to enhance the life on board experience by adding more enjoyable guest facilities.

Heritage Line ANVOUONG will be back on the 01 January 2025 for the first sailing after this pause from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. We are open for bookings for 2025 and 2026.

NEW TIPPING POLICY (To be advised)


Vietnam: You can obtain a Vietnam Visa at the Vietnamese embassy in your home country or apply for a 30-day Vietnam E-visa online (if applicable for your nationality). Both visas are valid for river border crossing into Vietnam (a specific river port location/name is not needed anymore since ). The pre-pandemic Visa-waiver program has been re-instated for applicable countries only.

Cambodia: E-visas are NOT acceptable for the waterway border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia. Heritage Line can arrange Cambodian Visa onboard for all passengers cruising from Vietnam to Cambodia (single entry, 1 month, please check with our reservation about price).

Laos: Travelers from most countries can apply online for a Laos eVisa (, which is valid for border crossings between Thailand and Laos on land and river. Please obtain your visa prior to your cruise departure.

For more information please visit the visa section in the passenger information (FAQ).

Myanmar Cruises

Until further notice cruises in Myanmar are suspended.