Press Release

Heritage Line Launches a New Vessel “Ylang” in Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay (Vietnam)

Heritage Line is a singular cruise line, passionate to the core about creating unforgettable and refined river voyages. They operate a luxurious collections of vessels on several waterways across Southeast Asia. In September 2019 Heritage Line proudly introduces a new vessel Ylang in Lan Ha Bay (North Vietnam). This “Sensuous Belle” features a splendid blend of Asian-Vietnamese design with French-Colonial accents. Ylang will be the only cruise in the region offering a distinctive wellness theme onboard on a dedicated 3 day – 2 night voyage into remote and less visited areas of the bay.

The vessel’s interior emanates the ancient flair of Indochina with a delicate floral leitmotif inspired by local poetry and related to the four seasons of the year. Local artisans contributed to Ylang’s decoration with hand-crafted paintings and artwork. All this creates an inimitable sense of bliss and an exceptional abode at sea.

Ylang has only ten spacious suites on two decks – each room has large floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors which open onto a outsized balcony. Room sizes range from 40sqm for the six Signatures Suites and 50-54sqm for the four Regent Suites on the upper deck. These Regent Suites are all individually designed and the front facing ones feature a Jacuzzi on their balcony. Luxury room amenities include tailor-made furnishing, a sofa lounge, a large bathroom with walk-in shower and a bathtub or Jacuzzi (equipped with a special soda water spa treatment system), dressing table and mini bar.

What make Ylang special, is her expansive spa area inclusive of a sauna and steam bath room. Yoga classes are offered in a dedicated practice room and daily Tai Chi lessons are held on the ship’s terrace deck at sunrise. Private in-room spa treatment or private yoga sessions are available upon request and every booking will receive some complimentary treatments.

The vessel’s facilities complete with an infinity-like (heated) Jacuzzi-Pool on the terrace deck, a cozy indoor library lounge and the distinctively Indochinese-styled restaurant with adjacent bar evoking the grand days of old Indochina.

On the culinary side, Ylang offers Vietnamese and international gastronomy focusing on a healthy stay during the cruise. Breakfast in the privacy of the suite can be served to enhance the stay.

Apart of the spa theme Ylang’s itinerary is another particularity. Heritage Line is delighted to be the only cruise line offering a dedicated 3-day/ 2-night’s journey named “Senses of Lan Ha” into remote areas of Lan Ha Bay. Experiences for guests comprehend leisure cycling and hiking on Cat Ba island, a visit of local floating fishing village and also one half day “at guests’ own pace and choice” to choose from activities such as swimming, kayaking or wellness offerings onboard.

The cruise starts and ends at a pier on the small island Cat Hai near the city of Hai Phong (approx. 1.5 hrs drive from Hanoi). Private and shuttle transfers are offered by Heritage Line. The maiden voyage will take place on 17 August 2019.

Please contact Heritage Line at for enquiries.

For links to our Press Kit and Image Gallery, please see our Ylang Maiden Voyage Press Release.