Move over, honeymooners! Solo travellers can also say AHOY! aboard a cruise ship! ;-)
It was late last year when I found myself booking a Halong Bay cruise package for two…for me, myself and I. It sounded silly— a partnerless lady boarding a luxury cruise ship for a romantic overnight trip along the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I haven’t really traveled alone in a foreign country so when they learned that I’m going to cruise…alone…my friends assumed that I have a mysterious date or I needed some soul-searching. But, the truth was that I just wanted to find out if cruising could also be safe and fun for solo travellers like me.
It was a two and a half hour van ride from Hanoi to the private pier of Emeraude. Surprise, surprise, I found myself in the company of French, Cuban, Colombian, German and Australian honeymooners and couples! I may have looked out of place, but once I saw the breathtaking karsts from the pier, I knew that I would also enjoy this vacation, even without a hubby to share the cold sweet November.
From the pier, we rode a small boat that took us to Emeraude cruise ship, a replica of the French paddle-steamer Emeraude. As we started our cruise, the crew welcomed us with refreshing cocktails on the sun deck.
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