Enjoy the high life at this UNESCO World Heritage Site – where plastic straws are banned on a fleet of seven ships.
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SINGAPORE: Viewing the sights of Halong Bay on a luxury cruise ship is certainly a way to make it happen. Imagine the unique landscape of more than 2000 limestone islands, breeze in the hair and a cocktail in hand – and no small plastic straw that sticks out of your drink.
That is because Paradise Cruises, a leading luxury cruise provider in Vietnam, decided to withdraw the use of straws from all seven ships from August. "Since plastic needs about 200 years to disintegrate, it poses a major threat to our oceans," said General Manager Edgar Cavana. "Every day an unimaginable amount is thrown into the water, it not only causes a sore spot, it destroys life in the sea."
Data recorded by Earth Day Network showed that Vietnam produced more than 1.8 million tonnes of plastic waste last year, making it the fourth most plastic waste-producing country in the world.
Strolling is the action of Paradise Cruises to save 36,000 straws per year, which would otherwise be served to passengers in the inventory of 130 cabins, said Mr. Cavana. Passengers are encouraged to bring a re-usable straw or not to use straw at all.
TIME FOR PARADISE
A holiday where you contribute to the environment and do not skimp on the finer details of luxury cruises? That is possible on Paradise Cruises' newest member of his fleet, the Paradise Elegance. The indulgence starts when you are picked up from Hanoi in a six-person bus with flat-screen TV's in the head restraints and broadband internet.
The 61m long and 13m wide Paradise Elegance, the largest ship that sails in Halong Bay at night, is equipped with 31 cabins from 25 to 35 sqm. Each room has a private balcony, a walk-in wardrobe, a rain shower and floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you can get yourself out of your comfortable cabin, you will find luxurious amenities such as a spa with four treatment rooms and a dining room with a piano bar. But there is no need to dine there if you wish. Instead, you can order from the à la carte menu and enjoy your meal in your cabin, private balcony or sun deck, which seats up to 70 people and has a round bar.
Prices start from US $ 190 (S $ 260) per person. Visit paradisecruise.com for more information.