This is the first five-star cruise to return to Phu Quoc City, an island off Kien Giang Province, after a long suspension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also the first voyage by the Costa Serena to Phu Quoc City since the onset of the pandemic, said Le Thi Minh Thu, an advisor at Thien Y Marine Transport Services Company.

The passengers aboard the vessel, boasting a crew of over 1,000, are citizens of Thailand, Cuba, and various other nations.

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International cruise guests pose for a photo with a Vietnamese woman in ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume). Photo: Tuoi Tre

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International cruise guests pose for a photo with a Vietnamese woman in ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional costume). Photo: Tuoi Tre

The ship was slated to take a five-day and four-night voyage from Thailand to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville, followed by a trip to Phu Quoc, where passengers could explore the local culture and take in some of the island’s most popular tourist attractions.

LyLy, a Thai visitor who was traveling to Phu Quoc with her family for the first time, described the island as stunningly beautiful. She said she was mesmerized by its stunning landscapes and exotic attractions, remarking that it was an unforgettable experience for her and her family.

She was enamoured by the hearty welcome she received from the locals.

International cruise guests are transported to Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, in southern Vietnam on a small boat. International cruise guests are transported on a small boat to Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre The stunningly beautiful island, known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, is a popular tourist destination.

International cruise guests are transported on a small boat to Phu Quoc Island of Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Bui Quoc Thai, the director of the provincial Department of Tourism, recently expressed that the arrival of the Costa Serena cruise ship is indicative of the recovery of the local tourist industry. He believes that this development is a positive sign for the future of the area’s tourism sector.

Phu Quoc is expected to serve some passenger cruise ships in the upcoming period, Thai Nguyen, the Chairman of the Phu Quoc People’s Committee, confirmed. He added that the island is ready to provide the necessary services for the cruise ships, as well as to ensure the safety of all passengers during their visit.

The Costa Serena vessel will further bring international guests to the Vietnamese island early next year. With its arrival, the island is expecting to witness a surge in tourism and hospitality businesses.

To better service international cruise guests, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is making concerted efforts to improve its tourism infrastructure and streamline entry and exit procedures for visitors and vehicles. The government is investing in the development of appropriate facilities that will enable travelers to have a more enjoyable and hassle-free experience when visiting the area. This includes ensuring that all necessary documents are ready for entry and exit, and that vehicles are properly registered and ready for transport. In addition, the province is also implementing measures to ensure that any potential safety concerns are addressed and that tourists get the best possible service.

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