An imperial city. Royal palaces. Emperors’ tombs. Marble hills. Peaceful pagodas. Hindu temples. Majestic mountains. White sand beaches.
Our E. EXCEL 30 Strong incentive trip achievers will discover all of this and more during the first port of call on this memorable incentive cruise from Hong Kong to Vietnam.
On day three of the cruise, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will dock at Hue city, a former imperial city set on the Perfume River. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Hue was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Enthusiastic E. Excellers can choose to spend the day exploring Hue or venture a few miles away to nearby Da Nang.
In Hue, highlights include the following:
- Four citadels (the imperial city, the forbidden city, the inner city, and Tran Binh Dai) that make up the Capital City
- Tombs of ancient emperors (including Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, and Tu Doc) scattered along the riverbanks
- Numerous pagodas, including Thien Mu Pagoda, a 21-meter high tower that has been featured in songs and poems
- Beautiful beaches and mineral hot springs
- Boat trips along the Perfume River.
One of the largest cities in Vietnam, Da Nang and the surrounding area offers the following sightseeing options:
- Monkey (Son Tra) Mountain, a breathtaking national park where hiking enthusiasts can enjoy verdant jungles and spot rare species, such as the red face monkeys. Linh Ung Pagoda, home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy and a collection of 21 miniature Buddha sculptures, can also be seen here.
- Dragon Bridge, the longest bridge in Vietnam, crosses the Han River and is constructed in the shape of a golden dragon, which locals believe symbolizes power, nobility and good fortune.
- Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone and marble hills within Hoa Hai District that host 17th-century Buddhist sanctuaries and pagoda temples.
- Da Nang’s 18-mile coastline is renowned for calm, cool waters and is also popular for fishing, water-skiing, diving, and yachting. Well-known beaches along the way include My Khe (China), Lang Co, and Non Nuoc.
- Hội An is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Especially popular is the covered "Japanese Bridge," which dates back to the mid-16th century.
- Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century by the kings of Champa. The kings came to the valley to worship the god Shiva; the area was also a popular burial site for Cham royalty and national heroes.
The E. EXCEL 30 Strong Incentive Cruise is certain to be the trip of a lifetime for our E. Excellers who earn this amazing cruise—and these awe-inspiring sites in Vietnam will only make the trip even more memorable.