Phu Quoc welcomes first international cruise ship after COVID-19

Monday, 22/05/2023 15:47
Costa Serena, the passenger cruise ship of Italy docked at Duong Dong International Wharf in Kien Giang Province on May 21.

Costa Serena cruise ship docks at Duong Dong International Wharf. (Photo:

Bui Quoc Thai, Director of the Department of Tourism of Kien Giang Province, said that the five-star cruise ship carried 2,600 passengers and around 1,000 crew members who are citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Cuba and European countries arrived in Phu Quoc Island for the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The passengers are scheduled to enjoy the four-night and five-day journey on the ship, departing from Thailand to Sihanoukville of Cambodia before heading to Phu Quoc Island of Kien Giang Province.

The tourism sector and authorities of Phu Quoc City prepared sixty 50-seat buses to take tourists to discover the island.

Mr. Thai said that the arrival of the Costa Serena cruise ship showed that the local tourism industry is recovering. Some enterprises have registered the travel plan of the same passenger cruise vessels and it is expected that the island will welcome more five-star passenger cruise ships in the upcoming time.

Kien Giang province has geared up to recover the tourism industry severely affected by the COVID-19. It has built Phu Quoc international passenger port, promoted the application of science and technology, reformed procedures, shortened immigration procedure time for vehicles and visitors, and offered high quality, distinctive products and services./.