11 Best Halong Bay Cruises for Families & Kids
Halong Bay is known a great family-friendly tourist destination where cruises provide significant values for families from adjusted lodging to individually-prepared meals and all-inclusive packages. Therefore, even if you have your can’t-sit-still children or elder people accompanied, your family vacation on Halong Bay will always be memorable. Before planning on your trip, have a look at some of the best cruises for families below.
1. Orchid Cruises
Orchid is the most luxurious cruise for multi-generational family groups and kids of all ages. The 72sqm family suite/premium suites with balcony that can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children are the largest cabins in Halong Bay. All of 20 glorious non-smoking staterooms are fitted with extra beds. In addition, onboard entertainment successfully keeps children entertained with free access to the round-shaped outdoor Jacuzzi and cooking class.
Best for: Families with active children looking fun in the jungle and on the beach.
Price: starting from US$429
Itinerary: Got Ferry Terminal, Trung Trang Cave, Cat Ba National Park, Tra Bau area, Viet Hai Village, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Frog Lake.
What your kids will love: Jacuzzi pool on the front of the cruise, kids’ TV channels, board games, and funny beach activities.
Why you love it: Orchid cruise offers large family rooms and full range of modern amenities. Kids’ meals are well-served. The cruise’s family package is a great deal that includes round trip transfer, free cocktail for everyone, and setup for special occasions.
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2. Signature Halong Cruise
The 5-star Signature Halong cruise is amongst the largest cruises on Halong Bay with brilliant family accommodation options where staterooms are designed with family in mind. The executive family suite features a large private terrace and has max occupancy of 3 adults and a child under 12 years old in an area of 32m2. Meanwhile, the elite family suite is actually a connecting cabin spreading over 45m2 meaning that there is plenty of space for your whole family of 4 adults and 2 children. Notably, all rooms on this exquisite wooden yacht are provided a heated Jacuzzi bathtub.
Best for: Nuclear families seeking spacious rooms and savings.
Price: Starting from US$312
Itinerary: Vung Vieng fishing village, Cong Dam area, Thien Canh Son cave
What kids will love: Jacuzzi bathtub appointed in every room and chances to experience locals’ lives.
Why you love it: Free of charge for children under 5 years old. There are a full range of family services including baby safety gates, babysitting services, and entertainment for kids. Meals can be enjoyed in the guests’ rooms.
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3. Bhaya Legend Private Cruise
Bhaya Legend boutique wooden boats 1-3 cabins have crafted the best concept for families. The number of guests per boat ranges from only 2 to 6 people that ensure the ultimate in privacy for your family. Despite without cutting-edge amenities, the ship offers dedicated private butler, tailor-made itineraries around the Halong Bay area (including three bays: Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay), and special dinner set-ups.
Best for: Families yearning for absolute privacy and children old enough for kayaking and biking.
Price: Starting from US$1558
Itinerary: Halong Bay, Sung Sot Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Cua Van Fishing Village, Ba Ham Lake, Trinh Nu Cave
What kids will love: Comfortable cabins without strangers and various water-based activities
Why you love it: Tours are designed according to guests’ preferences. Kids’ meals and customized menu of Vietnamese seafood & international dishes cater to every guest’s demands. Other kid-friendly touches on the boat are babysitter, themed parties, and doctor on call (on request).
Read our detailed reviews for Bhaya Legend
4. Azalea Cruise
Azalea Cruise is a big player in family cruise arena with a collection of 24 superior cabins that can sleep at least 3 and max 6 people. The family premium deluxe is the most spacious cabin (56m2) offering a private sitting area, a balcony, and a bathtub Jacuzzi. For heart-pounding fun, the ship provides top features for families such as kids’ indoor playgrounds & TV channels, spa services, and live performances.
Best for: Big families loving pampering wellness services.
Price: Starting from US$346
Itinerary: Got Ferry Terminal, Trung Trang Cave, Tra Bau area, Viet Hai Village, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Frog Lake.
What kids will love: Kids’ corner with lots of toys and the heated bathtub Jacuzzi.
Why you love it: Guests can relax with tai chi session and several indulgent spa massages. Having idyllic corner inside the room to admire spectacular bay views.
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5. Glory Legend Cruise
What upscale vessels lack in personality and affordability, mid-range cruises are well-appointed. Glory Legend is a great pick for budget-minded families who want to keep costs to a minimum. Cabins are cozy yet spacious enough (from 16m2 to 32m2) for 2 adults and 1 child. The family deluxe rooms 2 king beds costs from US$415 and extra mattresses can be arranged.
Best for: Nature lovers and families with tight budget.
Price: Starting from US$235.
Itinerary: Tuan Chau Marina, Tung Sau area, Titop Beach, Luon Bo area, Cua Van Fishing Village, Me Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave.
What kids will love: Enrichment programs onboard, enjoy excursions to many pristine areas, and get close to the nature.
Why you love it: Acceptable cabin sizes with space for all members. Entertainment programs aboard this ship are particularly family-oriented with ceramics workshops, live music entertainment and tai chi.
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6. Rita Cruise
Rita cruise – the Princess of the Sea is sought after among Halong Bay’s best floating hotels that have something for everyone. 36 private double/triple/family cabins and suites are fitted with modern features and a spa-inspired en-suite bathroom. Especially, the family suite connecting with private balcony can accommodate 4 adults and offer a lot of inclusions.
Best for: Grown-up families who eager a voyage filled with dozens of family-friendly perks.
Price: Starting from US$277
Itinerary: Tuan Chau Harbour, Ba Trai Dao Islet, Viet Hai Village, Van Boi Beach area, Dark & Bright Cave.
What kids will love: An action-packed itinerary, a wealth of evening entertainment, and a buffet BBQ onboard.
Why you love it: Complementary usage of the gym club, golf club, seasonal swimming pool, steamed sauna & dried sauna, and rooftop lounge with live music.
7. Genesis Regal Luxury Cruise
Genesis Luxury Regal Cruise greets families with ample in-room amenities and youth programs. This strikingly sleek vessel follows French-Indochine classic style and comprises 20 large cabins (the smallest one is 32m2) that are equipped with a private balcony, safety box, en-suite bathtub.
Best for: Families with no more than three members. Children are old enough for kayaking, swimming, and integrating to the culture.
Price: Starting from US$254
Itinerary: Tuan Chau Marina, Dark & Bright Cave, Cat Ba Island, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Viet Hai Village
What kids will love: There is plenty of fun in the beaches. Kids can also learn to play chess, go fishing, make spring rolls, and attend a stunning pearl workshop.
Why you love it: The wine list at the Sail bar includes premium exported brands such as France, Austria, and Chile.
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8. La Regina Cruises
Without doubt La Regina is a fleet of upscale cruise ships with a variety of sailings that can suite passengers of all ages. Suite cabins are elegantly-designed and well-furnished with a bathtub, an in-suite dining setup, and private butler service. Every boat also hosts an indoor play area, board games, and baby safety gates for children.
Best for: Nature-and-culture-loving children.
Price: Starting from US$321
Itinerary: Tuan Chau Marina, Elephant Feet, Tra Bau area, Viet Hai Village, Viet Hai Cultural Farming Conservation Houses, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Dark & Bright Cave.
What kids will love: An opportunity to try farming works, fishing, participating in the cooking class.
Why you love it: Extraordinary itineraries on Lan Hay Bay, rock climbing, food carving lesion, and the kids on us package offering several advantages like private round trip transfer, stay on 2 connecting rooms, 1 hour complimentary babysitter, and 1 complimentary accommodation (connecting rooms) in Hanoi.
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9. Halong Athena Cruise
Halong Athena Cruise was on her maiden voyage in 2017, rolling out new family-oriented offerings such as private limousine and car service, 21 all-suite cabins with balcony, sauna and spa services. Staterooms are simple yet hi-end and well-appointed with top-notch furniture and an extra bed for one child. This mid-size 5-star cruise also has impeccable dining and a bunch of interesting activities suitable for all ages.
Best for: Nuclear families or a small group of 4 people.
Price: Starting from US$334
Itinerary: Hon Gai Pier, Vung Vieng Floating Fishing Village, Cong Dam area, Thien Canh Son Cave.
What kids will love: Kayaking and helicopter/seaplane service will be a second-to-none experience for older children.
Why you love it: There is a sauna session from 15:30 to 16:30 for all guests. Moreover, one child under 5 years old using the existing bed with parent/s is free of charge.
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10. Mon Chéri Cruises
Two Mon Chéri Cruises are home to 43 luxurious cabins. Each unit has a private terrace and features a sophisticated design of classic European combined with Vietnamese rustic styling. The vessels also standouts from the crowd with typically international-standard Halal and Kosher food as well as gluten-free diet.
Best for: Families taking pleasure in Kosher or Halal food.
Price: Starting from US$341
Itinerary: Got Pier, Dark & Bright Cave, Viet Hai Village, Van Boi Bay, Cat Ba Island, Trung Trang Cave.
What kids will love: Swimming, kayaking, and beach activities on charter program.
Why you love it: Mon Cheri cruises provide babysitting/child services and board games for children. Adult-only areas like spa and bar are also available. Tourists can also challenge their endurance with trekking and biking tours.
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11. Le Theatre Cruises
Le Theatre Cruises provide access to Lan Ha Bay’s top sights as well as quieter tourist attractions in the bay. Adorned in hues of white and brown, 21 elegant guest rooms give an emphasis on modern minimalism and first-rate in-room facilities. Those cabins largely cater to families of two adults and one kid. The sundeck is a perfect spot for taking photograph and joining evening entertainment. After traveling time, reward yourself with excellent Vietnamese fusion food and a cup of cocktails at the panoramic bar.
Best for: Adolescents who praise Vietnamese cuisines.
Price: Starting from US$390.
Itinerary: Gia Luan Harbor, Ao Ech area, Viet Hai floating village, Van Boi area, Dark & Bright Cave.
What kids will love: Cooking class, sunset tea break, and beach activities.
Why you love it: Le Theater has a lot of amenities for children including baby safety gates, an indoor and outdoor play area, kids’ TV channels, board games, and babysitting service.
Read our reviews for Le Theatre Cruises