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14 Best Halong Bay Cruises 3 Days 2 Nights

Ready to book your first cruise on Halong Bay but still wonder where to go? Of course, this is a difficult task since Halong Bay is brimming with various categories of cruise lines and each has a unique itinerary. Yet, all cruise voyages on Halong Bay definitely allow you to soak in unforgettable scenery and experiences.

14 Best Halong Bay Cruises 3 Days 2 Nights

Check out 14 bucket list 3D2N cruise itineraries below and chose one for your once-in-a-life-time cruise vacation on Halong Bay.

1. Orchid Classic Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Marina - Lan Ha Bay - Dark & Bright Cave - Tra Bau area

Day 2:  Viet Hai fishing village - Cat Ba's rainforest and dark tunnels - Ba Trai Dao islets 

Day 3: Ao Ech area - disembark at Tuan Chau Marina

Itinerary map:

Why we love it

You are embraced by the timeless inspiration of classic Indochine architecture of Orchid Classic Cruise on Lan Ha Bay for 3 days and 2 nights. Exciting experiences abound on the way you discover the pristine beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is in fact, an ideal place for water-based activities and relaxation.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Activities are optional. You can challenge yourself with kayaking in Dark & Bright Cave or enjoy a leisure bamboo boat ride. Besides that, excursions around Viet Hai fishing village can also be done by cycling or getting in an electric car. In addition to this, you can fully enjoy kayaking in Ao Ech area, an untouched area in Lan Ha Bay.

More: Read our reviews for Orchid Classic Cruise

2. Stellar of the Seas Cruise 3 Days

Kayaking: One of the most loved activities by Stellar of The Seas guests 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Marina - Cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet. Explore Lan Ha Bay's lagoon natural area.

Day 2: Viet Hai fishing village - swimming on a natural beach.

Day 3: Visit Dark & Bright Cave.

Itinerary map:

Why we love it

Stellar of the Seas is a brand-new, leading cruise line with a brilliant itinerary to discover less touristy attractions on Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay. The cruise also offers exciting activities onboard and sumptuous parties.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Exclusive swimming and kayaking experiences on a primitive lagoon area of Lan Ha Bay. You will be served a BBQ party onboard in the evening. On day two, you are able to breathe fresh air while cycling in Viet Hai village. Onboard activities are also abundant namely games, movies, and squid fishing.

More: Stellar of the Seas reviews and booking

3. Elite of the Seas Cruise 3 Days

Elite of the Seas to set sail on September 2022 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Marina - Lan Ha Bay - Kayaking at Dark & Bright Cave, cooking demonstration.

Day 2: Cycling at Viet Hai Village, swimming.

Day 3: Visit the bay by speedboat or swimming - disembarkation.

Itinerary map:

Why we love it

You will stay in one of the most contemporary 6-star cruises on Halong Bay to contemplate the beauty of Lan Ha Bay for 3 days and 2 nights. Besides the 3d2n itinerary, Elite of the Seas is among a few cruises with long itineraries including 4d3n and 5d4n. The journey offers enchanted scenery and an action-packed program. 

Cruise itinerary highlights

Upon arrival in the Dark & Bright cave, you can choose either to go kayaking or get on a bamboo boat to explore the cave. The evening is full of joy with a cooking demonstration, a BBQ dinner, games, movies, and night squid fishing. You will also take a bicycle ride around the peaceful Viet Hai village before swimming in a remote beach area.

More: Elite of the Seas reviews and booking

4. Genesis Regal Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Marina - Dark & Bright Cave - Anchor at Tra Bau area

Day 2: Cycling at Viet Hai fishing village - Swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach

Day 3: Kayaking around Tra BauTra Bau area - cooking demonstration

Itinerary map:

Why we love it

You can admire the natural beauty of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island on the same journey. There are chances to challenge yourself with water activities as well as integrate into local life. Tourist destinations are mostly untouched.

Cruise itinerary highlights

You can enjoy the four-season swimming pool and Jacuzzi onboard and a cycling trip in Viet Hai Village in the afternoon. Ba Trai Dao beach is a beautiful area for swimming, leisure walking, and kayaking. You will explore Tra Bau area, Tra Bau floating house by yourself on a kayak.

More: Genesis Regal Cruise reviews and booking

5. Adela Boutique Cruise 3 Days

Interesting activities on Adela Cruise 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau International Habor - Lan Ha Bay - Dark & Bright cave 

Day 2: Viet Hai fishing village - Ba Trai Dao Beach

Day 3: Tra Bau area - Disembark in Tuan Chau port

Why we love it

This is a boutique cruise featuring a traditional Vietnamese design that takes you on an inspiring journey to Lan Ha Bay. The 3d2n itinerary will sail you to undiscovered waters and islands. There are also many exciting activities to do. 

Cruise itinerary highlights

One of the best parts of this itinerary is the trip to Dark & Bright Cave with a traditional rowing bamboo boat. On day two, there are two options to explore Viet Hai fishing village, either by riding a bicycle or getting in an electric car. A trip to Tra Bau area enables you to get closer to rocky islands and pristine scenery.

6. Paradise Elegance Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Halong Bay - Tung Sau Pearl Farm - Titop Island

Day 2: Luon Cave - Cua Van Fishing Village

Day 3: Sung Sot Cave - farewell

Why we love it

Paradise Elegance Cruise is among the most luxurious cruises sailing on Halong Bay. This is an action-packed itinerary with no dearth of things to do. It takes you to Sung Sot Cave - the largest cave on the bay and the well-known Titop Island.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Every trip arranged while traveling with Paradise Elegance Cruise is very exciting. You will try kayaking and explore the unique process of pearl cultivation in Tung Sau Pearl Farm. Next, you can enjoy swimming or climbing on the top of Titop Island for a panoramic bay view. Day two is also interesting with the journey to the oldest Cua Van fishing village in Vietnam.

7. Swan Cruise 3 Days

Sunset party on Swan cruise 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Habor - Dark & Bright Cave or Ba Trai Dao area

Day 2: Viet Hai fishing village - swimming & snorkeling

Day 3: Ao Ech area - disembarkation

Why we love it

Swan cruise is among reputable cruises exploring Lan Ha Bay. During the 3d2n excursion, you are provided with many options either exploring Dark & Bright Cave or Ba Trai Dao area on the first day. There are many great things to do onboard and offshore.

Cruise itinerary highlights

The cruise's itinerary is suitable for active travelers. You have many opportunities to enjoy swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, or even relaxing in less-touristy destinations. Onboard, you can participate in night entertainment and try your luck with squid fishing.

8. Athena Luxury Cruise 3 Days

Cooking class on the second day on Athena cruise 

Itinerary

Day 1: Hon Gai Pier - Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng floating village 

Day 2: Relaxing and swimming in Cong Dam area

Day 3: Thien Canh Son Cave - farewell

Why we love it

Athena Cruise offers one of the most fascinating excursions on Bai Tu Long Bay, an unpolluted and primitive bay compared to Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The journey offers both exciting activities and cultural values.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Challenge yourself to climb 200 steps to visit Thien Canh Son, the most famous cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. You have plenty of time relaxing and kayaking in Vung Vieng fishing village and Cong Dam area. Onboard, there are cooking demonstrations and squid fishing, attracting many guests.

9. Capella Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Pier - Lan Ha Bay - Ao Ech area

Day 2: Viet Hai fishing village 

Day 3: Dark & Bright Cave - disembarkation

Why we love it

Capella cruise is a luxurious cruise stylishly blending modern-style yacht with Indochina ambiance. The ship offers 3d2n itinerary passing through the magnificent landscapes of Lan Ha Bay.

Cruise itinerary highlights

A biking or electric car trip to Viet Hai fishing village provides charming views of rustic areas, local houses, and beautiful lagoons. You will visit Dark & Bright Cave on a traditional bamboo boat or kayaking by yourself.

10. Heritage Line - Violet Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Marina - Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai fishing village 

Day 2: Cat Ba National Park 

Day 3: Ao Ech area - disembarkation

Why we love it

Heritage Cruise - YLang is a well-appointed cruise with a great itinerary to uncover the best parts of Lan Ha Bay. You will have plenty of opportunities to experience activities in Cat Ba National Park.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Activities in Viet Hai fishing village are optional either you can ride a bike or sit in an electronic car. Further excursions to Cat Ba National Park require a lot of energy to trek through the forest park, explore local houses and nature. On the last day, refresh yourself with a deep swim or kayaking in Ao Ech area.

11. Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise 3 Days

Heritage Binh Chuan has one of the best 3-day-2-night itineraries on Lan Ha Bay 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau International Marina - Lan Ha Bay - Ba Trai Dao Beach or Tra Bau area 

Day 2: Viet Hai fishing village 

Day 3: Dark & Bright Cave - farewell

Why we love it

Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise is one of the most marvelous cruises on Halong Bay with traditional Vietnamese architecture design blended with royal touches. The cruise ship takes you around Lan Ha Bay with plenty of stunning scenery and activities.

Cruise itinerary highlights

You will be able to try kayaking or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Ba Trai Dao Beach or Tra Bau area (upon the weather). There are afternoon tea and Vietnamese cooking class in the afternoon. A trip to Viet Hai village is also optional for biking or getting in an electric car.

12. Indochina Sails Cruise 3 Days

Guests enjoy sunbathing on Halong's Titop island 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau port - Surprise Cave 

Day 2: Luon Cave - Pearl Farm

Day 3: Titop Island - disembarkation

Why we love it

Indochina Sails Cruise is a well-known spacious wooden junk exploring Halong Bay with famous attractions such as Surprise Cave and Titop Island. You will experience typical activities like kayaking and swimming as well as joining a cooking class and other entertainment activities onboard.

Cruise itinerary highlights

The wooden junk takes you to Surprise Cave, the largest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. After that, you will have a relaxing time kayaking in Luon Cave. Another highlight of the trip is a visit to the Pearl Farm, learning the process of pearl cultivation. The cruise itinerary ends with leisure time discovering Titop Island, a man-made island with great activities.

13. Gray Line Cruise 3 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Halong International Cruise Port - Luon Cave - Titop Island

Day 2: Fairy Lake Cave - Drum Cave

Day 3: Sung Sot Cave - farewell buffet lunch

Why we love it

Gray Line Cruise offers an extraordinary cruise itinerary to less-touristy attractions like Fairy Lake Cave and Drum Cave. Therefore, you will enjoy more peaceful and quieter spaces. Kayaking and swimming are the most exciting activities but you can also choose to relax on the boat.

Cruise itinerary highlights

Gray Line Cruise covers major tourist destinations on Halong Bay and offers you a lot of exciting activities. You will climb many steps to reach Surprise Cave, explore Fairy Lake Cave and Drum Cave. On the last day, there is a buffet lunch before saying goodbye to the cruise team.

14. Mon Cheri Cruise 3 Days

Visiting caves on a wooden boats 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau International Marina Station - Dark & Bright Cave - swimming

Day 2: Viet Hai Village - Cat Ba national park

Day 3: Ao Ech area - Disembarkment

Why we love it

Mon Cheri Cruise offers you chances to explore three spectacular areas of Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. The well-researched itinerary takes you to the most popular tourist destinations on Lan Ha Bay. You can also enjoy a number of activities such as free kayaking, and squid fishing.

Cruise itinerary highlights

You will explore one of the largest and most spectacular caves on Halong Bay - Dark & Bright Cave. There are several options for swimming such as swimming on pristine beaches of the bay or onboard, in the mini pool with a Jacuzzi. On the second day at Viet Hai Village, you have a chance to ride a bike around winding roads and meet local inhabitants.

Summary of the best 3D2N cruise itineraries in Halong bay

Here’s an overview of the current itinerary and prices:

Cruise name

Details

Price from

(USD/person)

Orchid Classic Cruise

- Number of cabins: 14 cabins
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Dark and light cave, Tra Bau area, Viet Hai Village, Ao Ech area and Ba Trai Dao Islet.
  • Kayaking, swimming, cycling and cooking demonstration

US$290

Stellar of the Seas

- Number of cabins: 22 cabins
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, Ba Trai Dao beach and Dark and Light Cave.
  • Kayaking, swimming, sunset party, BBQ dinner, cycling, cooking class, morning Tai chi.

US$410

Elite of the Seas

- Number of cabins: 35 cabins (70 passengers)
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Dark and Bright Cave, Viet Hai Village.
  • Kayaking, swimming, sunset party, BBQ dinner, cycling, cooking demonstration, visiting the bay on speedboat.

US$445

Genesis Regal Cruise

- Number of cabins: 20 cabins (40 passengers)
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Dark and Bright Cave, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Viet Hai Village and Tra Bau Floating Village.
  • Kayaking, swimming, sunset party, cycling, cooking class.

US$295

Adela Boutique Cruise

- Number of cabins: 18 cabins (45 passengers)
- Ship: Wooden
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Bright Cave, Viet Hai Village, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Tra Bau Area.
  • Swimming, kayaking, Tai Chi session, visiting local fishing village by bamboo boats, squid fishing at night.

US$280

 

Paradise Elegance Cruise

- Number of cabins: 31 cabins (62 passengers)
- Years of service: 5 years (June 2017)
- Ship: Steel boat
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong Bay: Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Titop Island, Luon cave, Cua Van floating fishing village and Sung Sot Cave.
  • Swimming, kayaking, romantic dining, Canapé party.

US$375

Capella Cruise

- Number of cabins: 30 cabins (60 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Ao Ech Area, Viet Hai Village, Dark and Bright Cave.
  • Swimming, Kayaking, Mini-golf course, Bicycle ride, Floating Ocean Pool, Inflatable Water Slide and Night Squid Fishing

US$295

Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan

- Number of cabins: 20 cabins (40 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Ba Trai Dao Beach, Tra Bau Area, Viet Hai Village, Cai Beo Floating Village.
  • Swimming, kayaking, Vietnamese cooking class, Vovinam session, Squid fishing.

US$360

Mon Cheri Cruise

- Number of cabins: 18 cabins (40 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Lan Ha Bay: Dark and Bright Cave, Viet Hai Village, Cat Ba Island, Frog Pond area.
  • Karaoke, Bamboo boat rowing, kayaking, swimming, sunset party, squid fishing.

US$320

Indochina Sails

- Number of cabins: 15 cabins (30 passengers)
- Ship: Wooden
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong Bay area: Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Finger Islet, Surprise Cave, Cua Van Floating Village, Luon Cave, Titov Island and Pearl Farm.
  • Attend Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson, Squid fishing, Kayaking and Swimming on Titop island.

US$290

Notes: The 3 day 2 night cruise package price is for references only.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I choose 3 days over 2 days in Halong bay?

Yes, definitely! If you are not pressed for time, you should spend 3 days on the bay instead of 2 days. Although most 2-day itineraries and 3-day itineraries are similar, with 3 days, you will have more time to relax and fully discover the bay. Moreover, there are some cruises offering more activities if you choose to travel for 3 days. For example, while the 2-day itinerary on Scarlet Pearl Cruise only visits Viet Hai Village and Dark & Bright Cave, the 3-day itinerary adds untouched attractions like Dau Be Island or Ba Trai Dao Beach. Similarly, while the 3-day trip on Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise includes visits to Viet Hai Village and Cat Ba Island, the 2-day one does not.

2. Can I visit both Lan Ha bay and Halong bay in 3 days?

Although at present, there are no cruises covering both bays in their itineraries, it is still possible for you to visit Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay in 3 days. You can book a 2D1N cruise visiting Lan Ha Bay. There are a lot of options including Scarlet Pearl Cruise, Orchid Premium Cruise, and Elite of the Seas Cruise. Afterward, you can choose a day cruise sailing to Halong Bay namely Genesis Day Cruise, and complete your journey with excursions to both bays.

3. Does any cruise offer a 3-day cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay?

For a 3D2N itinerary to Bai Tu Long Bay, you can have many options, typically Dragon Legend Cruise (a cruise belonging to the Indochina Junk fleet). Cruising with Dragon Legend Cruise on the 3-day itinerary, you will discover Vung Vieng fishing village on day 1, Cap La - Cong Dam area, Thien Canh Son Cave on day 2, and spend the whole morning unwinding and enjoying bay views on day 3.

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Denys 4 weeks, 1 day
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Hello, I am looking for a 3d2n cruise. Which cruise stops at the Sung Sot Cave?

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Mia Nguyen 4 weeks, 1 day
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@Denys Paradise Elegance and Ambassador are among cruises that offer excursions to Sung Sot cave (1 hour visit). I have just emailed you with their detailed itineraries. Thank you

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Jasmin 1 month
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Hello, my partner and I are interested in doing a cruise in Ha Long Bay from November 27-29, 2022. Could you please provide me with some information on 3 Days / 2 nights cruises including the itinerary and price for 2 people? Thank you, Jasmin

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Mia Nguyen 1 month
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@Jasmin Currently, Paradise Elegance is the only cruise that offer 3D2N cruises for all days in Halong bay. We already emailed you with detailed itinerary and price. Thank you

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Kirk Marcolina 1 month
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Hi - We are looking to do a 3 day / 2 night cruise in Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay on a five-star luxury vessel. We'd like to depart on Monday, April 10th. We are looking to have a private transfer from Old town in Hanoi and return via private transfer to the Cat Ba Airport for a domestic flight at 1:55pm on Wednesday, April 12th. We are a couple travelling with our 17-year old daughter, so we would like a family suite or connecting rooms. Can you please suggest cruise options that would meet these criteria and ensure we can make our 1:55pm flight? Thanks for your help. Best, Kirk Marcolina

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Mia Nguyen 1 month
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@Kirk Marcolina May be you mean Cat Bi Airport in Hai Phong? Most cruises now depart from Tuan Chau Marina, which means it may take about 50 minutes to transfer to Ca Bi airport after the cruise. We have just emailed with a few 3D2N overnight cruises for both Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay.

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Richard Steckel 1 month, 1 week
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Looking For information regarding Halong Bay 3 day/2 night cruise for three adults. We are flexible with dates as we can be in country from December 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023.

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Mia Nguyen 1 month, 1 week
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@Richard Steckel It will depends much on your budget and cruising routes. For Halong bay, Paradise Elegance is the only cruise that offers 3D2N package for all days. We already emailed you with more details and options!

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Denys 4 weeks, 1 day

Hello, I am looking for a 3d2n cruise. Which cruise stops at the Sung Sot Cave?

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Mia Nguyen 4 weeks, 1 day

@Denys Paradise Elegance and Ambassador are among cruises that offer excursions to Sung Sot cave (1 hour visit). I have just emailed you with their detailed itineraries. Thank you

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Jasmin 1 month

Hello, my partner and I are interested in doing a cruise in Ha Long Bay from November 27-29, 2022. Could you please provide me with some information on 3 Days / 2 nights cruises including the itinerary and price for 2 people? Thank you, Jasmin

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Mia Nguyen 1 month

@Jasmin Currently, Paradise Elegance is the only cruise that offer 3D2N cruises for all days in Halong bay. We already emailed you with detailed itinerary and price. Thank you

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Kirk Marcolina 1 month

Hi - We are looking to do a 3 day / 2 night cruise in Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay on a five-star luxury vessel. We'd like to depart on Monday, April 10th. We are looking to have a private transfer from Old town in Hanoi and return via private transfer to the Cat Ba Airport for a domestic flight at 1:55pm on Wednesday, April 12th. We are a couple travelling with our 17-year old daughter, so we would like a family suite or connecting rooms. Can you please suggest cruise options that would meet these criteria and ensure we can make our 1:55pm flight? Thanks for your help. Best, Kirk Marcolina

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Mia Nguyen 1 month

@Kirk Marcolina May be you mean Cat Bi Airport in Hai Phong? Most cruises now depart from Tuan Chau Marina, which means it may take about 50 minutes to transfer to Ca Bi airport after the cruise. We have just emailed with a few 3D2N overnight cruises for both Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay.

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Richard Steckel 1 month, 1 week

Looking For information regarding Halong Bay 3 day/2 night cruise for three adults. We are flexible with dates as we can be in country from December 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023.

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Mia Nguyen 1 month, 1 week

@Richard Steckel It will depends much on your budget and cruising routes. For Halong bay, Paradise Elegance is the only cruise that offers 3D2N package for all days. We already emailed you with more details and options!

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