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The 7 Best Halong Bay Cruise 2 Days 1 Night

Besides booking a suitable cruise for the first cruise vacation, choosing where to go can also be a difficult task for first-time cruisers. Halong Bay overnight cruises have a dozen fascinating itineraries and the article below will help you to figure out the typical features of 7 best 2D1N itineraries on Halong Bay so you can choose the right one for you.

The 7 Best Halong Bay Cruise 2 Days 1 Night

1. Rosy Cruise (2 Days 1 Night)

Rosy Cruise 

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuan Chau Habor - Lan Ha Bay - Con Vit islet (Duck islet) - Thumb islet - Lagoon area

Day 2: Cai Beo area - Skull Island (King Kong filming site) - Disembarkation

Excursion map:

Why we love it

Rosy cruises explore Lan Ha Bay in an extraordinary way, taking you to less touristy attractions like a lagoon area and Cai Beo area. You have a chance to experience all the typical activities of a cruise voyage.

Cruise itinerary highlights

You will wake up early to immerse yourself in the fresh atmosphere and join Tai Chi session. Rosy cruise takes you to a lagoon area for swimming, kayaking or simply sunbathing. In addition, you can check in the famous filming site of the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island.

2. Paradise Elegance (2 Days 1 Night)

Paradise Elegance Cruise 

Itinerary 

Day 1: Tuan Chau Island, Halong Bay Area, Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Titop Island

Day 2:  Sung Sot Cave. Cruising through Thien Cung and Dau Go Cave and the Fighting Cock Islet

Excursion map: 

Why we love it

This 2-day itinerary provides interesting excursions to the best-known attractions on Halong Bay. You can easily have a glimpse of picturesque seascapes and take part in many beach activities.

Cruise itinerary highlights

You have an opportunity to walk through hundreds of stone steps to explore Sung Sot Cave - the biggest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay; visit Luon Cave by a bamboo boat or kayak; finally, you can take a dip swim under the cool water of Titop Beach or hike to the top of the mountain to capture panoramic bay views.

Read our review for Paradise Elegance Cruise

3. Ambassador Cruises (2 Days 1 Night)

Ambassador Cruise

Itinerary

Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave – Fairy Lake Cave – Titop Island.

Why we love it

The journey encompasses both popular and extraordinary destinations. Many tourists love visiting Sung Sot Cave and Titop Island that contribute to the great reputation of Halong Bay. You can see wonderful stalactites inside the cave and relax on the beach. Meanwhile, some also find Fairy Lake Cave attractive with kayaking activity.

Photo:  @fardeen_ahmed - Sung Sot Cave

Itinerary highlights

Explore Sung Sot Cave; kayak at Fairy Lake Cave; stopover Titop Island for swimming and hiking to the viewing point.

Read our reviews for Ambassador Cruises

4. Margaret Cruise (2 Days 1 Night)

Margaret Cruise

Itinerary

Halong Bay –Pearl Farm Village – Titop Island – Sung Sot Cave

Why we love it

This is a wonderful cruise program for first-timers who want to enjoy Halong at its fullest. You have an opportunity to see how people make pearls at the famous pearl farm village then enjoy beach activities on Titop Island. The second day is even more thrilling; prepare to climb and walk in Sung Sot Cave – an amazing cave as its name.

Photo: @mytourvn - Titop Island 

Itinerary highlights

Take a glance at the pearl making process before enjoying kayaking at the pearl farm village; swimming & play at the sea and explore the greatest cave on Halong Bay.

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5. 2D1N Heritage Line – Violet Cruise

Heritage Line – Violet Cruise

Itinerary

Halong Bay – Cua Van Floating Village – Tien Ong Cave – Titop Island

Why we love it

This a little bit off-the-beaten-path itinerary is generally for adventurous travelers. It takes you to unusual tourist attractions including Cua Van floating village – the oldest village on the bay, the pre-historic Tien Ong Cave, and Titop Island. The floating village has clear water, traditional houses, and exudes local fishing culture. Beach bums will also be amazed by smooth sandy beaches and stunning viewing platform on Titop Island.

Photo: @travelwithanza - Cua Van Floating Village

Itinerary highlights

Gain an insight into Cua Van floating village on a bamboo boat rowed by a local; witness fossil evidence dating back thousands of years in Tien Ong Cave; go swimming and hiking to the top of Titop Island for the best views of Halong Bay.

Read our review for Violet Cruise

6. 2D1N Golden Cruise

Golden Cruise

Itinerary

Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave – Titop Island – Luon Cave

Why we love it

Tourists who are looking for an ordinary itinerary shouldn’t miss this. Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island, and Luon Cave are the three most popular tourist sites on Halong Bay. Especially, you can try kayaking at Luon Cave, a kayaking paradise with calm water and a fresh atmosphere.

Itinerary highlights

Discover Sung Sot Cave with multiple stone steps; easy access to Titop Island for swimming and hiking; kayak at Luon Cave and get a closer look at natural sceneries.

Photo: @tripzozo - Ha Long Bay

7. 2D1N Heritage Line – Jasmine Cruise

Heritage Line – Jasmine Cruise

Itinerary

Halong Bay – Cua Van Floating Village – Tien Ong Cave – Sung Sot Cave

Why we love it

The itinerary is like a journey going back to the history where you can understand about local culture in the oldest village on Halong Bay, admire the ancientness of Tien Ong Cave, and be impressed by the giant Sung Sot Cave.

Photo: @chiara.papini - Tien Ong cave

Itinerary highlights

Enjoy a leisure bamboo boat ride on Cua Van Floating Village; visit Tien Ong Cave and Sung Sot Cave.

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Summary of the best 2D1N cruise itineraries in Halong bay

Cruise details, activities and destinations with latest prices.

Cruise name

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Rosy Cruises

- Number of cabins: 22 cabins (46 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Attractions: Lan Ha bay area, Con Vit Islet, Thump Islet, Cai Beo Floating Village, Skull Island, Cat Ba Island area
  • Activities: Cooking class, swimming, kayaking, sunset party, squid fishing

US$130

Paradise Elegance Cruise

- Number of cabins: 31 rooms per vessel with private balconies
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong Bay Area: Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Sung Sot Cave, Ti Top Island, Thien Cung and Dau Go Cave and the Fighting Cock Islet.
  • Activities: Trekking Titop Island, Swimming, Kayaking, Squid Fishing at night, Romanic Dining, Exploring caves and pearl cultivation

US$200

Ambassador Cruises

- Number of cabins: 46 cabins (92 passengers) - Largest cruise in Halong bay
- Ship: Metal
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong bay area: Tung Sau floating villages, Sung Sot cave, Titop island, Bai Tu Long bay area.
  • Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking up the Ti Top peak, Live music, Squid fishing, Spa treatment.

US$180

Margaret Cruise

- Number of cabins: 25 cabins (48 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong bay area: Pearl farm village, Ti Top island, Sung Sot cave.
  • Sunset party, squid fishing, kayaking, swimming, Vietnamese spring roll class.

US$156

Heritage Line - Violet Cruise

- Number of cabins: 06 cabins
- Ship: Wooden
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong bay area: Cua Van Floating Village, Tien Ong cave (size: 1,000sqm, 50m depth), Ti Top Island.
  • Swimming, Climbing up 400-stone steps of Ti Top Island, Kayaking.

US$215

 

Golden Cruise

- Number of cabins: 52 cabins (150 passengers)
- Ship: Steel
- Itineraries and activities:

  • Halong Bay: Sung Sot cave, Ti Top Island, Luon Cave.
  • Swimming, kayaking, bamboo boat rowing, Gym available. Lunch on the second day will be served at Cua Vang Restaurant.

US$145

Notes: The 2 day 1 night cruise package price is for references only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I visit with the 2 day cruise in Halong bay?

There are five cruising routes to fixed tourist attractions on Halong Bay and each cruise needs to follow its registered route. 

Route 1: Thien Cung Cave - Dog Rock, Ba Hang fishing village, Dinh Huong (Lu Huong) Islet, Fighting Cocks (Ga Choi), Hoa Cuong fishing village.

Route 2: Sung Sot cave, Titov or Soi Sim Island, Me Cung Cave, Fairy Lake or Trong Cave or Trinh Nu (Virgin) Cave or Luon Cave and Bo Nau Cave.  Cruises with 2-day itineraries to route 2 include Ambassador Cruises, Paradise Elegance Cruise and Oriental Sails.

Route 3: Cua Van fishing village - Fairy Cave - Ba Ham Lake.

Route 3 and overnight: Cua Van Fishing Village - Fairy Cave - Ba Ham Lake. Overnight at Ba Ham Lake or Cua Van Fishing Village.

Route 4: Co Cave - Father Cave - Vung Vieng fishing village - Cap La - Cong Dam fishing village or ecological zone Tung Ang - Cong Do Island or Xep Islet, Vung Vieng area.

Route 4 and overnight: Co Cave - Father Cave - Vung Vieng fishing village - Cap La Cave - Cong Dam fishing village or ecological zone Tung Ang - Cong Do or Xep Islet. Overnight at Cong Do Island. Cruises with 2-day itineraries to route 4 include Dragon Legend Cruise and Athena Luxury Cruise.

Route 5: Port - Gia Luan Dock (Cat Ba - Hai Phong): Dog Rock, Ba Hang fishing village, Dinh Huong Islet, Fighting Cocks (Ga Choi).

What activities or attractions are normally included in a 2-day cruise?

In general, 2-day cruises divide into two categories, one visiting Halong Bay and another sailing to Lan Ha Bay.

In terms of 2-day cruises to Halong Bay namely Paradise Elegance and Ambassador, you will visit Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island and Tung Sau area. On these sites, there are many interesting activities such as tai chi session, cooking class, live music, sunset party and squid fishing onboard, swimming, mountain hiking, kayaking, and sunbathing.

Regarding cruises to Lan Ha Bay with 2-day itineraries, options are varied such as Scarlet Pearl Cruise, Orchid Premium Cruise, and Elite of the Seas. The most popular attractions and activities to do there are kayaking in Dark & Bright Cave, swimming and visiting Tra Bau area & Ao Ech area, cycling in Viet Hai Village. Besides, onboard, you have a chance to join a number of activities like cooking demonstration, tai chi class, sunset party and squid fishing at night.

Is a 2 day cruise expensive?

The price for staying on a cruise for 2 days and one night depends on the types of cruises you opt for and the departure date. For instance, it normally costs only US$130 per person per night on Rosy Cruise, a mid-range cruise sailing to Lan Ha Bay. However, the rate would be much more expensive if you stay on Elite of the Seas, a modern and 6-star cruise ship. Besides, you will have to pay a higher amount of money if traveling during the peak tourist season.

Last updated: August 23, 2022 

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We are looking for a 2 day / 1 night cruise but have limited dates in Hanoi. Are there any cruises that  depart Jan 19 and return Jan 20? Prefer a luxury ship if possible. Any information appreciated.

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@Leslie Alexander All cruises in Halong bay are operating daily now, therefore, there are many cruises available on your travel date. We just emailed you a few options for luxury cruise boats. Please let us know!

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Leslie Alexander 1 month, 2 weeks

We are looking for a 2 day / 1 night cruise but have limited dates in Hanoi. Are there any cruises that  depart Jan 19 and return Jan 20? Prefer a luxury ship if possible. Any information appreciated.

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Mia Nguyen 1 month, 2 weeks

@Leslie Alexander All cruises in Halong bay are operating daily now, therefore, there are many cruises available on your travel date. We just emailed you a few options for luxury cruise boats. Please let us know!

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