2024

Best Cruises in Halong Bay 2024

To help you make the best choice, here are our top picks for the best cruise trips in Halong Bay

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Essence Grand Cruise

Essence Grand Cruise

Launched 2023 - Steel - 55 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - Ultra luxury - Triple room - Kid-friendly
745$677$
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Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan

Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan

Launched 2019 - Metal - 20 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - All cabins with balcony - All meals included - Lan Ha Bay route
198$180$
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Ambassador Cruise

Ambassador Cruise

Launched 2018 - Metal - 46 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - All cabins with balcony - Elevator - Halong Bay route
198$180$
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Capella Cruise

Capella Cruise

Launched 2020 - Metal - 30 cabins
All cabins with balcony - Family rooms - Elevator - Fitness centre
214$195$
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Ambassador Signature Cruise

Ambassador Signature Cruise

Launched 2023 - Steel - 39 cabins
All cabins with balcony - Cooking class - Spa - Bar
236$215$
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Catherine Cruise

Catherine Cruise

Launched 2023 - Metal - 39 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - Ultra luxury - Family rooms - Spa
281$255$
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Indochine Premium Cruise

Indochine Premium Cruise

Launched 2023 - Metal - 37 cabins
Ultra luxury - All cabins with balcony - Kid-friendly - Halong Bay route
423$385$
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Elite of the Seas

Elite of the Seas

Launched 2022 - Metal - 35 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - Ultra luxury - Elevator - Fine dining
297$270$
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Stellar of the Seas Cruise

Stellar of the Seas Cruise

Launched 2018 - Metal - 22 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - Ultra luxury - Free kayaking - Fine dining
264$240$
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Paradise Elegance Cruise

Paradise Elegance Cruise

Launched 2016 - Metal - 31 cabins
Outdoor swimming pool - All cabins with balcony - Fine dining - All meals included
247$225$
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Halong bay is one of the must-visits for any world traveler. Recognized multiple times by UNESCO for its unrivalled beauty, the Bay is best experienced on a cruise trip, which will take you past the myriad of caves and grottos that emerge from emerald water. Consider a 2 day or 3 day 2 night trip, or even longer, to see the fullest of the Bay. With a range of cruises to choose from to meet every budget and preference, you can pick one that makes your fondest memory in Halong Bay.

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Johnson Chye 1 month, 1 week ago

Looking for quote on Oct 2024 trip - 3D2N and 2D1N on all-in price and full itinerary. What is included for the price, inclusive of activities eg kayaking, cooking class etc that are of party of 2 to a room. Does the cruise have complimentary karaoke sessions? How much it cost for round trip from hotel in Old Quarter. thx

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Visithalongbay Team 1 month, 1 week ago

@Johnson Chye, Thank you for contacting us. The all-in price, itinerary, inclusions and exclusions depend on each cruise policy. It will be helpful if you provide us with a specific travel date, preferred budget (cost-saving or luxury) or any preferences in mind. 

For inclusions and exclusions, you can refer to the following. However, please note that these are subject to change upon each cruise policy. We will provide you with the exact details when you have an interest in any cruise.
Inclusions:

  • 1 or 2 nights onboard with programs and activities
  • Well equipped cabin with private bathroom, air-con and window or balcony
  • All meals onboard (4 meals for 2D1N and 7 meals for 3D2N)
  • Activities such as cooking class, kayaking/sampan boat, squid fishing, taichi, sunset party
  • Cruise Itinerary and Program
  • Entrance and Sightseeing Fees
  • In-house English-speaking tour guide
  • Onboard insurance

Exclusions:

  • Transportation from your hotel to Halong Bay and back
  • Visa arrangement, hotel, airfares
  • Personal Expenses such as spa, massage, beverages, tips,
  • Peak season surcharges
  • All other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions

Some cruises offer karaoke sessions such as Catherine, Essence Grand, Capella Cruise. However, there will be a surcharge for that.

For transfer, the cost for the shuttle service ranges from US$20 to 40/person for round trip.

Please let us know if you have further concerns. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Regards,

Visithalongbay Team

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Telmo 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Hello! We are two teachers from Portugal and we would like to book a cruise in the Ha Long Bay region. Ideally, August 15-17, 2024. But there are so many cruises and different bays that we are very confused. We like the Peony Cruise but can be another similar and cheaper. We would like a good cruise, preferably with a pool or jacuzzi, but not too expensive. Best quality/price. 3 days 2 nights. We are leaving from Hanoi, so we need a transfer and at the end of the cruise (August 17th) we want to go to Ninh Binh. What can you suggest to us? Thank you

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Visithalongbay Team 1 month, 3 weeks ago

@Telmo, Thank you for your inquiry. If you prefer more activities and awesome attractions for high viewpoints and photo hunting, Halong Bay is the one. Otherwise, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay are both captivating and perfect for a relaxing vacation.

Peony is one of the best cruises with a competitive price. Besides, you can consider some other options with jacuzzi pool and well-equipped accommodation below:
(1) Peony: $560/Deluxe + $18/person/bus one way Hanoi - Halong
(2) Mon Cheri: $590/Ocean Suite + $18/person/bus one way Hanoi - Halong
(3) Orchid Classic: $590/Suite Balcony + $18/person/bus one way Hanoi - Halong
(4) Orchid Trendy: $570/Deluxe Balcony + $18/person/bus one way Hanoi - Halong
(5) La Casta: $590/Junior Suite + $15/person/bus one way Hanoi - Halong
From Halong to Ninh Binh, you can book the bus at the cost of $20/person/way or a private car at $100/car/way for 2 persons.

Please consider and let us know if you want to process the booking or have any other concerns.
Regards,
Visithalongbay Team

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virat singhal 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Hello,

I am a solo traveller and looking for 2D/1N cruise recommendations in 1st week of June and I have some questions:

1. I am interested in photography, so which area do you recommend? Bai tu long or Lan ha (cruising via Halong bay)? Which area has better views for photography?

2. Are there any 3 or 4 hours tours to Halong bay, e.g. to Titov island, which I can do before starting the cruise to Bai tu long or Lan ha?

3. What time usually the 2D/1N cruise finishes on 2nd day? I have flight at 6pm in the evening and want to know if there is enough time to reach Hanoi airport from Halong area.

Kind Regards,
Virat

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Visithalongbay Team 1 month, 3 weeks ago

@Virat, Please find our answers below:

1. Halong, Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long Bay have the same landscape of majestic limestone islands. Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long have more tranquil scenery with poetic beauty. However, if you want to find the best area for photography, you can consider Halong Bay area. There are jaw-dropping attractions with breathtaking views such as Surprise Cave, Titov Islands, Thien Cung Cave, Luon Cave, etc.
2. You can consider Phoenix Day Cruise with 5.5 hour duration and the itinerary to the 3 most signature landmarks Surprise Cave, Luon Cave, and Titov Island. Otherwise, the same itinerary can be found on Ambassador Day Cruise and La Casta Daily Cruise for an 8-hour duration.
3. The 2d/1n cruises usually finish at 11:00 - 12:00 on the 2nd day. It takes you 2.5 hours from the port directly to the airport or 3.5 hours if you return to Hanoi center and take a taxi after that. Therefore, you will have enough time for your flight at 6 pm.
Should you need further assistance, feel free to contact us.

Regards,

Visithalongbay Team

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Clara Lemaitre 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello, I would like to book a 2 day one night trip on Catherine Cruise for 2 people around early July. I would like to know the costs as well as the itinerary please. Is there a pick up arranged from Hanoi? If so at what time? Is there a return arranged? Is it possible to arrange a return to Ninh Binh rather than Hanoi? Thanks in advance. Kind regards, Clara Lemaitre

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Visithalongbay Team 2 months, 2 weeks ago

@Clara Lemaitre, The rate for 2 day/1 night trip in July starts from US511/Premier Suite for 2 people. The itinerary will include kayaking/sampan boat at Luon Cave, hiking/swimming at Titov Island, and visiting Surprise Cave. You can check more details via: http://tinyurl.com/5n955wm8.

About transfer, we provide a shuttle bus service both from Hanoi to Halong and from Halong to Ninh Binh. The shuttle bus costs US$18/person/way for Hanoi-Halong and US$20/person/way for Halong- Ninh Binh. The pick-up time is 8:15 - 8:45 am in your location in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Please share your travel date so we can check the availability for you. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

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Felicia Tan 3 months ago

My husband and I are looking for a cruise in Halong bay (generally speaking) for 3 days/2 nights, from February 6-8. We are looking for beautiful scenery, some active excursions (kayaking, swimming, maybe hiking or biking). We prefer to be more off-the-beaten-path, instead of fighting tourists at the most crowded spots. I am open to less crowded areas like Bai tu long or Lan Ha. Do you have any recommended cruises?

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months ago

@Felicia Tan, Per your requests, we would like to suggest you some options below:
1. Orchid Classic Cruise: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/orchid-classic-cruise.html
- Activities: Visit Trung Trang Cave, swim at Tra Bau and Ba Trai Dao beach, kayak at Ao Ech, and cycle at Viet Hai Village
- Rate: $790/Suite Balcony + $36/pax/round trip shuttle bus

2. Genesis Luxury Regal Cruise: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/genesis-luxury-regal-cruises.html
- Activities: Take a rowing boat at Dark-Bright Cave, kayak at Tra Bau, cycle at Viet Hai Village, and swim at Ba Trai Dao Beach
- Rate: $680/Junior Suite + $30/pax/round trip shuttle bus

3. Peony Cruise: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/peony-cruises.html
- Activities: Swim/kayak at Tra Bau, swim at Ba Trai Dao beach, cycle at Viet Hai Village, and visit Trung Trang Cave
- Rate: $580/Deluxe Balcony + $30/pax/round trip shuttle bus

Hope one of these works for you. Please consider and let us know if you have further concerns. Regards,

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Deanna Naphin 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello. We’re looking to book a 3D/2N cruise checking in on the 24th of Dec 2023. We would like a 5star boat through Halong Bay that includes Kyaking and night squid fishing. Please advise the availability for this trip. Thank you Deanna N

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months, 1 week ago

@Deanna Naphin, Per your request, there are currently some luxury cruises available for 3 days/2 nights as follows:
1. Peony Cruise: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/peony-cruises.html
Cost: $560/Deluxe room + $75/pax/peak season surcharge + $36/pax/shuttle bus round trip

2. La Casta Regal: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/la-casta-regal-cruise.html
Cost: $590/Junior Suite + $40/pax/peak season surcharge + $30/pax/shuttle bus round trip

3. Erina Cruise: https://www.visithalongbay.com/cruise/erina-cruise.html
Cost: $580/Junior Suite + $30/pax/peak season surcharge + $30/pax/shuttle bus round trip

Please take a look and let us know if you are interested in any of them.

Regards,

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Lisa Anderson 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi, I am interested in a 2 day/1 night cruise of Halong Bay. We are arriving on the Celbrity Solstice to Halong Bay on Wednesday, 1/24/24 at 11:30 am. Is it possible to still make one of the 2 day cruises? Could you please send me some options? Thanks so much!-Lisa Anderson

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months, 2 weeks ago

@Lisa Anderson, Kindly note that most cruises depart at around 12:00 and it takes you 15 minutes from Cai Lan Port to Halong International Port or 20 minutes to Tuan Chau Port. Therefore, it will be best if you can leave the port in 5-10 minutes. Otherwise, you can consider some cruises departing a bit later from 12:15 - 12:30 such as Ambassador Cruise, Essence Grand, Doris Cruise, Erina Cruise.

In case you cannot arrive at the port on time, you can take a speed boat at the cost of around US$100 - 150 to make the trip (personal expense). Regards,

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Ines & Noah 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello, we don't have the exacts dates, but we are trying to figure out how the tours work. Here is may questions, 1. - The max amount of days is 3 days 2 nights, to you have any tours that are longer like 4 days 3 nights? 2. - At what time does the cruise start and what time does the cruise end? 3. - You can offer 1 day tour, 2 day and 3 day tours, do you have small boat that takes to and from the cruise from the port? 3 . - Do you offer transportation like a 7 passenger private van from Hanoi and back to Hanoi Airport? 4 . - What is your pick up times and drop off times from Hanoi and Hanoi Airport. Thanks in Advance, Ines & Noah

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months, 2 weeks ago

@Ines & Noah, Thank you for your questions. Please find the answers below:
1. Yes. There are up to 5 day/4 night tours in Halong Bay. For 4 day/3 night tours, you can refer to Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise, Stellar of the Seas, Elite of the Seas, or Capella Cruise.
2. The time depends on each cruise's schedule. However, overnight cruises usually depart at 12:00 - 13:00 pm and return at 10:30 - 11:30 am.
3. Some cruises have their own jetty while some don't. As a result, you can walk to the cruise if they have and you will be transferred by a small tender to reach the cruise.
4. We do provide private transfers from Hanoi and back to Hanoi Airport. The rate is around US$250/16-seat van for a group of 7 for 2 day/1 night trip ( The rate may change upon specific schedule and cruise port).
5. For a private transfer, the pick-up time from Hanoi is around 8:30 - 9:00 am. Depending on the disembarkation time of each cruise, the drop-off time at Hanoi Airport after the cruise could be 2 - 3 pm.
If you have more concerns, we are happy to help.
Regards,

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Mr George 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Hi, we will be in Hanoi from Dec 21-29, and would like to do a trip to Halong Bay (our first) during our trip in the form of a 2-day/1-night cruise. Could you make a cruise recommendation (between 200-300 USD/ per adult) that would be good for first-timers to cover the main attractions and suitable for families with 2 young kids? Additionally, as we also need hotel in Hanoi. Are there any cruises that are connected to (family-friendly) hotels in Hanoi to make our trip smoother?

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Dear Mr George, You can consider some luxury cruises at your budget such as Catherine, Indochine Premium, Ambassador, Ambassador Signature, Stellar of the Seas, Elite of the Seas, Capella, and Nostalgia Cruise. Among them, Catherine, Indochine Premium, and Ambassador visit Halong Bay while the others visit Lan Ha Bay. All the cruises promise a schedule covering the highlights of the bay.
Cruises' shuttle buses pick you up at your accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter. Hence, you can choose some hotels in this area upon your budget for more convenience. Regards,

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Kwang woo Nam 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Hi, Are you representing all of cruises or several cruises in Halong Bay? I would like to book a room for 3 adults in Dec. 2023. Would you please the name and price of available cruises? Are you offering free pick up and drop off service for any of your cruise? Could you give me information of transportation to Noi bai Airport of the same day? Price and transerring time? I need to book a flight to Ho Chi Minh City on the same day. Thanks and regards

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Visithalongbay Team 3 months, 3 weeks ago

@Kwang woo Nam, (1) We have different price ranges for cost-saving, middle-level, or luxury cruises, so please kindly provide your preference for better suggestions. (2) For transfer, most cruises do not include free pick-up service. The shuttle bus costs from $20-40/pax/round trip. (3) For airport drop-off after the cruise, if you have a tight time, you can book a private car at the cost of $100/4-seat car to go directly from the dock to the airport. If you have plenty of time, you can go back to Hanoi center by bus and then we arrange a 4-seat car to drop you off at the airport for an extra $20/car. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards,

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PRAGATI SINGH 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I want to take a day tour of a cruise on Jan last week from Hanoi and at the same day want to reach Hanoi. And want to visit Sungot Cave and go for a boat ride. Can you tell me the total price for two persons, and which is the best cruise for these and amenities also?

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Ms. Tan 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Dear Pragati Singh,

For a day cruise, we would like to suggest you 2 options below which will have a stop at Sung Sot cave:

1. La Casta Daily (https://www.flickr.com/photos/191454442@N03/albums) - Price is $55/person and shuttle bus round trip $30/person - The Departure time is around 9:30AM - 10:00AM

2. Ambassador Day Cruise: Price is $65/person and shuttle bus round trip $30/person - The Departure Time is around 8:30am - 9:00am.

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Stephanie 4 months ago

Hi Halong Bay, my name is Stephanie, i am from Malaysia, My husband and i will be travelling in december to hanoi, may i know what are the packages you offer for halong bay cruise for 2 day 1 night. One more question, which routes do you recommend? i saw there are 4 different routes.

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Ms. Tan 4 months ago

Dear Stephanie,

May I know if you are interested in 3 star, 4 star or 5 star cruising so we can recommend you the best cruise? Also, do you have a specific trip date? The period from 22 - 31 December many cruises are fully booked due to peak holiday season.

For your question about cruise routes, there are 3 routes in total including:

  • Halong bay - Recommended if you wish to visit Ti Top Island and Sung Sot cave (the largest cave in Halong bay)
  • Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island - Recommended if you want to see Viet Hai Village (for 3D2N itinerary only) or Dark and Bright Cave.
  • Bai Tu Long Bay - Recommended if you want to go the "off-the-beaten" track where there are very few cruises operating.
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Rogier van der Velde 4 months ago

We are looking for a 3 days 2 nights cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay or Halong Bay. Departure Date: 3 May 2024, until 5 May 2024. Preferably with a nice room or suite, with extra bed for our 10 yo daughter. So 2 adults and 1 child. We already checked out the high end cruises like Stellar of the Seas and Elite of the Seas. We like the luxury on those boats, but it seems they are too big and not feel very authentic. We also checked out Indochine and Orchid Cruises, but it seems they are all going to the very busy parts of Halong Bay. And also, it seems that after day 1, the boat is going back to pick up new guests. And the boat is always staying in the same area for the night. So we are looking for less big boats, more authentic, but also preferably travelling to more quiet areas of Halong Or Bai tu Long bay. And it would be great if we can travel for 3 full days with the same group, and sleep in different areas instead of the same area with many different boats. Hope you can help us with a nice suggestion and price?

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Heidi - Visit Halong Bay 4 months ago

Dear Mr. Rogier,

Thank you for your questions. There are many cruises options that work for your family and May is a deal-season too. 
I am sorry that due to local regulations, there are only fixed area that the cruises can dock overnight so there are no cruises that can sleep in two different areas in the same trip. If you prefer a less crowded area, you can consider Bai Tu Long Bay such as Dragon Legend Cruise, which has its own unique 3 day 2 night route and does not return to pier to collect more guests.

A more well-rounded option, in my opinion, is Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan. With 20 cabins and a very different approach to cruising, which focus more indepth experience and story telling, I believe your family will have a memorable time in Halong and Lan Ha Bay Area. Should you need any further assistance please let me know any time!

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Daniel Abary 7 months, 1 week ago

Hi, my girlfriend and I are looking to take a Luxury Cruise but I am having trouble deciding which one I would like to take. My biggest concerns are cleanliness of room and quality + options of food (I'm lactose intolerant, she's allergic to crustaceans). Our budget is <$200 per person per night. Thanks!

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Dave Power 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Are there any SHORT duration (I/e 2-3 hours) cruises of Ha Long Bay? That provide a “taste” of the area. We are limited in the time available to us as our Cruise Ship is only at Ha Long for 36 hours and we would like to visit Hanoi
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Mia Nguyen 7 months, 2 weeks ago
@Dave Power, For a shared junk boat tour to visit Halong Bay, the minimum time required is 4 hours. Therefore, we recommend that you book a 2-hour private canoe tour to explore the bay. The price range for this service is from 300 USD to 600 USD for a 2-hour sightseeing experience that includes visits to Titop Island and Sung Sot Cave.
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WEE KIAN NEO 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, I would like recommendation on the cruise (mid-range will do). Our group would like to do kayaking / some swimming on the 1st day and be able to take a boat out to the cave (if not wrong, is it the Sung Sot cave?). Best if the cruise comes with free hotel transfer, if not it is fine as well. Which will you recommend? thanks.
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Linda 11 months, 2 weeks ago
I am trying to decide Sena or Peony cruise to book for my 3D2N that is including Lan Ha. Can you provide the comparison of the two?
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Lan 11 months, 2 weeks ago
@Linda Both Sena and Peony cruises offer a 3D2N itinerary that includes Lan Ha Bay, and they are both highly rated by travelers. However, there are some differences between the two cruises that you may want to consider when making your decision. Ship: Sena cruise is a small luxury cruise that can accommodate up to 32 guests, while Peony cruise is a larger and more luxurious vessel that can accommodate up to 40 guests. If you prefer a more intimate and cozy experience, Sena may be the better choice. Itinerary: Both cruises offer a similar itinerary that includes visiting the Lan Ha Bay area, including kayaking, swimming, and exploring the caves. A visit to an underwater cave, a pristine beach, and a local village on Cat Ba Island could be found on both cruise itineraries. However, Peony cruise diversifies the experience with a dry cave on Cat Ba island, while Sena cruise extends kayaking and swimming activities at Tra Bau Area on Lan Ha Bay. Accommodations: Both cruises offer luxurious and comfortable accommodations, but Peony cruise tends to be slightly more spacious and luxurious, with larger cabins and more amenities.
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Jy 1 year ago
Hello, hope you have a recommendation. I’m looking for an overnight cruise at Halong Bay, that includes a stay at Cat ba or longer time at Cat Ba. Also looking to do diving. It can be 2d1n or 3d2n. Dates in between 3-7 April. thank you!
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Lan 1 year ago
@Jy While most Lan Ha Bay cruises include a short side trip to Cat Ba Island on their 3D2N itinerary, you may prefer to stay longer and explore the island at your own pace. In that case, we recommend you to book a hotel on Cat Ba Island for an overnight stay, and joining the 3D2N cruise on the following day to fully experience both the island and the bay.
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Ryan E-B 1 year ago
We are arriving end of March and are wanting to do a 1 or 2 night cruise, that also includes Cat Ba, if any offer that? We are a couple
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Lan 1 year ago
@Many Lan Ha Bay cruises, such as Orchid Classic Cruise, Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise, Stellar of the Seas, and Genesis Luxury Regal, usually include a visit to Cat Ba Island's Viet Hai Village as part of their itinerary. We recommend you reading reviews for these cruises and selecting one that best suits your preferences.
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Lina Mohd 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi. We are a muslim couple. We are very interested to book a 1or 2 night luxury cruise on Halong Bay with halal food available. We are okay with seafood. We would also like to visit the caves. However, my husband is not able to do kayaking. Can you suggest the best option for us. Thanks
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Mia Nguyen 1 year ago
@Lina Mohd Most cruises in Halong Bay provide halal food for onboard meals. For a unique experience, we recommend booking with Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise, which offers excellent cuisine and itineraries off the beaten path.
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Rounak Agarwal 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi, I would like to book a 1 night luxury cruise for Halong Bay for 8th Feb for me and wife. My budget is approx. 350-400 USD. Can you suggest me some cruises? And what will be the return time on 9th Feb. I have to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh. I will book my flight accordingly. Will need pickup from hotel in Hanoi on 8th Feb and drop to airport on 9th Feb.
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 1 month ago
@Rounak Agarwal For Halong bay, you can go with Amanda Cruises for 410$US including round-trip shuttle bus. The bus will take you to Hanoi on the 09th Feb at 2:30-3:00pm, please arrange your flight to Ho Chi Minh city accordingly. Kindly note the transfer from Hanoi to Noi Bai Airport also takes about 45 minutes. You can also book a private transfer to Noi Bai Airport directly from Halong bay, that would save your time and money!
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John Sanburg 1 year, 2 months ago
My wife and I plan to visit Hanoi in late January for 4 nights. During this period we would like to do a 2 day/1 night cruise in Halong Bay. Are there hotels which offer an accommodation + cruise package?
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Celine 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi there, my husband and I will be flying to Hanoi on 22-28 Dec. As it’s Christmas period so we are not sure where are the places we should and should not visit. We wish to spend 1 or 2 N on one of your Halong Bay cruises. We prefer a scenic and more exclusive route, kindly recommend a suitable cruise. Beside staying at Hanoi for a few days, we are also considering visiting Sapa or nearby places but not sure if it feasible. Thank u for your prompt reply.
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 2 months ago
@Celine Thank you for choosing Halong bay for your Christmas vacation. If you prefer cruising routes with less touristy, then we advise you to go with either Elite of the Seas or Orchid Cruises, both have unique itinerary and quality service. We just emailed you with cruise information and itinerary!
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Lisa 1 year, 2 months ago
Hello, I would like to enquire on halong bay cruise. Looking for a cruise for our family (group of 4, maybe 5 -- includes 2 children age 13 and 10). For a cruise boat that is not too many people/crowded. Cruise probably for 2 nights. Want to include cave visits, but ability to also get on the row boat instead of kayaking (some members have limitation for kayaking). Don't like too noisy/party like, so wanting a more relaxed cruise boats/tours. Want to also include visit to Trang An. Do you do this as well? Also, have any private transfer from Hanoi to the cruise, and return? Planning to arrive in Hanoi from Singapore.. tentative dates looking at 21 Dec arriving.
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 2 months ago
@Lisa Given what you have mentioned, we would like to recommend you Orchid Premium Cruise which has only 5 cabins and visiting the less-touristy Lan Ha Bay. We have emailed you with the cruise details along with a Trang An side trip.
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Marlisa 1 year, 3 months ago
I am flying into Hanoi around the 21st of December and want to do a cruise to explore the bay. I also want to do some kayaking, visit the caves and the beach- it may be too cold to do this and to snorkle but wanted some ideas. Could I stay in Halong bay and do day trips for kayaking, caves and the beach?
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 3 months ago
@Marlisa Yes, you can book a hotel in Halong bay and do a day trip to Halong on a day cruise to explore caves, beaches and enjoy kayaking on the bay. No cruises offer snorkeling in their activities so you need to book a separate tour. However, it is cold in Halong bay during December so this tour is not available.
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Rhonda Wilkinson 1 year, 3 months ago
My husband and I will arrive in Hanoi on Feb 11 2023 and possibly spend two nights there, so wanting to book either a day cruise or an over-night cruise on the 13th. I do not swim and don't want to do any kayaking, we are not interested in doing many caves, but do want to go to beaches, and see Cho Da islet, Lu Huong islet, and Fight Cock islet, Titop Island, and Cua Van Floating Village. Which cruise would you suggest? And do we find our own transportation from Hanoi to Halong Bay? Thank you, Rhonda and Matt.
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 3 months ago
@Rhonda Wilkinson Most cruises include swimming and kayaking in their itinerary. However, if you do not want to join those activities, you can just stay onboard. For the all attractions you list, Bhaya cruises will cover them all and I have emailed you with their cruise itinerary! Thank you
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Denys Cruz 1 year, 3 months ago
Hello, To get to Halong Bay, is it better to fly into Van Don Airport or into Hanoi Airport? Can I make arrangements for someone to pick me up at the airport and take me to HB pier? What is unclear to me is how to connect from any airport to HB so I will surely arrive on time to board the ship. Usually, what time is boarding? Once I book my cruise, will someone from the cruise line help me iron out the details?
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 3 months ago
@Denys Cruz Van Don Airport is the closest airport to Halong bay. Therefore if you fly there, it takes only 45 minutes to transfer from airport to Halong bay cruise port. Most cruises do not offer transfer from the airport to their ship, kindly book your own transfer (private car or taxi). We also emailed you with transportation details and recommended cruises. Thank you
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Sherry 1 year, 3 months ago
Hi, I am looking for a Halong Bay cruise, can you help me find an one night cruise that will go to both Cua Van fishing village and Sung sot cave? We have 5 adults and want 2 luxury cruise rooms with balcony!
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 3 months ago
@Sherry Bhaya Cruises is the only cruise that visits both Cua Van floating village and Sung Sot cave at the moment. We just emailed you with excursions details. Thanks
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Abhishek 1 year, 3 months ago
So, we are confused between a day trip and an overnight cruise. Looking for guidance here. We want to ideally do overnight but are also mindful of the additional cost that it brings. Secondly, we are arriving at 5:50 AM in Hanoi. After going through Visa processes and baggage up, we ideally should be ready by 8 AM. We are wondering if we should directly head to the cruise that day itself or should we settle in Hanoi first. Would love to do it on 21 only so that we don't have to break our Hanoi exploration into two. In that case, do cruises offer airport pickup? Or is it only from Hanoi Old Quarters. Our budget would love to be under 2.500.000 dong but can stretch upto 4.000.000 dong per person if the cruise speaks to us! We are 4 people, two couples. Thank you!
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Pollack 1 year, 3 months ago
I am interested in a four day three night, or three day two night, Halong / Lan Ha Bay cruise. Prefer four day / three nights. Desire to embark on cruise on either Dec 26th or 27th, 2022. Plan to fly-out from Hanoi (HAN) on a 12:25am flight on December 31st. For cruise, criteria desire are: Family friendly toward 13 year old teenager; I have active activities such as kayaking, swimming at beach areas, cave exploring, & hiking; want full board (meals all included in rate), definitely want vessel to have either an outside whirlpool and / or swimming pool (whirlpool preference); well appointed cabins with private full bathroom for three passengers (2 adults and 13 year old teenager); and want transfers from Hanoi to vessel and vessel back to Hanoi. I will select Hanoi hotels myself. Please let me know if there is availability for such cruise for this December, and if yes, information on the vessels, cabin types, and costs (incld what the RT transfer costs would be for the three of us.
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 3 months ago
@Pollack Currently, there are very few options for 4D3N cruises. You can consider a package for 3 day 2 night cruise + a night at a hotel either in Hanoi or Halong bay. We already emailed with details and available 4D3N cruise packages.
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Jim Ye 1 year, 4 months ago
We (myself and my wife) will arrive at Hanoi on 07 December 2022 at 20.45 and leave from Hai phong airport for Ho Chi Minh city at 18.50 on 22 December 2022. We are interested in visiting Halong bay, Cat Ba island, Ninh Binh. We are okay to spend couple of days at Hanoi (we have be at Hanoi previously) and also couple of days at Hai Phong. We are both in our 60th so may not be capable of some kind of activities for young people! By the way, my wife can speak Vietnamese so she has no problem to communicate with locals. It would be much appreciated if you could help us, with your professional expertise plan an efficient and effective itinerary to maximise our enjoyment in this area of Vietnam!
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Mia Nguyen 1 year, 4 months ago
@Jim Ye As you have quite a long vacation, do you want to visit Sapa as well? To be honest, Hai Phong will not have too many things to do actually. You have a total of 15 days, so you may consider staying in Hanoi, for 3-4 days, Sapa for 4-5 days, Ninh Binh for 2-3 days and Halong for 3-4 days. You can consider an overnight cruise trip for 3 days 2 nights and stay an extra night in Halong if you prefer. We also emailed you with details so you can consider. Thank you
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Sandra Bauer 1 year, 4 months ago
We have a family of 6 people visiting Halong bay next June 2023 from Australia, can you recommend a small cruise boat, preferably less than 10 cabins. Thank you
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Mai Nguyen 1 year, 4 months ago
@Sandra Bauer: If budget is not a concern, then we advise that you go with Orchid Premium, a boutique cruise with only 5 cabins. It is a well-known luxury cruise brand in Halong bay.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How many cruises are there in Halong bay?

The number of cruises grow by month and at the moment there are over 500 boats operating in Halong Bay, both overnight and for day trip purpose. These boat spread over 2 different terminals/ piers (Tuan Chau Marina and Halong International Cruise Port) with different level of luxuries and capacities. It is advised that you read some online reviews to pick the best value one instead of waiting until the day before your trip and get a random choice.

2. How much money should I bring on board?

In general, all cruise fares already include transportation, accommodation, food and entrance fee. However drinks are not included and you may also take part in the paid activities on board such as spa or bar services. You may expect to spend extra US$20-100/person for your cruise trip. Also you do not need to bring too much cash as all cruises accept payment by credit card.

3. When is the best time to book a cruise?

Generally there are many cruise options and you do not have to book too long in advance. However December is the peak travel season in Halong Bay and the top choices are always fully booked well in advance so we recommend you to book your trip at least 3 months in advance to guarantee space.

4. We are travelling with young children and wonder which cruise is kid-friendly?

If you have the budget, we recommend you consider the cruises with butler service where the cruise staff can help you baby sit your kids and you can have some time on your own. Cruises with butler service includes Hera Cruise, Orchid Premium and Paradise Peak. However if you need a more budget-friendly option, you can consider Orchid Trendy Cruise - the only cruise that has both connecting cabins and kid play room.

5. What cruise is best for couples?

There are many luxury cruises in Halong Bay that parallel the intercontinental mega-cruise in terms of services and luxury. For best luxury cruise for couples, you can take a look at exclusive cabin on Orchid Classic Cruise, or senior suite on Stellar of the Seas. If you prefer a smaller cruise boat which allows better privacy and intimacy, you can take Nostalgia Cruise or Orchid Premium Cruise.

6. Are there any 6-star cruises in Halong bay?

Halong Bay is known for its luxury cruises, but there are no true "6 star" cruises in Halong Bay as there is no official rating system for cruise ships in Vietnam. However, there are several luxury cruises that offer high-end amenities and services that are comparable to those of a 6-star cruise.

These cruises generally feature spacious and well-appointed cabins, fine dining, spa services, and various recreational activities. Some of the best luxury cruise lines in Halong Bay include:

  • Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: Unveils the premier Vietnamese boutique cruise experience on the Red River and the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • Orchid Classic Cruises: Offers an unparalleled experience with its 5-star services, allowing passengers to uncover the enigmatic charm of the bays.
  • Stellar of The Seas: The pioneering cruise company that launched the exclusive cruise itinerary through Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay.
  • Ambassador Cruises: The largest luxury cruise in Halong Bay, offers 46 top-notch first-class cabins complete with a magnificent collection of premium facilities.

7. What is the newest cruise in Halong bay?

Catherine Cruise is the latest luxurious cruise ship in Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, which was launched in October 2023. In late 2023 several cruises will debut, promising guests even more luxurious choices. This includes Essence Grand Cruise (November 2023), Ambassador Cruise II (September 2023), to name a few.

8. Which cruises are sailing in Lan Ha bay?

Lan Ha Bay is a popular destination for a variety of cruise lines, such as Peony Cruises, Orchid Classic Cruises, Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan, and Mon-Cheri Cruises.

9. How much does it cost for a cruise trip in Halong Bay?

The cost for a cruise tour varies depending on season, trip duration, and travelers’ needs. For example, the average total cost of a 2-day-1-night Halong Bay cruise per person ranges between US$115 and US$325, while the 3-day-2-night trip may increase the entire price range by US$550 per person.

You can refer to the estimated price for a cruise trip in Halong Bay below:

Trip duration

Low Season (May - Sep)

(per pax)

High Season (Oct - Apr)

(per pax)

Day cruise

US$ 60 - 95

US$ 70 - 100

1 night

US$ 110 - 230

US$ 130 - 270

2 nights

US$ 210 - 440

US$ 230 - 495

3 nights US$ 280 - 750 US$ 310 - 820

Notes:

  • The tour price usually excludes the transfer service and some personal expenses such as visa and hotel arrangements, beverages, tips, etc.
  • The shuttle bus cost ranges from US$30 to US$40 per person per round trip and usually remains unchanged in either low or high season.

10. Is Halong Bay cruise worth it?

Certainly, a cruise trip in Halong bay is definitely worth it! Joining a cruise is the best way to experience the best that Halong bay has to offer. Cruises are divided into many categories, either cost-saving or luxury, either daytime or overnight. However, they all bring you closer to nature, give access to landmarks such as caves, islands, beaches, fishing villages,... and offer a bunch of activities to fulfill your experience such as kayaking, swimming, hiking, boating, etc.