Best cruises in Halong bay
Halong Bay is one of the most popular destinations on many travelers' bucket list. There are many different ways to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Bay but none is as fulfilling as taking an overnight cruise trip. The trip not only takes you deeper into the most secluded part of the Bay but also organizes many activities for you to understand more about the local culture. There are both day trip, 2 day trip, 3 day trip and even longer trip available. Pick the best one and you will have your moment of a life-time.
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Stellar of the Seas Cruise belongs to Aclass cruises company, a leading brand for leisure and cruising in Halong Bay. This 5-star cruise vessel offers a winning combination of contemporary luxury and authentic decor that impresses you from the first step onboard. Stellar of the Seas cruise is especially a definite choice for intrepid travelers with a unique route and culturally-enriching voyages pioneering to Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay.
Managed by Orchid Cruise, Peony has taken outstanding features of its line to become the best mid-range cruise on Halong Bay. The cruise is well-known for its innovative ship design and exceptional 5-star services. In addition to this, since its debut, Peony smashed other lines of the same size as the first 4-star cruise ship to operate in Lan Ha Bay.
Emperor Cruises Halong treats passengers to a luxurious all-inclusive cruise experience. All-suite accommodations, top-notch services, and exquisite upscale dining options set Emperor Cruises apart from other lines. The ship even exceeds guests’ expectations with engaging enrichment programs and destination-focused excursions around Halong Bay.
Scarlet Pearl Cruise is the best choice for those whose desire is to stay in a floating hotel. Known as an exotic catamaran-style boat, Scarlet Pearl Cruise offers the ultimate in luxury and top-notch amenities. This sleek steel vessel is not only well-furnished but also operates unrivaled itineraries to the less-crowded Lan Ha Bay.
When it set sail earlier this year, Doris cruise is a brand-new 5-star cruise that is designed with the luxury in mind. The ship includes abundant amenities and a stylish interior. Seasoned travelers love the adventure found on Doris cruise as it sails to both popular and smaller destinations on Lan Ha Bay.
The brand-new Indochine Cruise is the largest overnight vessel in Lan Ha Bay so far. It provides absolute luxury and a laid-back atmosphere onboard. Guests will be thoroughly entertained with a variety of iconic facilities and programs. What’s more, this 5-star cruise provides an elaborate list of fantastic destinations that escorts visitors through the poetic and tranquility Lan Bay Bay.
Established in 2013, Huong Hai Sealife is a member of Sealife group, a leading cruise operator in Halong Bay. The 4-star cruise is among the top pick of both business and leisure travelers for its superior services, high-end suites, and a wealth of food and entertainment options. More significantly, Huong Hai Sealife brings an unparalleled travel experience to Bai Tu Long Bay, a quieter part of the Halong Bay area.
Heritage Cruises is perhaps the most recognized name in Halong Bay which redefines the standard with spacious staterooms and grand style. This fleet of vessels offers an excellent array of onboard entertainment and state-of-the-art facilities. The cruise itinerary is ideal for young-at-heart travelers who want to avoid the touristic Halong Bay and discover more about Lan Ha Bay.
Belongs to Paradise group, a fleet of well-equipped vessels, Paradise Elegance cruise is destined for luxury cruising. The lavish cruise takes its unmatched service and facilities to the sea where guests stay in amazing suites and are treated with the best dining. Moreover, shore excursions to Halong Bay aim to open a window into the bay’s culture and legendary wonders.
Sealife Legend Cruises are top-of-the-line addition to its fleet that takes visitors beyond ordinary excursions to the Lan Ha Bay area and Cat Ba Island. The 2 twin offerings are particularly notable for culinary excellence, outstanding all-suite accommodations, and a comprehensive program onboard. They are also two of a few luxury cruise ships that combine the intertwining between Yin and Yang in the design.
The all-inclusive Athena Royal Cruise appeals solo travelers, couples, and families with kids who are looking for a mid-sized ship and luxurious accommodations. Unparalleled services and authentic Vietnamese cuisine allure any guests coming to the cruise. In addition, with a well-researched itinerary, guests can immerse themselves in the region and soak up as much culture and history of Bai Tu Long Bay as possible.
Launched in 2012, the Au Co cruise is the first ship to bring a 5-star standard to Halong Bay. This leading line treats travelers to a luxury cruising experience with subtle interior design, a delicate menu and an exceptional destination-focused itinerary. Uniquely, the cruise only focuses on the 3-day journey encompassing jaw-dropping destinations on Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay.
Calypso gains a reputation for a fleet of new ships that cruise to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. Onboard, travelers will find plenty of family-oriented amenities, spacious staterooms, and a vast selection of dining options. Meanwhile, journeys to the destinations are full of excitement and valuable experiences.
Rosy cruise is one of the newest premier cruises in Halong Bay. The ship boasts 5-star standards with modern comforts and well-equipped cabins. It develops an exciting itinerary to see enchanted sceneries of Lan Ha Bay within 2 days and 3 days.
Inherited a long tradition of being the most luxurious cruise line in Halong Bay, Orchid cruise has continued to escalate the standard of “5-star” luxury by striving for perfection. This is the best choice for families and groups with large cabins and abundant amenities. Meanwhile, adventurous travelers can satisfy their wanderlust with exotic voyages to a lot of pristine beaches, unknown lagoon, fishing villages, and islands on Lan Ha Bay.
Aphrodite cruise belongs to the Aphrodite line, a fleet of traditional wooden junks. Since its debut in 2013, this luxury boutique cruise has escalated in unparalleled luxury cruise experience to discover the majesty of Halong Bay. Uniquely, the cruise carries an eco-friendly mission that encourages staff and travellers to manage waste properly.
Paradise Peak cruise prides itself on offering opulent interior and upscale experience. Travelers can expect abundant dining options and a variety of stimulating programs. This hi-end wooden junk specializes in visiting popular tourist attractions on Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay so that tourists can both soak up the rustic feeling, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, and delve into the local cultures.
Overlooking the vast bay fringed with emerald beaches and mesmerizing limestone karsts and islands, Ultralux Hera cruise redefines the laid-back luxury on Halong Bay. The cruise is inspired by handcrafted wooden design but in a perfect combination with state-of-the-art features. Passengers are catered to every whim with personal butler service, world-class facilities, and gourmet board-meals.
Just like its name, Halong Serenity cruise is all set to carry quieter and more style-conscious travellers on tranquil, stylish cruise voyages in Halong Bay. The interior design and objects are simplified. When it comes to the itinerary, for years, this wooden junk has specialized in operating in-depth excursions around Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island.
If a nostalgic atmosphere is what you’re seeking, looking no further than Renea Cruises Halong, a boutique wooden junk that came into operation in 2018. The ship includes life-enriching excursions to several off-the-beaten-track tourist destinations of Bai Tu Long Bay. Passengers can enjoy a deep relaxation on board with the cruise outstanding services, modern facilities, and elegant accommodations.
Frequently asked questions
1.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 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 Paradise Peak or Orchid Premium Cruise.
2.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 Azalea Cruise - the only cruise that has both connecting cabins and kid play room.
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.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 $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.
5.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 3 different terminals/ piers (Tuan Chau, Got and Hon Gai) with different level of luxuries and capacities. It is best 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.
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