Cruise overview

Hon Gai Wharf, Ha Long, Vietnam View on map
9.3/10
Editor Rating

“ 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.”

Editor Reviews

Pros

+ Athena Royal cruise offers upscale cruising experience through the quieter area of Halong Bay.
+ Cabin rooms are spacious, hi-end, and have fantastic views.
+ Foods are superb and match that of much larger ships.

Cons

- Jacuzzi is not heated and therefore cannot be used.
- Portions at dinner are quite small.

Bottom Line

Come onboard one of the best 5-star vessels in Bai Tu Long Bay and experience high-quality service as well as an engaging enrichment program.

About

Type: Metal
Launched: 2019
No Of Cabins: 22
Pick Up Time: 8:00 Am
Drop Off Time: 15:00 Pm
Operating Area: Bai Tu Long Bay
Available Tours: 2d1n, 3d2n
Destinations: Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Thien Canh Son Cave, Halong Bay

9.4/10

Itinerary & activities

This cruise has several excursion offerings including 2d1n and 3d2n, a laid-back alternative to hustle journeys to the touristy Halong Bay. Passengers will get to explore Vung Vieng floating fishing village by kayaking, Halong Bay on a day boat and Thien Canh Son cave with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Uniquely, Athena Royal cruise is very flexible that if none of the pre-planned excursions excite you, you can absolutely relax on the boat with a sauna.

  • Cooking class
  • Happy hour
  • Walking tours
  • Beach
  • Evening entertainment
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

9.6/10

Cruise quality

Athena Royal cruise carries an authentic Vietnamese feel with neo-classical design. Besides high safety standards and chic interior, the property also delivers a diverse range of superior services and warm hospitality.

9.3/10

Service & facilities

There’s always something to do on-deck with many outdoor facilities and interesting activities. To maximize the utmost luxury stay, passengers are granted to various updated wellness facilities including a sauna, a spa. Additionally, impeccable and personalized services such as shuttle transfer, room service, and car rental are available at guests’ convenience.

  • Shuttle service
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Car hire
  • Bridal suite
  • VIP room facilities
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
9.4/10

Cabin quality

Featuring classical design, 22 all-suite staterooms are clean and neat with an ample size. Deluxe in-suite amenities namely flat-screen TV, kettle, en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, and a seating area are well-appointed in the room. Some cabins also have a comfortable balcony.

Room TypeMaximumSize
Elegant Suite With Private Balcony2 adults, 1 Children28 sqm
Terrace Double Suite With Private Balcony2 adults, 1 Children30 sqm
Family Triple Suite With Private Balcony3 adults, 1 Children30 sqm
Family Connecting Suite With Private Balcony4 adults, 1 Children50 sqm
Athena Royal Suite with Panoramic View and Private Balcony2 adults, 1 Children45 sqm
9.0/10

Food & Drink

A buffet breakfast is served every morning while lunch and dinner comprise a set menu with an abundance of Vietnamese and international dishes.

8.9/10

Value for money

Executive double or twin room costs from US$322, executive suite with private balcony costs from US$357, and family connecting suite is priced from US$769.

Access for people with disabilities?

There are no facilities for disabled guests.

Family-friendly?

Family rooms are available. 01 child under 5 years old is free of charge if sharing the existing bed with parent/s per cabin. The second child will be charged 75% of the adult’s rate.

Children aged from 5 to 11 years old sharing a room with parent/s will have to pay 75% of one adult’s fare and children from 11 years old are priced as adults.

Last updated: December 9, 2019

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Frequently asked questions

1.Do I need to show my passport for getting onboard?

Yes, you do. A valid passport or ID is needed for the cruise embarkation.

2.What type of food is served in the dining area?

The dining room offers guests a set menu of Vietnamese & international cuisines, vegetarian food, and fresh seafood.

3.Which cabins have a private balcony?

There are 3 suites that are fitted with a private balcony including Athena elegant suite, Athena executive suite, and Athena family connecting suite.

4.How much does it cost for a bamboo rowing boat?

Bamboo rowing boat costs 50.000 VND/pax and is only available upon request.

5.Do we need to pay for using the sauna facility?

No, you don’t. Sauna is included in the price and will be opened from 15:30 to 16:30 PM.