Cruise overview

Tuan Chau Pier, Ha Long, Vietnam View on map
Editor Rating

“ The 3-star Fantasea Imperial cruise is a good option for visitors looking for a more sophisticated cruising experience where they can get to know as many tourist attractions as possible. Cruise facilities are aimed for both adults and children and most dining options are complete with drinks at an additional charge.”

Editor Reviews


+ Transportation is included and the programs are well-organized.
+ This is a small ship yet very clean and offers good value for money.
+ Staff are attentive and the guide is very friendly and funny.


- Cabin rooms are much smaller than expected. The bed is too hard and the bathrooms lack basic amenities.
- The upstairs with artificial grass causes a safety issue.
- Halong locations, even the caves are polluted with a huge amount of rubbish and plastic.

Bottom Line

Fantasea Imperial Cruise perfectly matches passengers who have always dreamt of cruising through both Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay without breaking the bank.


Type: Wooden
Launched: 2010
No Of Cabins: 23
Pick Up Time: 7:45 – 8:00 Am
Drop Off Time: 16:30 Pm
Operating Area: Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island
Available Tours: 2d1n, 3d2n
Destinations: Heavenly Palace Cave, Halong Pearl Farm, Nam Cat Island Or Viet Hai Village, Cat Ba Island


Itinerary & activities

The 3-deck cruise departs from Tuan Chau Harbor and plans on heading through Heavenly Palace cave and Halong Pearl Farm on Halong Bay. A local boat takes visitors to Lan Ha Bay where they can choose to stay in a bungalow or still on board. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy kayaking and various activities on Nam Cat Island. Alternatively, tourists can also join a biking trip around Viet Hai Village.

  • Cooking class
  • Walking tours
  • Beach
  • Water park
  • Evening entertainment
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Entertainment staff
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Karaoke
  • Children's playground
  • Fishing


Cruise quality

Being a traditional wooden ship, Fantasea Imperial cruise may fail to offer guests high-end accommodation and superior amenities. However, it is very neat, cozy, and fitted with several decent facilities, just enough for the price paid.


Service & facilities

The property accommodates families with children very well with many child services and leisure amenities. Mature passengers will also find this cruise fantastic with a range of facilities including a solarium, a dining room & bar, a 24-hour front desk, and especially facilities for disabled guests. There is also a lot of equipment for leisure activities such as fishing, karaoke, and cooking.

  • Shuttle service
  • Mini-market on site
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Allergy-free room
  • Heating
  • Gift shop
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service

Cabin quality

Passengers are welcome to stay in comfort with one of 12 rooms on the ship categorized in types of triple, twin or double, and dormitory rooms. All cabins have wonderful sea views and a broad range of in-room equipment such as refrigerator, outdoor furniture, outdoor dining room area, a flat TV, a private bathroom. Uniquely, the triple rooms include a hypoallergenic room inside.

Room TypeMaximumSize
Deluxe Double or Twin Room with Sea View2 adults, 1 Children12 sqm
Superior Double or Twin Room2 adults, 1 Children12 sqm
Deluxe Double or Twin Room2 adults, 1 Children12 sqm
Superior Bungalow2 adults, 1 ChildrenBungalow size: 12 sqm
Deluxe Triple Room3 adults, 1 Children16 sqm
Deluxe Bungalow with Garden View3 adults, 1 ChildrenBungalow size: 16 sqm
Single Bed in Dormitory Room1 adults, 0 Children16 sqm
Superior Double or Twin Room with Mountain View2 adults, 1 Children16 sqm

Food & Drink

Full board meals come in Vietnamese and Western styles. Guests are also served a buffet dinner at bungalow while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere on Cat Ba Island.


Value for money

Superior double or twin room with sea view costs from US$203, deluxe triple room costs from US$302, and single bed in dormitory room costs from US$124.

Access for people with disabilities?

There are facilities for disabled people.


Family rooms are available. There are a playground and baby safety gates for children.

Children under 4 can use the cabin free of charge while children aged 4 to 7 will have to pay 1.700.000 VND/ night. Cots and extra beds are not provided.

Last updated: January 3, 2020

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Frequently asked questions

1.Is the trip to Viet Hai village included in the price?

The excursion to Viet Hai village is optional and visitors must pay US$5 extra.

2.How much do I need to pay for the single supplement?

Single supplement is US$20/pax for a cabin onboard and US$15 - US$45/pax for a room in the hotel.

3.want to know about the bungalow condition on Cat Ba Island?

The bungalow is only provided with basic facilities. There is no WIFI in room and electronic power is unstable sometimes.

4.Can I bring my dog on board?

Yes, pets are allowed on request and passengers do not have to pay any extra charges.

5.Is parking available?

Yes, there is public parking nearby and tourists may need to reserve in advance.