Cruise overview

Tuan Chau Marina Terminal Station, Ha Long, Vietnam View on map
Editor Rating

“ A quintessential expedition ship at its core, Violet cruise is notable for small passenger count, luxurious accommodation, and impeccable services. More significantly, the balance between French-Indochina design and modern comfort makes this small craft stand out from the crowd. Violet cruise creates an ordinary itinerary that allows visitors to explore Halong Bay up close.”

Editor Reviews


+ Violet cruise is exclusive with beautifully-designed suites and up-to-date in-room amenities.
+ Services are good and staff are friendly and helpful overall.


- The itinerary is a bit rushed. It would be better to have more time for swimming.
- Halong Bay is disappointedly touristy and dirty.
- The food quality doesn’t meet the standard although the presentation is nice.

Bottom Line

This boutique boat offers small expedition groups the ultimate in laid-back luxury and comfort.


Type: Wooden
Launched: 2011
No Of Cabins: 6
Pick Up Time: 8:00 Am
Drop Off Time: 16:00 Pm
Operating Area: Halong Bay
Available Tours: 2d1n, 3d2n
Destinations: Cua Van Fishing Village, Tien Ong Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Halong Pearl Farm, Titop Island


Itinerary & activities

Violet Cruise offers a well-researched sailing route to the most remarkable landmarks of the bay. Guests will take a pleasant bamboo boat to visit Cua Van floating village where houses a museum and various floating homes. A trip to Tien Ong cave and Sung Sot cave is appealing for beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Also, tourists will have a chance to get to know the pearl growing process at the Halong Pearl Farm and swim in Titop beach.

  • Cooking class
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Bamboo rowing boat
  • Tai chi
  • Cooking class
  • Sunset party


Cruise quality

Resembling an old-fashioned Asian junk, the 12-guest traditional boat features wooden floors and opulent furnishings. Being opened for years, the ship is not new but guests still enjoy a comfortable stay with subtle interior decoration and high-quality cabins.


Service & facilities

The cruise’s services and facilities can rival larger vessels that passengers have access to an elegant restaurant, a lounge with library and souvenir shop, a top-notch sundeck with spectacular bay views, an inviting spa, and a rooftop bar. What’s more, upscale life onboard is complete with vibrant sunset parties, 24-hour front desk service, and amazing spa & massage services.

  • Air conditioning
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cabin quality

Sustainable design and state-of-the-art amenities inside 6 staterooms bring guests a relaxing and classy experience. All cabins are spacious and well-appointed with a 6sqm private balcony and a Jacuzzi.

Room TypeMaximumSize
Executive Suite2 adults, 0 Children38 sqm

Food & Drink

Following colonial design, the cruise eatery specializes in local seafood and Vietnamese specialties. Guests are welcome to savor a light breakfast, a buffet lunch, and a set-menu dinner. Meanwhile, an extensive selection of international beverages is provided in the sundeck bar. Moreover, the sunset party is a great chance for drinking and enjoying some snacks.


Value for money

Junior suite costs from US$474 and executive suite costs from US$1162.

Access for people with disabilities?

There are no facilities for disabled people.


Family rooms are available. Children under 5 years old stay for free while children from 6 to 12 have to pay a surcharge of US$25 per extra bed. Children aged 13 and above will pay a surcharge of US$40 per extra bed.

Last updated: January 17, 2020

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$237per person
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Frequently asked questions

1.Is private balcony available in the room?

Yes, all cruises onboard have a large private balcony from 5 to 6sqm.

2.Does the cruise have a library?

Yes, it does. The library is located inside the lounge that features Indochina patterns.

3.Does the cruise require a surcharge on special occasions?

Yes, the surcharge on special occasions such as XMAS, New Year, and Lunar New Year is US$25/pax.

4.Can I order a 7-seater private car?

Yes, you can. The cruise offers private transfer by a 7-seater car at US$135/car.

5.How much does transportation cost?

Shuttle bus round trip costs US$55/adult and US$30/child aged from 5 to 12 years old.