Best Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation 2018

You've set your mind for Halong Bay but do not yet know which cruise to travel with? This list will give you an idea to start! Our best cruise list is selectively picked based on several factors (1) Guests' reviews and feedbacks (2) Cruise deco & facilities (3) Cruise itinerary & service (4) How it best fits each category of travellers. We divide all cruises by budget range which makes it easier for you to find one that offers best value too. If you are still in doubt, leave a question below for instant response. Updated: February 03, 2018

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    Orchid Cruise

    9.6 Excellent | 85 reviews

    

    Overall, the cruise was substandard with very real problems. The advertisement mentioned...

    L.J. ‒ UK

    Special offer: Free 60’ body/foot massage

    • Exclusive departure port - only 2.5 hours from Hanoi
    • Unique routing
    • Extremely spacious cabin (36-72sqm)
    • Luxury decoration
    • All cabins have balcony and bathtub

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Ba Trai Dao Islets, Cat Ba Island, Dark and Bright Cave

    

    Activities: Tai Chi Exercises, Spa, Squid Fishing , Kayaking, Cooking Class, Swimming, Climbing, Fishing Village

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    Aphrodite Cruise

    9.6 Excellent | 167 reviews

    I booked this cruise through Blue Dragon Tours after reviewing several dozen cruise lines on the...

    James P ‒ Petaluma, California

    Jan-Feb Top Deals: Free shuttle bus round trip

    • Boutique 5 star cruise
    • Family cabin available
    • Best kid-friendly and family-friendly cruise
    • Best F&B service among all cruises

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, Ti Top Island, Luon Cave

    Activities: Kayaking, Swimming, Fishing Village, Squid Fishing , Tai Chi Exercises

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    Indochina Sails Cruise

    9.1 Excellent | 50 reviews

    Just came back from 3 day 2 night voyage in Indochina Sails. It costed a large sum of money but...

    Neha ‒ India

    • 15 year experience in Halong cruises
    • Local and international award-winner
    • 3 room types to choose: superior - deluxe and suite
    • President suites are available to host VIP guest
    • Best for family traveling with kids

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, Ti Top Island

    Activities: Tai Chi Exercises, Squid Fishing , Swimming, Cooking Class, Climbing, Fishing Village

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    Pelican Cruise

    9.1 Excellent | 128 reviews

    We spent 2 wonderful nights on the cruise tour and it was an experience of a lifetime. we...

    Roxana Martinez ‒ Mexico

    • Spacious cabins with oversized windows
    • Larger cruise ship perfect for group travel
    • Excellent daily BBQ dinner served on board
    • Royal suite cabin with private terrace

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Dinh Huong Islet, Fighting Cocks Islet , Ti Top Island, Lom Bo Islet, Surprise Cave, Tung Gau Area

    Activities: Tai Chi Exercises, Cooking Class, Swimming, Climbing, Spa, Fishing Village, Squid Fishing

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    Alisa Cruise

    • Luxury bus transfer from Hanoi (Fuso DCar)
    • Triple and family cabins available
    • Spacious and luxury rooms on board
    • New cruise with great amenities

    Cruise length: 2 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, Ti Top Island, Cua Van Fishing Village

    Activities: Cooking Class, Swimming, Climbing

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    Paradise Luxury Cruise

    9.7 Excellent | 48 reviews

    My family went on Paradise Luxury Cruise in Halong Bay. All of us loved it so much. Our first...

    Rosana ‒ Philippines

    Shocking deal - Free shuttle bus

    • Leading cruise line in Halong Bay
    • Exclusive waiting lounge
    • Comfy 8 layers Paradise Dream Bed
    • Themed royal dinner
    • Butler service on selected cruise

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Ti Top Island, Surprise Cave

    Activities: Fishing Village, Spa, Swimming, Tai Chi Exercises

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    Signature Cruise

    9.3 Excellent | 181 reviews

    We were picked up from our hotel by our tour guide Hung. Hung is a Vietnamese guy with excellent...

    Brett Harmon ‒ USA

    • Largest cabin size among all cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay
    • Private Jacuzzi in all cabins
    • Family cabin can accommodate up to 4 persons
    • 2 day and 3 day programs available

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, Bai Tu Long Bay, Thien Canh Son Cave

    Activities: Squid Fishing , Tai Chi Exercises, Swimming, Cooking Class, Fishing Village, Climbing

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    Dragon Legend Cruise

    8.9 Very good | 10 reviews

    We booked Dragon Legend Cruise from Blue Dragon Tours – my agent tour in Hanoi. I had no...

    Hao Lu ‒ China

    • Large sized cruise with spacious cabins
    • Operated and managed by the legendary Indochina Junk
    • All cabins come with bathtub and panoramic window
    • Unique cruise routing to Bai Tu Long Bay

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Bai Tu Long Bay, Cong Dam Area, Thien Canh Son Cave, Yen Duc Village

    Activities: BBQ on beach, Swimming, Fishing Village

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    Bhaya Cruises

    9.3 Excellent | 32 reviews

    The tour around Halong was really exciting and well worthy. Food on board was in good quality....

    Leonardo ‒ Portugal

    • Popular choice among local celebrities
    • Largest cruise lines in Halong Bay
    • Responsible cruising
    • Highly experienced management and staff in cruising industry
    • Wide range of activities

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, Tien Ong Cave

    Activities: Swimming, Climbing, Squid Fishing , Cooking Class, Tai Chi Exercises, Fishing Village

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    La Vela Premium

    8.4 Very good | 4 reviews

    The boat was full of family passengers with a lot of young children. We also had a young child...

    Unknown ‒ Vietnam

    • Large number of cabins available
    • 4 star cruise service
    • Famous chef offering wide choice of board meals
    • Elegant cabin and cruise design
    • All cabins are spacious (23-25sqm)

    Cruise length: 2 days, 3 days

    Destinations: Halong Bay, Surprise Cave, Ti Top Island

    Activities: Tai Chi Exercises, Fishing Village, Spa, Cooking Class, Swimming, Climbing, Squid Fishing

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    Chris

    There will be 4 of us for a 2 day, 1 night cruise on Halong Bay. We will depart from Hanoi. On the return day we will have a flight to Bangkok that departs at 8:30. What would be the best plan for getting to the cruise and to the airport by 6:30?

    Feb 03, 2018

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Chris, Thank you for your email. My name is Lisa from Halong Bay Tours department and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. May I know if your flight is in the morning or evening? If it's in the morning I am afraid that you cannot do the overnight trip the day before. If it is in the evening, you can surely make it with any of our cruises - most will return you to Hanoi between 2:00 and 5:00pm. I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards,

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    Eric

    Hi, we plan to hv 2D1N cruise tour in 11&12 mar2018. There will be 2 of us. Can you recommend a best deal package (budget ard U$120-150 per person). Thx

    Feb 03, 2018

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Eric, Thank you very much for your question! For your budget I would like to suggest you some options below: Aclass Legend Cruise: (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/aclass-cruise.html) Cost: $133/person including transfer Flamingo Cruise: (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/flamingo-cruise.html) Cost: $136/person including transfer. Both are boutique cruises offering good quality and budget-friendly. If you have any questions please let me know!

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    Alvita Chen

    Hi, I want to have some options for 2D or 3D Ha Long Bay cruise tour with the starting point at Hanoi. I can depart on 22nd or 23rd of February and would like my land transport from and to our hotel accommodated (we are staying close to the old quarter). There are 3 of us. Thanks!

    Jan 14, 2018

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    • Response from Lisa@Halongbaytours

      Dear Ms. Alvita Chen, Thank you for your email inquiry. My name is Lisa and I am very happy to assist you with your coming trip. May I know if you have a fixed budget? Actually in February we are having a very good price for luxury cruise so the price is very close to mid-range if you are interested. For example, a family cabin on Aphrodite Cruise (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/aphrodite-cruise.html) cost $620 including bus round trip by luxury limousine D-Car for 2 day 1 night trip. Alternatively you can consider Gray Line Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/grayline-cruise.html - we offer $450/deluxe triple cabin including bus round trip. Both of these are very good choices. I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other inquiries.

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    Santosh Suresh

    Me and my wife are planning to visit Ha-long bay during the Chinese new year season in Feb this year. Ha r a few questions. 1. Is 2 days/1 night sufficient in Having bay if we just need to experience the cruise? 2. On the last day, could we squeeze in Hanoi sightseeing and then take flight back to singapore. 3. Also, am on a infian passport staying and working in singapore. Would I need a visa? What would be the cost for: 1. 2D/1N on cruise with a good view 2. What would you charge for airport transfers to port and back again to Hanoi on last day. Waiting to hear back Regards Santosh

    Jan 09, 2018

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com staff

      Dear Mr. Santosh, Thank you for contacting us with your travel request. As we have a wide range of cruises, - 1 night and 2 night - 3, 4 and 5 star. Can you please let us know some of your criteria so we can offer you the best match to your expectation? If you just need some basic exploration then a 2 day 1 night cruise is ideal. The cruise bus returns you to Hanoi around 5:00pm so we think there is not enough time for sightseeing and then flight back to Singapore. Indian nationals need a visa letter for sure. For a start we recommend you to consider Paradise Luxury Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/paradise-cruise.html - we offer special deal $360 for deluxe cabin including bus round trip. Thank you

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    Joanne

    Traveling with my husband and 2 kids below 5yrs any recommendations ? We come from malaysia

    Jan 08, 2018

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Ms. Joanne, Thank you for your email and we are glad to know you are spending your family vacation in Halong Bay. As we offer a wide range of cruises: budget, mid-range and luxury, may we know what preference you have for your cruise trip so we can suggest you the best option? We hope to hear from you soon!

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    Andrew Clark

    I am wanting to do either a 2 day or 3 day cruise of Ha Long Bay from 31 May 2018 and I am staying in Hai Phong so would need a transfer from the hotel there please. What options and costs would it be for just one person on a cruise please as I am travelling on my own. Thank you.

    Jan 08, 2018

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    • Response from Sunny

      Dear Andrew, Thank you for your question. Since you are in Hai Phong, we would like to recommend you a few cruises as follows: Orchid cruise, Azalea cruise and Era cruise as they are all dock in Haiphong. Thus it will save your time for transfer. As for the price, we already emailed you with details and brochures. Have a good day!

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    Peter Millyard

    Hi, Looking for a 3day / 2night cruise in Halong Bay - the two nights being the 5th & 6th of March. We would like to go in one of the more deluxe cruises. The question I have is that there are three of us, all adults, so I think we need to share a room which can accommodate 3 people. Please could you email me some suggestions and prices. Do we get an early booking discount or discount for 3 of us in one room?

    Jan 08, 2018

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    • Response from Cindy

      Dear Peter Millyard, As per your sharing, we would like to suggest you some options as follows which can accommodate 3 adults in same room: - Azalea cruise https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/azalea-cruise.html: US$835/Deluxe triple balcony cabin for 3 persons and US$36/person for sharing luxury van round trip - Era cruise https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/era-cruise.html: US$1,000/Terrace Suite + extra bed for 3 persons including sharing luxury van - Signature cruise https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/signature-cruise.html: US$784/Junior Suite + extra bed for 3 persons and US$30/person for shuttle bus round trip. We also contacted you by email regarding an early bird discount for your group. Thank you

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    Darin Soler

    Hello, we are interested in booking the 1 night Orchid cruise and have a question about transfers. We will be coming from a Hanoi hotel before and after we will need to go to the airport. How much would it cost to do a shuttle from the hotel to get to the cruise and a transfer to the airport after? Or would it be better to take the shuttle round trip and arrange airport transportation from Hanoi separately? Also, we have two options for flights out of HAN - 430p and 630p - would we be able to make the 430 flight after the cruise with no issues? Thanks!

    Jan 07, 2018

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    • Response from Lisa

      Dear Mr. Darin Soler, Thank you for your question about Orchid Cruise. The cost for one way shuttle from Hanoi to Orchid cruise pier is $20/person. From the pier to Hanoi airport we can arrange private car and the cost is $110 including toll fee. As your flight is not until 4:30pm, I suggest you to take the bus back to Hanoi for extra $20/person and then a taxi to the airport for $20/car. That way you will save around $50 on travel cost. 4:30pm flight would be fine, you will reach the airport around 2:30pm with the above suggestion. If you have any other question please let me know!

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    Georgie Fekkes

    We are from Mexico and looking for going to the orchid Cruise, for our 10th aniversary on the 15th february 2018, we want to know if the hotel shuttle is included (we are going to stay on the Intercontinental on Hanoi) on the rate (440 USD) or how much does it cost if we want to the pickup at our hotel? and how do we book for the free massage? Regards,

    Jan 07, 2018

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    • Response from Lisa

      Dear Mr. Georgie Fekkes, Thank you for your question and we are glad to know you are spending your 10th anniversary in Halong Bay. For Orchid cruise, the shuttle bus costs $40/person/round trip extra and it can pick you up from Intercontinental Hanoi for sure. Upon checking out online you can choose the option of free massage. However kindly note that our spa partner is close during the Lunar New Year from 15 until 21th Feb so can you consider taking the offer on 14 Feb instead?

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    Anna MacDonald-Johnson

    I have 7-8 people who want to cruise on the 16th for 2 night. Are you sble to assist us.

    Jan 03, 2018

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Ms. Anna MacDonald-Johnson, Thank you for your question and it's our pleasure to assist you with your request. May I know if you wish to travel in Jan, Feb or March? If you have a budget range or cruise preference please let us know and we will find the best deal for your group! Best regards,

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    Geoffrey Merrick

    I am visiting having bay on World Dream cruise ship. 0800 26 December to 2200 27December ( 2 days)Ship has tenders to Bai Chay terminal We are 4adults and one child want to do a day tour cruise of Halong Bay on one of either days Any recommendations please Thanks. Geoff (Hong Kong)

    Dec 23, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Geoff, Thank you very much for your questions. We can arrange the day trip on either 26th or 27th December and the trip would last from noon until 4:00pm approximately. Kindly note that our day cruise departs from Tuan Chau Pier which is about 20 minutes from Bai Chay. You can take a taxi on your own or we can arrange private pick up/ drop off for you at extra cost. Best regards,

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    SpaBabie

    Me and my husband are planning for a cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay on a luxury ship with good food and reasonably sized cabin. We plan to go end of Mar, beginning of April. Has Era Cruise started operations? Which cruise ship would you recommend?

    Dec 12, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear SpaBabie, Thank you for your question. Era Cruise will start operating from Dec 24th 2017 so you can surely pick it for your trip in March-April. However, Era Cruise does not go to Bai Tu Long Bay, just Lan Ha Bay. If you prefer to cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay, please consider Signature Cruise (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/signature-cruise.html) or Indochina Junk lines (https://www.halongbaytours.com/indochina-junks.html). All of these cruises are highly recommended. I hope that helps. Kind regards

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    Lin

    5 of us, would like to go for 2D1N halong bay trip. Is it worth celebrating new year countdown on 31st Dec? Any additional activities on boat during eve? Or it is wiser to stay in Hanoi during New Year Eve? Thank you.

    Dec 12, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Ms. Lin, Thank you for your question. During New Year eve, most cruises will organize gala dinner with different activities. However it comes with a surcharge from $15-50/person (applied by most cruises). Budget-wise, I think it's better to spend the night in Hanoi and join the cruise trip the next day. Experience-wise, it will be a lifetime experience that you welcome the new year on board of a cruise amid the scenic beauty of Halong Bay. I hope that is useful for your planning!

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    Schepis

    Hi, I am flying to Hai Phong airport from Seoul, is it possible to pick me up at the airport or do I book my own transfer to the cruise? Thank you

    Dec 10, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Schepis, Thank you for your question. Please kindly note that the shuttle bus can only pick up from Hanoi Old Quarter area. You will need to book a private transfer from the airport to the cruise (either Hanoi or Hai Phong airport). Best regards,

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    Anne Santos

    Hi! What do think of Glamor Star Halong Cruise. Is the boat and cruise ok? Is it a small boat compared to Paradise? Thanks

    Dec 10, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Ms. Anne Santos, Glamor Star is a small boutique 3 star cruise while Paradise Luxury cruise is the most luxurious and prestigious one in Halong Bay. The price and level of luxury are different, and it is really up to you to decide. Best regards,

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    Michael Brooker

    Hello, I am staying in Halong Bay for New Years, and I would like to do a cruise party on NYE.. will Glory be doing anything like this on New Years Eve?

    Dec 07, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Michael Brooker, Thank you for your question! Glory Cruise will hold Gala Dinner on 31st December (New Years' Eve) for sure. Most cruises in Halong Bay organize Gala dinner for 24th and 31st December and some other special activities during these occasions. Best regards,

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    Brook Ruth

    Hi everyone, I'm arriving at Hanoi train station (Sapa train terminal), is it possible to pick me up from the train station or do I need a specific hotel address? (I am booked with Glory Legend). Thank you

    Dec 07, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Brook Ruth, Thank you for your question. I am sorry that the shuttle bus only picks up from hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. The train station is 10-15 minutes away and it's difficult to pick up from there due to many passengers getting in and out. As you are arriving early in the morning (train from Sapa arrives in Hanoi around 5:00-6:00am daily), you can get to the central area for breakfast and then go to our office for pick-up and the pick up time for Glory Cruise bus is between 7:30am and 8:00am. Best regards,

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    Hepy Saraswulan

    Hi, Please advise : 1) if I am a solo traveller, if I take any of the cruise package, will the cabin share with other traveller or can I have the cabin for myself. 2) If I join the cruise in my mid-stay schedule in Hanoi, example, I arrive before the cruise schedule and I stay in other hotel, then on the cruise date then I move and stay in the hotel based on cruise package, is that allowed. Thank you. Hepy

    Dec 06, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Hepy Saraswulan, Thank you for your question. Please find our answers below: (1) If you are traveling by yourself you will have a cabin of your own (non-sharing). (2) It's totally fine if you are already in Hanoi and want to book our cruise + hotel package. All packages are fully customizable based on your request. The hotel nights can be added before or after the cruise trip. Best regards,

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    Michel Duguay

    Is there any flight from Singapore to Halong Bay? I am considering Orchid cruises and may get a direct flight to Hai Phong if it is possible. Thanks

    Dec 05, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Mr. Michael, Thank you for your question. As Halong Bay does not have any airport, the nearest airport is Hai Phong and you consider flying there. If you take Orchid Cruise the distance from Hai Phong Airport to the pier is only 40 minutes. If you take other cruises that depart from Tuan Chau or Hon Gai, the travel time is around 2 hours. Hope that helps!

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    Andrea Ng

    What cruise is best for family with kids? I have 2 children (2 &4) and we want to be in the same cabin. I don't need too many activities, just spacious cabins and more relaxation. Thanks in advance.

    Dec 04, 2017

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    • Response from Halongbaytours.com Staff

      Dear Ms. Andrea, Thank you very much for your question. As you mentioned that you put spacious cabins and relaxation as your priority over activities, we strongly recommend you to consider Orchid Cruise (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/orchid-cruise.html) or Azalea Cruise (https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/azalea-cruise.html) both of which have very luxurious and spacious family cabins. With the size from 28-36-72 sqm/ cabin, you will have space for the kids and for the family as a whole to enjoy. If you need some other options, Paloma Cruise and Aphrodite Cruise are also reputable company that are known for taking well care of children on board. If you have any other question please contact us anytime!

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