Best Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation 2017

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: December 10, 2017

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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

    Free shuttle bus round trip on selected dates

    • 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, Lan Ha Bay, Cua Van Fishing Village, Tien Ong Cave, Ti Top Island, Surprise Cave


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

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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

    • 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

    December Top Deals: Discount $20 per cabin

    • 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

    Special winter discount: Only $300/cabin

    • 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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    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

    November Hot Deal - Discount $30/cabin

    • 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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    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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    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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    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 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 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 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 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 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 ( or Azalea Cruise ( 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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    Libeaut Delphine

    Hello, We are a young couple from France, we will be in Hanoi beginning of May 2018 and would like to start our trip from Halong bay. We prefer less touristic areas in Halong bay. Do you have any recommendations for a 3D2N cruise?

    Dec 04, 2017

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    • Response from Staff

      Dear Libeaut Delphine, Thank you very much for your question! We are glad to know you are visiting Halong Bay in May. It's definitely one of the best months to visit the bay: the weather is good besides many available cruise promotions. As you mentioned you are interested in a less touristic area of Halong Bay, I suggest you to consider Dragon Pearl Junk: - it is best known for its 3 day cruise trip that does not involve changing of ship on the second day. The cruise sails in Bai Tu Long Bay area, a less touristic area. If you have any questions please let us know!

    • Response from Hilda

      Hey Libeaut, For less touristic trip it's best to take cruises that depart from Hon Gai area (as I remember it's on the other side of the bridge). Some companies deliver this trip such as Dragon Pearl, Dragon Legend, Paloma cruise, ... Itinerary-wise I strongly recommend Dragon Legend but it it's higher than what you're willing to pay, go with its sister cruise Dragon Pearl Junk (cabin a bit small though).

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    Goetz Otto

    Greetings, We are a family of 5 from Germany, we plan to visit Halong bay this December and consider between Paradise cruises and Orchid cruises. Can you tell me briefly pros and cons of the two above and which one is suitable for my family with children? Thank you

    Dec 04, 2017

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    • Response from Nishi Miki

      If you want a "real feel" for 5 star cruise (both service and cruise quality), then Paradise Luxury is way to go. Cheers

    • Response from Jacobs Marie

      I personally booked with Orchid cruises and had a great trip with them, short transfer from Hanoi, newly built cruises. Paradise is a famous brand, however, most of their cruises are already in 3-5 year of operation.

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