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Best Halong Bay Cruises 2021

Best Halong Bay Cruise

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.

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Top Recommended Halong Bay Cruises for 2021

Orchid Cruise



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

L.J.UK
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $140/pp including bus
  • Exclusive departure port - only 2.5 hours from Hanoi
  • Unique routing
  • Extremely spacious cabin (36-72sqm)
  • Luxury decoration
  • All cabins have balcony and bathtub

Stellar of the Seas Cruise

The boat was fantastic. We love the room with the private balcony. We specially enjoyed the staff...

EnsheatherSweden
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $150/pp including bus
  • Ultra-luxury cruise
  • Short transfer time from Hanoi (only 2.5 hours)
  • Mini-golf course on board available
  • Triple and family cabin available

Ambassador Cruise

We did do a lot of research before choosing President Cruise for my family among SO many Halong...

Kim DavisUS
Ambassador Superb Deal 2021 - Only $140 per person
  • The only cruise featuring Michelin Star Chef
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi available
  • Road journey just 2.5 hours from Hanoi via expressway
  • Elevator available

Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan

Outstanding people! They worked professionally and took care of every single request that makes...

NatalieUS
Special Expat Offer - only $130/pp
  • Spacious cabins with private balcony
  • Swimming pool on sundeck
  • Exclusive Arts Gallery
  • Free Kayaking

Paradise Elegance Cruise

Have a selection of board/card games on deck. Movies were not great/not working at times. But...

Omar BasriN/A
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $150/pp including bus
  • Expansive sundeck
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Piano lounge with live music
  • All cabins have balcony
  • Free shuttle bus
  • Just 2.5 hours road travel from Hanoi

Peony Cruise

What a special experience it was to be on Peony duirng its launching day! Everything is pristine...

SherrillUSA
Special Expat Deal 2021 - Only $115/person
  • Best mid-range cruise in Lan Ha Bay
  • Short transfer time on limousine bus
  • Great rooms with balcony

Scarlet Pearl Cruise

  • Catamaran-style cruise
  • Outdoors Jacuzzi
  • All rooms with private balcony and bathtub

Indochine Cruise

Indochine Cruise is very huge and nice with retro decoration. We booked a suite room on the high...

Douglas KingmanAustralia
  • Indochine style decorations
  • Long traditions in cruising
  • Jacuzzi on board
  • All cabins with balcony

Paradise Sails

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

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

Dragon Legend Cruise

I read hundreds of reviews before deciding to choose Dragon legend and it was truly worth every...

ArozierColombia
  • 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
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Asked by Sean

I am looking for a 2 night / 3 day Halong Bay cruise (8 to 10 June) on a luxury boat.

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Answered by Hana

Dear Mr. Sean, Thank you so much for contacting us! My name is Hana from Halongbaytours.com and I am very glad to assist you with this trip. On your travel date (8 - 10 June), we are available for the following cruises: 1. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan/3-days-2-nights.html Our special offer is US$500/Delta Suite cabin with US$ 25/person for shuttle bus round trip 2. Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html Our special offer is US$ 610/Junior Suite cabin with free shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi 3. Scarlet Pearl Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html Our special offer is US$ 500/Silver Pearl cabin with US$ 25/person for shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi Can you please kindly consider them? They are all the new luxury cruises with very good feedback from our customers recently. Should you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me! Best regards, Hana (Ms.)

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Asked by Alexandra Trenholme

Hello, Can you help please. We are looking for a cruise on 20th April 2022, 2 adults, 1 x16yr old and 1x 9 yr old. We would love to bike on the island, see the large caves i.e. Surprise cave. We like the sound of the squid fishing. I have also read of very few doing a BBQ on the beach. It is so hard to choose from so many great cruises. We are celebrating a belated 50th birthday and a 16th birthday so we would enjoy a more comfortable spacious ship. Do you have any suggestions please.

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Answered by Halong Bay Tours Staff

Thank you so much for contacting us! My name is Jolie from Halongbaytours.com and I am very glad to assist you with your trip! Please note that the biking activity is on Lan Ha Bay while Surprise Cave is on Halong Bay thus I am sorry that you would not take these two activities on the same trip. All cruises offer squid fishing in the evening, and at the moment, no cruise does the BBQ on the beach. If you are looking for a spacious boat, may I suggest to you the following options? 1. Ambassador Cruise that visits Halong Bay: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise/2-day-1-night.html 2. Indochine Cruise that visits Lan Ha Bay: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/indochine-cruise/2-day-1-night.html They are both our best sellers with the top services at the moment, can you please have a look and let me know if you are interested in any cruise? I hope to hear from you soon and should you need any further assistance, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Jennifer

We plan to travel to Halong Bay in June 2021. I heard that not all cruises are running daily and there is no 3 day 2 night tour which we would love to take. Can you advise whether it is possible for a 2 night trip?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Ms. Jennifer, Thank you for contacting us. In April and May, many cruises restrict their operation to departure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only as this coincides with weekend holiday. However in June, many cruises have posted their daily schedule such as Ambassador Cruise, Scarlet Pearl Cruise, Heritage Cruise and Le Theatre, to name a few. At the moment only Scarlet Pearl, Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan and Stellar of the Seas are operating 3 day 2 night trip. If you plan to travel on weekend, it is best to book early in advance as most popular choices will be filled up way before the actual trip date. If you have any questions please let me know!

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Asked by Leo

Hi, I saw the expats offer that you have and I see that residence card or work permit is required but we are a couple one of us has work permit and the other one has business visa so are we eligible for the offer or do we have to have work permits-residence cards both of us ?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. Leo, Thank you for contacting us. As of 2021, we allow work permit and business visa as substitute for residence card as well. You are surely eligible for our expat deal. If you need any further information please let me know!

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Asked by Joe

Please advise, beat cruise ship with best cabins. What is the beat of the best ? We are a couple seeking a pleasant luxury cruise, for us this means the less children/families the better. Looking for 2 night 3 days. Thank you

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. Joe, Thank you for contacting us. Actually there is no definite answer to the best of the best cruise, as our guests' needs vary based on preference for itinerary, food, cabin size over decoration, swimming pool, etc. If you prefer a pleasant luxury cruise, we would recommend you to consider Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan - our best seller in 2021. The cruise is designed with boutique decoration, spacious cabins, four-season swimming pool on sundeck, and plenty of common space for your trip. The cruise has only 20 cabins so for its huge size, you will be guaranteed a trip with fewer crowd and more relaxation. If you have any other questions please contact us anytime!

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Asked by Evelyn

Hi We are 2 adults planning a 2D1N halong bay cruise on 22 May 2021, can you recommend a cruise and what room should be booked. We are looking at the mid range cruises. May I know also what time the shuttle will pick us up from hotel, mostly likely hotel at hanoi old quarters?

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Evelyn, Thank you so much for contacting us with your inquiry. May I suggest you our Peony Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/peony-cruise/2-day-1-night.html? This is a luxury cruise but our offer for ex-pats now is very good at US$ 115/person only on a Deluxe Balcony cabin (the standard room). If you need the transfer, it costs US$ 25/person/round trip on the Limousine bus. The pickup time is 9:00 at the cruise office at 16 Thi Sach Street near Hanoi Old Quarter. I hope my suggestion works or should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by sara

Hi, we come with our own car to the bay, and would like to get a boat trip with one night stay on the boat. We need 2 rooms one for 2 and another one for 2adults+ 1 child (9years) Please recommend us a boat trip, which takes us to the most beautiful natural sites. Thank you sara

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Answered by Hana

Dear Hana, Thank you so much for your inquiries! May I suggest to you Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise/2-day-1-night.html - The cost is US$ 675 for 2 Junior Suite cabins. Or Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan/2-day-1-night.html - US$ 620 for 2 Delta Suite cabins for your group of 5. Both of the cruises visit Lan Ha Bay which is not only beautiful but also really quiet, which we believe would make your experience better. Should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Hana (Ms.)

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Asked by CHRIS PHANG

Dear, We are group of five people (2 rooms) would like to travel to Ha Long Bay on early July 2021. May i know the 2D1N cruise package is it included pick up and return to hotel in Hanoi city ? Thanks.

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Answered by Sunny

Dear Mr. Chris, Thank you for contacting us! My name is Sunny from Halong Bay Tours department and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. At the moment, there are many cruises that offer a package including shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi center. You may consider Stellar of the Seas: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise/2-day-1-night.html - US$ 180/person including bus; Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan/2-day-1-night.html - US$ 155/person including bus; or Scarlet Pearl Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise/2-day-1-night.html - US$ 175/person including bus. I hope my suggestion would work or if you have other budgets, please kindly let me know to assist you better. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Best regards, Sunny (Ms.)

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Asked by Yuliana desta

Hi I just wondering which cruise is still run on Tet day?

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Yuliana Desta, Thank you so much for contacting us! Yes, many cruises are still operating during Lunar New Year Holiday. You can consider Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise: https://www.duthuyenhalong.com/du-thuyen/du-thuyen-heritage-binh-chuan-cat-ba or President Cruise: https://www.duthuyenhalong.com/du-thuyen/president-cruises-halong. Can you please kindly share with me your travel date and your group size in order for me to check the cruise availability accordingly? I hope to hear from you soon! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Kate

Hello.. what cruise do u recommend for a family of 3 (2 adults and one baby 1yr old)? A cruise which offers round trip pick up Hanoi to Halong bay. And if possible that has bathtub or jacuzzi. Thank u

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Kate, Thank you very much for your inquiries. All of our cruises are children-friendly and offer a transfer round trip from Hanoi. Many of them offer a bathtub or Jacuzzi inside the room as well. May I know about your budget in order for me to send you some options to consider? I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you need any further assistance! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Hua

i would like to go to halong bay for 2D1N trip could you recommend a trip set for one man only because i don't want to afford for 2 man set thx

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Answered by Mary

Dear Hua, Thank you for contacting us. Kindly be noticed that a standard cabin in each cruise is for 2 people, thus if you would like to go on yourself and stay in a single cabin, a single surcharge will be applied. You can choose the number of guests in the Rooms box when checking the availability on our website, you will find a suitable option for your budget. Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us again. Best regards, Mary (Ms.)

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Asked by Rie

We are Iooking forward to visiting to Halong Bay in September. but we worry about a typhoon.How does the refund when a typhoon came?

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Rie, Thank you very much for contacting us and I understand that weather is a cause for concern for visitors to Halong Bay. Please see our policy on cancellation due to bad weather follow: 1/ If the tour is canceled in advance with prior notice, a full refund will be made. 2/ If the tour is canceled midway through, you will be charged for service already use (such as shortened cruise trip, or breakfast, or shuttle bus, whichever applies in the specific case). I hope this information addresses well your question. Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Flavia

Hi, I am looking for a 2 or 3 day cruise for two people. My friend is a photofrapher, and we are both biologists, we seek to know and photograph natural enviroments, fauna and flora. Which one you recomend?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Flavia, Thank you for your question! My name is Cindy from Halong Bay Tours department and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. Halong Bay and Lan Ha bay have very natural environments, diverse fauna and flora so it is very suitable for you to take photographs on a cruise. At the moment, we have some special expat deals with great prices below: 1. Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise/2-day-1-night.html 2. Heritage cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html 3. Scarlet Pearl: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html 4. President Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise.html Please have look at these cruise and share with us your idea. I hope my recommendation would help and please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by Shravan

Hello we are interested in 2D/1N package . We actually want to arrive in Halong Bay by 6 PM and leave by 3 PM the next day. Do the cruise Operators have customised schedules as well. We actually want to spend the morning sightseeing in Hanoi . Is it possible

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Shravan, Thank you so much for contacting us! However, I am sorry that all overnight cruises start at around 11:30 - 12:00 and finish at around the same time the next day. The exact time depends on each cruise. Thank you for your understanding. Should you need further information, please feel free to contact us again. Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by AvaN

Hi, I would like help in picking a suitable cruise as there are so many options. We have a mid-range budget for a 1-night tour and would like a transfer from Hanoi too. We like idea of getting massage and chilling with some drinks on the deck in the evening. What do you recommend? Many thanks

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Answered by Mary

Dear Avan, Thank you for your interest in our service. During this time, there are some good deals for expats in Vietnam, thus I would like to suggest you some of the best cruises below: Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise/2-day-1-night.html Heritage cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html Scarlet Pearl: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html President Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise.html I hope you find this helpful. If you need any other information, please feel free to contact us again. Best regards, Mary (MS.)

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Asked by Lewis Hunt

Which tour offers scuba diving?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Lewis Hunt, Thank you for your email! Please be advised scuba diving is not available in Halong Bay. The boats only offer kayaking. Should you have other questions, please feel free to let me know. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by Khizar Hassan

Hi, I will be in Hanoi on May 2021. We want to do a Ha Long Bay Cruise for 3 days and 2 nights. It will be two adults and one baby (1 year old). We would like a tour which is baby friendly, excellent vegetarian food and a nice boat. Ideally which does not have too many people on board. Any recommendations.

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Khizar Hassan, Thank you for your email. My name is Cindy from Halong Bay Tours department and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. All of our cruises are children-friendly and serve vegetarian food thus please kindly no worries about it. May I know if you have a fixed budget? For example, do you have preference for budget, mid-range, or luxury cruise to bring you the most suitable one? I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by liyana

hi , i would like to ask if there any cruises that muslims friendly and can be charted cruises for meeting purpose and also activities for 1 night stay

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Liyana, Thank you for your email. May I know if you have any special requests? Actually, all of the cruises welcome all religions, however, I am not sure if you need any other special requirements? Please note that for the food, they can only serve normal food or vegetarian meals, I wonder if it is okay with you? Also, I am sorry that the cruise has no meeting room. If you can take the cruise for activities, please kindly share with us your group size and travel date to find an appropriate cruise for you to consider. I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Adnan

Is it possible to have a 3 day tour starting from ha long bay and end up in Đồng Hới City ? if yes, what are the rates ?

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Answered by Joy

Dear Mr. Adnan Thank you so much for your email! We are sorry to advise that we have no tour starting from Halong Bay and end up in Dong Hoi City. All of the tours start from the pier (Halong or Hai Phong city) and finish at the same pier. Should further information be needed, please feel free to let me know in advance. I am looking forward to your response soon. Best regards, Joy (Ms)

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Asked by Talita

Hello, I'm going to arrive at hanoi airport at the end of the day, I was wondering until what time could I get on board the cruise? Also is 2D and 1N sufficient ? I'm looking for a more exclusive/quiet cruise thanks

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Answered by Mary

Dear Talita, Thank you for your interest in our service. Since you will arrive at Hanoi Airport at the end of the day, and the cruise often departs from 11:30 - 12:00 am daily, thus you can book the cruise trip on the next day. Normally, everyone spends 1 night on the cruise, however, depending on your schedule, if you have more time, you can spend 2 nights for more relaxation. If you are looking for a more exclusive/quite cruise, you can consider some cruises with less cabins such as: Emperor Cruise (10 cabins): https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/emperor-cruise.html Hera Cruise (11 cabins): https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/hera-cruise.html Orchid Cruise (14 cabins): https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/orchid-cruise.html Mon Cheri Cruise (18 cabins): https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/mon-cheri-cruise.html Era Cruise (18 cabins): https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/era-cruise.html Please take a look and tell me more details about your schedule (1 or 2-night trip, trip date, number of guests) so I can assist you better. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards, Mary (Ms.)

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