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About Halong Bay

Mystical and magical, Halong Bay -- comprised of more than 1,969 uninhabited islands and rock formations -- is one of Asia's great natural wonders. Vietnamese legend has it that the archipelago came into being when a dragon fell to earth; Ha Long Bay, loosely translated, means the Bay of the Descending Dragon. Situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pack your cameras and get up early as the scenery starts several hours before your ship docks, and witnessing fishing boats among the rocks at sunrise is a moment not to be missed.  

Cruise passengers have two main choices of what to do in Halong Bay. You can either explore the bay on a "junk" cruise of varying duration or make the trek to Hanoi, a three-hour drive each way. Some ships dock for more than one day, allowing you to stay in Hanoi one night or take an overnight cruise. Even if your ship doesn't do this, your port stop will be at least 12 hours to allow people enough time for longer excursions.

Halong Bay City itself is on a growth spurt. Construction cranes dot the port (known as Bai Chay), luxury hotels and resorts are on tap and the government is looking to build a beach to entice more tourism. Residents are very proud of the Bai Chay Bridge, a 3,629-foot cable-stayed bridge that changes color at night; it's a pretty sight at nighttime sail-away.

Most cruise ships tender to the port area. Near the pier, it's a 15-minute walk or so to shops, tourist markets and cafes.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Xiamen, Da Nang ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Xiamen
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Da Nang
    • Day 8
      Halong Bay
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hong Kong
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Taipei (Keelung)
    • Day 13
      Okinawa
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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    Diamond Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Far more cultural immersion opportunities than on the usual cruise ship

    Cons

    English speakers are often in the minority, particularly on shorter cruises

    Bottom Line

    A great, easy way to discover Japan and its culture

    Reviews

    Diamond Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Espero
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Not the love boat
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not all 'Diamond' glitters as expected!!
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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  • 23 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Xiamen, Da Nang ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    23 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Xiamen
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Da Nang
    • Day 8
      Halong Bay
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hong Kong
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Taipei (Keelung)
    • Day 13
      Okinawa
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Kushiro
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Sakhalin
    • Day 21
      Otaru
    • Day 22
      Hakodate
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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    Diamond Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Far more cultural immersion opportunities than on the usual cruise ship

    Cons

    English speakers are often in the minority, particularly on shorter cruises

    Bottom Line

    A great, easy way to discover Japan and its culture

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    Diamond Princess Reviews

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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Hongkongboy
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    No Surprises To A Little Bit Of Disappointment
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Diamond Princess foliage cruise In November 2019
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Singapore, Muara, Vietnam ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AIDA
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    21 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (AIDA)
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      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Singapore
    • Day 4
      Muara, Vietnam
    • Day 5
      Kota Kinabalu
    • Day 7
      Puerto Princesa
    • Day 8
      Coron
    • Day 10
      Hong Kong
    • Day 11
      Hong Kong
    • Day 12
      Hong Kong
    • Day 14
      Halong Bay
    • Day 15
      Da Nang
    • Day 16
      Da Nang
    • Day 17
      Nha Trang
    • Day 19
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 21
      Singapore
    • Day 22
      Singapore
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    AIDAcara - AIDA

    First ship for what's now Germany's largest cruise line

    Caters to German-speaking Europeans

    Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

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    Sail Date Dec 2013
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Singapore, Brunei ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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    18 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
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      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Singapore
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Brunei
    • Day 5
      Kota Kinabalu
    • Day 6
      Pulau Mantanani Besar
    • Day 7
      Sandakan
    • Day 8
      Puerto Princesa
    • Day 9
      Boracay
    • Day 10
      El Nido
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Nha Trang
    • Day 13
      Chan May
    • Day 14
      Da Nang
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Halong Bay
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Hong Kong
    • Day 19
      Hong Kong
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    Europa - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

    Offers big-ship amenities, cosmopolitan ambience

    Comprehensive and exciting worldwide deployment

    Michelin chef Dieter Muller's outstanding restaurant

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    The 28,890-ton, 408-passenger Europa, Hapag-Lloyd's upmarket flagship, primarily serves Europe'...

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    Swaraelia
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Beautiful Scenery, Luxurious Ship
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    Sail Date May 2018
    Fantastic NICE-BILBAO luxury classical music cruise, outstanding food, service!
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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Singapore, Muara, Vietnam ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AIDA
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    21 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (AIDA)
    • Day 1
      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Singapore
    • Day 4
      Muara, Vietnam
    • Day 5
      Kota Kinabalu
    • Day 7
      Puerto Princesa
    • Day 8
      Boracay
    • Day 10
      Hong Kong
    • Day 11
      Hong Kong
    • Day 12
      Hong Kong
    • Day 14
      Halong Bay
    • Day 15
      Da Nang
    • Day 16
      Da Nang
    • Day 17
      Nha Trang
    • Day 19
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 21
      Singapore
    • Day 22
      Singapore
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    AIDAvita - AIDA

    Second ship in Germany's AIDA fleet

    Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

    Caters to Europeans who speak German

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Thanh Pho Ninh Binh
    Visiting:
    Viet Tri, Thanh Pho Ninh Binh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Pandaw River Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Pandaw River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Thanh Pho Ninh Binh
    • Day 1
      Viet Tri
    • Day 2
      Thanh Pho Ninh Binh
    • Day 2
      Gia Thanh
    • Day 3
      Ba Vi
    • Day 3
      Duang Lam
    • Day 4
      Viet Tri
    • Day 4
      Hanoi
    • Day 5
      Tien Du
    • Day 5
      Dien Xa Bonsai
    • Day 6
      Hanoi
    • Day 6
      Dien Xa Bonsai
    • Day 7
      Hanoi
    • Day 7
      Thanh Pho Ninh Binh
    • Day 8
      Thanh Ha Commune
    • Day 8
      Vietnam
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Halong Bay
    • Day 11
      Hanoi
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    Angkor Pandaw - Pandaw River Cruises

    Pros

    All-inclusive, yacht ambiance on unusual river, with ports rarely visited by Westerners

    Cons

    Changes in river levels and weather can scramble itineraries

    Bottom Line

    Intimate, comfortable glimpse into daily life along one of Vietnam's most vital waterways

    Reviews

    Angkor Pandaw Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    As a pioneer of off-the-beaten-wake cruises throughout Southeast Asia, Pandaw was a logical can...

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    Sail Date May 2017
    Pandaw
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    Sail Date Nov 2015
    A SUPERB and educational experience; I heartilly recommend all Pandaw cruises.
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Okinawa, Taipei ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Okinawa
    • Day 5
      Taipei (Keelung)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Da Nang
    • Day 9
      Halong Bay
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hong Kong
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Kagoshima
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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    Diamond Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Far more cultural immersion opportunities than on the usual cruise ship

    Cons

    English speakers are often in the minority, particularly on shorter cruises

    Bottom Line

    A great, easy way to discover Japan and its culture

    Reviews

    Diamond Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    If you're a frequent Princess cruiser, Diamond Princess may come as a surprise to you. Rather t...

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    Cruiser162
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    The Diamond has lost her lustre!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Great Itinerary, Poor Ship
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 23 Night
    Cruise to Halong Bay

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Kushiro, Sakhalin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    23 Night Cruise to Halong Bay Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kushiro
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Sakhalin
    • Day 6
      Otaru
    • Day 7
      Hakodate
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Xiamen
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Da Nang
    • Day 16
      Halong Bay
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Hong Kong
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Taipei (Keelung)
    • Day 21
      Okinawa
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    Ship Details

    Diamond Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Far more cultural immersion opportunities than on the usual cruise ship

    Cons

    English speakers are often in the minority, particularly on shorter cruises

    Bottom Line

    A great, easy way to discover Japan and its culture

    Reviews

    Diamond Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    If you're a frequent Princess cruiser, Diamond Princess may come as a surprise to you. Rather t...

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    fsw92677
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    8 Day Japanese Fall Foliage
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