105 Da Nang Cruise Reviews

Sacrificed the long coach trip to Hue and just did a short trip around DaNang
Sacrificed the long coach trip to Hue and just did a short trip around DaNang Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
This was the port of call for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we actually berthed at Phu My and didn't have to tender ashore. Saigon was a good 2 hour by road and it would have been impractical to do your own thing!! Princess provided a ... Read More
This was the port of call for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we actually berthed at Phu My and didn't have to tender ashore. Saigon was a good 2 hour by road and it would have been impractical to do your own thing!! Princess provided a bus "Ho Chi Mihn City On Your Own" which dropped you in the centre of Saigon and collected you 4 hours later. It came with a courier who was very helpful re places to visit etc. At $69 (from memory) it was well worthwhile. Saigon with all its millions of motor cycles has to be seen to be believed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Rio was somewhat of a disappointment given the fact that have to get both an expensive Brazilian visa and yellow fever shot (about $400 a person) to even get off the ship there. Yes, you need them even if you are just going to the airport ... Read More
Rio was somewhat of a disappointment given the fact that have to get both an expensive Brazilian visa and yellow fever shot (about $400 a person) to even get off the ship there. Yes, you need them even if you are just going to the airport to return home. The setting is beautiful, but there is a high crime rate and it is quite expensive if you stay in the Copacabana area which is the only decent part of town. Aside from the beach, the only major sights are Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. The other tours we took were disappointing. Our opinion of Brazil was not enhanced by the Health and Immigration departments keeping us on the ship for over 7 hours while the shook down Holland America for bribes before letting any passengers disembark. If you take this cruise, do yourself a favor and get off in Buenos Aries. Rio is clearly not ready for either the World Cup or the Olympics. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Docking was at a small container port, with easy access to local taxis and "door-to-door" service for shore excursions. We chose the cruise line's offering of an all day trip to Hoi An which included an approximately 6 mile ... Read More
Docking was at a small container port, with easy access to local taxis and "door-to-door" service for shore excursions. We chose the cruise line's offering of an all day trip to Hoi An which included an approximately 6 mile bicycle excursion, followed by an historic walking tour and a fantastic 8 course lunch at Ms. Ly's Morning Glory restuarant, which was rated as three stars (highest rating) in Frommer's. A visit to a 150 year old Chinese home, and the Japanese bridge were highlights. There was a stop at one of the many marble quarries on the way back, as well as a photo op at the fishing village near China Beach. Our tour guide was charming and considerate of bathroom breaks (much appreciated!). This was one of the best shore excursions I've experienced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Boat trip to Halong bay was awful. Arranged through boat, not worth the money. Docked miles from anywhere and then told transfer would be $10.
Boat trip to Halong bay was awful. Arranged through boat, not worth the money. Docked miles from anywhere and then told transfer would be $10. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Hoi Ann and Danang: Our favorite stop in Vietnam with one bad hour. This was a kind of strange day due to the guide who arrived to escort us in the morning. I would say that this was the worst day we had touring and since it was also our ... Read More
Hoi Ann and Danang: Our favorite stop in Vietnam with one bad hour. This was a kind of strange day due to the guide who arrived to escort us in the morning. I would say that this was the worst day we had touring and since it was also our favorite day I guess this means it wasn’t really that bad. We arrived in Danang early in the morning and were off the ship at 7:00 am to meet our guide, Minh (as in Ho Chi Minh). Minh was great at the start of the day. A really great guy. He knew a ton and spoke great English. We were very pleased with the first hour of our tour. We headed off to the ruins at My Son. These ruins are more than 1000 years old and truly incredible. It took us about an hour to get to the ruins and once we arrived there we had to get out and walk quite a ways to get to the actual ruins. The “road” you walk on soon becomes a trail made up of stones and dirt. If you aren’t a decent walker this is not the tour for you. My general impression of most of the places we went in Asia is that it would be very difficult to be handicapped here. As the eight of us walked to the ruins it was getting very warm. First Debi decided that she couldn’t walk the whole way and turned back. When we arrived at the ruins/relics Barbara and Carol went to sit in the shade and get out of the heat while Mike went off to take pictures. Jack, Kathleen, Hans and I were with Minh who got very upset that the others were not there to listen to his talk about the ruins. Minh had us standing in the sun telling us about the ruins and relics for about 30 minutes. That’s him doing his speech at right. He kept repeating basically the same thing. Finally Barbara and Carol had moved closer to us and we needed to get back to the car so that they (or any of us) didn’t pass out from the heat. I finally had to interrupt Minh and tell him that we needed to leave and get back to the van and get into some air conditioning. Minh went ballistic. He accused us of not caring about his culture because we would not all listen to his entire lecture. We tried to explain that to us it was more important that we make sure that we didn’t have to call an ambulance for one of us due to heat stroke but he would have none of it. He set off towards the van at a very fast pace, leaving us in his dust. He only stopped long enough to point out another relic that had large holes on either side of it and said, “This is where you Americans tried to bomb our precious relics.” It was the most anti-American spirit we had heard on the trip. He then set off towards the van again at a high rate of speed. When we got back to the van, he told us that he could no longer be our guide and that he would call ahead to Ha and make sure that there was a new guide waiting for us in Hoi Ann. We tried to explain to him that we were pleased with his services up to the point when he decided to object to us favoring our wives over his culture. He said that he didn’t care about money or anything else, he just thought we hated his culture. So back in the van we had a long, silent trip to Hoi Ann and on the way, we had to listen to Minh on the phone talking to Ha. He actually started to cry. After this awkward trip, we arrived back in Hoi Ann where we picked up our new guide, Thanh who was excellent for the rest of the day. His picture is below. What a great guy to step in like that and a total professional. The first place Thanh took us to in Hoi Ann was a silk factory. He dropped us off and the folks at the factory took over and showed how the process went from worms to silk and then of course tried to sell us their products. Usually this is where we resist. We had so far not purchased anything really but the quality of the goods was amazing as was the price. There was a huge room where a number of women sat doing silk embroidery that was then framed and hung on the wall. It was amazing to look at. When I first saw it I thought I was seeing photographs hung on the wall. When I saw that it was embroidery I was totally flabbergasted. We purchased one of them for our bedroom. Others bought embroidered table linens and pictures as well. Then we were ushered into a wonderfully air-conditioned studio that was full of beautiful, silk and silk blend clothing. Coats, scarves, purses, ties and more. Almost everyone bought something. We later to talked to others on the ship who had purchased clothing that they had custom-made for them. They were of amazing quality and fit. We did not hear one person who had clothes made for them that didn’t love what they got. We got purses for Kathleen, Michelle and Jenna as well as two silk ties for me. As many of you reading this know, I don’t wear ties that often but at $3 for a silk tie it was hard to pass them up. After this buying spree we were off to walk through the center of the village on our way to lunch. It was a great walk and Hoi Ann is beautiful. We passed all kinds of shops including a number of art galleries. As we walked by one, I saw this oil painting I loved. I called Kathleen back and showed it to her and she loved it as much as I did. Long story short, it is being shipped to us. Mike and Carol liked the artist as well as they purchased an even larger painting from his collection. Painting purchased and shipped (we hope) it was off to lunch at a nice little cafe called Tam Tam. Most of us ordered the same thing, carmelized pork and a spring roll appetizer. Kathleen tried a pork tenderloin dish that she thought wasn’t as good. Jack got what every one agreed was the best. A really good stir fry. It was great. A lukewarm coke for me (hard to get good ice in Vietnam) and cold beers and ice tea for everyone else and we were on our way. One more pagoda/temple combo right there in Hoi Ann and then back in the van for two more quick stops. The first stop was at the Marble Mountains. These are a group of five small mountains (here in Washington they would be hills) that each represent a different Buddhist deity. The big draw here is that the mountains are really made of marble and there are (it seems like) hundreds of shops that carve marble and sell statuary. We drove the small village past multiple statuary shops to stop at one that I am sure was getting a nice kickback from our guide company. It was really nice though and we got to see actual carving done. After a 30 minute tour and restroom visits (many stops are about shopping and clean restrooms) we were almost ready to go but Barbara and Hans found they had to have a particular sculpture. They did a little bargaining and ended up with it going into a box for shipment to Boynton Beach. Kind of an abstract piece that I really liked. Good choice. One more stop at the famous or infamous China Beach. If you have never seen the 1980s television series or read much history of the Vietnam war, China Beach was the main liberty spot for thousands of American GIs during the war. The beach was beautiful but our stop was more about the history. While we were there we were met by the illustrious Ha Long who owned the tour company we were using in all the ports in Vietnam. Her website can be found at http://www.discovervietnam.com.vn/Eng/index.php and except for the bad experience with Minh here in Danang, her guides were outstanding. She wanted to touch base with us about the Minh problem, pick up payment for all five days of tours and give the ladies all a beautiful Vietnamese silk scarf. It was a great ending to a day when we had seen some great sights and had half a day of excellent touring. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Interesting to see the Resort developments while there is apparently poverty around. Took an excursion to Hue, long bus trip, in hindsight probably would have been better going to Hoi An
Interesting to see the Resort developments while there is apparently poverty around. Took an excursion to Hue, long bus trip, in hindsight probably would have been better going to Hoi An Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Da Nang was the second city call in Vietnam. It was less busy that Saigon, but is gearing up for major resort style offering along it's beach front, which could prove a winner for the residents with the money resorts bring. The main ... Read More
Da Nang was the second city call in Vietnam. It was less busy that Saigon, but is gearing up for major resort style offering along it's beach front, which could prove a winner for the residents with the money resorts bring. The main highlight of the tour was to Hoi An, and quaint "village" with tailors everywhere. Lots of rustic bars and restaurants, and the lunch we had in a local restaurant was superb. The marble mountain and the marble carving was good. Chisels now replaced with angle grinders, but the results are stunning non the less. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Another lovley place. We visited Marble Mountain and then went to Hoi An to see the old town and experience some of the history of Vietnam. China Beach was beautiful and Hoi An needed much more than a day to do it justice. It is a safe ... Read More
Another lovley place. We visited Marble Mountain and then went to Hoi An to see the old town and experience some of the history of Vietnam. China Beach was beautiful and Hoi An needed much more than a day to do it justice. It is a safe environment with plenty to see and do. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
Da Nang is really not very nice but Hoi An is lovely. Stay there a good few hours, don't worry about missing Da Nang. Marble mountain missed as it was raining. They will take you to the marble factories - they want you to buy. really ... Read More
Da Nang is really not very nice but Hoi An is lovely. Stay there a good few hours, don't worry about missing Da Nang. Marble mountain missed as it was raining. They will take you to the marble factories - they want you to buy. really friendly people Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
I missed out on Nha Trang, but at the Danang port we visited Hoi An, a merchant town, and bought the usual fake designer polo shirts etc. Excellent local delicacies available in some of the restaurants, I would recommend trying them as ... Read More
I missed out on Nha Trang, but at the Danang port we visited Hoi An, a merchant town, and bought the usual fake designer polo shirts etc. Excellent local delicacies available in some of the restaurants, I would recommend trying them as well as the local beer. Some of the traders in Hoi An were a little insistent. A couple on our bus ordered shoes to be made, and we had to leave before they were ready. The girls from the shop chased the bus miles down the road in the pouring rain on their mopeds and flagged it down a few miles from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Port was dreadful but the visit to Hue was excellent. Nice trip with excellent views. Plenty of temples
Port was dreadful but the visit to Hue was excellent. Nice trip with excellent views. Plenty of temples Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Take the self walking tour to Hoi Ann for good shopping and a taste of 'real' Vietnam. Best shopping in Vietnam, museum tours not really worth the time especially as they detract from shopping time.
Take the self walking tour to Hoi Ann for good shopping and a taste of 'real' Vietnam. Best shopping in Vietnam, museum tours not really worth the time especially as they detract from shopping time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We took a private tour of Hoi-An, a small village loaded with culture and beauty. We used Exotissimo travel for the three private tours and were very pleased with their service. 2 guides were excellent and the third was good.
We took a private tour of Hoi-An, a small village loaded with culture and beauty. We used Exotissimo travel for the three private tours and were very pleased with their service. 2 guides were excellent and the third was good. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Next port was Danang – only one day in Port here. Our guide met us ( again from VietVision) 8 of us on this tour. This was a really good tour. We drove through the heart of Danang which we were really surprised at its size and modern ... Read More
Next port was Danang – only one day in Port here. Our guide met us ( again from VietVision) 8 of us on this tour. This was a really good tour. We drove through the heart of Danang which we were really surprised at its size and modern buildings. We then stopped at a local village where we enjoyed a walk through and experienced the real life of Vietnamese people, the market and their food, they did not know we were coming which made it even more real. we went in a lovely old temple and had the elders greet us and give us history information. we then drove to Hoi An where our guide took us on a walking tour which was very interesting and then we headed for lunch at a lovely restaurant which was all inclusive of the cost. We then had time to ourselves where we could wander around and do shopping and experience this lovely town. We met up again for our journey back to our ship. This was a lovely tour and would highly recommend seeing a local village, most enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We very much liked the tour we took to Da Nang and Hoi An. Good guide and we were given plenty of time to look at everything.
We very much liked the tour we took to Da Nang and Hoi An. Good guide and we were given plenty of time to look at everything. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
We decided not to go to the shore because the tips from a waiter that there's nothing good here, I'd rather spend money on other excursion
We decided not to go to the shore because the tips from a waiter that there's nothing good here, I'd rather spend money on other excursion Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Really horrible container port. There is a shop - some local goods but whether they are genuine or not ...! Outside the port, there are some very local shops - no apparent sign of taxis. Do not try to walk into town. It is a nasty road ... Read More
Really horrible container port. There is a shop - some local goods but whether they are genuine or not ...! Outside the port, there are some very local shops - no apparent sign of taxis. Do not try to walk into town. It is a nasty road with no footpath and a very long way from the centre of the City. A note which we wish someone had told us - it is about 30 kilometres from Hoi An which is a World Heritage site. And is lovely. there are also fabulous silk shops there. They will measure you and produce the goods within a couple of hours - or even deliver to the ship. Take advantage - they need the custom, the goods are beautiful and incredibly cheap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Nothing to say except get out to Hoi an wonderful time visited marble factory ate lunch at Cargo, asked a tailor to make a dress, skirt (suede) 3 pairs linen trousers silk jacket and all were delivered to ship 2.30. hours later and were ... Read More
Nothing to say except get out to Hoi an wonderful time visited marble factory ate lunch at Cargo, asked a tailor to make a dress, skirt (suede) 3 pairs linen trousers silk jacket and all were delivered to ship 2.30. hours later and were perfect.Although fairly small walked along the markets and visited a taoist temple. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We actually had 4 ports in Vietnam. The best of the tours for me was the CuChi tunnels out of Phu Myu, where we had an opportunity to understand the war from a participant's point of view. Saigon was also available but a long ... Read More
We actually had 4 ports in Vietnam. The best of the tours for me was the CuChi tunnels out of Phu Myu, where we had an opportunity to understand the war from a participant's point of view. Saigon was also available but a long distance from the port. Da Nang is a wonderful busy city. In Halong Bay tours were offered to Hanoi and Haiphong which were tiring and of medium quality, while everyone raved about the caves available on a 3-hour boat tour right off the vessel. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Did our own thing shuttle bus from the port to city very dusty hot 20 mil scooters all sounding their horns not the best place to see. Next port of call was halong bay which is not listed in drop down menu 10 out of 10 if the ... Read More
Did our own thing shuttle bus from the port to city very dusty hot 20 mil scooters all sounding their horns not the best place to see. Next port of call was halong bay which is not listed in drop down menu 10 out of 10 if the weather is fine no fun in the rain and guess what More shopping. Next port was Chinese holiday Island sanya again not listed on drop down menu no visa required but worth a trip ashore Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Hoi am and marble mountain. Booked in advance with Ann Tours but many other CCs just sorted out on the day as it was easy to do. Enjoyed Hoi am very much. One of our group had a suit made which was delivered by 4 to the ship! He was very ... Read More
Hoi am and marble mountain. Booked in advance with Ann Tours but many other CCs just sorted out on the day as it was easy to do. Enjoyed Hoi am very much. One of our group had a suit made which was delivered by 4 to the ship! He was very pleased with it. Marble Mountain was fascinating and very interesting. Walked up but took lift down. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Called at Nha Trang first. It was very interesting. Da Nang was another shuttle that had to be paid for. It is a dirty city but Hoi An was near by taxi and very nice.
Called at Nha Trang first. It was very interesting. Da Nang was another shuttle that had to be paid for. It is a dirty city but Hoi An was near by taxi and very nice. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013

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