21 Halong Bay Cruise Reviews

The islands of Halong Bay are incredible. Loved seeing them. The cruise out on the junk was good and informative. I would pass on the kayak tour if you have breathing problems. If you kayak, the tour was interesting seeing the islands ... Read More
The islands of Halong Bay are incredible. Loved seeing them. The cruise out on the junk was good and informative. I would pass on the kayak tour if you have breathing problems. If you kayak, the tour was interesting seeing the islands and the fishing village. Lunch on board the junk was good. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I had been to Halong Bay before and took an overnight junk trip, so I had decided not to take a boat ride unless weather conditions were good. It was sprinkling a little when we docked, pretty cloudy so I decided to wait until afternoon ... Read More
I had been to Halong Bay before and took an overnight junk trip, so I had decided not to take a boat ride unless weather conditions were good. It was sprinkling a little when we docked, pretty cloudy so I decided to wait until afternoon to see how the weather changed. I took a taxi into the town of Hong Gai, across the bridge and I really enjoyed my time there. Went to the local wet market and since I beat the tour groups I wandered around looking at the interesting foods without crowds. Went to the adjacent mall for coffee, and then to the Provincial Museum. This museum was really nice except that it closed for lunch so I was a bit rushed. The historical parts upstairs were interesting, but I totally did not expect a lesson on coal mines and walk through a reproduction! The museum cafe was disappointing for lunch- my salad rolls included some still frozen meat so I sent it back and walked away. The port building itself is very nice with an awesome coffee shop run by a local who roasts his own beans and loved to teach people about Vietnamese coffee. Unfortunately, I was surprised to find that by noon, the afternoon boat trips were either sold out or maybe they cancelled some because of cloudy conditions, but after talking to other people, I think the sailing in and out of this port from the cruise ship was enough to catch the beauty of this area. Just get up early to do it! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Really only worth seeing the is lands just off the port. If you have seen the Names Bond is lands in Thsikand, this is similar. There is a street market. Very stressful experience. Be prepared for a lot of hassle from vendors
Really only worth seeing the is lands just off the port. If you have seen the Names Bond is lands in Thsikand, this is similar. There is a street market. Very stressful experience. Be prepared for a lot of hassle from vendors Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Beautiful destination. Again, we joined an organized boat tour through Cruise Critic to see Halong Bay up close, including one of the caves with a huge chamber and interesting rock formations.
Beautiful destination. Again, we joined an organized boat tour through Cruise Critic to see Halong Bay up close, including one of the caves with a huge chamber and interesting rock formations. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Enjoyed this. Transferred to a junk where we had a Vietnamese fish meal. Sailed through the amazing Unesco site to the caves. Interesting visit to the caves then sailed back to the ship.
Enjoyed this. Transferred to a junk where we had a Vietnamese fish meal. Sailed through the amazing Unesco site to the caves. Interesting visit to the caves then sailed back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
If only, if only it had been a sunny day. Nevertheless, awesomely beautiful experience
If only, if only it had been a sunny day. Nevertheless, awesomely beautiful experience Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
2 private excursions. First one to Yen Tu temple and surrounding countryside. Second one a half day Halong Bay junk cruise. Excellent, especially as the sun came out and the haze cleared somewhat.
2 private excursions. First one to Yen Tu temple and surrounding countryside. Second one a half day Halong Bay junk cruise. Excellent, especially as the sun came out and the haze cleared somewhat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had 1.5 days in Halong Bay. We had to tender to land. We took a ship-provided shore excursion to Hanoi the first full day. Although it's only 115 miles away, due to road conditions, it takes 4 hours each way. The bus stops at a ... Read More
We had 1.5 days in Halong Bay. We had to tender to land. We took a ship-provided shore excursion to Hanoi the first full day. Although it's only 115 miles away, due to road conditions, it takes 4 hours each way. The bus stops at a hospitality center on the way there and back with decent bathrooms and a large handicraft and convenience store. Our excursion included a walking tour of the old quarter, which we found most interesting. Hanoi is a large city--8 million people, 4 million motorbikes--and felt frenetic. We had lunch at a nice hotel with a variety of dishes served family style. Afterward, we went to a temple for Confucius and the Ho Chi Minh complex to see the exterior of the mausoleum, a couple of his houses, and the one-pillar pagada. Then back on the bus for another 4 hours. We arrived after the tenders were supposed to have stopped for the night, but they continued until all the buses were back. We met up for our tour at 7:30am, got on the bus at 8am, to Hanoi by 12pm, tour for 5.5 hrs, 4 hours back to Halong Bay, tender back to ship after 10pm. A LONG Day. The ship left port at 1pm on the second day in port. We did a ship-arranged 1/2-day boat tour of Halong Bay as we didn't feel we would make it back in time if we booked it on our own. However, if doing it on a full day, it would be very easy to tender ashore and book separately, and probably less expensively. The tour we did book was good. The junk boat pulled right up to the ship and then took us to a couple of caves. We toured one as a group and the second cave was optional. Then the boat piloted through part of the bay, between and around different rock "islands", and back to the boat. Both days in Hanoi and Halong Bay were cooler than normal for this time of year so we had to wear three light layers of clothing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We opted for the Hanoi excusion, which I am so glad we did. It was a long transfer, 3 1/2 hours each way, but well worth it. I have been to HaLong in the past, and took the book cruise of the bay, as well as the cave tour...and I felt it ... Read More
We opted for the Hanoi excusion, which I am so glad we did. It was a long transfer, 3 1/2 hours each way, but well worth it. I have been to HaLong in the past, and took the book cruise of the bay, as well as the cave tour...and I felt it was beautiful. It would be very nice if the boat docked over night in HaLong so passengers could experience both Hanoi and HaLong harbor. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We got together with other folks from Cruise Critic to take a boat tour to Ha Long Bay and the Caves. We had a fantastic seafood lunch on board. It was a long, full day. We actually had very cold weather this day, so be prepared with ... Read More
We got together with other folks from Cruise Critic to take a boat tour to Ha Long Bay and the Caves. We had a fantastic seafood lunch on board. It was a long, full day. We actually had very cold weather this day, so be prepared with your wardrobe. We weren't and only had very lightweight jackets. Being on the water made it even colder. This is beautiful but a very busy waterway. Boats jockeying for position is eye opening. Things are different here, that's for sure! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Went on Ha Long country side and shopping. Good if you are interested in seeing the real country side.
Went on Ha Long country side and shopping. Good if you are interested in seeing the real country side. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have booked a scenic water plane flight on the first day which is a life time experience and the secind day a full day cruise to BAI TU LONG BAY with a visit of a floating village, a pearl farm, cave visit and a very tasty lunch on ... Read More
We have booked a scenic water plane flight on the first day which is a life time experience and the secind day a full day cruise to BAI TU LONG BAY with a visit of a floating village, a pearl farm, cave visit and a very tasty lunch on board! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Weather was not good but I enjoyed the junk tour of Halong Bay.
Weather was not good but I enjoyed the junk tour of Halong Bay. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Enjoyed sailing the bay area, enjoying the geographical diversity. The cave visit is over rated.
Enjoyed sailing the bay area, enjoying the geographical diversity. The cave visit is over rated. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
First, Halong Bay is just as beautiful as the photos show, but not as sunny. Second, what the photos don't show is the armada of tourist boats that occupy the bay. There is one location where you can kayak into a bay surrounded by ... Read More
First, Halong Bay is just as beautiful as the photos show, but not as sunny. Second, what the photos don't show is the armada of tourist boats that occupy the bay. There is one location where you can kayak into a bay surrounded by islands with the only opening being a large tunnel. Only kayaks and rowed tourist boats can enter. It's good, but the kayaking is bumped around by the speed boats delivering tourists to the rowed boats. Very close to this location is a large cave, with lots of steps, but an otherwise easy walk as there is a concrete path through the whole thing. Just don't expect to be out exploring the islands in peace. No reason that private boats couldn't go elsewhere, and maybe they do, but the main tourist excursions seem to all go to pretty much the same place. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Previously did Azamara excursion on Halong bay - wonderful. This time, visited their museum - very interesting and about 15 minute walk, along the foreshore, from shuttle drop-off - easy
Previously did Azamara excursion on Halong bay - wonderful. This time, visited their museum - very interesting and about 15 minute walk, along the foreshore, from shuttle drop-off - easy Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Did a 9 hour private excursion with Asia Eyes Go halong bay. Very relaxing, beautiful scenery, friendly staff. Difficult to get in and out of various boats taking us to caves, beach etc. served a very nice luncheon in board. The hard ... Read More
Did a 9 hour private excursion with Asia Eyes Go halong bay. Very relaxing, beautiful scenery, friendly staff. Difficult to get in and out of various boats taking us to caves, beach etc. served a very nice luncheon in board. The hard selling of various products deteacted from the experience. Given lovely scarves as presents. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The weather was bad, but we enjoyed sightseeing along the way to Ha-Long and the boat excursion in Ha-Long Bay.
The weather was bad, but we enjoyed sightseeing along the way to Ha-Long and the boat excursion in Ha-Long Bay. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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