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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The tour was good. But the tour guide rushing us to get back. Then when we were at the cruise ship, she said we still had 1 hour to spend. We could go elsewhere. By that time, people just wanted to get back to the ship and said no.
The tour was good. But the tour guide rushing us to get back. Then when we were at the cruise ship, she said we still had 1 hour to spend. We could go elsewhere. By that time, people just wanted to get back to the ship and said no. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Touring through Halong Bay on a boat, lunch provided.
Touring through Halong Bay on a boat, lunch provided. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The shore excursion staff on Azamara inadvertently retained our shore excursion tickets - this caused a problem when boarding our coach to the marina and I had to sign a statement to say I had “lost” them! We literally had to “walk ... Read More
The shore excursion staff on Azamara inadvertently retained our shore excursion tickets - this caused a problem when boarding our coach to the marina and I had to sign a statement to say I had “lost” them! We literally had to “walk the plank” to board a rather dilapidated boat for our 3 hour cruise. We sat on the boat for half an hour waiting for the Captain ( our guide said there was a hold up with the paperwork) when we got to the island to visit the caves we only had time to visit the first cave (which was very good) because of the delays. Our guide assured us it wasn’t worth the effort to get to the second cave -we were told by other passengers it was very good. We then seemed to be in a race with one of the other boats who completely blocked our view of the fishing village as we passed between two islands. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Boat trip too long. Visit to caves was fascinating but “hundreds” of steps that you are not warned about.
Boat trip too long. Visit to caves was fascinating but “hundreds” of steps that you are not warned about. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Supposedly one of the & Natural Wonders of the World but in danger of over commercialisation. On a good day would be more scenic than the dull, misty day we went. Water appears fairly polluted, little wildlife seen. Too many boats and ... Read More
Supposedly one of the & Natural Wonders of the World but in danger of over commercialisation. On a good day would be more scenic than the dull, misty day we went. Water appears fairly polluted, little wildlife seen. Too many boats and the stops, a cave and a man made beach not particularly impressive. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
8 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
8 Helpful Votes
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
32 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked an independent trip to Hanoi with a Vietnamese company and it was very good. The driver collected us just outside the port and we picked up the guide as we entered Hanoi. He was excellent and varied the itinerary to accommodate ... Read More
We booked an independent trip to Hanoi with a Vietnamese company and it was very good. The driver collected us just outside the port and we picked up the guide as we entered Hanoi. He was excellent and varied the itinerary to accommodate our requests. Read Less

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