Hanoi Halong Bay Excursion Reviews

Journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site replete with limestone islands and a picturesque coastline. The extreme biodiversity of the area makes for many endemic species of flora and fauna.
Terrible guide with limited knowledge but played the harmonica well.
Terrible guide with limited knowledge but played the harmonica well.
Terrible guide with limited knowledge but played the harmonica well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Hectic boat trip.
Hectic boat trip. Boats colliding into each other. Beautiful bay but wish we could have stopped at an island.
Hectic boat trip. Boats colliding into each other. Beautiful bay but wish we could have stopped at an island. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our guide was fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area.
Our guide was fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area. Our junk boat was clean and the lunch was delicious. The small boat rowed out to the floating village was beyond belief! The day was misting and cool but it was ... Read More
Our guide was fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area. Our junk boat was clean and the lunch was delicious. The small boat rowed out to the floating village was beyond belief! The day was misting and cool but it was everything we hoped for. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Much promoted attraction which largely lives up to its billing.
Much promoted attraction which largely lives up to its billing. The one thing they don't tell you in advance is that the mist rarely clears in spring so the sharp images used in promotion can't be relied on. The cave with ... Read More
Much promoted attraction which largely lives up to its billing. The one thing they don't tell you in advance is that the mist rarely clears in spring so the sharp images used in promotion can't be relied on. The cave with stalactites etc is large, impressive and well worth a visit. Getting to local operators complicated by docking at cruise terminal away from town centre - needs setting up in advance (often the best way to plan). Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent trip with the junk boats along side the Millenium for the transfer,well worth a visit to ...
Excellent trip with the junk boats along side the Millenium for the transfer,well worth a visit to the Bay and cave.
Excellent trip with the junk boats along side the Millenium for the transfer,well worth a visit to the Bay and cave. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Enjoyed the boat trip but alarmed by the lack of health and safety.
Enjoyed the boat trip but alarmed by the lack of health and safety. i did not feel I could jump off the bat to see the caves.
Enjoyed the boat trip but alarmed by the lack of health and safety. i did not feel I could jump off the bat to see the caves. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Again, we joined forces with a Cruise Critic group totaling 16 for our Halong Bay cruise.
Again, we joined forces with a Cruise Critic group totaling 16 for our Halong Bay cruise. We loved it! We cruised around the bay, experienced the Surprising Cave (which was AMAZING!), climbed to the top of Ti Top Island (which was narrow ... Read More
Again, we joined forces with a Cruise Critic group totaling 16 for our Halong Bay cruise. We loved it! We cruised around the bay, experienced the Surprising Cave (which was AMAZING!), climbed to the top of Ti Top Island (which was narrow and crowded, but SO worth it!), and we got to kayak into a beautiful lagoon. The lunch provided on the boat was quite delicious, and the guide was knowledgeable and warm. Downsides: The crowds at Ti Top Island and the kayak/bamboo boat launch were insane. Finding the guide at the port was not ideal (I would have paid more for them to meet us at the ship.) Also, while our visit to a Pearl farm was interesting, I resent having our sightseeing time hijacked by a sales pitch (they even had crappy knock-off scarves and stuff to sell us on the boat). Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Halong Bay is a must see.
Halong Bay is a must see. The views and tour of the bay were a highlight of our trip.
Halong Bay is a must see. The views and tour of the bay were a highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Excellent tour even though late getting into port.
Excellent tour even though late getting into port. Very long tour with 15 people that included stops to kayak or take another small boat around Halong Bay. Lunch was great variety and tasty. Last stop for shopping was good and bus ride ... Read More
Excellent tour even though late getting into port. Very long tour with 15 people that included stops to kayak or take another small boat around Halong Bay. Lunch was great variety and tasty. Last stop for shopping was good and bus ride not far from bay and tour guide knowledgable and very friendly. Only complaint was final payment amount was got dicey for some as to when they booked and how many tours they booked. My price came down as I booked prior to cruise online and some others owed more. Just email that day with complete price would be nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Unbelievable land masses erupting from the sea.
Unbelievable land masses erupting from the sea. The cave was very interesting-light with high ceilings.
Unbelievable land masses erupting from the sea. The cave was very interesting-light with high ceilings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did a junk boat tour here.
We did a junk boat tour here. The junk boats loaded right from the ship. Not need to tender and then then get on the boat at port. This was nice. Ha Long Bay has amazing views. The rock formations were pretty cool.
We did a junk boat tour here. The junk boats loaded right from the ship. Not need to tender and then then get on the boat at port. This was nice. Ha Long Bay has amazing views. The rock formations were pretty cool. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Unfortunately it was very misty so the scenery view was spoilt however the cave visit was excellent ...
Unfortunately it was very misty so the scenery view was spoilt however the cave visit was excellent even though you had to climb a lot of steps to enter the cave.
Unfortunately it was very misty so the scenery view was spoilt however the cave visit was excellent even though you had to climb a lot of steps to enter the cave. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Sea Plane was excellent.
Sea Plane was excellent. Junk tour at 4 hours was too long
Sea Plane was excellent. Junk tour at 4 hours was too long Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Amazing day spent on Halong Bay.
Amazing day spent on Halong Bay. We used Travel Vietnam. Excellent guide. Spoke perfect English
Amazing day spent on Halong Bay. We used Travel Vietnam. Excellent guide. Spoke perfect English Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Couldn't ask for a better tour of Bay.
Couldn't ask for a better tour of Bay. 14 of us in boat for 40+ Long boat excursions into fishing village. Incredible food and so much, even for a vegetarian.
Couldn't ask for a better tour of Bay. 14 of us in boat for 40+ Long boat excursions into fishing village. Incredible food and so much, even for a vegetarian. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Half day tour.
Half day tour. Coach ride from tender port to busy Halong Bay tour port. Loved the cruise in and around the spectacular islands. Visited a spectacular cave. The climb to and from the cave was not as difficult as anticipated and so worth ... Read More
Half day tour. Coach ride from tender port to busy Halong Bay tour port. Loved the cruise in and around the spectacular islands. Visited a spectacular cave. The climb to and from the cave was not as difficult as anticipated and so worth doing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
We anchored in Halong Bay and were tendered to the old ferry dock in Hon Gai.
We anchored in Halong Bay and were tendered to the old ferry dock in Hon Gai. Azamara provided a free shuttle from there into Hon Gai City. It was an overnight stay, giving us one & a half days in the area. Many people went into Hanoi, ... Read More
We anchored in Halong Bay and were tendered to the old ferry dock in Hon Gai. Azamara provided a free shuttle from there into Hon Gai City. It was an overnight stay, giving us one & a half days in the area. Many people went into Hanoi, either for a day, or overnight. We had been to Hanoi and Halong Bay before. We did an Azamara organised tour which took us by bus to the Tuan Chau Marina to join a “junk” ride around the bay and a visit to one cave. This was as expected, and enjoyable. On our second day in Halong Bay we spent some time in Hon Gai City, visiting the temple, local market and walking around the harbour for the views. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Tour around Halong Bay was gorgeous!!
Tour around Halong Bay was gorgeous!! Had a wonderful day sailing around the Bay - the Surprise Cave is huge and interesting to see. The junk we traveled on could have been cleaner - some of us got sick (food poisoning?) - and I have ... Read More
Tour around Halong Bay was gorgeous!! Had a wonderful day sailing around the Bay - the Surprise Cave is huge and interesting to see. The junk we traveled on could have been cleaner - some of us got sick (food poisoning?) - and I have passed the feedback along to the tour operator for future tours. Would highly recommend doing a cruise around the bay. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Indo China dragon boat tour that was amazing Long day but worth it
Indo China dragon boat tour that was amazing Long day but worth it
Indo China dragon boat tour that was amazing Long day but worth it Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Fascinating.
Fascinating. If you have mobility issues though, take a pass on this one unless you are willing to forgo the Caverns
Fascinating. If you have mobility issues though, take a pass on this one unless you are willing to forgo the Caverns Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Halong Bay • We booked a 4 hour junk tour, it was excellent.
Halong Bay • We booked a 4 hour junk tour, it was excellent. We went to caves inside the karst. Vast, beautiful and very interesting • American dollars were acceptable • In the afternoon we went into the town on the tender. There ... Read More
Halong Bay • We booked a 4 hour junk tour, it was excellent. We went to caves inside the karst. Vast, beautiful and very interesting • American dollars were acceptable • In the afternoon we went into the town on the tender. There is not much where you tender but we were approached by a group doing small tours. He quoted us $40 US for a two hour taxi tour (just the 2 of us), the bridge, Halong City, coffee bar for us to get excellent wifi, museum, photo stops, along with 4 brides being photographed, tour of the fishing villages, and Halong market. Our guide waited everywhere with us and although limited English he was lovely and drove safely through mad roads and hundreds of motor bikes. I would recommend it. Celebrity charge $68 each for a similar tour. • There is a funfair spread across the bay joined by cable cars, it didn't seem very busy. • We would have loved to visit Hanoi but it involved 3 hours driving each way and we really wanted to see Halong Bay. the people who went to Hanoi enjoyed it but got back after 9 pm after a 7 am start and looked shattered. If Hanoi is as busy and hectic as other Vietnamese cities I am not sure it is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Lovely excursion well worth seeing the caves
Lovely excursion well worth seeing the caves
Lovely excursion well worth seeing the caves Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Well organised half-day excursion around the beautiful bay.
Well organised half-day excursion around the beautiful bay.
Well organised half-day excursion around the beautiful bay. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Halong Bay itself is very distinctive and quite atmospheric.
Halong Bay itself is very distinctive and quite atmospheric. The bay cruise (embarking straight from the ship) is interesting. Quite a lot of the time is spent visiting a large cave, which is OK but crammed with tourists and lit up in a ... Read More
Halong Bay itself is very distinctive and quite atmospheric. The bay cruise (embarking straight from the ship) is interesting. Quite a lot of the time is spent visiting a large cave, which is OK but crammed with tourists and lit up in a rather kitsch way. It is also easy, and just as interesting, to go ashore and explore on your own. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The caves at Halong Bay were awesome!
The caves at Halong Bay were awesome! The tour was well-structured. I found that by booking tours through the ship, you get to know and spend time with the other guests.
The caves at Halong Bay were awesome! The tour was well-structured. I found that by booking tours through the ship, you get to know and spend time with the other guests. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara