Halong Bay Cruise Advice
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2012 7:06 AM Last Post By: Carolinetravels
Jan 9, 2012 7:55 AM
Halong Bay Cruise AdviceI know this topic has been posted on many times, but I would love to hear people's newest opinions. My husband and I are traveling to Hanoi and Halong Bay in the end of February. We are in our early 30's, rarely do organized tours but think it is needed in Halong and would love to eat great food while on the boat. We are willing to spend the $$ for a "luxury" cruise but are nervous about getting ripped off (like everyone else).
We are looking to do a 3 day/2 night cruise on Halong Bay. After sifting through countless reviews, cruise websites and posts, we are more confused than ever! A few questions that I would love your well-traveled advice:
1. Ideally, we would like to book the trip online as we will have limited time in Hanoi to get things in order. Is it safe to book the trip online, or should we use a travel agent or our hotel? We are only going to be in Hanoi for two days before needing to head to Halong so don't have a lot of wiggle room to wait for the "right" cruise.
2. Many of the luxury cruise lines have mixed reviews. Has anyone directly compared Red Dragon Junk, Bhaya, and Indochina Sails? Is there really a true winner? Does one have a better schedule than the others, traveling to more remote places? Does one stand-out for food quality?
3. Some of the companies (like Bhaya) indicate that they travel to Lan Ha bay. Is this truly a more remote area that only the more spendy ships travel?
4.Any other advice would be most helpful!
Thanks in advance!
Jan 9, 2012 8:46 PM
1At first, you can email cruise or hotel to get more information about this. Three cruises that you have just mentioned about are very good. They have good reputation, But as far as I know Indochina Sails costs higher than Bhaya or Red Dragon Junk, Bhaya is good. Our friend checked this boat already and they really liked it.
Jan 9, 2012 9:28 PM
2we like Vega ... and will be doing their Halong trip in about a week... unless Luang Prabang entices us to stay here ....
Jan 10, 2012 5:32 AM
3Hi, My husband and I are also in our early 30's and don't like tours. We just booked on line with Calypso Cruise - someone we met along our way included them as one of their recommendations. We are going the day after tomorrow. I'll try to get back to you about how it all went. Check out the website though, it looks fabulous (though this one doesn't have a spa as some of the more fancier ones do!)
Jan 13, 2012 4:42 AM
4just came back from our Calypso Cruise that we booked on line and all went well. The food, room and service were very good.
Not sure about the specific companies you mentioned, but booking on line directly with the company worked well for us. Actually, heard people who booked through travel agencies paid more.
Jan 29, 2012 7:06 AM
My wife and I just came back from fantastic 2 days trip to Bai Tu Long Bay on aboard Santa Maria and this ship has to be one of the better if not best ones on Ha Long Bay.
We were glad to cruise Exotic Ha Long Bay, views were amazing, lots of activities: swimming, kayaking, exploring caves and visit fishing villages.
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