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10 Best Recommended Cruises in Halong Bay 2023

See our top-recommended cruises from budget to luxury ones for your unforgettable boat trip in Halong Bay. Choose the best boat and enjoy BestPrice Travel's hot deals for all early bookings!

  • Luxury Cruises
  • Bai Tu Long Bay Cruises
  • Lan Ha Bay Cruises
  • Overnight Cruises
  • Day Cruises
Day tours
2 days 1 night
3 days 2 nights
Price per pax

Overview of Halong Bay Cruises

As a Natural World Heritage, Halong Bay owns a unique beauty that could not be found anywhere in the world. A cruise is a great choice to explore the Bay as cruising is the only way that you can admire all the glory conveniently.

Just about a 2-hour shuttle bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, a cruise will bring you on an unimaginable trip through the majestic karst of small and big mountains in interesting shapes, visit stunning natural caves, kayaking, and swim in the offshore crystal clear seawater, observe the local daily life floating in the Bay, etc.



Top 10 Best Seller Cruises Halong Bay 2023

You can choose a cruise based on your demands and your budget. Hundreds of cruises provide varied service standards for both day trips and overnight cruises at different prices ranging from budget to luxury.

Here're the price and the reason to choose them of the 10 best seller cruises in Halong Bay 2023:

Cruise Ship

Why book?

Price from

Mon Cheri Cruise 5*

Best seller cruise 2023

US $175

Scarlet Pearl Cruise 5*

Best modern luxury ship

US $186

Sena Cruise 4*

Best mid-range cruise

US $146

Orchid Cruise 5*

Best luxury traditional cruise

US $183

Peony Cruise 4*

Best choice for cruise in Lan Ha Bay

US $149

Swan Cruise 3*

Best itinerary of 3-star cruise

US $146

Paradise Elegance Cruise 5*

Best service for 5-star ship

US $168

Heritage Cruise 5*

Best luxurious boutique cruise

US $196

Capella Cruise 5*

Best onboard activities cruise

US $193

Hermes Cruise 5*

Best new cruise in Halong Bay

US $175


1. Mon Cheri - The Best seller cruise 2023

Having been the best-selling cruise of BestPrice Travel for years, Mon Cheri is always the top pick for any tourist who seeks a remarkable experience on Halong Bay. Although it is not so impressive from the outside, this 5-star cruise boat has claimed its position by providing high-end services at the cheapest price.

Highlight service and facilities:

  • Has a private jacuzzi for most cabin standards
  • Biggest panoramic-view sundeck Jacuzzi pool (15m2)
  • Mini-golf on the sun deck

Price from: US $175 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • BestPrice Travel’s best-selling cruise in 2022
  • The most reasonable price 5-star cruise on Halong Bay: only from USD 170/pax
  • Serve delightful authentic Halal Foods

Mon Cheri - Best seller cruise 2023


2. Scarlet Pearl - Best modern luxury ship

Scarlet Pearl is always a shining star among the best cruise on Halong Bay. This splendid cruise is one of the most modern yachts here with trendy design and an ecologically energy-saving system - plus point for anyone who cares about sustainable tourism. 

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Has 1 extremely large restaurant (300m2) and 2 bars (inside & outside) 
  • The only boat that has Pearl Museum to tell more about pearl and Halong Bay’s history
  • Outdoor jacuzzi available for relaxation while enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the bay

Price from: US $186 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • The most modern luxury ship in Halong Bay
  • The only cruise providing luxury Catamaran for the 3rd day’s itinerary, available for hire to operate special events (proposal or private ceremonies)

Scarlet Pearl - Best modern luxury ship


3. Sena - Best mid-range cruise

Sena Cruise is one of the best mid-range cruises in the Bay with a unique design and perfect services. Although it is rated at 4-star standard, you still can have a luxury travel experience while cruising with Sena.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Large restaurant on the sun deck and spacious cabins compared to other 4-star boats in Halong
  • Owns a small library on board
  • Offers “Vietnamese tea tasting” instead of a cooking class

Price from: US $146 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • The best cruise for anyone finding a luxury trip at a mid-range price
  • A no-plastic boat - the perfect choice for an environmentally friendly cruise
  • The only cruise boat still includes visiting the floating village in its itinerary

Sena - Best mid-range cruise


4. Orchid Classic - Best luxury traditional cruise

Orchid Classic is now also called Orchid Cruise to distinguish it from its siblings which are Orchid Trendy and Orchid Premium. In fact, it is hard to find a 5-star boat that is still in good condition with modern facilities and provides outstanding services in Halong Bay like the Orchid.

Therefore, this lovely boat is always most recommended for anyone who wants to travel to Halong Bay on a traditional-style boat.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Spacious family cabins with a max capacity of 6 people
  • A Fancy outdoor Jacuzzi on the sundeck with a panoramic view
  • The only boat includes “local wine tasting” in the cruise’s activities

Price from: US $183 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • Excellent travel experience rated by more than 1400 tourists on TripAdvisor (over 1600 reviews)
  • Enthusiastic and professional staff recommended by most the tourists
  • Spacious private balconies available for all cabins

Orchid Classic - Best luxury traditional cruise


5. Peony - Best choice for cruise in Lan Ha Bay

For years, the Peony cruise has been one of the best choices for cruises in Lan Ha Bay. As one of the very 1st boats sailing to Lan Ha Bay, Peony knows this area inside out. Cruising with Peony, you will have a chance to see and experience all the best of Halong Bay.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Private balconies and sitting areas for all cabins
  • A new Jacuzzi Pool on the sundeck with a stunning view of the bay

Price from:US $149 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • The first 4-star cruise travels to Lan Ha Bay with many years of experience
  • A way to support the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Peony - Best seller cruise in Lan Ha Bay


6. Swan Cruise - Best itinerary of 3-star cruise

Among hundreds of boats in Halong, Swan cruise scores in tourists’ hearts with its outstanding service. There is no cruise in the bay, even the 5-star ones, that can receive more praise for its service, especially the staff, than Swan Cruise. If you are finding a trip exploring Halong Bay at a cheap price with the best service, this boat is always the top choice!

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Large windows to Halong Bay available for all cabins
  • Meals with both Vietnamese and International dishes
  • Large sundeck with panoramic views

Price from: US $146 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • Provide the best service 3-star cruise at extremely cheap prices
  • Best reviewed cruise on TripAdvisor - about 4800 excellent reviews

Swan Cruise - Best itinerary of 3-star cruise


7. Paradise Elegance - Best service for 5-star ship

There is no doubt that Paradise Elegance is one of the best luxury cruises in Halong Bay with the most perfect services. Traveling on this boat, you will be experienced the outstanding international 5-star standard for both services and facilities on board.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • 15m2 Jacuzzi on sundeck - the biggest in the bay
  • Live music performances in the cruise lounge
  • Canapes sunset party
  • The only boat traveling in Halong Bay has the butler service

Price from: US $168 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • Apply international standards for a 5-star cruise from services to facilities
  • 2-star Michelin dining menu for the best culinary experience

Paradise Elegance - Best service for 5-star ship


8. Heritage Binh Chuan - Best luxurious boutique cruise

Inspired by Vietnamese history and culture, the Heritage Binh Chuan cruise is the most gorgeous luxury boutique boat sailing through Halong to Lan Ha Bay. 

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Owns the biggest swimming pool in Halong Bay (32m2)
  • Has both outdoor and indoor restaurants and also a sundeck bar
  • A wine cellar with a wide selection of the finest wines
  • Vovinam lesson for morning exercise

Price from: US $196/person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • Awarded TripAdvisor’s “Best of the best” in 2022
  • A boat telling stories about Vietnamese history and culture through an exclusive gallery exhibiting precious antiques and masterpieces
  • Offers “royal dinner” - enjoy delightful fancy dinner in Vietnamese traditional costumes

Heritage Binh Chuan - Best luxurious boutique cruise


9. Capella - Best onboard activities cruise

Capella is one of the biggest ships from Halong to Lan Ha Bay. Different from most cruise boats here, Capella impresses tourists with its special modern & colonial design which created the luxurious and elegant beauty of the boat. In addition, it is hard to find another 5-star cruise with so many interesting onboard activities like Capella.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Panoramic-view jacuzzi and pool
  • Interesting waterslide
  • Exciting Cigar and Poker club
  • Bathtubs with glorious ocean views available for all cabins

Price from: US $193/person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • The only Halong cruise owns a Poker Club on board
  • Safe pool for children (only 1m dept and a safeguard’s always available)

Capella - Best onboard activities cruise


10. Hermes - Best new cruise in Halong Bay

As the newest 5-star cruise traveling on Halong Bay, Hermes cruise brings a new wind with many surprises for tourists. For anyone who is food-lovers, this boat will give you a special culinary experience with fresh foods and fine dining.

Highlight services & facilities:

  • A la carte dinner with traditional music on the sundeck
  • An open kitchen at the boat’s stern
  • Large balconies for all cabins - can set up private dinners

Price from: US $175 /person for 1 night cruise

Why book?

  • The only boat cruising Halong Bay itinerary has an outside Jacuzzi
  • Tourists have 1.5 hours more for experiencing the bay than traveling with other cruises
  • A special gift set for guests after the cruise includes ceramics cups in seagrass bags

Hermes - Best new cruise in Halong Bay


How to book a cruise?

As avoiding scams is quite hard, it is important that tourists need to find a reputable travel agent to book a cruise confidently. BestPrice Travel is the most popular name among thousands of travel agencies providing cruise booking services.

With more than 12 years of experience and 10 years being awarded “Traveller Choice” of TripAdvisor, tourists definitely should mark BestPrice Travel as the top priority agent to book cruise trips with no hesitation.

To book a cruise, please choose your perfect cruise in our list and book online. Or send a request to us, then our travel consultant will help you book via email.


Yes, it is worth trying. Halong Bay is definitely a place you should not miss when travelling to Vietnam because of its unique beauty.

You will get a memorable experience that combines relaxing and exciting activities: kayaking, boat rowing, cave exploring, rock climbing, etc. while cruising in the bay.

Halong bay cruise price is depended on the season, availability, and duration. Most of cruises does not include the transfer in their package. You have to pay extra for the transfer if you want to pick up from Hanoi.

The price in 2023 for a day trip is between $65 - $95/ person and $120 - $200/person for 1-night cruise. Please see the prices table below for your reference:

(Note: price is per person in USD)

Cruise Type Price of Low season (May - Sep)  Price of High season (Jan - Apr & Otc - Dec)
Day trip 65$ - 95$ US 75$ - 120$
2 days 1 night 120$ - 200$ US 130$ - 250$
3 days 2 nights 220$ - 400$ US 240$ - 250$
Charter boat - 1 night 330$ - 500$ US 360$ - 600$
Charter boat - 2 nights 660$ - 1.000$ US 720$ - 1.200$
Shuttle Bus round trip 40$ -60$ 40$ -60$


Yes, you should book your cruise 3-6 months in advance, before arriving in Vietnam. There are 3 main reasons below:

  • You can get early bird deals which can save a lot
  • More time to find the best cruise and avoid any risk about not availability
  • Find the best agent who offers the best price and best support

All cruises in Halong Bay must have permission from the Management Board to stay overnight in the Bay. Based on the weather conditions (high winds, monsoon, thunderstorm, cyclone, storm...), the Management Board has the authority to cancel all cruises on a certain day to guarantee the safety of tourists.

In those cases, the following policies will be applied for Cruise:  

  • If the cancellation is informed before you leave Hanoi to Halong Bay (you have not used any service yet): 100% refund.  
  • If the cancellation is informed during the trip (you have already used some services: transfer, lunch, day trip, hotel,...): Only the fee of these services will be charged and we will refund the whole remaining amount  
  • If the trip is cut down from 3 days/2 nights to 2 days/1 night, we will charge as 2 days/1 night trip, plus other services you have already used, and refund the remaining amount.

Important Notes:  

  • The cancellation is announced ONLY by the Management Board and often on short notice of time. Therefore your understanding of these situations is highly appreciated  
  • The period from May to July is considered storm weather in Halong Bay with many unpredictable weather conditions. Hence more cruises will be canceled with short notice during this season.
  • In all cases, please contact our consultants directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!

It is not easy to find the best cruise among over 100 cruises in Halong Bay. Below are 4 small tips for you:

  • Decide itinerary & cruise route: The central (classic route), Lan Ha Bay (new trendy route), Cat Ba Island (combine trip to stay in the island), or Bai Tu Long Bay (less touristy route).
  • Estimate your budget: There are different types of cruise from budget (from US120$ person/night), mid-range (from US135$ person/night) to luxury (from US165$ person/night), so let's check how much you want to spend.
  • Check which cruise fits with your needs: for family with kids, private charter, couples, honeymoonm activity onboard...
  • Choose the reputable agent to book
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I would like to book a 2 night cruise on Halong Bay Vietnam, what are the different itinerary's between boats in Luxury and Mid range cruises in November this year 2023 please? Do any boats stay cruising Halong Bay so you do not have to go on small boat on Day 2 of cruise?

@Jerry Crew:

The itinerary in Halong bay share to 4 different routes:

  • Classic Route 1: Sung Sot - Titop
  • Classic Route 2: Tien Ong  - Cua Van
  • Bai Tu Long Bay Route: Thien Canh Son Cave - VUng Vieng
  • Lan Ha Bay Route: Dark & Bright Cave

So the luxury or midrage also do the similar proram if they operate same routes. For the boat dont use day boat for 2 nights program current available with Dragon Pearl Junk, Dragon Legend and Ylang.

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We would like to take cruises leaving from Hai Phong City, Which cruises ? we are 5 adult , need 3 cabins. 3days 2 night. prefer luxury , small cabin, good food (not buffet if possible). If we don't want to visit caves, can we stay on the ship or do some activity?

@Kaoru Hobbs:

I'm so sorry that we don't have any cruise leaving at from Hai Phong city, we just have cruise start from Got Pier. If you want to have more choice you should go to Tuan Chau Habour at Ha Long, there will be more choice for you with cruises

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I’m planning my visit to Halong on 12th November 2023 and I will fly to Vietnam 3 days before. Can you guys recommend some comfortable hotels in Hanoi that are located near the pick up destination? About the cruise, I prefer a budget cabin for 2 adults, price up to 160 dollars each. Thank you

@Thomas Le:

You can have a look at some hotel budget name Carrilon Hotel, Mina Hotel. And for the cruise i'll recommend some 3 star cruise name Swan cruise, Oriental Sail cruise for Halong bay trip. Thank you

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Hi, I am planning for a trip in Jan 2023 ( 2 day) to Halong Bay with myself, my wife and daughter aged 15 years. My daughter can sleep in our double bed. Can I book for 2 adult & 1 child ? Regards Biju

@Biju B Nair:

Yes you can book that with 1 extra bed, it will be more comfortable.

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Hi, me and my wife will have our first holiday in Halong, maybe in the next five or six months. However I hear people say that this is peak season. We don’t mind visiting crowded places but we want private space on board. Can you recommend a cruise with less tourists and offers only about 2-3 cabins? Thanks


If you want some cruise private, you can do some private Cruise such as Valentine Premium Cruise, Halong Legend Cruise. If you want to go for a shared cabin i would like to recommend to some cruise will have not so much cabin such as Emperor Cruise, Nostagia Cruise. Our travel consultant will contact to you very soon through email. Thank you

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