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The 10 Best Cruises in Halong Bay 2022

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!

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Overview of Halong Bay Cruises 2022

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 2 hours shuttle buses from Hanoi to Halong Bay, a cruise will bring you on an unimaginable trip through the majestic karst 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.

Halong Bay Cruise - a must-do experience in Vietnam

 

Halong bay cruise price & itinerary

You can choose a Halong Bay tour 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.

Cruise Ship

Why book

Price from

Mon Cheri Cruise 5*

Bestseller cruise 2022

US $170

Scarlet Pearl Cruise 5*

Best modern luxury ship

US $178

Sena Cruise 4*

Best 4-star boat in Lan Ha Bay

US $135

Orchid Cruise 5*

Best luxury traditional boat

US $164

Peony Cruise 4*

Best value for mid-range cruise

US $147

Swan Cruise 3*

Best itinerary of 3-star cruise

US $130

Paradise Elegance Cruise 5*

Best service 5-star ship

US $168

Heritage Cruise 5*

Best luxurious boutique cruise

US $186

Capella Cruise 5*

Best onboard activities for a 5-star cruise

US $193

Hermes Cruise 5*

Best new cruise in Halong Bay

US $158

Halong Bay Cruise prices 2022

Luxury cruise (5-star):

Halong Bay luxury cruises offer both day trips & overnight options with prices ranging from US $160 to US$ 190/person for a 1-night cruise that can satisfy even the most difficult guest with the perfect services and promise an unforgettable experience.

 

Mid-range cruise (4-star):

The mid-range cruises are also available for 1-night cruises with prices from US$ 135/person to US$ 165/person. 70% of the 4-star cruises in Halong Bay are made of steel, and the newer the boat, the more impressive its design.

 

Cheap cruise (3-star):

A cheap cruise price is only about US$ 90/person to US$ 130/person for an overnight cruise. Most of the cheap cruises in Halong are made of wood in a rustic style, quite small, and not many cabins on them (only about 9 – 15 cabins on average).

 

Besides, not all cruises in Ha Long Bay do the same itinerary. You can easily find and choose the Halong Bay itinerary with different cruise duration, departure ports, and areas based on your preference.

Available options usually include a day trip, 2 days 1-night, 3 days 2 nights, 4 days 3 nights, or a custom itinerary with duration. Based on the cruising area, you can choose a cruise in Halong Bay central, Bai Tu Long Bay, Cat Ba Island or Lan Ha Bay cruises. With cruise port, you can choose cruises from Halong International cruise port, Tuan Chau harbor, Hon Gai pier, or Got port.

Halong Bay cruising itinerary map

Halong Bay cruising itinerary map

 

Day cruise:

As the travel time is limited: from 4 – 8 hours, a Halong Bay day cruise from Hanoi can only show the Bay's general view; however, these shortened itineraries are suitable for those who do not have much time to explore the Bay. The typical itineraries for a day trip allow travelers to visit some famous caves and islands, such as Thien Cung Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island, and Cock Fighting Islet. 

 

Overnight cruise:

The Halong Bay cruise overnight is the most chosen one. You can decide between 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights itinerary.

  • 2 days 1-night: are most popular because the itinerary isn’t short and too long to fit almost all tourists. Compared with the day trip, the 2d1n owns diverse options for the itinerary, which allows you to travel deeply inside Halong.
  • 3 days 2-night: are the perfect option for those who dive deep into the glory of the Bay. With the itinerary, you will have the chance to visit Halong Bay and visit 3 stunning Bays: Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Cat Ba island.

Besides that, join an overnight cruise, and you have more time to enjoy kayaking in Halong Bay, and more exciting activities such as swimming, night bars on the sundeck, squid fishing, etc.

Kayaking ing Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

 

How to book the best Halong bay 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. Here're the price and the reason to choose and book them of the 10 best Halong Bay cruises in 2022:

1. Mon Cheri Cruise - Best seller cruise in 2022

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

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

 

2. Scarlet Pearl Cruise - Best modern luxury ship

The Scarlet Pearl is always a shining star among the best cruise boats 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 the pearl and Halong Bay’s history.
  • Outdoor jacuzzi available for relaxation while enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the bay.

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).

 

3. Sena Cruise - Best 4-star boat in Lan Ha Bay

Sena Cruise is one of the newest 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

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 

 

4. Orchid Cruise - Best luxury traditional boat

Orchid Classic Cruise is now also called Orchid Cruise to distinguish it from its siblings which are Orchid Trendy (also known as Azalea Cruise) and Orchid Premium. In fact, it is hard to find a 5-star boat which is still in good condition with modern facilities and provides outstanding services in Halong Bay like the Orchid. Therefore, this lovely boat is always the most recommended for anyone who wants to travel to Halong Bay on tradditional 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

Why book?

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

 

5. Peony Cruise - Best value for mid-range cruise

For years, the Peony cruise has been one of the best choices for 4-star boats in Halong. 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

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

 

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, 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

Why book?

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

 

7. Paradise Elegance Cruise - Best service 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

Why book?

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

 

8. Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise - 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

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

 

9. Capella Cruise - Best onboard activities for a 5-star cruise

Capella is one of the biggest ship 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 view available for all cabins

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)

 

10. Hermes Cruise - 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

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

 

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

FAQs

Yes, the Halong Bay cruise is worth trying. Halong 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 Halong bay.

Halong bay cruise price is based on departure, availability, duration, cruise style, and services. Normally the price is between $60 - $90/ person for a day trip and $110 - $200/person for an overnight cruise. To get the exact price, please enter our website for a day cruise or overnight cruise, choose your favorite one, then click to choose your date, and the number of people continues to click to check the rate you will see the final price.

Yes, you should book your Halong Bay cruise before arriving in Vietnam. There are 3 main reasons below:

  • You can get early bird deals which can save a lot.
  • More time research to find the best Halong cruise
  • Find the best agent who offers the best price and best support.

All cruises in Halong Bay must have permission from the Management Board of Halong Bay 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 in Halong,...): 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 of Halong Bay 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 Halong Bay among over 100 cruises. Below are 4 small tips for you:

  • Decide Itinerary & travel route: Halong Bay (main area), Lan Ha Bay (new trend), Cat Ba Island, or Bai Tu Long Bay (off the beaten track).
  • Estimate your budget: There are different types of cruise from budget, mid-range to luxury, so let's check how much you want to spend.
  • Check which cruise fits with your needs: for family with kids, vegetarian, Halal food (Mon Cheri Cruise)...
  • Choose the best agent to book
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Questions & Answers (168)

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19/09/2022

Goodmorning , We would like to book 1 night cruise in Halong bay on the thursday 22nd of september , Elite of seas seems great ? We would need a trasfer from Sofitel hotel in Hanoi . Can you please provide me with your proposal and time schedule ? Thank you Best regards

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19/09/2022
@Eddy De Vita:

Hello Eddy,

Current we still have available Elite of the Seas on 22 Sep, for transfer from Sofitel we provide 2 options:

- Private transfer cost: 115 USD (+25 USD if highway transfer require)

- Sharing luxury bus cost: 40 USD/person

Cabin rate: 490 USD for Junior Suite Double

Please confirm if you would like to confirm. 

BestPrice

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16/09/2022

Hi there, we're wanting to book a Halong Bay cruise, 3 day/2 night, from 25/10/22 with Peony Cruises. Do you have a hotel package available? Thanks.

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16/09/2022

Yes, we have available package Hanoi Pearl + Peoy Cruise (3 days 2 nights), 1 night on cruise 1 night at hotel. Do you want this package or longer?

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15/09/2022

Hi, may I know for the itinerary: - can we climb to the top of Titop Island? - do we walk inside the Sung Sot Cave? I have 4 adults and looking at the Family Deluxe. May I know for the 2 connecting rooms, are they all King beds or 1 room with King bed and another with Twin beds? We would like to do a 2D1N on 13-14 Oct. It is also my friend's 50th birthday. Is there any surprise that we could do for him on cruise? And could you let me know the total cost for 2D1N on 13-14 Oct with a 2-way transfer from Hanoi (Old quarter) to Halong to Hanoi? Thank you!

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15/09/2022

Follow the cruise's itinerary, I confirm that you can climb to the top of Titop Island and walk inside Sung Sot Cave.

The Family Deluxe Cabin is 02 cabins connecting, you can either choose 02 King Beds or a King Bed with another Twin Bed, it's flexible.

If your friend's birthday is exact on 13th of October, cruise does offer a free birthday cake for him.

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12/09/2022

Hi, I am looking at a 2D/1N Ha Long Bay / Bai Tu Long Bay cruise any dates between 2/10 to 6/10. Either budget or mid-range for 1 pax. I have a flight at 1.10pm on 6/10 so I must be back at Hanoi airport by latest 11.10am.

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12/09/2022
@Ivan:

Most the boat check out time are between 11:00 - 11:30 so it is impossible to catch flight at 13:10.

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07/09/2022

We are planning to be in hanoi from 24-29th dec. Just me and my hubby. Would be great if u can share some recommendations for the halong bay cruise as well. Would like to have a nice honeymoon trip.

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07/09/2022
@zyu:

May I know your budget for trip? We have option from 3* - 5* Cruise. You can have look first the Scarlet Pearl 5*, Capella Cruise 5*, Sena Cruise 4*... 

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Halong Bay Cruises Reviews

9.4
Excellent 3089 reviews
9.2
Excellent - Ms.luke foster
Sena Cruise 2 Days | 24/09/2022
Great Cruise

Thank you so much! For Everything Ha Long Bay was amazing including Sena Cruise and their hospitality. Thank you

9.0
Excellent - Mr.Jonathan Aronstam
Rosy Cruise 2 days | 24/09/2022
Nice trip

It was very nice. Thank you for coordinating and for getting me in at the last minute!

10.0
Excellent - Mr.kendell
Orchid Cruise 3 days | 24/09/2022
10/10 on all areas of the cruise!

We are back home now and have time to do the reviews. Our staff on board were nothing short of amazing! Food was great with lots of options for dietary requirements. Activities were as described and the rooms and facilities were even better than expected. Have already recommended the trip and your services… More

8.0
Very good - Ms.Aivee Medrano
Scarlet Pearl Cruise 2 days | 23/09/2022
Good trip

The cruise was okay, its just that its lacking activities especially at night. The tour to see the mountains is kind of repetitive. We didnt even go down and walk to the caves.
But the food is good and the cabin is okay.

6.4
Average - Mr.Stephen Daniel
Scarlet Pearl Cruise 2 days | 23/09/2022
Biggest let down

I feel it necessary to write to complain about the 2 day/1 night cruise.

We were made to stop for an hour at a pearl shopping centre in the hope of us buying pearls and coffee which was not on the itinerary. 1 hour wasted on the way to the ship. Precious time we didn’t have!!!

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