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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

 

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. With cruise port, you can choose cruises from Halong International port, Tuan Chau harbor or Hon Gai pier.

Halong Bay cruising itinerary map

Halong Bay cruising itinerary map

 

How to choose 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

Big panoramic-view Jacuzzi pool on sundeck of Mon Cheri Cruise

Big panoramic-view Jacuzzi pool on sundeck of Mon Cheri

 

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).

Luxury Catamaran for 2 nights cruise of Scarlet Pearl

Luxury Catamaran for 2 nights cruise of Scarlet Pearl

 

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 

Large restaurant on the sun deck of Sena cruise

 

4. Orchid Cruise - Best luxury traditional boat

Orchid Classic 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

A fancy outdoor Jacuzzi on the sundeck of Orchid cruise

A fancy outdoor Jacuzzi on the sundeck of Orchid cruise

 

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

For years, the Peony 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 bathtubs 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

Private balcony and bathtubs of Peony cruise

Private balcony and bathtubs of Peony cruise

 

6. Swan Cruise - Best 3-star boat cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay

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 & Bai Tu Long Bay at a cheap price with the best service, this boat is always the top choice!

Highlight services & facilities:

  • Large windows to 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

Swan cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay with less touristy

Swan cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay less tourists

 

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

Live music performances on Paradise Elegance

Live music performances on Paradise Elegance

 

8. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan - Best luxurious boutique ship

Inspired by Vietnamese history and culture, the Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan is the most gorgeous luxury boutique ship 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

Big swimming pool of Heritage Binh Chuan cruise (32m2)

Big swimming pool of Heritage Binh Chuan (32m2)

 

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)

Interesting waterslide of Capella cruise

Interesting waterslide of Capella cruise

 

10. Hermes Cruise - Best new cruise in Halong Bay

As the newest 5-star cruise traveling on Halong Bay, Hermes 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

Private dinners served on Hermes cruise

Private dinners served on Hermes cruise

 

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 (170)

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29/09/2022

Hello! We are looking at halong bay cruise. May I check if there are any single cabin, triple room options? Date: 4th Nov 2022 2 days 1 night, 3 adults Single cabin, triple beds For example, i know Calypso cruise had a triple bed, single cabin option. But this configuration is not shown on the options. Thank you! Yours sincerely,

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29/09/2022
@Gerina:

We have fews option cruise offer 3 single bed cabin in triple room and still available on 4 Nov like Calypso, Peony, Sena. You can choose the number of persons in 1 cabin then book, after that take note in the special request about your bed configuration. We will book the cabin as your take note.

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27/09/2022

Hello, We want to book a private Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 persons. We want 3 days, 2 nights. Arrive February 23 and depart February 25, 2023. We want to see Sung Sot Cave, Pearl Farm, Cua Van floating village, Tien Ong cave. If possible, would like to cruise or kayak in La Han a bit. We do not want to go to Cat Ba island for bicycle. Do not want to go to Viet Hai village. Thank you

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27/09/2022
@Susan Gobbo:

Hello,

You can have look at Legend Halong, current it temporary available for your charter and you can visit places as you mention about.

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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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Halong Bay Cruises Reviews

9.4
Excellent 3104 reviews
9.2
Excellent - Mr.Kwong Lok
Orchid Cruise 2 days | 29/09/2022
Great boat & staff

For a five-star cruise, there are plus points: 1. the cabin is big and beautifully laid out. 2.Food excellent. 3. The cooking lesson was interesting and we enjoyed the food. 4. Staff helpful and friendly.

The return trip was not well handled for the luggage during disembarkation. Instead, passengers… More

10.0
Excellent - Mr.Christopher Key
Sena Cruise 2 Days | 29/09/2022
Beautiful boat & amazing services

The process was from booking until arrival was very easy. The communication from Best Price Travel was amazing and Alex would reply straight away with answers to questions. ( and I had many)

The transfer to the cruise from the hotel in Hanoi was seamless and convenient.

The ship was beautiful. I was… More

10.0
Excellent - Ms.Mayank Gupta
Athena Luxury Cruise 2 days | 28/09/2022
Fabulous trip

At the onset, let me tell you it was a fabulous trip.
Right from hotel pick up to check-in and
back..everything was smooth and perfect.
As for feedback while I would have loved to give 15/10, let's stick to basics
1. Cruise Quality: 10/10 awesome
2. Dining/ Food on the board: 10/10 my family is Vegetarian… More

9.0
Excellent - Ms McMillan
Hermes Cruise 2 days | 26/09/2022
Brilliant!

"I stayed 24 hours on the Hermes Cruise ship with lunch, dinner and the next day breakfast and brunch.
The crew is very pleasant, helpful and smiling. We were accompanied by our guide, Tham, who explains very well and is very available.
We were able to go kayaking or rowing a boat. The setting is magnificent.… More

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

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