Athena Luxury Cruise Halong Bay
Halong International Cruise Port, no 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City, Vietnam
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Athena Luxury Cruise Halong Bay

Halong International Cruise Port, no 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City, Vietnam
9.4Excellent - 81 reviews
Launched in 2016
21 Cabins
Athena Cruise

Highlight Services & Facilities

  • Bar
  • Cafe & Lounge
  • Spa & Massage
  • Steam/Sauna
  • Room Services
  • Private Balcony
  • Wooden Games
  • Restaurant
Why choose Athena Luxury Cruise?
  • Top luxury cruise for families in Halong Bay with excellent service

  • Large cabins with private balconies in all rooms

  • Wide sundeck with alfresco bar

Cabin & Rates

Cabin 1
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Executive Suite

Executive Suite

2 pax
25.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Elegant Suite

Elegant Suite

2 pax
28.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Premium Terrace Suite

Premium Terrace Suite

2 pax
30.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Family Triple Suite

Family Triple Suite

3 pax
30.0 m2
Double + Single
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Booking Policy
Price Includes
  • Entrance fees, taxes and service charge
  • Bamboo Rowing Boat trip in Luon Cave
  • English speaking guide
  • Luxury accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower, mini bar
  • Exclusive cruise through Halong Bay
  • Welcome drink
  • Cooking class 1time/trip
  • Snacks in happy hour
  • Meals onboard
  • Sunrise Tai-chi demonstration
  • Insurance onboard
  • Complimentary a bottle water/ person in room
Price Excludes
  • Transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi (book in next step)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Private dinner (in the cabin, on the sundeck, in the wine cellar, etc.) with a service charge.
Cancellation Policy
  • Christmas + New Year + Lunar New Year: 100% of total rates
  • More than 45 days prior to check-in: FREE of charge
  • From 45 to 30 days prior to check-in: FREE of charge
  • From 30 to 15 days prior to check-in: FREE of charge
  • From 15 to 4 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 72 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: 100% of total rates

If the cancellation be announced by the Management Board of Halong Bay, depend on the timing of the cancellation, following policies will be applied:

  • Before departure from Hanoi to Halong Bay (none of the services has been used): 100% refund.
  • During the trip (some services have been used: transfer, lunch, day trip, hotel in Halong, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
  • The trip be cut down from 2 nights to 1 night, tourists will be charged a 2 days/1 night trip, plus other used services, the rest will be refunded.
  • The final cost will be confirmed by your consultant via email. In all cases, please contact us directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!
Children Policy
  • Child under 5 years old: F.O.C.(Baby cot on request: Free).
  • In case the parent's room has 02 children under 5 years old sharing the same bed with their parents, the second child will be charged 75% of the price of 1 adult.
  • Child 5 - 10 years old: 75% adult price.
  • Child over 10 years old: 100% adult price.

Cruise Itineraries

2 days
3 days
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sung Sot cave - Titop Island
Day 2: Halong Bay - Luon Cave - Hanoi

Important Notes:


About Athena Luxury Cruise

Athena Luxury Cruise is one of the four 5-star cruises of the Athena cruise line and is one of the best cruises in Halong Bay. This metal vessel was built in 2016 with a neoclassical, luxurious, and modern design. Her first voyage was launched in the summer of 2017 to bring you the best experience.

Choosing Athena Luxury for an overnight voyage to the Bay, you will enjoy excellent service, professional crew staff, and high-standard facilities, which are the best choices for upper-class families. 

Cabin & Suites

With a total of 21 cabins, the ship can accommodate up to nearly 50 passengers. Every room has a private balcony and can add an extra bed. Moreover, each room is set up with complimentary water, tea, coffee, and fresh fruit. Also, Athena Luxury offers 5 different suites to custom-make your stay on this overnight vessel.

Executive Suite

  • Area: 25m2
  • Number of cabins: 10
  • Maximum capacity: 2 adults + 1 child (extra bed)
  • Highlight facilities: Private balcony

Located on the first floor, including double and twin bedrooms, the room is the most affordable cabin full of wooden furniture. Executive Suite is spacious, with air conditioning, an LED television, and a standing shower with hot water. Every cabin has an outside sitting space and a huge ocean-view window.

Luxury Executive Suite

Executive Suite with Elegant wooden decor

Elegant Suite 

  • Area: 28m2
  • Number of cabins: 07
  • Maximum capacity: 2 adults + 1 child (extra bed)
  • Highlight facilities: Private balcony

These cabins are located on the second deck and offer a peaceful and calming Halong Bay view from the private balcony. Along with the tranquility, a comfortable mattress and soft pillows will always guarantee a comfy overnight stay.

Elegant Suite for overnight stay

Cozy Elegant Suite on 2nd floor

Terrace Suite

  • Area: 30m2
  • Number of cabins: 02
  • Maximum capacity: 2 adults + 1 child (extra bed)
  • Highlight facilities: Private sun terrace, Jacuzzi

On the second deck, each cabin has its private sun terrace with a panoramic ocean view and a jacuzzi. This deluxe cabin is designed to give you solitude, luxury, and leisure and will make you fall in love at first sight.

Terrace Suite with modern amenities

Terrace Suite with Huge sea-view window

Family Triple Suite

  • Area: 35m2
  • Number of cabins: 02
  • Maximum capacity: 3 adults + 1 child (extra bed)
  • Highlight facilities: Private balcony

Ideal for a group or a family, this suite offers one single and one double bed with elegant decorations. It is the largest cabin on the first deck, providing passengers with a private balcony and a home-like atmosphere while you are enjoying 5-star services.

Family Connecting Suite

  • Area: 56m2
  • Number of cabins: 01
  • Maximum capacity: 4 adults + 2 children (extra bed)
  • Highlight facilities: Private balcony

Another option for families with more than one child or large groups, Family Connecting Suite is a perfect choice. This Connecting Suite on the second deck possesses two connecting cabins with a private balcony offering a spectacular ocean view. Pick this cottage to keep your family together while enjoying luxurious service.

Connecting Suite Double for Family

Beautiful Family Connecting Suite 

Facilities & Deck Plan

The cruise provides passengers with first-class services as well as convenient facilities with up-to-date equipment and high-tech systems.

Bar & Lounge

The cruise arranges an indoor bar with a romantic and cozy vibe on the second deck. Meanwhile, the open sky bar on the third floor brings great relaxation and harmonious nature while enjoying the mesmerizing seascape. 


The restaurant is designed in a semi-classical style. The wooden chairs are upholstered and leather, bringing luxury and great comfort to up to 45 people. 

Spa & Sauna

The third deck boasts several double and single-treatment Vietnmassage rooms and a high-class dry sauna, which give a uniquely exhilarating experience. 


The cruise provides a large sunbathing area with many facilities and decorations for relaxing under the clear sky (sun loungers, projector, fresh plants,..).

High-end restaurant and Bar

Elegant Restaurant on board

Deck Plan

The Athena Luxury consists of 3 decks covered with white paint, bringing luxurious, neoclassical, and modern beauty. The ship's interior is decorated with classic brown wood, giving it a warm and familiar ambiance. 

  • The first deck: the reception, boarding area, executive and family triple suite
  • The second deck: dining room & bar, elegant suite, terrace suite, and family connecting suite.
  • The sundeck: a relaxing spa & sauna, outdoor bar, and sunbathing area.
Service & Activities

Start departing from Halong International Harbour, then begin your cruise to Halong Bay. The 2d1n cruise takes you through Halong Bay - Titop Island - Luon Cave. If you want to explore more deeply, you should experience the 3d2n that provides other amusing activities at the Tung Sau Area on Day 2.

For every travel style, Athena Luxury has something for you. It would be an unforgettable adventure with hands-on offboard and entertaining onboard activities.

Cooking demonstration

It is one of the most popular activities on board. You will try making a traditional Vietnamese dish under the cruise chef's instruction while making friends with other visitors.

Spa & Massage

Relaxing on the cruise with professional massage staff could wake your mind up after joining energetic activities on a day excursion.

Kayaking/Rowing bamboo boat

Paddling by kayak or bamboo boat while discovering the Tung Sau Area and Luon Cave. You will be instructed on how to use the kayak safely.

Squid fishing: It is an exciting night activity after your dinner. Try your patience and luck. Your achievement could be a full meal of fresh squids. (only worth trying in squid season - July to August)

Film night: Another amusing choice after dinner. You can get to the top deck and watch famous movies on the cruise's projector in the beautiful bay. 

Tai-chi training: Stretching yourself with your fellows under your Tai-chi trainer's guide in the early morning. Breathe fresh air in and out among the wondrous seascape.

Squid fishing at night

Try your luck with squid fishing at night

Food & Drink

The onboard restaurant is always willing to serve you diverse and nutritious meals based on your chosen itinerary:

  • The 2-day-1-night itinerary offers 04 meals: 01 buffet lunch, 01 set menu dinner, 01 light breakfast, and 01 brunch.
  • The 3-day-2-night itinerary serves 07 meals: 02 buffet lunches, 02 set menu dinners, 01 breakfast, 01 early morning coffee, and 01 brunch.

Western fusion food and Vietnamese traditional dishes with fresh seafood and natural ingredients are served onboard to make it a pleasure for all the passengers. Suppose you have special diets like vegetarian or gluten-free, lactose-free, etc. Athena’s master chef will provide you with suitable food on request. 

Well-prepared dish

Delicious meal on High-end Cruise

Moreover, each room will be fully prepared with complimentary water, tea, coffee, and a basket of fresh fruits (extra wine bottle for Athena Terrace Suite). Beverages in the bar and lounge must be extra-paid based on the menu, including juice, tea, coffee, cocktails, and alcohol-free mocktails. 


Athena Luxury Cruise supports the guests by a private limousine bus with a maximum of 15 seats. This bus is fully equipped with facilities, including air conditioning, soft leather seats, free drinks and snacks, wifi on board, and USB capability to charge phones and devices to guarantee that you are comfortable from the minute you leave until you return.

From Hanoi

The pick-up location is at 14 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, from 8.00 - 8.30 or door-to-door at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

From cruise port

For passengers who choose to move to Halong Bay cruise from Hanoi by themselves. Please arrive before 11.30 at Ha Long International Cruise Port (09 Ha Long Road, Bai Chay, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh). 

Luxurious interior

The opulent bus of Athena Group


BestPrice's Overall Rating: 9.0/10

  • Inspection date: November 2022
  • Cruise: Athena Luxury 1
  • BestPrice Travel inspector: Huan Nguyen & Dung Nguyen

After a 2-days and 1-night experience, this high-class cruise shows how it deserves to be called one of the best luxury Halong Bay cruises. Although the cruise still needs to fix some problems to be worth the price, the service from the crew is top-notch.

Facilities & Amenities: 9.2/10


  • Spacious sundeck with many places to relax with many sun loungers, set tables, sofas,...
  • Exquisite and cohesive design with luxurious wooden interiors combined with leather.
  • Huge cabin on board, the smallest one is already 25m2, with private balcony and new marble bathroom. 
  • A bar on the 2nd deck and one on the sundeck give the guest more choices.

Panoramic Bay view on sundeck

Broad sundeck with outdoor bar


  • Unoptimized layout in the cabin, there is a big table right in front of the bed, making it harder to move inside the room.
  • Except for the Suite Terrace cabin, other rooms have small terraces.


Food and Beverage: 8.6/10


  • The dining establishment offers a wide selection of exquisite Vietnamese delicacies.
  • Each morning, guests may enjoy a breakfast buffet in their rooms. 
  • Fresh seafood and natural ingredients.


  • The food stops at the level of fullness with a good taste, not too outstanding.
  • The drink price is still high for its quality.


Itineraries and Activities: 8.8/10


  • Well-planned schedule with only 3 attractions for 2 days, which is loose and not too packed.
  • Fantastic trip to Sung Sot Cave, one of the most beautiful and widest caves in Halong Bay.
  • A joyful cooking class is the best way to make new friends on board.
  • Conquer Titop Peak will give you a great and satisfied feeling.
  • Entertain with movie night. Enjoying the cool air while watching your favorite movie on the top deck is a memorable experience.

Amusing cooking class

Amusing cooking class


  • Travel to very touristy attractions in Halong Bay, packed with visitors.
  • If the passenger does not request it soon, the Tai Chi and cooking classes will be disabled.


Services: 9.5/10


  • Friendly and professionally-trained staff, attentive, helpful, and dedicated to their job.
  • The sauna facility is one of several new amenities. Every day from 15:30 to 16:30, complimentary sauna sessions are available. 
  • Themed party, ceremony,... always open for request.


  • Only the bar staff and cruise manager and some others speak good English.


Athena Luxury on TripAdvisor

  • Number of reviews: 1929
  • Excellent: 1843/1929

Athena Luxury Cruise has many reviews from its customers compared to other cruises. With almost 99% positive reviews, it seems the travelers loved this luxurious cruise on TripAdvisor in every aspect, from the staff, schedule, activities, and food,... Which is outstanding with the number of reviews the cruise has.

The 2% of complaints were mainly about the old facilities, which were posted right after the pandemic ended. Maybe the cruise has updated the amenities since these negative reviews stopped in July 2022 and have never been seen again. There are still some complaints about staff not speaking good English, too.


The Athena Cruise price includes

- Welcome cocktail

- Overnight permit

- Entrance fees and sightseeing fees

- Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned cabin

- Full board meals

- Sauna facility from 15.30pm - 16.30pm

- Kayaking

- Complimentary water, tea and fresh fruit in the cabin

- Taxes, service charges, and insurance on-board

Costs for an extra bed or single suppliment depend on the type of room. Please check your selected room for more details.

Athena cruise itinerary in summer (May - Sep) to Titop Island, Halong Bay allows travelers to have a refreshing swim in calm water. Meanwhile, the winter itinerary (Oct - Dec) to Bai Tu Long Bay doesn't allow guests to swim.

On Athena Luxury, the Terrace Suite is provided with bathtub and sea view in bathroom.

The first lunch and the last brunch are buffet, while the dinner is served with set menu. If you choose charter service, you can order the meals upon request.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

Based on 78 customer's reviews

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Score breakdown
  • Cruise quality 9.4
  • Food/Drink 9.3
  • Cabin quality 9.4
  • Staff quality 9.5
  • Enter/act 9.3
Excellent - Ashleigh Russell

This is a memorable tour for us. We had a great time on Athena Cruise. Our cabin was the Premium Terrace so it was spacious and had a big balcony overviewing the bay. The schedule was well-planned. The 3-day trip was a great choice to explore the bay.

Excellent - Sharon H
A pleasant trip with my family

Out of all the boats in Halong Bay, I'm glad I chose Athena Cruise for our family trip! The ship had a lovely, intimate size. The cabin was of high quality, with a private balcony, a pretty big and well-appointed bathroom, and a comfortable bed.

However, Mr Tim, the Cruise Manager, stood out for us!… More

Excellent - Albrecht

The weather was not good, but it was still a very good journey.
The staff is also very kind and gives pleasant service. Especially Tonic's smile and hospitality make it even better! However, it would be nice to have a fridge in the cabin.
I will return in the future!

Excellent - Sam C
Stunning scenery

An excellent option to visit Halong Bay with Athena Luxury. Very good service and varied, natural beauty, and delicious food. Excellent service from Nguyen and Chen. I highly recommend it. Summer may be too hot for me. Fall may be the best time to visit here.

Excellent - Mr.Benjamin Mitton
Amazing cruise

We travel with Athena Luxury for 3 days and 2 nights and everything was amazing. Our travel consultant, Anna was so helpful and organized everything for us. Tim, the cruise manager was excellent, he took care of us very well.
We were satisfied with the service, definitely go again with them in the future.

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Questions & Answers (25)

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I'll travel by myself. What time should I arrive to check in on time?

@Cassius K:

The cruise will start check in from 11:00 am to 11:45 am so please ready at that time at the lounge

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Is there a trip available in March/April? Thanks!


Yes the cruise is running everyday and the room now still available

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Hello, is the Family Triple suite available on 25 & 26 Oct? And can we ask for an extra bed if possible? Thanks.

@Ruairi Phillips:

Yes the suite is available on 25 & 26 Oct and the room can arrange extra bed 

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Hi. Can you check the price for 3 adults and 2 children for this cruise on 22nd November for 2 days? We'll need a pickup service from our hotel in Hanoi. You can send the information to my email.

@Enya Crane:

You will need a family suite and one extra bed will be very suitable for your group . You can have two option for transfer with bus transfer or private transfer to Halong Bay

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Hello, I'm a solo traveler and want to book the Executive Cabin. Will the price be lower than normal for one person, or it's the same?

@Antonia Zamora:

Yes the price for one person will cheaper than 2 adults a little bit if you wan to book

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