Athena Royal Cruise Halong Bay
Halong International Cruise Port, no 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City, Vietnam
9.4Excellent - 20 reviews

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Athena Royal Cruise Halong Bay

Halong International Cruise Port, no 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City, Vietnam
9.4Excellent - 20 reviews
Launched in 2016
22 Cabins
Athena Cruise
Styles: Luxury Cruises,

Highlight Services & Facilities

  • Bar
  • Cafe & Lounge
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa & Massage
  • Steam/Sauna
  • Private Balcony
  • Wooden Games
Why choose Athena Royal Cruise?
  • High-class facilities with sundeck jacuzzi, outdoor bar, spa & sauna

  • Explore all highlight destinations of Halong Bay and further areas

  • All cabins is large and have a private balcony  

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 Suite

Premium Suite

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

Connecting Suite

4 pax
50.0 m2
  • 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).
  • Child 5 - 10 years old: 75% adult price.
  • Maximum 1 child sharing the same cabin with 2 adults

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 Royal Cruise

Athena, a mythological Greek goddess, is the protector of knowledge, skill, and victory. Embodies her royalty, Athena Royal's goal is to provide you with luxury and high-class service. This cruise promise to bring top-notch amenities with elegant, contemporary decor that satisfies 5-star standards during the trip to Halong Bay.

Cabin & Suites

Athena Royal is impressed by the sophistication of the room layout. All 22 cabins have a private balcony, modern amenities, and fresh fruit to help customers keep healthy and have the most luxurious and intimate experience.

Athena Executive Suite

  • Cabin size: 25m2
  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Highlight facilities: Private Balcony

Located on the first deck, Athena Executive Suite offers ten cabins with flexible twin or double beds and a private balcony. This suite provides full amenities with a classic wooden layout that will bring you a luxury overnight experience. 

Athena Executive Suite

Exquisite Executive Suite

Athena Elegant Suite

  • Cabin size: 28m2
  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Highlight facilities: Private Balcony

There are 07 Elegant Suites on the second deck. Flexible twin beds or double bed is based on your request. Like Athena Executive Suite, the Elegant Suite also fulfills and supports the most comfortable condition for you and your fellows.  

Athena Premium Suite

  • Cabin size: 30m2
  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Highlight facilities: Private Balcony

Also located on the second floor, Athena Premium Suite provides modern facilities for your overnight stay. Moreover, the Premium Suite is roomy enough for a nuclear family with 2 adults and 1 child. You can order twin beds and additional beds if needed.

Athena Premium Suite

Luxury furniture in the Premium Suite

Family Connecting Suite

  • Cabin size: 50m2
  • Capacity: 4 adults
  • Highlight facilities: Private Balcony

A Family Connecting Suite is structured from two Athena Executive Suites matched by a connecting door. This suite lies on the first floor and is twice the size of an Executive cabin, perfect for families and groups of friends.

Family Connecting Suite

Pretty Connecting cabin for family

Athena Royal Suite

  • Cabin size: 45m2
  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Highlight facilities: Private Balcony

There is only one Royal Suite which is located on the third deck. This Suite is the most luxurious and extensive on the Athena Yacht. In this suite, you have convenient bottled wine and opulent amenities. Athena Royal Suite is considered the best for sightseeing stunning Halong Bay because of its location and huge panoramic windows.

Athena Royal Suite

Affluent Royal Suite

Facilities & Deck Plan

Athena Royal Cruise, with a capacity of 42 people, promises to bring guests the best facilities possible for a relaxing journey:


Semi-classical architecture is used in the restaurant's design. Lights are illuminating the dining room. The leather upholstery on the oak chairs gives you a sense of luxury and relaxation.

Lounge and Bar

While the outside lounge offers leisure and harmony with nature while sipping wine, the inside bar on the boat provides a romantic and comfortable atmosphere.

Sauna and Spa

Numerous double and single massage rooms, as well as luxurious sauna rooms, are available on the trip, providing a very soothing experience.


The luxury cruise has a sizable sunbathing area with enough equipment to unwind in the magnificent sunshine. The outside bar also accepts drink orders.


There is a huge Jacuzzi on the sundeck. After a long active day, guests can get in and have a moment of relaxation.

Deck 1 & 2

Decks 1 & 2

Cruise Overview & Sundeck

Cruise Overview & Sundeck

Service & Activities

The luxury Athena Royal cruise will bring you to explore the fascinating Halong Bay and its stunning attractions. In the 2-day-1-night route, you can visit the mystical Sung Sot cave, swim at Ti Top Beach, kayak in Luon Cave, and get priceless photos... Moreover, the 3-day-2-night program expands more routes on day 2 to travel to Tung Sau Area and Me Cung Cave. 

Visiting Caves and Islands

Getting your chances to discover some signature caves of Halong Bay, such as Luon Cave, Sung Sot Cave, or Me Cung Cave. 

Swimming the emerald water

While exploring Titop Island, you can relax by swimming in the cool and fresh water of the beautiful area or climbing to the top of the island.

Happy Hours

This program is a sunset party where you Buy 1, Get 1. You can enjoy every drink onboard with famous and luxurious wine and liquor at the cruise bar. 

Cooking Class

Another program is established in the sunset also. Try this class; you will learn how to make traditional Vietnamese dishes under a professional chef’s instruction. 

Sauna and Massage

After participating in several beach activities outside the trip, relaxing aboard the ship and receiving expert massage therapy may help you unwind.

Taichi session

You can stretch early in the morning while guided by your Taichi instructor and breathing in the fresh air among the ocean scenery.

Squid fishing

After dinner, you should try this exciting activity. You will learn new skills under the cruise coach on a tender among Bai Tu Long Bay.

Explore Surprising Cave

Explore the Magnificent Sung Sot Cave

Food & Drink

Depending on the tour you choose, the on-board cafeteria is always ready to provide you with a variety of tasty and wholesome meals:

  • 04 meals on the two-day, one-night trip: one brunch, one light breakfast, and one lunch buffet.
  • 07 meals on the 3-day, 2-night cruise: two buffet lunches, two dinners from a set menu, one breakfast, one early-bird coffee, and one brunch.

On the Athena Family Cruise, Western fusion cuisine and traditional Vietnamese meals are given to make the trip enjoyable for all guests. If you follow a specific diet, such as vegetarian, lactose, or gluten-free, you must inform the manager.

Two bars on the board serve many drinks, such as wine, cocktails, juice,... Let's visit the bar during Happu hour to buy one and get one drink free.

Having Delicious Buffet

Enjoy a Tasty Buffet with various dishes


The passengers on Athena Royal Cruise will use a luxury limousine with a capacity of 15 seats for transfer. This bus is wholly furnished with amenities like air conditioning, plush leather seats, complimentary beverages and snacks, internet on board, and USB ports for charging phones and gadgets.

From Hanoi

The pickup takes place from 8.00 to 8.30. Then, guests will be transferred to the pier. Check-in and travel to the main boat by tender.

On your own

Guests who travel alone to Halong Bay must arrive at the waiting lounge at No 9 Halong Bay International Port no later than 11.30

Waiting Lounge in the Pier

The Waiting Lounge in the Pier


BestPrice's Overall Rating: 9.1/10

Cruise: 9.3/10


  • Neo-classical architecture gives the Athena Royal cruise an authentically Vietnamese vibe.
  • The facility offers a wide choice of excellent services, gracious hospitality, vital safety requirements, and stylish décor.


  • The engine is pretty loud at the end of the boat.


Cabin: 9.2/10


  • Cabins are very pretty, with classical decor, spacious, tidy, and clean. 
  • The accommodation is well-appointed with deluxe en-suite facilities. 
  • Some cabins provide a cozy balcony.


  • The bed is not soft enough.


Facilities and Services: 9.0/10


  • On-deck offers a variety of outdoor amenities and entertaining activities, so there's never a dull moment. 
  • Passengers are given access to various modern wellness facilities, including a sauna and a spa, to optimize their stay in the highest comfort. 
  • Flawless and individualized services like shuttle transfers, room service, and vehicle rentals are offered at the convenience of the visitors.


  • Wifi is free, but the connection quality is poor to non-existent.
  • The swimming pool is not hot enough (highest 27 degrees), and towels are not provided, which passengers must prepare and bring themselves.
  • The massage service is mediocre.


Food and Beverage: 9.0/10


  • Every morning is served with a buffet breakfast.
  • Many Vietnamese and foreign dishes are on the set menus for lunch and dinner.


  • The only bit that could be improved was the prices for drinks and water availability.


Itineraries and Activities: 8.8/10


  • The 3-day/2 night excursions are a laid-back substitute for the hectic trips to the crowded Halong Bay. 
  • You may unwind on the boat with a sauna if none of the pre-planned excursions appeal to you.


  • Travel to touristy places.
  • The schedule for 2d1n is a bit hectic and short.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

Based on 17 customer's reviews

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  • Cruise quality 9.5
  • Food/Drink 9.3
  • Cabin quality 9.4
  • Staff quality 9.7
  • Enter/act 9.4
Excellent - Alexandre B
Fanstatic stay

The ship was modern; full of spaces to enjoy the breathtaking view. Each room had a small balcony and was carefully furnished. The food was good and plentiful, especially the seafood.

The staff was very nice to us. The kayak in Luon Cave and the cave excursion were wonderful and overall the 24 hours… More

Excellent - Alessandro
Halong was incredible

This is my first time in Halong Bay. I booked this cruise through BestPrice Travel, and my consultant was My Uyen. She was such a wonderful person who planned out everything from the transfer to the cruise.
This boat's design and schedule are good, and you had so many chances to appreciate Halong Bay.… More

Excellent - Tahlia A
Nice trip to halong Bay

A fantastic trip with wonderful care from the pick-up to the journey and activities. The room was stunning. Dinner, breakfast, and brunch were all excellent. The schedule was well organized. The best activities were the cooking lesson and kayaking. But the best thing is the staff's kindness without… More

Excellent - Georgie
Amazing trip!

The activities are fantastic and quite lively. The staff is really nice and eager to assist us. Dinner, breakfast, and brunch were all excellent. The best activities were the Vietnamese cooking class and kayaking. Everything could be appreciated despite the bad weather.

I don’t like how hard the bed is. Some people may like it, though.
Overall I had an amazing time here.

Excellent - Bianca Bell
Excellent service

Driving: Very comfortable so and safe drive
Cabin: clean like a hotel
Service: All staff are hospitable. They gave me a surprise on our anniversary. It's so nice of them.
Food: Well served to suit the palate of many customers. I was satisfied.
Activity: It's good but Halong Bay was too touristy in Summer.
Still amazing after all. Thanks!

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Questions & Answers (17)

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My family is planning to book this cruise. We want to be picked up in Hanoi and then travel to Ninh Binh after the trip ends. Is this something you can help us arrange? If so, should I choose the shuttle service or book a private car?

@Chiara H:

It's depend you many person will join the trip, if you have 3 to 4 person the price for bus transfer. If your family is around 6 7 person, a private transfer will be a good choice

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Does the connecting cabin have two en-suite bathrooms?


On connecting cabin will have private bathroom on each cabin

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What are the differences between this cruise and Athena Luxury? Is the cabin size of this cruise bigger?

@Jasper Allen:

They have no different, the quality and the services will be the same, the room will the same 

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Hi, is the connecting cabin available on September 20 & 21? We are a group of 5 and want to book 2 days trip to Halong Bay.

@Hafsah F:

Till now the room is available with this cruise so if you wan to book you have to make quick decision

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Hi, we have 3 big luggages with us, so I wonder if the shuttle bus has enough space. Do we need to book a private transfer?


The bus of Athena is big but not sure if enough space for 3 big one. For more convernient you should book a private car.

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