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Athena Royal Cruise Halong Bay
Halong International Cruise Port, No 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City
9.3Excellent - 33 reviews

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Athena Royal Cruise Halong Bay

Halong International Cruise Port, No 09 Halong Street, Bai Chay, Halong City
9.3Excellent - 33 reviews
Launched in 2019
22 Cabins
Athena Cruise
Styles: Luxury Cruises,
Cruise-Lines: Athena Royal Cruise

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

Bed type:
Executive Suite

Executive Suite

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

Elegant Suite

2 pax
28.0 m2
Double / Twin
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
Cabin detail
Premium Suite

Premium Suite

2 pax
30.0 m2
Double / Twin
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
Cabin detail
Royal Suite

Royal Suite

2 pax
45.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
Cabin detail
Connecting Suite

Connecting Suite

4 pax
50.0 m2
Double / Twin
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Booking Policy
Price Includes
  • Luxury en-suite cabin
  • Welcome drink upon arrival.
  • Tea, Coffee & Fruits in the room.
  • Full board meals: welcome lunch buffet, set menu dinner, light breakfast and a brunch buffet.
  • Free usage of the outdoor swimming pool in Sundeck (Athena Cruises)
  • Halong Bay Tour Ticket.
  • Various activities: morning Tai Chi class, cave visiting by rowing boat, squid fishing, swimming and kayaking.
  • English and Vietnamese-speaking tour guide onboard.
  • Onboard insurance and service charges.
Price Excludes
  • Airfares, land transfers from and to Ha Long Bay
  • Spa & Massage treatment services.
  • Beverages, Tips & Personal expenses
  • Other services not clearly mentioned.
  • V.A.T tax
  • Surcharge for entrance fee (follow the government’s law)
Cancellation Policy
  • More than 21 days before check-in: FREE of charge
  • From 11 to 20 days before check-in: 30% of total rates
  • From 7 to 10 days before check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 7 days before check-in & 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
  • Children under 5 years old sharing the full price cabin with adults: Free of charge (Limited to 1 child/1 cabin), from 2nd children: charged 50% adult (without extra bed)
  • From 5 to under 11 years old: 01 Child stays in the double/twin cabin with 2 adults: charged 75% adult.
  • From 11 years old: Children from 11 years old will be charged as adults. Two children below 11 years stay in a private cabin are charged at 100% of the full cabin rate.
  • Charged 100% for the third person using an extra bed

Cruise Itineraries

2 days
3 days
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sung Sot Cave - Titop Island
Day 2: Halong Bay - Luon Cave - Hanoi
Last update 11:01 Wednesday 29 Nov 2023

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.

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.

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

Get 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 freshwater 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 31 customer's reviews

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  • Cruise quality 9.3
  • Food/Drink 9.2
  • Cabin quality 9.3
  • Staff quality 9.8
  • Enter/act 9.1
Very good - Yaseen C
India India

The food is delicious, the staff is enthusiastic and friendly. Especially Minh, the receptionist is very lovely. My husband and I had a truly memorable vacation on board.
However, the transfer staff did a poor job, they damaged our belongings. They should be more careful next time.

Excellent - Sheila K
Australia Australia

It was a fantastic journey. I definitely have a five-star rating for the Athena Cruise crew, our driver, and especially our guide, Hanah.
It's a pleasant tour from hotel pickup; the cabin is nice, the food is delicious, we like the activities, the sunset view is breathtaking, and the crew's kindness is exceptional. I would suggest this trip to everyone.

Excellent - Serie M.
Australia Australia
Nice journey

The service is excellent. Hera, my travel assistant always response quickly. Crew members are pleasant and welcoming.
All of this creates a memorable trip. I'll be back with my family.

Excellent - Elaina
Switzerland Switzerland
Luxurious room and cuisine, great view, but quite crowded

The staff were nice, competent, and worked well together.
We scheduled our transportation to the pier with BestPrice; this was good value for money, and given how crowded the port is, I believe it was a wise option. Our cabins were beautiful, with a small balcony. The cuisine was wonderfully prepared.… More

Excellent - Espinoza
Peru Peru

We're very satisfied with this trip. Halong Bay is stunning. The scenery of limestone islands, the emerald sea, and the sky is a sight to behold. My kids really like the kayaking activities in Luon Cave. It was an very memorable tour for us.

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Questions & Answers (27)

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We'll have a tour of this ship on May 15th & 16th. We haven't had transportation yet, can you book it for us. We're a group of 3.

@Kery C:

Sure! We can help you handle that. For transportation we have 2 below options:

  • Luxury shuttle bus (round trip): $120 for 3 people
  • Private car (7-seat): $175 for 3 people

Please send us the request for your prefered transportation, thank you.

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Hello, is there any twin cabin available on April 1 & 2 on this cruise? We need 2 cabins for a group of 4. Can you check it for me?


Hi there, the best choice for your request is Connecting Suite. However, as there are not many cabins like this, it might sold out and only the double cabin option available. Please check your email so our travel consultant can help you better.

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Hi, we want to go on this cruise on Feb 16 & 17, 4 adults. Can you check if there are 2 twin rooms available for us?

@Frederic H:

Yes we do, please process the booking.

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Hi, is there any family cabin on board on Jan 18, 2024? We're a family of 4 with 5-year-old kid. Will the price for him be different?

@Casey L:

From 5 Year old kids we will charge 75% of adult price. You can take the connecting it is better for family stay.

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Hi, after the tour on this cruise, we need a transfer to Ninh Binh on Dec 28. Can you provide it for us?

@Fleur B:

Yes we have option bus transfer after cruise with cost 20usd/person

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