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Emperor Cruises Halong Bay
No.28, Tuan Chau International Marina, Halong Bay
9.6Excellent - 172 reviews

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Emperor Cruises Halong Bay

No.28, Tuan Chau International Marina, Halong Bay
9.6Excellent - 172 reviews
Launched in 2017
10 Cabins
Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay
Emperor Cruise
Cruise-Lines: Emperor Cruises
  • Art Gallery
  • Cafe & Lounge
  • Spa & Massage
  • Steam/Sauna
  • Vovinam Class
  • Butler Service
  • Library
  • Private Balcony
Why choose Emperor Cruises?
  • All-inclusive and authentic cruising experience with butler service

  • Small boat with only 10 high-class cabins

  • Luxury and aristocratic décor inspired by royal style

Cabin & Rates

Bed type:
Hanoi - Saigon Suites Best Value

Hanoi - Saigon Suites

2 pax
35.0 m2
Double / Twin
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Signature Suites

Signature Suites

2 pax
43.0 m2
Double / Twin
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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State Suites

State Suites

2 pax
50.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Royal Suites

Royal Suites

2 pax
70.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Booking Policy
Price Includes
  • Welcome drink
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, snacks, and nuts, water bottle, tea & coffee in rooms
  • All-inclusive drinks all the time: Tea, coffee, wines, spirits, local beers, fruit juices, soft drinks, cocktails, and mocktails.
  • All-inclusive use of Massage, Sauna & Gym
  • English speaking Butler service
  • All Signature, State, Royal Suite cabins with private balcony & full ocean view, Jacuzzi bathtub
  • 2D1N Cruise: 01 set menu lunch, 01 a la carte dinner, 01 breakfast, and 1 brunch
  • 24h Dining menu in the room
  • Experiences Director on board, tailor-made your itineraries
  • Local guide service for unlimited exploration
  • 24-hour room service with no additional charges.
  • Mini-bar replenished daily
  • Music, bars & art gallery. A fun club for kids & library
  • Cookery & tea demonstration
  • Vovinam session
  • Kayaking, squid fishing, visiting caves, fishing villages, boating
  • All sightseeing tickets, Service charges, and government tax.
Price Excludes
  • Transfer round trip Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi (book in next step)
  • Visa and passport arrangement services
  • Air fares to and from Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) or Cat Bi Airport (Hai Phong)
  • Accommodation pre- and post-cruise
  • Personal expenses
  • All other services not mentioned above
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
  • FOC for 01 child under 5 years of age sharing bed with parents. Surcharge for the second child under 5 years old is 40% of adult rate
  • The surcharge for 01 children from 5-11 years of age is 70% of an adult per night (shared bed). In case children need an extra bed, 705,000 VND/night more would be charged.
  • Maximum 02 children from 5-11 years of age sharing the room with an adult. 12 years of age and above are considered adults.

Cruise Itineraries

2 days
3 days
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Me Cung Cave - Tung Sau Pearl Farm
Day 2: Halong Bay - Luon Cave - Hanoi
Last update 11:47 Saturday 23 Dec 2023

About Emperor Cruises

The 5-star Emperor Cruise was inspired by Emperor Bao Dai and his sumptuous lifestyle. This small boat aspires to provide a genuinely all-inclusive cruising experience.

You will be served like royalty with superb cuisine, butler service available, and luxury cabins during your overnight cruise in Halong Bay.

Facilities & Deck Plan

Emperor Cruise is a small boat with 10 luxury cabins for the most tranquil experience.

1st deck: From the rear, there is Can Chanh Restaurant, a lobby, 02 Signature Suites (Do Son & Lak Lake), and 02 State Suites. 

2nd deck: Include other 02 State Suites, 02 Signature Suites (Hanoi & Saigon), 02 Royal Suites, a Mekong Lounge with a library for guests to chill out, a spa, sauna, and a gym area.

Emperor Deck Plan

Emperor Deck Plan

Each cabin has a different name such as Do Son, Da Lat, Nha Trang,... and their design are inspired by these places. All cabins have a 5m2 - 10m2 private balcony except for the 02 Signature Suites (Hanoi & Saigon).

The 02 Royal Suites are the largest rooms (70m2), featuring a living room, a bar counter, and a large terrace, a wonderful choice for those who want to live like royalty.

3rd deck: Offers an indoor panorama lounge that can serve as a restaurant and a sundeck area for guests to relax and enjoy the bay view.


In addition, this small boat has a low capacity of 20 people, so guests will experience a relaxing time with the most luxurious facilities possible.

Can Chanh Restaurant

This restaurant at the heart of the 1st deck, is decorated with artwork and wood equipment to bring a royal atmosphere in the traditional Vietnamese style. Tourists may enjoy Vietnamese culture, history, and gourmet food here.

Luxury Can Chanh Restaurant

Luxury Can Chanh Restaurant

Mekong Lounge

The Melong Lounge is designed in Indochina style in the center of the 2nd deck, including the Bao Dai Library, a bar counter, a piano, and exquisite art. This is the perfect place to relax at night, where you can play music, read books, or enjoy drinks.

Classic Mekong Lounge

Classic Mekong Lounge with round staircase

Panorama Lounge & Restaurant

Located on the top deck to give guests fresh air, this lounge & bar has a 360-degree view. It can be arranged to serve breakfast and dinner, providing a nice dining experience as you can enjoy the panoramic view of the pretty bay.

Panorama Lounge with the nobility

Panorama Restaurant with the nobility

Service & Activities

On the 2d1n tour, guests will visit Me Cung Cave, Pearl Farm, and Luon Cave in Halong Bay. Try the 3d1n tour to explore Lan Ha Bay, Viet Hai Village, and Tra Bau on the 2nd day. 

During this luxury cruise, you will take part in various engaging activities below.

Visit Me Cung Cave

In the afternoon of the 1st day, let’s discover Me Cung Cave. You’ll be charmed by the magnificent complex structure with stalactites and stalagmites in various shapes here.

Kayak in the Tung Sau Area

Pad around on a kayak in the Tung Sau area for 45 minutes on the 1st day is a recommended experience to explore the stunning landscape of Halong Bay.

Enjoy kayaking in serene waters

Enjoy kayaking in serene waters

Cycle in Viet Hai Village

On the 2nd day of the 3-day trip, you'll have a chance to ride a bike or use an e-cart to travel through the lush forest and explore the charming Viet Hai Village. Let’s take a look at the rice field, visit traditional houses, and observe the daily of friendly locals here.

Swim in Ba Trai Dao

Relaxing and immersing yourself in Ba Trai Dao's fresh beach under the sunlight is an amazing way to relax in the afternoon of the 2nd day (3-day tour).

NOTE: Depending on the weather conditions, the itinerary may be changed to kayaking in Tra Bau.

Explore Luon Cave

Let’s immerse in the serene atmosphere of Luon Cave on the last day of the tour. You’ll have about 45 minutes to discover the wonderful geology of this place on a kayak or rowing boat.

Admire the scenery by local boat

Admire the stunning scenery on a local boat

Practice Vovinam

A morning exercise on the sundeck with traditional Vietnamese martial arts helps the practitioner have good physical strength. This is a unique activity on this cruise.

Spa & Massage

  • Price: US $20 - 50/ service
  • Duration: 15 - 60 minutes/ session

The spa services include an extensive range of massage treatments from foot massage to body massage. Therapeutic essential oils are the basis of the aromatherapy skincare products used for the majority of the face, foot, body, and body treatments with hot stone. 

The Spa Menu

The Spa Menu

NOTE: The price could be subject to change, contact your travel assistant to confirm it.

In addition, this cruise also provides afternoon tea, Canape, and cooking classes during sunset. You can also try squid fishing, reading, or having a birthday/honeymoon set up.

Food & Drink

The Emperor overnight cruise offers flavorful meals with the finest local ingredients. The dishes are served with local seafood, fusion, and Vietnamese cuisine. 

The usual time for breakfast is 6:45, lunch is at 13:15, and dinner is at 19:30.

A La Carte Menu

To elevate the dining experience on board, you will be served A La Carte course for dinners. With this type of menu, all of the restaurant's dishes and drinks will be listed - along with the corresponding prices so guests can choose any of their favorite dishes.

Moreover, guests can dine at many places: in their suite, on the sundeck, or in the lounge, at any time, which is unique for this luxury cruise.

Royal meal with salmon

Savor Lavish Meal


Each room has 02 complimentary bottled water and there will be free afternoon tea on board. Other than that, each drink will be charged according to the bar menu.

  • Alcohol: From US $42/ bottle & US $5/ shot
  • Non-alcohol: From US $3/ glass

Drink Menu 1

Wine Menu

Drink Menu 2

Cocktails & Non-Alcohol Drinks

NOTE: The price could be subject to change, this is for reference only.


You will be transported by a limousine D-car, shuttle bus, or private car if you book with BestPrice Travel (need an additional fee). The car will guarantee you a smooth and pleasant ride.

From Hanoi

The pickup time is from 8:00 to 8:30 within the Old Quarter; the bus will transfer you to Halong Bay from Hanoi via highway.

From Tuan Chau Marina

If you move to Halong Bay by yourself, please reach the Heritage Lounge at Lot 28 Tuan Chau Marina before 11.30 to check in on time. 

Waiting Lounge at Lot 28 Tuan Chau Marina

Waiting Lounge at Lot 28 Tuan Chau Marina


BestPrice's Overall Rating: 9.7/10

  • Inspection date: November 18th & 19th 2023
  • BestPrice Travel Inspector: Huan Nguyen

Emperor Cruise has a unique traditional Vietnam royal style & is the only historical cruise about the last king of Vietnam - Emperor Bao Dai. With only 10 cabins, this luxury boat is perfect for honeymooners and small groups who want a tranquil holiday with butlers on board and all-inclusive service.


Facilities & Amenities: 9.6/10

The cruise regularly maintains its unique royal style by providing exquisite wooden interiors, handmade decorations, and well-appointed cabins. My Hanoi Suite is attractively designed with gorgeous paintings on the wall. The cabin is 35m2 in size, which is spacious for two.


  • Having a unique traditional Vietnam royal style with lavish facilities.
  • Only 10 cabins on board, perfect for a peaceful overnight journey.
  • Large and luxurious cabin with elegant décor and well-thought-out design.


  • Hanoi & Saigon Suites don’t have private balconies, which is a pity.

Emperor Hanoi Suites

Charming style of the cabin


Foods & Drinks: 9.4/10

Overall, the trip offers a variety of gastronomic alternatives from European to Asian food made by professional chefs. However, the cuisine is good but not a standout feature.


  • Many options for a dining area: panoramic lounge, restaurant, sundeck, in-room, etc.
  • Seafood dishes are the highlight, very fresh and well-seasoned.
  • A La Carte Menu is a great way for guests to choose their favorite dishes.


  • There used to be royal dinners on board but got removed.

Fine-dining cuisine

Fine-dining experience


Activities & Itinerary: 9.8/10

On this 2-day tour, I visit the magnificent Me Cung Cave - a great alternative choice for the touristy Sung Sot Cave, visit the pretty Pearl Farm and Luon Cave. Overall the activities were pretty chill and showed me the diversity in the geology of Halong Bay.


  • Me Cung Cave with its complex structure makes the excursion fun and engaging.
  • Visit Pearl Farm is very educative as you can learn how locals raise pearls.


  • Overall there is nothing to complain about regarding the itinerary. However, you may take the 3D2N trip to explore both Halong and Lan Ha Bay.


Service: 10/10

The crew on board is extremely nice and attentive. They were excellent from the beginning to the end. Also, we booked the all-inclusive package, which means the drinks and massage will included in the price.


  • One of the rare cruises has a butler service on board.
  • The 1st boat in Halong Bay offers an all-inclusive package, providing unlimited drinks & massages at all times! (not for guests who book the full-board package)
  • A professional crew is always ready to address guests’ needs for a luxury experience.


  • The service was amazing, there is nothing to complain about.


Emperor on TripAdvisor

  • Number of reviews: 384
  • Excellent: 364/384 reviews

After researching Emperor Cruises on Tripadvisor, up to 99% of visitors were delighted by the outstanding service and professional staff. Some passengers have minor concerns with crowding tourist attractions and miscommunication.

Overall, this small boat is no doubt one of the best choices for a tranquil and intimate journey to Halong Bay with a low capacity and 1st-class service on board.


No, booking with BestPrice Travel, you will use the all-inclusive package, which means you do not need to pay anything else onboard. 

This cruise offers diverse activities like visiting caves, exploring Pearl Farm, joining Vovinam sessions, cooking classes, kayaking, squid fishing, and so on.

A bathroom with a bathtub is guaranteed in every room. All cabins have a private balcony except for the Hanoi & Saigon Signature Suites.

The meals are different following the package that you choose:

  • 2D1N cruise: 01 set menu lunch, 01 A la carte dinner, 01 breakfast, and 1 A la carte brunch.
  • 3D2N cruise: 02 set menu lunch, 02 A la carte dinner, 02 breakfast, and 1 A la carte brunch.

No, it isn't. Transfer fee is excluded from the cruise price and you can book either a shuttle bus or private transfer with a surcharge.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

Based on 170 customer's reviews

Traveler rating
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  • Cruise quality 9.8
  • Food/Drink 9.5
  • Cabin quality 9.7
  • Staff quality 9.7
  • Enter/act 9.4
Excellent - Aminah Atkin
United States United States
Great cruise ship

Janet was quick to find cruises that met my requirements. In the end, I chose the Emperor cruise as it has all-inclusive packages that include all the drinks and massage service on board. The whole trip was such an amazing experience!!

The meal
Excellent - Christine
Denmark Denmark
Great cruise

Thank you so much for finding this cruise for me. My preferred cruise was fully booked and Anna found a wonderful alternative for me.

The crew team is extremely nice and helpful and the cabin is stunning with an exquisite traditional Vietnamese style (I stay in the State Suite).

Excellent - Haralam
Australia Australia
Outstanding service

I was quite concerned before the trip because there were some problems prior to this trip. I was quite pleased that the ship was clean, the staff was amazing, and the schedule was organized well so you could rest easily.
The assistance I received exceeded my expectations, and I highly suggest that you trust your consultant.

Excellent - Ms.Carol
Australia Australia
Vietnam tour's highlight

My Uyen contacted me after I booked a cruise, she called to say it was fully booked. She claimed she'd find one that I could swap.
Thanks to her, my vacation was incredible, and it was the highlight of my time in Vietnam. The customers and staff on the Emperor were accommodating, and the cuisine was excellent!!

the ship
Excellent - Helena Louise
Australia Australia
Amazing service

This cruise provided outstanding service. I booked the all-inclusive package and it includes all the drinks and spa service. The staff was extremely friendly to us. Very good.

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Questions & Answers (33)

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Hello, we want to book this cruise for our wedding anniversary. Do you have a cabin available on the 10th & 11th of July for us?

@Johnny Espino:

Currently have state suite available, you can process to book and take note about anniversary. 

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The cruise detail lists 'all inclusive for drinks'... does that include all alcohol? at dinner, in the bar, etc.? Becuase it also lists a paid drink menu, so we are confused.

@Andrew Cramp:

Yes it included all drink in the menu all inclusive.

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We're a couple that will travel on this cruise on March 15 & 16th. We need a private transfer to the pier, how much is it?


Private transfer cost 90 USD/way for 2.

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Do you have any Signature Suites left on Jan 10? If not, which room should we book? We're a group of 4 friends so we need 2 twin rooms.

@Harley Barry:

Yes we have 2 TWIN Signature on 10 Jan, please process booking on our website.

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Hello, I saw the pictures of this cruise and it has a Vietnamese royal dinner. Is it a private service or it's served for every guest? Thanks.

@Robert H:

Dear Robert, Emperor Cruise temporarily stopped the royal dinner onboard. If you like the Vietnamese royal themes, you can wear King and Queen costumes and take photographs. It's free for everyone

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