Swan Cruises Halong Bay
Halong International Cruise Port, 09 Bai Chay, Ha Long city, Vietnam
9.3Excellent - 80 reviews

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Swan Cruises Halong Bay

Halong International Cruise Port, 09 Bai Chay, Ha Long city, Vietnam
9.3Excellent - 80 reviews
Launched in 2015
18 Cabins
Swan Cruises

Highlight Services & Facilities

  • Bar
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Tai Chi
  • Cooking Class
  • Wooden Games
  • Restaurant
Why choose Swan Cruises?
  • Off-the-beaten route to Bai Tu Long Bay

  • Top budget cruise with 98% excellent review on TripAdvisor

  • Beautiful classic steel boat with traditional styles

Cabin & Rates

Cabin 1
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Deluxe Cabin

Deluxe Cabin

2 pax
18.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Suite Cabin

Suite Cabin

2 pax
18.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Suite Balcony Cabin

Suite Balcony Cabin

2 pax
28.0 m2
  • Free cancellation
  • All board - meals included
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Booking Policy
Price Includes
  • Cruise through Halong Bay
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance and Sightseeing fees
  • Meals on board include 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast
  • Welcome drink, cold handkerchief
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Kayaking
  • 2 mineral water bottles every day in the cabin
  • Service charge, Insurance on board
Price Excludes
  • Transfer Ha Noi - Ha Long - Ha Noi (book in next step)
  • Visa Arrangements
  • Beverages, Tips, and Other Personal Expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in Inclusions
Cancellation Policy
  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: FREE of charge
  • From 15 to 3 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
  • Children under 5 years old FOC, 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.
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old surcharge 75% adult
  • 2 Children under 12 sharing 01 cabin discounted 25% cabin

Cruise Itineraries

2 days
3 days
Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Cong Do - Cap La Island
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay - Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi

Important Notes:


About Swan Cruises

Built-in 2017, Swan is one of the top budget cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay. Inspired by the beautiful classic simple of a swan image, the boat was designed to bring every passenger an elegant and unique cruising experience at a reasonable price.

Cabin & Suites

Swan offers 18 boutique cabins, all inspired by the traditional local culture & harmonious combination. Our cabins are designed and fitted to international standards, featuring a rich wooden décor with large ocean-view windows.

Deluxe Cabin

  • Area: 18m2
  • Number of cabins: 08
  • Maximum capacity: 02 adults + 02 children
  • Highlight facilities: Ocean-view window

All deluxe cabins are on the first deck, featuring en suite bathrooms and hot tubs. Passengers can also choose between double or twin beds, whichever is more convenient for their overnight stay in Bai Tu Long.

Deluxe Cabin for Overnight stay

Cozy Deluxe Cabin for Overnight Stay

Suite Cabin

  • Area: 18 - 22m2
  • Maximum capacity: 03 adults + 01 child
  • Number of cabins: 07 (04 Triple & 03 Double/Twin Cabins)
  • Highlight facilities: Ocean-view window, Jacuzzi (only four cabins)

The Suite Cabins are located on the first and second floors with different options of double and triple rooms. Each suite of this class is equipped with an ensuite bathroom & hot tub, making it the most evocative for your budget vacation. 


Suite Balcony Cabin

  • Area: 28m2
  • Maximum capacity: 02 adults + 02 children
  • Number of cabins: 03
  • Highlight facilities: Private balcony, Jacuzzi

If you are a group of friends or a small family, this Suite Balcony is the most likely to suit your journey in Bai Tu Long. Located on the second deck, the cabin is the largest stateroom equipped with a private balcony and jacuzzi tub. 

Suite Balcony Cabin

Pretty Bai Tu Long From Suite Balcony Cabin

Facilities & Deck Plan

Despite being a budget cruise, Swan Cruise still provides nice and standard facilities for the guests, including:


Enjoy Vietnamese traditional food served by skillful chefs and thoughtful servers. With a capacity of 40 people, Swan will take you on a flavorful cuisine journey while cruising with the team. 


The bar is right next to the dining room so that passengers can choose the most suitable drinks for their meal on board.


The top deck is equipped with sun chairs or tea tables to facilitate tourists' trips while enjoying the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay.

Deck 1 and Deck 2

Deck 1 and Deck 2

The cruise's Sundeck

The Sundeck

Service & Activities

The Swan will head for Bai Tu Long Bay and stay in a beautiful seascape overnight. Passengers can enjoy kayaking and swimming in Cap La Island on the first day and discover Thien Canh Son Cave on the final day.

On the 3-day-2-night tour, passengers will spend the extra second day in Vung Vieng village to discover the life of local people before continuing the described itinerary above. 

Explore Thien Canh S?n Cave

A trip to the Stunning Thien Canh Son

Here are some exciting activities during the trip that you can try:

  • Swimming and kayaking in the emerald water in the ambiance area of Cap La island is a great way to unwind.
  • Join in the sunset party and cooking demonstration our skillful chef handles. This is the time that connects everyone on the cruise.
  • Do a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck in the morning. If you have a back problem, this session may help you.
  • Tranquill trip in Vung Vieng fishing village (only available in the 3d2n tour). Here, you can learn about local people’s daily life and get close to them.
  • Squid fishing: You should try this only in July - August (squid season in Bai Tu Long).
Food & Drink

When booking with Swan, all of your meals onboard are included with Vietnamese and International breakfast, lunch, and dinner specified below:

  • The 2-day-1-night includes: 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
  • The 3-day-2-night includes: 3 lunches, two dinners, 2 breakfast

After transferring to the cruise, the hospitable staff will offer all passengers welcome drinks. Two mineral water bottles and fresh fruit will also be provided for each cabin in advance. Other beverages and food orders than that will be served on individual orders and will be charged separately at the end of your journey.

Enjoy various drinks at Swan Bar

Enjoy various kinds of wine at the bar


Initially, tourists will be picked up from their hotel in Hanoi and head to the highway to Halong Bay. After about 2,5 hours of driving, passengers are expected to be at Halong International Port at around 12.00 to finish check-in procedures and transfer to Swan Cruises by tender.

Transport from Hanoi

You can book the transfer services in the cruise package and be picked up by its shuttle bus with about 29 seats, all leather warped for a comfortable trip (Or you can book with BestPrice Travel’s luxury bus). The transportation will pick you up in the Hanoi Old Quarter at around 8.00 - 8.30 and get to Halong Cruise Port. 

From Cruise Port

Tourists self-transfer to Halong Bay must appear before 11.30 to check in at Halong International Port and take a tender boat to the cruise. 


BestPrice's Overall Rating: 9.2/10

  • Inspection date: October 2022
  • BestPrice Travel inspector: Huan Nguyen, Dung Nguyen

After a 2d1n inspection tour on Swan Cruises, it is pretty easy to tell that trip is one of the most suitable cruises for budget travelers who want to visit a less touristy area of Halong Bay. With the routes in Bai Tu Long and the not-so-packed schedule, Swan will satisfy customers that want a peaceful experience.

Facilities & Amenities - BestPrice's Rating: 9.1/10

Swan Cruises seem well-maintained, the boat was launched in 2017, but the facilities are in excellent condition. The cabin was well-equipped with a classic wooden design. However, since this was a 3-star cruise, nothing was outstanding.


  • Well-thought design, the cruise's decoration was cohesive with wooden-based furniture and a warm palette that created a cozy and elegant vibe. 
  • Spacious restaurant, the dining area is vast, airy, and can hold up to 40 people.
  • Beautiful sundeck with artificial grass, many sunbeds, and gorgeous painting on the wall.

Beautiful Panoramic view from the sundeck

Beautiful Sundeck 


  • Deluxe cabins and suite cabins don't have a balcony.
  • The cabin is not big.


Foods & Drinks - BestPrice's Rating: 8.7/10

The food & drinks on Swan Cruises are up to its 4-star standard. However, there is something that can be improved.


  • A significant quantity of food. There are eight dishes for two people.
  • Delicious seafood, the ingredient feel very fresh, and the dishes are cooked well.
  • Varied cuisine around the world, you can have many choices from Asian to European foods.

Varied menu

The varied Set menu on board 


  • The food quality was average. Only seafood and Vietnamese food are excellent.
  • The vegetarian menu was a bit limited.
  • Overpriced drinks are in the range of $7 for spirits, $1.50 for bottled water, and $2 for tea and coffee.


Activity & Itinerary - BestPrice's Rating: 9.0/10

Overall, the schedule of Swan Cruises for its 2d1n itinerary is pretty relaxing, with the two main activities being kayaking on Cap La island and Thien Canh Son visiting. It is no doubt suitable for travelers who want a peaceful holiday.


  • Quieter and less tourist route in Bai Tu Long Bay helps you enjoy the spectacular bay.
  • Joyful cooking class. You can make friends with other travelers while trying to make Vietnamese Spring roll.
  • Chilling swimming and kayaking in the emerald water of Cap La island
  • Enjoyable early Tai-chi session with breathtaking sunrise in Bai Tu Long and cool breeze, an amazing way to exercise and enjoy the bay view.
  • There are many 30 - 60 minute breaks where you can relax.

Budget trip with Wonderful Experiences

Create Wonderful Experiences


  • If you are active, this schedule may be a bit boring.
  • You can not explore the bay much within a 2d1n tour.


Service - BestPrice’s rating: 9.7/10

  • The service on Swan Cruises is excellent; all the staff is well-trained. Most of the crew is knowledgeable about Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. There is nothing to fault with the services on this budget ship. Everyone here is friendly, cautious, and attentive.
  • Swan Cruises prioritizes safety above all else. They constantly review boat's boat’s internal standards and protocols to improve safety and security. All of the crew participated in safety classes and knew how to treat primary injuries.
  • Customers who want something special for their journey can contact the manager, who is always open to themed party/ceremony requests.


Swan Cruise's review on Tripadvisor

  • Number of reviews: 5523
  • Excellent: 5013

Among the best budget cruises in Halong, Swan is adored by its worldwide passengers, as shown by almost 98 % of them giving Excellent and Very good reviews.

Generally, Swan Cruises on TripAdvisor is praised for its fantastic service, with many positive reviews about the great food, kind staff, and great guide.

Swan Cruises on TripAdvsor

It seems like the cruise has received good responses continuously from its customer. However, there are some complaints about scams, which means some people may book from unofficial sites at low prices. So be careful!


The shuttle bus will pick you up at 8:00 - 8:30 and drop you off at around 17:30 at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. 

Yes, you can swim near Cap La Island or swim more on the third day depending on weather conditions.

Yes, please take the Suite Balcony. 

Single supplement fee will be charged depending on the type of room. Please select the type of room to check the rates. 

Price is included: Welcome drink, cold handkerchief, English speaking guide on board, all entrance and sightseeing fees, all meals on board, all activities in itineraries, 2 daily bottles every day in the cabin, daily fresh fruit in cabin, service charge, and insurance on board.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

Based on 77 customer's reviews

Traveler rating
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  • 7
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Score breakdown
  • Cruise quality 9.3
  • Food/Drink 9.3
  • Cabin quality 9.2
  • Staff quality 9.5
  • Enter/act 9.2
Excellent - Ms.Wu
Easy to team to work with

I had a great time with Ms. Moon. She is so sweet and very easy to work with. She made sure to meet all of our requirements and was always there for the entire tour.
Thanks to her, our group had a fantastic 2-day trip to Bai Tu Long Bay :D. Swan Cruise is a great budget cruise. Thank you again for everything

Excellent - Esther C.
Perfect family trip

Our family stayed for 3 days on the Bai Tu Long Bay trip, everything was outstanding. The tour was organized very well

Rosie Nhung made our stay so pleasurable since she took away all of our worries and planned everything for us in advance. I would suggest her and this cruise to anyone who wants to get away from it all!!

Excellent - Renny K
Greatly appreciated this journey

Janet was our travel consultant when we booked a 2-day excursion to Halong Bay with BestPrice Travel. She was fantastic, and her customized service was outstanding. She checked in on us daily to ensure we were enjoying our trip.

The cruise she booked for us was excellent for a three-star boat. I felt… More

The pretty bay
Excellent - Ms.Johanna
Nice service from BestPrice

We planned a two-day excursion to Halong Bay with Kate from Best Price Travel, and it was fantastic. Her professionalism impressed us, from the pickup service to the booking.
Everything was well-planned during the trip, and the activities were fun. For a 3-star cruise, this is much better than we thought. Highly recommended!!!

Excellent - E B
Seamless journey

I had my first trip to Bai Tu Long Bay with my father. It was one of the most fantastic journeys I had until now. Swan Cruise is pretty and clean. Bai Tu Long Bay was stunning and more peaceful than Halong Bay.

Tansy deserves special recognition for her outstanding efforts; her prompt response and flawless accessibility via WhatsApp definitely made a difference to our trip. Thanks Tansy.

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Questions & Answers (34)

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Hi, is there any family room on this cruise? I want to book a connecting room or 2 cabins next to each other. Thanks


This room can setup next door because they don't have connecting room

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We are looking for accommodation for 3 adults for our trip to Bai Tu Long. The Suite Cabin has triple beds, right? Or do we need to book 2 cabins?


Suite cabin can setup bed with 1 double and 1 single but cannot setup 3 single bed. So if you want 3 single you will need to go for suite cabin balcony

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Hi, we are 5 adults and want to book 2 rooms with an additional bed on September 25 & 26. Does this cruise available on that day?

@Eliza Stewart:

Yes we have available and you should book 1 double + 1 triple room, cabin of Swan cannot extra bed.

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Is the extra bed available in the Suite Balcony Cabin? And if it is available, how much is it?


The room is quiet small so extra bed is not available. 

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Hi, we want to book a private transfer service for 3 people on 10th August after we finished the trip. How much is it?

@Dean Irwin:

If you want to go back to Hanoi the price will be 126 USD/16 seats car/way

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