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Best Halong Bay cruise

 

The best way to see Halong Bay is via a Halong Bay overnight cruise.  The problem is, there are so many different Halong Bay boat tours that it can tricky to work out which is the best Halong Bay Cruise for you and your family.  Whilst it is possible to get a cheap Halong Bay cruise, I probably wouldn’t recommend it, you really want to be sure to book a cruise that has an excellent reputation and proven record for providing a safe and fantastic experience.

 

When I recently took my family to Halong Bay, I spend hours trying to work out which boat was best for us.  I spend hours reading various Halong Bay Cruise recommendations, including various reviews on TripAdvisor, asking various questions to people who had travelled on different boats. Even though I had been to Halong Bay before, its different when travelling with kids and I wanted to ensure we all had a trip of a lifetime.

 

From the few cruises on Halong Bay I have done and from my research it appears that pretty much all boats more or less follow the same itinerary and do the same activities. Most Halong Bay boat tours offer the following:

 

  • Activities including swimming, kayaking in Halong Bay, squid fishing, tai chi in the morning and karaoke at night. A stop to the caves and walks to some fantastic view points across the bay.
  • All cruises include all meals on board and the standard of meals are first class. Drinks are extra and all boats appear to overcharge on this front.
  • All boats offer return transportation from Hanoi (although some charge extra for this service).

 

Given most Halong Bay tour packages off the same thing, the main differences and things you should consider when choosing a cruise is as follows:

 

  • The star rating – do you want a luxurious boat or is an average standard ok? We went on the Royal Palace and we found the standard to be quite luxurious for us.
  • The size of your room. You don’t want to be squeezed in a room, but on the other hand you will be spending most of your time on the main deck so in my opinion it doesn’t need to be overly big either. On the Royal Palace, our room was 22 m2 and we found this quite big.
  • How many cabins are on the boat? For me this is pretty important. The more cabins on the boat, mean more people and more decks. More decks means there is more chance that your room will be on a deck different to the main deck, so you will spend a lot of time walking up and down stairs – not always convenient particularly if travelling with children. More people on the boat also means the more time it takes to get on and off the boat for activities and the more time it takes to be served your meals.
  • Transportation. Is transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay included in your package or does it cost extra?

 

To help you decipher through all the information out there on the internet- in this post I am going to share with you my research on the best mid range Halong Bay cruises for families and give you my top Halong Bay cruise recommendations.

 

To make it my list for the best cruises on Halong Bay, the cruises must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Must have a family room able to cater for 2 adults and 2 children (ie 1 double bed and 2 single beds, or 2 double beds)- alternatively must have interconnecting rooms;
  • Must be under $850 AUD per cruise (yep these cruises are expensive!!) I have cruises well under $500 AUD on this list; and
  • At least 75% of people on TripAdvisor must have rated it excellent or very good – I am not interested in any “average” ratings, this is your trip of a lifetime after all right?

 

Now I know some of you may not be families – but these cruises will still be fantastic for you as well. When we went on our recent cruise – there was only one other family on the boat – most people were in couples or groups of friends. Of course, there are plenty of other cruises not on this list that will fit your requirements if you are only 1 or 2 people. You can also do a Halong Bay 2 night cruise or a Halong Bay day cruise – but the purposes of this post I have just focused on the overnight cruise.  For a full list, click here.

 

Before we get into it – rather than booking direct with the cruise (which in most cases is more expensive anyway) I recommend you book your cruise through either Booking.com or Agoda.  The reason being is that no deposit is required and if you change your mind or find a better deal you can cancel without any penalties.

 

I have listed these cruises from the most expensive to the least expensive. Please note that with the pricing I have provided – this is a guide only and really depends upon the time of year you go. The price listed is for 2 adults and 2 children and includes all meals on board.

 

OK so here it is – the best Halong Bay cruises for families:

 

Best Halong Bay Cruise

 

Alisa Cruise – 5 stars

Alisa Cruise - Halong Bay Cruise recommendations

 

 

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Pelican Halong Cruise – 5 stars

 

Pelican Halong Bay Cruise - Halong Bay overnight cruise

 

 

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Aphrodite Cruises – 5 stars

 

Aphrodite Cruises - Halong Bay Cruise Reviews

 

 

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Paragon Legend Cruise – 3 stars

 

Paragon Legend Cruises - Halong Bay boat tours

 

 

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La Vela Cruise -5 stars

 

La Vela Cruise - Halong Bay overnight cruise

 

 

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Halong Athena Cruise – 5 star

 

Halong Athena Cruise - Halong Bay cruise reviews

 

 

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LaFairy Sails – 4.5 stars

 

LaFairy Sails - Best Halong Bay Cruise

 

 

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V Spirit Classic Cruises – 3 stars

 

V Spirit Classic Cruises - Halong Bay Cruise Reviews

 

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Ha Long Apricot Cruises – 3 stars

 

Ha Long Apricot Cruises - Best Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation

 

 

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Halong Glory Legend Cruise – 4 stars

 

Halong Glory Legend Cruise - Best Halong Bay Cruise

 

 

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Image Halong Cruise – 3 stars

 

Image Halong Cruise - Best Halong Bay Cruise Recommendation

 

 

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Rosa Cruise – 3 stars

 

Rosa Cruise - Halong Bay boat cruise

 

 

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Royal Palace Cruise – 4 stars

 

Royal Palace Cruise - Best way to see Halong Bay

 

 

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If you have any questions on the information above or anything else about Vietnam, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

 

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I’m Melissa, the creator of Thrifty Family Travels and I am here to share my passion for travel with you and the rest of the world! Travelling for years now, I have picked up plenty of great tips to pass along to other passionate travellers like yourself. With my thrifty ideas, clever itineraries, and great tips, I can help you to see the beautiful world on a budget as well! I specialize in finding great deals, discovering new tips, and ensuring you get great value for money. Having travelled solo for many years but now travelling with my young daughter and partner, I have discovered ways to travel with small children, a family, and alone, all while staying thrifty! I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my page- now have a look around and feel free to ask me for some travel advice!

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