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Executive Suite

  • Room with balcony
  •  Ocean view
  •  Double/twin
  •  25 m²
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Elegant Suite

  • Room with balcony
  •  Ocean view
  •  Double/twin
  •  28 m²
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Terrace Suite

  • Room with balcony
  •  Panoramic view
  •  Double
  •  32 m²
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Triple Suite

  • Room with balcony
  •  Ocean view
  •  Triple
  •  35 m²
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Family Connecting Suite

  • Room with balcony
  •  Ocean view
  •  Family
  •  58 m²
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Overview

The Athena Cruise is a state-of-the-art vessel offering a quiet and contemplative passage through Ha Long Bay. Although UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay was once an undiscovered gem, its recent surge in popularity means that it is at risk of becoming overcrowded. The route of the Athena Cruise is unique; it passes through Ha Long Bay into Bai Tu Long Bay, a similarly stunning expanse of jutting limestone cliffs and tranquil ocean scenery, but without the crowd.

Being a relatively new vessel, the Athena Cruise has every modern facility aimed at making your stay in the bays one of utter relaxation. Whether you come with Athena for an anniversary, honeymoon or family retreat, we provide the guarantee of VIP treatment so that you can discover this far-off beauty with style. From our extensive drinks list at the bar to our luxurious accommodation and food, you’re sure to find your dream Halong Bay trip on the Athena Cruise.

 Languages spoken

 English

 Internet access

 Things to do, ways to relax

 Fishing
 Karaoke
 Sauna
 Spa
 Steamroom
 Tours
 Boating
 Massage
 Ticket services
 Solarium

 Dining, drinking, and snacking

 Room service [24-hour]
 Restaurants
 Coffee Shop
 Bar
 Breakfast Included
 BBQ facilities

 Services and conveniences

 Luggage Storage
 Concierge
 Smoking Area
 Currency Exchange
 Daily housekeeping
 Convenience store
 Safety Deposit Boxes
 Doorman
 Smoke-free property

 For the kids

 Family room

 Access

 Front desk [24-hour]
 Security [24-hour]
 Check-in/out [express]
 Check-in/out [private]

 Getting around

 Shuttle Service
 Airport transfer
 Taxi service
 Car park [charges apply]
 Car park [nearby]

 Available in all rooms

 Hair Dryer
 Alarm clock
 Wake-up service
 Free welcome drink
 Mirror
 TV
 Air Conditioning
 Fireplace

 Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Fishing Village (L/D)

08.00 Pick up will be at your hotel in Hanoi as we take you to Hon Gai pier in Halong City.

12.45 The captain will welcome you aboard the Athena Cruise with a quick safety briefing and a summary of the tour itinerary.

13.15 A locally-sourced lunch is served in the dining room after you have checked into your cabin and before you have relaxed into the swing of life in Bai Tu Long Bay.

14.45 The tranquil Vung Vieng Fishing Village will be our first stop. This is a colourful collection of floating houses that lie in the shadows of Bai Tu Long Bay’s famous mountains. We will kayak around here in the afternoon.

15.30 - 17.30 The sauna is open for guests looking to truly unwind on board the Athena Cruise. Happy Hour at the bar starts just before a cooking demonstration from our chef, who will show you a fascinating aspect of Vietnamese food.

19.00 A set menu dinner is served in the beautiful dining room as the light of Bai Tu Long Bay descends behind its dark green mountains.

21.00 Spend the evening at your own pace aboard the Athena Cruise. We have board games and card games for your amusement, as well as the opportunity to try moonlit squid fishing for the first time.

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay- Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi (B/L)

06.30 Get a kick of energy in the morning with Tai Chi on the sundeck, the best way to start the day in Bai Tu Long Bay. A light breakfast is laid out for you.

07.00 Thien Canh Son Cave looms ahead as we pull closer. We will explore this beautiful system, which translates to ‘Mountainous Landscape in Heaven’ because of its stone steps that lead outside to a viewing platform.

09.00 Leave your luggage outside of your room for the crew to move as you head to the dining room for a filling brunch.

10.45 Arriving back at the pier, you will disembark the Athena Cruise to friendly waves from the staff. Board your bus back to Hanoi, where we will arrive around mid-afternoon. Thank you for choosing the Athena Cruise as your carrier through Bai Tu Long Bay 1 night trip. We hope to see you again soon.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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 Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Vung Vieng Fishing Village (L/D)

08.00 We will take you from your hotel in Hanoi to Hon Gai pier in Halong City.

12.45 You will receive a short welcome speech by the captain once you have boarded the Athena Cruise.

13. 15 Check into your cabin and prepare for a delicious locally-sourced lunch in the dining room.

14.45 We will arrive at Vung Vieng Fishing Village, a small community of floating houses with a very tranquil atmosphere. We will kayak here in the shadows of the neighbouring mountains.

15.30 - 17.30  Relax back on the Athena Cruise with happy hour at the bar or perhaps a sauna. Our chef will give a detailed explanation and demonstration of how to cook some aspects of Vietnamese cuisine.

19.00 A luxurious set menu dinner awaits you in the dining room. 

21.00 After dinner you have your own time on the Athena Cruise. There are many options, including a chance to go night-time squid fishing; a new experience for most passengers on Halong Bay cruises. Also, the bar will always be open for you before you decide to retire to your cabin.

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay - Cong Dam Area (B/L/D)

06.30 Try an East Asian form of martial art – Tai Chi – a fantastic way to begin the day on the open deck upstairs.

07.00 - 08.15 A full western breakfast will be served downstairs.

08.30 We will move onto the day boat for a more intimate exploration of the Cong Dam Area. We will find plenty of spots for kayaking and will discover largely untouched caves and grottoes.

12.00 A lovely lunch will be laid out once we return to the day boat.

15.30 - 17.30 After lunch we will re-board the Athena Cruise for an afternoon of unwinding. There is the option of a free sauna session or the chance to find a quiet spot with a book and watch the island scenery glide by. 17.00 to 18.30 is our happy hour at the bar where you can get ‘buy one get one free’ on many drinks.

17.30 You will be able to take many new preparation techniques back home with you after a cooking demonstration from our chef.

19.00 Our restaurant with its stunning view of Bai Tu Long Bay’s sunset will be the setting for a beautiful gala dinner.

20.30 The bar will stay open late into the night as you have another evening at your own pace on your Halong Bay 2 night cruise.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L)

06.30 Another morning of Tai Chi is available on the sundeck for anyone wanting to start the day with an extra kick of energy.

07.00 A light breakfast will be served as we head to Thien Canh Son Cave, a spacious cave referred to as the ‘theatre of the sea’ for its acoustic properties.

09.00 Time to check out of your cabin and leave your luggage outside before heading to the second deck for brunch as the Athena Cruise pulls closer to the mainland.

10.45 Once we have arrived at the pier, wave to the crew and board your bus back to Hanoi from Halong Bay. Thank you for choosing Athena Cruise for your Halong Bay 3 day 2 night cruise trip and we hope to see you again.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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General Information

Bus pick-up time: 7:00 AM - 7:40 AM

Return Hanoi by bus: 4:00 PM

Check-in: 11:30 PM

Check-out: 10:45 AM

Shuttle bus pick-up point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House

Shuttle bus drop-off point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House

Booking Policy

• 50 % of the total cost is required to secure the booking.

• The remaining balance is to be paid 15 days prior to the departure date.

• In some special cases, you will be required to pay the full cost or a number greater or smaller than the standard 50% to secure your booking.

• In some special cases, the deadline for payment will be required sooner or later than the standard 15 days prior to booking.

Cancellation by Halong Bay Management Board due to bad weather

If the cancellation is made by the Halong Bay Management Board, following policies will be applied depending on the time of cancellation. 

• When a cancellation is made before departure date- check-in date (if no services have been used): 100% refund. 

• When a cancellation is made during the trip (some services have been used such as transfer, food, some amenities, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.

• When a cancellation is made before or during the departure date and the trip must be shortened from 2 nights to 1 night, 2 days 1 night trip, plus other used services will be charged, 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!

Note: In case of a cancellation decision made by the Management Board of Halong Bay, an alternative travel arrangement will be made on request, or you will be refunded in accordance. In all cases, please contact our travel consultant via email or phone for support. We are always willing to provide you with any assistance you may need on or off board.

Cancellation by Customer

• More than 30 days prior to check-in (departure date): Free of charge

• From 30 to 16 days prior to check-in (departure date): 10% of total rates

• From 15 to 10 days prior to check-in (departure date): 20% of total rates

• From 9 to 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 50% of total rates

• Less than 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 100% of total rates.

• No-Show: 100% of total rates

*** Cancellation notice from customer must be sent to us via email. Refund will be processed between 10 -15 working days.

Important Notes 

• PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

• In case of adverse weather conditions in Halong Bay, the cancellation will ONLY be made by the Halong Bay Management Board. Usually the announcement will be declared very close to or on the departure date and our refund policy will come into effect.

Rating Summary

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Reviews

10

Iguana578

NewZealand

"Great cruise experience in Bai Tu Long Bay – Athena Luxury Cruise"

Athena Cruise

We chose the itinerary to visit Bai Tu Long Bay with Athena Cruise. The cruise was in a modern design, very clean, and enough private space for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere here peacefully. Actually, here was not crowded like in Halong Bay part. Would like to say thank you to the restaurant host – Mr. Tonic for his care to our son’s food allergies. Chien – The cruise manager was also great. He took care all passengers and ensured that all could enjoy every single moments of all activities for 2D1N. He was super knowledgeable, too. He shared with us much information about Bai Tu Long Bay and also Halong Bay. Our 8-year old son had asked him millions of questions and he was always patient to answer. My family and I had wonderful time with Athena Cruise. Thank you so much.

10

Justvivien

United Kingdom

"Wonderful Holiday with 2 Days 1 Night staying in Athena Cruise."

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We booked 2D1N itinerary with Athena Cruise with a travel agent. Being picked up on time in the morning and we transferred to Athena Cruise. From the moments we got on the cruise, all staffs welcomed us and took care us very well, special thanks to Ms. Gin. She was very attentive to all of my request. Mr. Nguyen hosted the restaurant and attended to us during breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Mr. Chien was the cruise manager and also the tour guide who was informative to give us all information of the bay and also answer all of our questions. The cabin was clean with a comfortable bed and clean bathroom. Thank you for all great services. Athena Cruise was the best experience we had.

10

JustinReviewcher

United Kingdom

"Athena Cruise – A great Choice"

Athena Cruise

Athena Luxury Cruise, as its name, was amazing. The cabins were excellent. The staffs were helpful, out-going, and very good at English. The food was tasted and abundant with many types of foods for all to choose. The cruise activities was organized in order and hosted by Mr. Chien. We had great time to explore the bay, also visited the cave and did kayaking. We also had explored further area with less tourists. I felt very lucky to find Athena Cruise. Also enjoy sunset time from the sundeck. Great Cruise, Great Job!

9.5

Shernyce_

Belgium

"Family holiday with a Halong Bay Overnight Cruise"

Athena Cruise

Athena Luxury Cruise was fantastic. We had a wonderful trip in Halong Bay with this cruise. The cruise’s staff always took care on us and everything we needed, esp Mr. Tonic at the restaurant, he was very helpful, even gave us medicine to solve my headache. His English was so excellent, no language barrier. Thank you so much. I definitely recommend Athena Cruise and your services to my family and friends.

10

bobbies616

United States

"Athena Luxury Cruise visiting Halong Bay!"

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We have been served 5-star service in Athena Cruise. The cabin with a super comfortable bed. The foods were excellent. The cruise activities were fun. The most impressive part to me was the support of the crews. They paid the best attention to all to make sure that everything was okay. Thank you Ha – the cruise manager and Mr. Tonic – the restaurant host. Vietnamese people are super hospitable. Great thanks from USA.

10

LiverpoolSteve70

Poland

"Athena - best choice for Halong Bay. Thank you Tim and the team"

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I have been long for visiting Halong Bay for many years. Finally, I decided to join a cruise to Halong Bay this year. After searching for many reviews of many cruises, I decided to choose Athena Cruise. That was a right choice. All were great from booking process to finishing the cruise itinerary. I have dealt with a warm, friendly and professional person to confirm this booking. On the day tour, we have been picked up on time by a comfortable bus. Once we arrived the check-in area, the staffs helped us to collect our luggage and brought them to our cabin. The cruise manage was Tim who organized everything on the cruise and followed us to join the activities. He was an amazing host that he took care every single guest on the cruise. Other members of the cruise team were helpful, too. Special thanks to Kevin & Diem for your kindness. I stayed at Royal Suite. This cabin was very clean and comfortable with a balcony. I felt to have a private area to relax there. From there, the stunning views of Halong Bay comes & comes to us. Regarding to the foods, it was great. I also bought some drinks on happy hour and enjoyed it on the sundeck. Then used body massage at Spa Room. Perfect! The cruise ship, yes is worth of money. Thank you & Hope to see you again.

10

JPollock311

United States

"Halong Bay (Bai Tu Long Bay) cruise"

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This was the second time I have visited Halong Bay. I chose to join a 1-night cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay this time for less crowded than Halong Bay. The weather in December was wonderful. Crews onboard was super friendly and helpful. There were many types of foods for all meals, I must say. Even my wife was allergic to nut, the Chef helped us with this, no nut on her food. Thanks so much.

10

brookeg584

Australia

"Outstanding service and quality Cruise 3D2N in Bai Tu Long Bay"

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WOW! That’s all we can say now to talk about our 3D2N with Athena Cruise. We had sailed around Bai Tu Long Bay instead of Halong part, still stunning scenery. Our cabin was beautiful, had the best views of the bay from the window. The foods were delicious and served carefully by the staff. I must say that it was actual 5-star services. Buffet for breakfast and set menu for dinner. All were great. You would never feel hungry on the cruise. Tim – the cruise manage was a great person with excellent English and a store of knowledge about Bai Tu Long Bay and around area. Thank you, Tim and wish you all the best. 2 Days 1 Night was not enough for us, so we had chosen 3D2N itinerary and we had a great choice. We could stay longer on the cruise. 3D2N was not cheap to get, but I think it was worth for all we had experienced. If you are hesitating to decide which cruise you should choose, I highly recommend 5-star Athena Cruise, less crowded in Bai Tu Long Bay.

10

deepalimore

India

"One of the best cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay"

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I had a few day trip to Vietnam last week, and joined Athena Cruise. There was no doubt that it was one of the best experience on our trip. I am a pure vegetarian, so I requested for a diet, it was a bit hard to follow. But Athena Cruise made me satisfied with all they served because they took the best care on that while we were the only family with vegetarian diet on the cruise on that day. Thanks the Chef. Mr. Ha was also a great person who organized and took care all activities on the cruise. The tour was awesome.

10

Juliah1907

United Kingdom

"Great service and food with Athena Cruise"

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We would love to go Bai Tu Long Bay rather than Halong Bay, so we decided to choose Athena cruise. This was a real 5-star cruise. Even Bai Tu Long Bay was quitter than Halong Bay, the views were still spectacular and very beautiful. The weather on the day we cruised was not good, but any way, we enjoyed our time on the cruise. The services on this cruise were more luxurious than we expected. This did not let us down in such bad weather. The staffs were all opened, friendly and helped us much. The foods were great for all 4 meals. I had a thought how they could make many types of food from a cruise kitchen, not be the kitchen like in a restaurant on land. We also have a brunch before we left the cruise on the next day. Cabins were nice and comfortable. That was enough for us in a cruise ship. Highly recommend.

9.5

236df

Canada

"My excellent choice to go with Athena Cruise"

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You know, there are many cruise options for us to choose, which makes us think a lots. After considering carefully, we had chosen Athena Cruise. After all, this cruise didn’t disappoint us. The cruise manager – Chein (if I spell correctly) as very professional and friendly. Tonic at the restaurant was a nice guide, too. He had come and explained what we enjoyed during dinner. He also made a cucumber rose and gave it to one guest. Loved it.

10

Jeff A

Australia

"The Athena is Pure Value for Money"

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Quality experience aboard the Athena Cruise, starting with a fantastic luxury transfer from Hanoi. Lots of great food available and served by an amazing bunch of staff, who always worked very hard for us.Great organisation of the activities and they were planned sufficiently far apart as to allow for a good balance of engagement and relaxation. It did seem that we headed back to port a bit early on the second day and just waited around for an hour, when we could have had another hour in the bay. But I noticed that all of the other cruises did the same, so I think this must be part of the overall rules for some reason.

10

Nic_Pepper_J

"Quang and the Athena Cruise – The Perfect Match!"

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The Athena staff greeted us very nicely when we first stepped onto the boat. This really set the tone for the whole cruise, as they kept up their great attitude for the whole time we were there.Loved all of the luxury touches like the bathtub and the really nice sundeck, those are what stood out for me and what made me feel like my money was worth it. One of the biggest luxury touches was the food, which was always just fantastic. The way they laid out the courses for dinner made it seem like a real fine dining restaurant on land, the kind of one where they could charge double the price of the cruise for one meal! Excellent work by the ever friendly and professional Quang, the tour manager. He put in a lot of effort by trying to get to know everyone and made some good connections with me and my family! Thanks to you and your staff, Quang. Great service!

10

Melvina A

"Deserves all the Praise it gets"

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Everything was just perfect on this tour.We were touched by how hard the crew were working to put smiles on our faces. Mr Jim especially, the cruise manager. I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to become friends with everyone within the space of about 22 hours on the ship. He sorted me out with medicine for my headache and really blew me away when he noticed that I didn’t attend the cooking class because it was too crowded, so he invited me back after the class had finished and started from the beginning again just for me. What a great man!I also have to shout out to Miss Tina, who came to my hotel to give me a souvenir. Such a kind and pretty girl – I’m very grateful! There’s no way I can describe how beautiful the scenery is in Halong Bay. You will just have to go there and see it for yourself, but go with Athena!

10

alexzaf2018

Australia

"Excellent Work Athena!"

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I’m not usually a man for writing reviews but I figured this one was worth it. I really want to name the wonderful staff who made our trip so worth it, Tina on sales, Chien on the boat and the entire rest of the crew – you were fantastic! There were a few challenging guests but Chien and his team dealed with them expertly and always with a smile.The bed in the cabin was sublime. I had my best night’s sleep here and it was on a boat in the middle of the ocean! Everything was held to a high standard of cleanliness. We’d heard of many boats flooding the bay and ruining the atmosphere. I’m not sure if it’s extreme hyperbole or a different route that the Athena takes, but we saw very few other boats on our way. We had a great time kayaking because of this, it felt like we were the only ones there! We’re very thankful for the crew for inviting us into their cabins to watch the World Cup with them, as it is the only place with a TV. That was a great experience in itself! Even after the tour, Tina (who we had booked with) arrived at our hotel and gave us a small gift and a card. That’s what compelled me to write this review – total commitment to their customers even after the tour is done. What an unbelievable service! The world would be a much better place if it was made up entirely of staff of the Athena!

9.5

SarahAllidina

United Kingdom

"Nothing but Luxury aboard the Athena Cruise!"

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Wow, talk about a classy cruise. I spent a long time researching cruises before heading out to Halong Bay as I wanted everything to be perfect. I got exactly that on the Athena. You can’t really ask for more than the excellent cruise ship and crew. The cruise is decked out with all sorts of sweet rooms. The dining room and sundeck were beautiful and the cabins were just lovely – with big windows and a nice ensuite. There’s basically no wifi on the boat but don’t let that distract you from the beauty of the bay around you.We headed out on the water in kayaks as well as going to a cave and an island where you can climb to the top and get a sick view out over Halong Bay.Even our bus was plush! I’m talking Leather seats with USB charging points attached!

10

Aayushi j

India

"Big Recommendations for Athena"

Athena Cruise

Brilliant from the first transfer to the last with the Athena Cruise. Jim (Mr. Chien) took fantastic care of all the passengers and the crew helped out immeasurably. We were celebrating a wedding anniversary so it was very nice of them to decorate out room with flowers and a cake while we were having dinner. Me, my wife and some other Indian customers were vegetarian, so they brought out alternative vegetarian dishes at the same time as the other’s meals, and everything was very tasty as well. Really fun activities with the kayaking and cave visits as well, run excellently by our tour guide.The crew asked us a few times if we think there’s anything that they could do better. At the time, I couldn’t think of anything and now still, I can’t. It was a flawless trip and we can’t thank Athena enough for it.

10

lukebarker

Australia

"A Sensational Cruise with Athena!"

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Didn’t know exactly what to expect before going, but I am so glad that I dived into it. The cruise was phenomenal and I was finally in one of the undisputed kings of world renowned landscape – Halong Bay. Being on the Athena just brought out the beauty of the bay so much more. That’s mainly because of the good vibes, courtesy of the fantastic crew. We had Lucy as our host and really couldn’t have asked for anyone more charming, lovely, intelligent, funny, hospitable, friendly and professional. Every positive adjective in the English language can be used to describe the girl. She was a fantastic tour guide and the rest of the crew were brilliant in their individual roles as well. Great cruise, I wouldn’t look anywhere else!

10

Ryan G

United States

"Finally Seeing the Bay!"

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It’s been on my list for a while now, but I’ve only just got around to seeing Halong Bay and I’m so glad that I chose the Athena to do it with.The staff (with special mention for Lucy) were just brilliant – always pleasant to chat with and will help you in any way that they can. Incredible food and so much variety and quantity, we never left that dining room anything less than completely stuffed. Very clean room with a big comfortable bed. There were even movies on the TV.They found the perfect balance in the itinerary between feeling rushed or feeling bored. We were neither in the end as they had a lot of time for activities but also a lot of time for relaxing on the cruise.Though we did the 2 day option, I’d heavily recommend going for the third day as it didn’t feel like enough time to unwind completely.

9

Foot B

"Lovely Service from all the Staff on the Athena Cruise!"

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After hearing of the Athena from some friends, we decided to book with them despite not doing any research beforehand. We had a brand spanking new minibus pick us up, with charger points in the seats, which were made of real leather.The cabins on board were fantastic and we spent many an hour on the private balcony that comes with it. The food was delicious and the crew were very kind and genuine people.We didn’t mention to anyone that it was my girlfriend’s birthday, but the booking staff must have told the crew after they found out her date of birth. The crew surprised us with red roses and a cake, which was incredibly lovely of them and I could see my girlfriend welling up while it was happening! She totally lost it when a member of staff came to the hotel AFTER the trip to give her another present, when they had absolutely no obligation to do so. We’ve never had service like that before. Incredible job, Athena Cruise team, I think you’ve made my girlfriend’s year!

9.5

prasadk27

India

"Athena Cruise – a Special Cruise"

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Well, I’ve never been on a cruise before, but I could see myself going on another one in the future for sure! Everything from boarding to disembarking was pristine, run ably by Mr. Jim, the cruise manager. His and the rest of the crew’s focus on the little things is just amazing. Jim took care of so much for us, even the menial stuff that he never thought was below him. He helped out his staff thoroughly and didn’t sit back and let them do all the work. What a great guy.We were two vegetarians and two vegans on the cruise, but this was of no bother to the staff, who found us alternatives very quickly and they were absolutely delicious. I so wish I had booked the 3 day version now. The only suggestion I would make is that the passengers (including us) seemed to stick in their couples a lot and not really mingle, maybe Athena could put on some kind of ice-breaker game to get everyone talking?

10

stuartmadden99

Australia

"The Legend of Chien"

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Had an amazing time aboard the Syrena Cruise. We had some killer members of staff but the best one was definitely Chien. He was so friendly and professional at the same time – my kids gave him the nickname ‘Chien the Legend’.Chien did the cooking classes, the tai chi classes, squid fishing AND was our tour guide through the whole thing. Bear in mind that the tai chi starts at about 6 and the squid fishing is until about 11, that’s 17 hours he spent with us and the smile never once left his face! What a remarkable man.If Chien wasn’t enough, we had Sens for the second day on the smaller day boat. The day boat was fantastic as it meant we could get to other areas of the bay that were inaccessible to the big boat. Sens was also fantastic and a phenomenal host for our second day. We were the only ones doing the 3 day tour, so Sens spent all of his time with us and was a great companion. He was great with my son, who cut his foot on an oyster shell, and wouldn’t leave him until he was sure that he was fine.Other than the two legends who made our trip, the food was tasty, the buses were comfy, the cabins were great and the activities were fun!Couldn’t have asked for more from the Athena Cruise. Definitely recommended!

10

Michael Z

Thailand

"Beautiful Athena Cruise Liner in Halong Bay"

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We were very lucky to have a hotel manager who recommended the Athena to us. We didn’t look back after booking with them as the cruise was just outstanding. We had a perfect cabin which was well furnished and came with a balcony and en suite bathroom. Great staff who were always supportive as well as caring and professional in their work.Very tasty food and some itineraries that were planned to perfection. We are glad that we had time to do nothing and just relax on the cruise, as that was the main reason for us coming out here. The views were stunning and we loved exploring them up close on the activities, which were never dragged out. Thanks for the excellent service, especially to Lucy!

10

c2lazarus

South Africa

"Amazing – Thank you Chien and the Athena Cruise!"

Athena Cruise

We were in complete luxury from the second left our hotel in Hanoi. The luxury bus carried is to our luxury cruise where the luxurious cabin was awaiting. We were waited on hand and foot by the staff, who were brilliant the whole way through and deserve a lot of respect for the long shifts they put in each day. Well done guys.I have a shellfish allergy but the crew and kitchen staff worked around this without fuss, and handed me something at the end which was totally delicious and shellfish-free. Our tour guide was called Chien and he was also fantastic. He was very intelligent and knew a lot about the formation of the bay and about other places throughout Vietnam.We also enjoyed the kayaking, cave visits, and all the stuff you get to do on the ship. Wonderful cruise overall. Highly recommend!

10

Georgie T

"Everything we could have asked for on the Athena Cruise Halong Bay"

Athena Cruise

We spent much time on Tripadvisor and other websites, trying to figure out the best cruise to go with. After settling on Athena, we were never let down. A really excellent company that provided a great cruise with a wonderful staff of young crew. It seemed like nothing was too much for them and they put in a hell of a shift trying to make our time on board enjoyable.Plenty of food, some of it buffet style and some of it set menu, but all delicious. The 3 day tour allowed us a whole extra day in the bay, which we spent just cruising around and finding spots to kayak and swim and visit caves – very chill!The cabins were spacious and gave us great views out onto the bay courtesy of the clear windows. We just want to thank you the girl who saved us – Tina – after we accidentally booked the wrong dates. Professionalism from start to finish. Book with Athena, you won’t regret it!

10

celine v

Australia

"The Athena Cruise - Doing it Well"

Athena Cruise

We opted for the longer cruise because the 2 day one doesn’t give you very much time in the bay. We were very glad we did in the end as it was a fantastic experience. We were welcomed on the cruise by fantastically attentive crew who seemed genuinely pleased to have more passengers to chat and joke with, which was nice to see. Lucy was especially accommodating and wonderful with the kids in our family!Lots of food and drink and a really sleek boat to take us through the bay. We had a kayaking trip and chilled in the bar afterwards out on the sundeck. There seemed to be far fewer boats around the bay compared to what customers of other companies were talking about. Maybe we had a quieter route, I’m not sure. Either way, it was a really great time!

10

Rob O

"The Athena Cruise - Doing it Well"

Athena Cruise

Spent the last two nights with the Athena and it was a very nice experience.Wonderfully clean cabins with excellent crew who take care of us. They far surpassed my expectations in the end and really put a gleam on the overall trip! It was an amazingly beautiful landscape to be cruising through and the itinerary gave us a lot of time to head out into it but also to relax on the boat. There was a 1-to-1 ratio of staff to passengers so we got a lot of attention! 5 very talented chefs who made fantastic food the whole way through the trip.Wonderful trip and one that I would recommend to everyone. Go and see Halong Bay!

Inclusions

  •   Welcome drinks
  •   Complimentary a bottle of water/ person in room
  •   Fruit set-up
  •   A bottle of local wine for Athena Terrace Suite & Family Suite
  •   Cruise itinerary in Halong Bay
  •   English speaking tour guide on board
  •   Meals on board
  •   Luxury accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower, mini bar
  •   Bamboo Rowing Boat trip in Luon Cave or kayaking
  •   Entrance and sightseeing fees
  •   Tai Chi session, cooking demonstration

Exclusions

  •   Drinks not mentioned in Inclusions
  •   Airfares
  •   Gratuities
  •   Other personal expenses
  •   All other services not clearly mentioned
  •   Christmas: 23rd, 24th December; New Year’s Eve: 31st December
  •   Transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi by bus or private car/van (book in next step)

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