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Deluxe Balcony

  • Room with balcony
  •  Ocean view
  •  Double
  •  28 m²
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  •  Double/twin
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  •  Double
  •  45 m²
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Overview

Stepping into Lan Ha Bay with Azalea Cruise has a very different to feel to doing the same with Halong Bay cruises. It looks the same, but there are much fewer boats. That’s because Azalea Cruise takes you to places you won’t have heard of, all the hidden gems of a bay that is consistently overlooked, stemming from the years of knowledge that Azalea Cruise has in the region.

Our beautiful vessel is the best way to see the unknown majesty of Lan Ha Bay, with its 20 luxury cabins fitted with beautiful décor, bathrooms, balconies and the most modern amenities available. Our gleaming dining room bespeaks pure opulence, and our sundeck provides excellent views over the karst mountains of Lan Ha Bay.

Our well-trained, English-speaking staff will help you in every way they can, providing you with a wonderful level of service throughout your cruise. They understand your needs for both companionship and privacy and are very welcoming and respectful of both.

Azalea is a trailblazer in Lan Ha Bay, and we want to show you its majesty.

 Languages spoken

 English

 Internet access

 Wi-Fi In Public Areas

 Things to do, ways to relax

 Fitness Center
 Spa
 Boating
 Fishing

 Dining, drinking, and snacking

 Restaurants
 Bar

 Services and conveniences

 Shops
 Safety Deposit Boxes
 Salon

 For the kids

 Access

 Front desk [24-hour]
 Security [24-hour]

 Getting around

 Available in all rooms

 Air Conditioning
 Mini Bar
 Satellite/cable channels
 Shower
 Bathrobes
 Telephone
 Seating Area
 Hair Dryer
 Bathtub
 Free bottled water
 Non-smoking
 Internet access – LAN
 Slippers
 Towels
 Wooden/parqueted flooring
 Laptop safe box
 Balcony/terrace
 Free welcome drink

 Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D)

09.10 We pick you up in your hotel in Hanoi and transfer you to the Azalea Lounge in Hai Phong City, where a welcome drink will be awaiting you before you board your cruise.

12.15 Checking into the Azalea Cruise, you will enjoy another welcome drink as we begin sailing past Lan Ha Bay’s famous islets, one being Da Chong Islet, home to a 100-year old French lighthouse.

12.40 Lunch is served on board in our beautifully sleek dining room.

15.00 Ba Trai Dao Beach is a good first stop for us as it showcases Lan Ha Bay at its natural best. We will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on its white sands or in its shimmering waters.

18.30 Happy Hour is in effect back on board the Azalea Cruise. Our master chef will put on a cooking demonstration on the top deck to show you some interesting aspects of Vietnamese cuisine.

The spa opens up for its massage service. Bookings need to be made directly with the cruise manager.

19.30 The dining room provides the perfect amount of romance as we dine on a wonderfully indulgent dinner of local food.

21.30 Evening time is your time on the Azalea Cruise. You can join in any activities with the crew or other guests, including board games, card games and nighttime squid fishing. Alternatively, head back to your cabin for a relaxing evening with the wide expanse of Lan Ha Bay through the window.

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi (B/L)

06.00 A light breakfast will be served upstairs after a Tai Chi session on the sundeck, designed to give you an energy boost for your day. The Dark and Bright Caves await us across the water; these are two wet cave systems with two distinctive differences. 

10.00 A beautiful brunch awaits us back on board the Azalea Cruise, after which we will check out of our cabins as we begin the cruise back to the mainland.

10.30 You have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese tea culture with a traditional tea ceremony on board.

11.35 Bidding farewell to your crew, you will board the luxurious shuttle bus and head back to the capital, where we anticipate arriving at about 14.15 – 14.30.

14.15 – 14.30 Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi.

Azalea Cruise is proud to have you on board our luxury cruise liner in Halong & Lan Ha Bay. We trust you had a fantastic time and we sincerely hope to see you again in the future.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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 Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D)

09.10 You will be picked up at your hotel lobby in Hanoi Old Quarter or Hanoi Opera House and driven towards the city of Hai Phong. A warm welcome will greet you at the Azalea Lounge with a welcome drink.

12.15 Check in once we board the Azalea Cruise, enjoying another welcome drink as we begin our path past Da Chong Islet, the location of a 100-year old lighthouse built by the French.

12.40 Lunch will be served on board as we skim the perfect waters of Lan Ha Bay.

15.00 Around the gigantic cliffs towering above us, we find Ba Trai Dao, an island with a perfectly curled white sand beach. Relaxing, swimming and kayaking are popular and you can do all three on the beach and in its shimmering waters.

18.00 We will try a liquor known around this province as ‘Ba Kich’. This is a strong purple liquor with a sweet taste. 

18.30 It is time for Happy Hour back aboard your cruise, where you can get great deals across our wide range of drinks. The traditional cooking class on board will dissolve some of the mysteries of Vietnamese food culture and the preparation of certain dishes. 

From this point, a massage from our spa is available at an extra cost. Please contact our Cruise Manager directly to book one.

19.30 The dining room provides the perfect amount of romance as we dine on a wonderfully indulgent dinner of local food.

21.30 The rest of the night will be spent on the Azalea Cruise at your leisure. Feel free to play board games with the crew or join them for squid fishing in a small boat. Alternatively, you can opt for a few drinks at the bar and some good company.

 Meals:  Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 2: Lan Ha Bay Discovering (B/L/D)

06.00 Start the day the Asian way, with energising Tai Chi on the sundeck run by our onboard Tai Chi master. Afterwards, there will be a western breakfast of pastries and hot beverages served downstairs.

08.30 Once we have transferred into our speedy day boat, we head to Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island, a wonderful commune of ancient houses with neighbouring rice paddies, rainforests and tunnels. We will take a few hours to explore this area by bicycle before heading into Viet Hai and speaking to the locals.

We can provide an electric buggy for anyone incapable of cycling, this is an additional service with a small, extra cost.

13.30 Lunch will be served back on the day boat before we head over to Ba Ham Lake, an area of incredible natural beauty; a courtesy provided by the way that the many limestone spires rise out of the water, encircling the lake completely. We are free to kayak and swim around here.

16.00 Back upon the Azalea Cruise, our chef will be back out, showing you how to prepare spring rolls, one of Vietnam’s classic foods. Happy Hour returns at the bar as the fading light of Lan Ha Bay dips further beyond the horizon.

19.30 Another splendid dinner will be served to you in the sleek dining room, after which you are free to head back to the bar, indulge in Movie Night at the restaurant, or relax in your cabin to the slow swaying of the Azalea Cruise on the waves.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi (B/L)

06.00 Another invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck precedes a beautiful light breakfast as the pink dawn greets Lan Ha Bay. We head out early in a local rowing boat in order to explore the Dark and Bright caves, two contrasting cave systems existing next to each other.

10.00 Back on board the Azalea Cruise for the last time, we check out and enjoy a filling brunch.

10h30 Join us at the tea ceremony to learn more about Vietnam’s deep-rooted tea culture and the traditional style in which our ancestors served this sacred brew.

11.35 Disembark the Azalea Cruise at the harbour, waving goodbye to your crew and boarding the luxurious shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi, where we will arrive at about 14.15, signalling the end of your 3 day in Halong Bay with luxury cruise.

Azalea Cruise would like to extend our utmost thanks to you for choosing us as your luxury cruise provider in Lan Ha Bay. We trust you had a fantastic time and are looking forward to the chance to serve you again.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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General Information

Bus pick-up time: 09:10 AM 

Check-in: 11:30 AM

Check-out: 10:30 AM

Return Hanoi by bus: 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM 

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 Customer

• More than 31 days prior to check-in (departure date): Free of charge

• From 31 to 16 days prior to check-in (departure date): 10% of total rates

• From 15 to 8 days prior to check-in (departure date): 20% of total rates

• From 7 to 4 days prior to check-in (departure date): 50% of total rates

• Less than 4 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.

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.

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

Alexandra F

Australia

"Expectations Shattered! What a Cruise!"

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Me and my two friends booked a triple cabin for our 3 days and 2 nights in Halong Bay and were not left disappointed at any point! The first of our many surprises was the limo van that came to pick us up from the hotel. It was so much more spacious and luxurious than we had expected! And that continued once we had stepped onto the boat and saw our cabin for the first time. It was very spacious and impeccably clean. The massive windows meant that we spent a lot of time in here, enjoying each others’ company with the most beautiful backdrop imaginable! Everyone working on the boat is very good in their roles and catered perfectly for us. My friend is a vegetarian but this was no problem for the chef. Our other friend unfortunately missed her flight and was worried she had missed her chance to enjoy the bay, but Azalea Cruise had arranged for an airport pick-up to bring her from Hanoi to enjoy the second night with us, which was at least something nice for her! I would highly recommend the Azalea Cruise, it really was outstanding and we hope to be back soon!

10

helenfO6025PV

Australia

"2Days 1Night aboard the lovely Azalea Cruise"

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This cruise was everything we had wanted and so much more! It was a short trip from Hanoi to the port, which was a very comfortable and professional job in the breezy minivans that they have! We had the pleasure of beautiful, attentive staff the whole time. The director of the cruise was a man from France, who is running a very tight ship! He was very friendly and made a conscious effort to talk to all of the guests and give them personal attention.We couldn’t fault the views at all! You can watch the limestone mountains from anywhere on the boat, but we opted mostly from our cabin’s gorgeous balcony, and I personally spent a lot of time in the luxurious bathtub, soaking in the suds and soaking up the views! The food was delicious and gave us a lot of choice – all fresh ad cooked and presented to a very, very high standard! This is the perfect break from the city for a few days, I highly recommend Azalea Cruise to take you there.

10

Ms_Aisling

United Kingdom

"Simply Wonderful Cruise and Crew – Highly Recommend the Azalea Cruise!"

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Just returned from one night in Lan Ha Bay with the Azalea Cruise with my friend and we are already regretting not booking for two nights!The most important part of our enjoyment was definitely Rim and her wonderful staff, who looked after us so well and were thoroughly professional throughout. They had a strong focus on safety and were very relaxed and fun people to chat with!The boat is very new so it looked amazing! The cabins were massive and had very clean bathrooms. The restaurant and sundeck were both great places to eat, drink and watch the beautiful scenery fly past.We had a great transfer from the hotel to the bay. Not only was it just 2 hours instead of 4 to Halong Bay, but it was so luxurious that we felt we were already on a 5-star cruise before we had even stepped foot on board!there were lots of different activities organised by the cruise, which were generally fun but a little bit rushed at times. The kayaking and the boat trip through the ‘caves’ were both a great way to see the bay and get up close and personal with it.We were never left dissatisfied by the food, which stayed consistently amazing. We had a great buffet lunch and a good few drinks in between.We had flawless views of the Lan Ha Bay the whole time, due to its natural beauty, fewer boats and the gorgeous weather that we had during cruising. I have to agree with other reviews I read though which mentioned the piles of plastic that mounted up near the caves. It’s not great to see, and I think  Azalea Cruise and the other companies of Lan Ha Bay need to clock onto this quick and cooperate with the government and the locals to get it clean. It was my first time kayaking but they had a perfect system to I felt very assured Rim lead us from the front and some other crew brought up the rear, which made sure no one go left behind.The sampan boat ride towards the caves was actually really great, but we couldn’t get through the caves themselves as it was low tide, so we had to turn back. I know the caves of Halong Bay are much more grand, but personally I think it’s worth sacrificing a cave visit for a more quiet time in Lan Ha Bay.So overall I have zero hesitation in recommending this cruise and its wonderful crew! Definitely do the 2 night cruise if you can, you are guaranteed to be in for a treat!

10

Arnit

"So Many Highlights – Azalea Cruise Review"

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I recommend this company and itinerary over anything else I have seen in Halong bay. We did the 3 Day 2 Night and it was the perfect cruise.-I have to mention the staff first as they were excellent. Rim and her fellow crew were always friendly and the smiles never left their faces. They accommodated all of our needs and looked after us properly, right down to the little details. Safety seems to be number one concern for the staff and they were very efficient at giving out life jackets.-We had a great cabin with some excellent views of all the bay, which we could see was less crowded as the Azalea Cruise goes to a different part of Halong Bay than most. The dining room and top deck had some really good seating and were beautiful areas where you can watch everything float by.-Great planning in the activities, including the kayaking, fishing for squid, cave visit, village tour, tai chi, and swimming. It was a little busy on the first day, but the second day we spent on a day boat with a much more relaxed itinerary – mainly kayaking and swimming with a visit to a village as well.Because of this, I highly recommend doing the 3 day version of the cruise as we found this to be the perfect amount of time to explore everything we wanted to see and do. My friends and the crew surprised me with a birthday cake, which the team presented, as well as singing a song and giving me a mocktail (I can’t drink alcohol), which was so lovely of them!-The food was really outstanding and the crew did an excellent job in remembering who required what, as we are an Indian group with various different dietary requirements.Billy and Jessie did some much to make this trip for special to us, and they are still fondly remembered by me and my family!

10

TravelEaDrink_Repeat

United States

"Total Luxury Cruising with the Azalea Cruise!"

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The ship of the Azalea Cruise is just half a year old, so we decided to select this one to go through Halong Bay with. It has fewer rooms than the average boat, which we preferred, and went to a harbour much closer to Hanoi than the other boats that go to the bay.We were very lucky and received a free upgrade to one of the suites, despite the fact that we had booked the least expensive room. No matter what room you go for, you will get the same outstanding service from a great crew – especially from Hugo and Jennifer, but also from everyone else!We only opted for one night in the end and we really enjoyed ourselves. We had some great views to look at and some wonderful activities to do. It is a shame about the bay being so polluted in small areas, but I suppose its inevitable, given how popular Halong Bay has become. We all very much enjoyed the food, which was impressive as they had to cater to various dietary requirements in our group.I did think it was a bit strange that the sun loungers didn’t come with accompanying parasols to block the sun, so we couldn’t really use them. We booked our own transfer there, which was probably not a great idea as it wasn’t as comfortable as the company transfer we got on the way back, plus it was much more expensive!

10

1Anu1

United Kingdom

"Such Good Customer Service on the Azalea Cruise"

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We celebrated my aunt’s birthday as a group of 6 people on the Azalea Cruise. The staff were so amazing and knew exactly how to deal with any problems that arose. My elderly aunt and uncle were a little cold in the open air during dinner, so they moved us downstairs and granted us a personal waiter.The cabins were excellent and very spacious. The bathroom was gorgeous, with a bathtub right next to a floor-to-ceiling sized window – just be careful of any wandering eyes from other boats! The staff all sang to my aunt when it was her birthday, and gave her a card and some flowers – which was a great touch. The itinerary included some kayaking, which we really enjoyed, and a fairly average ride through a dark and light cave. We ended on a bit of an unfortunate note as my cousin’s phone fell out of her pocket and through a gap in the wooden flooring of the fish farm. There was nothing we could do to get it back, but the staff promised to write us a letter for the insurance purposes. Great service, as I said before!

10

Lynnie2013

"The Longer Itinerary on the Azalea Cruise"

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Such a great time had by our group on the Azalea Cruise – it really was the highlight of our 3-week trip around Vietnam! I heavily recommend that anyone reading book the longer cruise itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights. We did a lot of stuff on the second day, and really got to relax in the quiet areas of Lan Ha Bay. The staff were so lovely and the boat was really pristine, with some great cabins and fantastic communal areas where we ate dinner and experienced the sunset and sunrises from the top deck.It was just a 2.5 hour drive to Lan Ha Bay, but we were plagued by crying children, who carried on through dinner and into breakfast the next day. IF there was an option of a child-free cruise, I would jump on this without hesitation. The family with kids left on the second day and we had the whole of that day to ourselves, which was so much more peaceful, with great staff and wonderfully-organised activities. 100% the best day of our holiday!

10

maxwell1080

"Total Excellence on Azalea Cruise 3D2N"

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Can’t fault a single thing on the Azalea Cruise – we had such a good time with them! Through the rooms, activities and food, this was such an excellent cruise – but mainly because of the brilliant staff, who were always ready to help us, both on the boat and off it, in the booking office. The crew were really outstanding, and if I could give more than 5 stars for their services, I certainly would. The waiters, receptionist, guides and managers were all very well trained and knew their roles perfectly. They executed them without a hitch and were incredibly friendly and warm while doing so. Our guide ‘Ninh’ was really great, guiding us with excellent information, clear instructions, good organisation and a massive smile as well. My father was a bit ill before joining the cruise and unfortunately didn’t get any better while on board. He couldn’t eat the usual food, so we told the staff and the chef made him something that he could eat, and he really appreciated that. Me and my mother had the usual set menu and it was absolutely delicious.The only thing I could possibly mention is the Wi-Fi. They did tell us the connection would be a bit spotty, but in fact it didn’t work at all. No matter really though, as I would have continued to spend my time staring out to sea regardless. 

10

_xan_angelovich

United States

"Lan Ha Bay Experience – Azalea Cruise"

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We located this cruise online and booked it right after seeing the photos – and it never disappointed! We were a group of four middle-aged ladies and are usually quite picky with our decisions, but everything was so food on the Azalea Cruise that it fitted all of us perfectly! The cabins were absolutely amazing, so roomy with a great view of the bay. The staff were very friendly and were great fun to talk to – we know it can be intimidating to talk to 4 native English speakers on your own, but the crew did very well and we were impressed by their overall competency in English. We were constantly comparing our boats to other ones (as 4 middle-aged women might) and found that the Azalea Cruise was definitely the most beautiful one in the bay. Its maximum capacity of 30 people means that everyone gets to know each other well, and we made some good friends from this cruise because of that. Very well organised tours, kayaking was a particular favourite of ours! We were out of season so the water level was such that we couldn’t visit the caves. That was a shame and it would have been nice to have an alternative activity during off-peak seasons. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic cruise and bravo to the staff for dealing with 4 notoriously choosy ladies!

10

Nigel W

Netherlands

"Excellent and Relaxing Azalea Cruise"

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Smooth service from start to finish with the Azalea Cruise. The only bit that was slightly less smooth was the checking in at the harbour, but the weather was very hot so I don’t think that helped anything. All of the luggage was taken care of for us, and we collected it in our cabin, which was beautiful, roomy and very well decked out with furnishings, including awesome shower with a great bathtub. We really enjoyed the food throughout the whole cruise. The first day was amazing Asian food and the second day was some great Western fare, particularly the lamb! We did the 3 day itinerary so we went to the village and cycled around there for a bit. The staff throughout this day and the other 2 days were just exceptional and they really contributed to our enjoyment of this cruise.I have one small criticism and it’s regarding the instructions for some of the activities. Different staff told us different departure times, and those instructions themselves were not clear. We did figure it out in the end, but we had to ask fellow passengers for clarity. Overall though, a fantastic 2 nights in a wonderful location – much appreciated, Azalea Cruise!

10

PeterChay

Cambodia

"Recommending the Azalea Cruise after 2D1N"

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I was amazed by the cabins in the Azalea Cruise. Mine was so big – I chose the Deluxe but was upgraded to one at the back, which I feel is much bigger. There wasn’t all that much time to spend in the cabin with all of the activities that were going on, but I did skip a couple of things just to have some more peaceful relaxing time! Food and service were both exactly what you’d expect from something calling itself 5-star. Going to Lan Ha Bay I think was the best deal for me because of the 2 hour drive time and how quiet it is in the bay.I would also like to personally thank the staff for their hard work. Jayce, the assistant cruise manager, is fantastic in her role and really puts a lot of effort into looking after her guests. Everyone in the restaurant was also lovely and the barman, Martini, was great fun to talk to. It was a great time and I really would love to come back to do the 3 days 2 night itinerary instead.

10

Joy T

Singapore

"Fantastic on the Azelea Cruise with a Great Crew"

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Everything about the Azalea Cruise was absolutely brilliant! The oak brown finishing throughout the interior was so luxurious, and the added touches like the bathtub, balcony and super nice upper deck were very well-appreciated.We had some very nice food and you can tell that the chefs take the utmost pride in their work, as they were presented beautifully. The staff are so friendly and willing to help you, as I experienced when they changed my personal set dinner as I do not like lamb. Alex was a great presence to have in the dining room as he is fun and a very down-to-earth type of person. Jennifer and the supervisor (can’t remember your name, sorry!) were also excellent and always smiling and excited to be involved.The 2 day and 1 night package that we did was total value for money as it was crammed full of optional activities like caves, kayaking, swimming and doing a small cooking class. We opted to enjoy the boat rather than go to the cave, and the staff were more than happy to accommodate us as we did so. Halong Bay is totally beautiful and completely worth a look, I’d heavily advise going with the Azalea Cruise as they really know how to put on a cruise!

10

Sweet_NK

"Brilliant Azalea Cruise!"

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There’s not much that could have gone better on our cruise with Azalea Cruise. It was about 2.5 hours to the bay in a very comfortable minivan, and we were given complimentary drinks upon arrival, which was lovely.  The staff welcomed us on board and had decorated the floor with rose petals. After a quick briefing, we saw our cabin, which was so beautiful and very very neat. The balcony was our favourite spot of the whole ship.The cooking class was very educational and the food overall was outstanding, especially the oysters, which we had hated before but decided to give them another go and were pleasantly surprised! Even the squid fishing, where we just dangled rods of the boat for a while, was very good fun as we had some excellent company with us.We wouldn’t have had such an amazing time if it wasn’t for the great staff like Jessie, the most hilarious girl in Vietnam, Jackie the wonderful crew manager and Jessica the wonderful restaurant manager.Even the staff in the office in Hanoi were fantastic – they kept our bags for us until we got the night train to Sapa. We’re so glad that we chose Azalea Cruise!

10

Christopherharte

"Three days of Paradise – Thanks Azalea Cruise"

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We spent three days and two nights aboard the Azalea Cruise, which was a class act all round. As soon as we stepped on board, Huge welcomed us as the cruise manager, in a very charming and professional way. Alex and the rest of his staff in the kitchen were very kind and always accommodating of any request. We really appreciated the working air con throughout the boat as otherwise it would have been a very sweaty voyage for us. You’ll find something you like at the breakfast buffet, which has western and Vietnamese foods. The drinks are more expensive than in Hanoi, but we expected that, being on a 5-star cruise and all.The weather had forced us on the second day to abandon the cycling and cave visit on Cat Ba Island, and just kayak and swim around some quiet sections of the bay. This was the only issue on a fantastic trip, and it was of course no fault of the Azalea Cruise.

10

ValH

United Kingdom

"Brilliant Azalea – Almost the Perfect Package"

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We decided to flash the cash for this cruise as we had wanted to see Halong Bay for a very long time. We did some research and found that Azalea seemed to be a good shout; it had recently been launched and had a good looking itinerary. The ship itself was truly lovely, with lots of space in the cabins and some fantastic bathrooms, with a private balcony for us. Some of the small things that didn’t work were niggling problems (shower drainage, keycard, safe, minibar...).The staff were lovely and helpful, though many of them struggled with English and needed another member of staff to help them out. The breakfast buffets were large and plentiful and the multi course lunches and dinners were very impressive in their construction. We felt it a bit unnecessary to have such extravagant meals, especially on the day boat as it takes up time that you could be having with more activities. They had told us that the style was ‘fusion’ but it seemed a lot more Western than it was Vietnamese. We love Vietnamese food so we actually felt like it was better in Hanoi, but it was still a tasty, if a little over-the-top. We liked the activities, but simply staring at the gorgeous bay was enough for us. We had the benefit of two sunny days while we were there, which made everything look and feel so much better. Great cruise and one that I will recommend to others!

9.5

MichalNow

Poland

"Lan Ha Bay Overnight with Azalea Cruise"

Azalea Cruise

We decided on the 2D1N cruise with Azalea and, despite the expensive price tag, have absolutely not regrets with doing so.Everything started with a minivan pick up and we were shipped to Lan Ha Bay, with a stop for coffee and the toilet on the way. We were a bit early in the end, so we had to wait at the pier, which really isn’t much to look at as they are doing a lot of construction there.It’s a very comfortable boat with a great dining area and perfect upper deck. Everything was so clean, we felt like we had stepped onto the newest boat in the bay! Everything was pearly white and just screamed luxury, which was definitely helped by the jacuzzi and the terrace in our huge room. We booked the largest room and found out it was REALLY large and had way more space than we could ever hope to use. The food served in the restaurant was decent and the happy hour meant that we always had an option for cheaper drinks. The drinks are a little expensive normally so I think the barman does most of his work during the happy hours. You’ll never get bored of the view, as you get to go up close to the mountains while kayaking and swimming etc. Outstanding cruise.

10

armitageandrew1970

Australia

"Azalea Cruise is the one to go for!"

Azalea Cruise

What a great time we’ve just had, cruising around Lan Ha Bay on the beautiful Azalea Cruise. There’s nothing to worry about out here, with all the gorgeous scenery and the fantastic service by the crew, who ensure that you have no stresses while cruising with them. The cabins and the food were both of the highest quality, and there wasn’t a second where we didn’t feel like we were on a total 5-star experience. Lan Ha Bay is so peaceful and there are very few other boats knocking around. We had a lot of its attractions to ourselves, which is a world away from what I hear about Halong Bay. The other benefit of going to Lan Ha Bay over Halong Bay is because it is only 2 hours away as opposed to 4 – I really don’t see why Halong Bay is the more popular one here!All our love to the Azalea Cruise for making this a cruise to remember.Melbourne Family

10

Sophie H

United Kingdom

"A Wonderful Time on the Azalea Cruise"

Azalea Cruise

The best way to see the majesty of Lan Ha Bay is from the Azalea Cruise. I can’t imagine service getting any better than this! The mini van took us for just 2 hours to the bay, where we waited at the harbour and were transferred to the main ship. The decorations and amenities of the cabins were just so beautiful, not to mention the big window where we could watch the passing scenery. The staff were so helpful, with Alex and Hugo especially going above and beyond to ensure that we had a great time and were always happy with what was going on. Every trip we did was fun and educational, and completely different from anything we’ve tried before. There was kayaking, cycling, a walk through the jungle and a cave visit. Great food and drinks, even if the drinks were a little dear. The staff were very generous with serving sizes, however, and there is the added benefit of more than one happy hour!Lovely way to see Halong Bay. Thanks Azalea!

9.5

Fionnuala O

"Terrific Tung and the Amazing Azalea Cruise!"

Azalea Cruise

5 star from beginning to end on this fantastic trip with a fantastic company. Azalea made our two 2 day 1 night cruise incredible entertaining and interesting. The ship itself looked great – so clean and new, exactly like the photo in the brochure. We really enjoyed the food, though it was a bit seafood heavy, as well as the activities, like kayaking beach swimming, visiting a pearl farm and the options of karaoke and squid fishing if you want to try them in the evening. Tung was a great guide who knew the area very well and gave us some great information about it. He always looked after us and cared for our needs, and was really organised when it came to excursions. We spent the evening chatting with new friends and attempting an unsuccessful but fun squid fishing experience.Great tour! I highly recommend Azalea Cruise and Tung as the tour guide!

10

Cindy D

Australia

"Azalea Cruise – Outstanding Experience"

Azalea Cruise

This was totally an experience of a lifetime! The staff gave us nothing but fantastic service the entire time that we were on board. We were spoilt rotten with a beautiful bedroom with a romantic heart on the bed as we had told the staff that we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Nothing was ever too much for the wonderful Alex, who surprised us again by decking out table out with roses and a lovely card. Great service again by the manager, Hugo with second mate Chang - very reliable and professional throughout. Unbelievable food cooked up every day and great activities that we really enjoyed doing. We enjoyed sipping cocktails on the top deck during the evening, but I’ve read some reviews of companies that feature night entertainment and I feel like this is something that the Azalea Cruise could do. It’s a fantastic ship already though, so maybe not changing anything is for the best. Bravo, Azalea Cruise! 

10

NickandAmber1

Australia

"Everything First Class on the Azalea Cruise"

Azalea Cruise

Easily the most memorable thing we did in Vietnam was sail with the Azalea Cruise – absolutely the highlight of a 2 months holiday around SEA! We knew that the Azalea Cruise had a fantastic reputation, so we booked with it and were delighted to find a great team of staff who looked after us the whole way. Hugo was our fantastic host, very insightful and fun, while Emily helped us to make spring rolls and taught us tai chi, with a lot of patience and kind smiles! Alex was fantastic in his services and the chef made some insanely tasty food, easily the best we had all holiday. This was a hell of an adventure with a LOT of nice little touches in between. Obviously everyone is there to see the bay, but the services and attention to detail of the staff on the Azalea Cruise just made it so much more easy to enjoy ourselves!

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