The wealth of options for cruises around Halong Bay can be a bit overbearing at times. With over 100 options to choose from, you may be wondering which Halong Bay cruises are recommended, based off an overall return of happy customers. Incredible Asia Journeys have listed our recommended Halong Bay cruises below, all based off top-tier Tripadvisor reviews and positive feedback received over other mediums.
First and foremost, the cruises listed below can all boast the best Tripadvisor reviews, along with reviews left on other sites and ones delivered to Incredible Asia Journeys personally. Each of our Halong Bay cruise suggestions has a Tripadvisor rating of 5 stars, garnered across hundreds or even thousands of reviews from very contented passengers. These reviews usually indicate a strong service that appeals to several different passengers, most of which go into detail about what made the cruise so great.
Our next parameter for measuring which are the Halong Bay recommended cruises is the experience of the companies running them. Halong Bay has been a highly popular tourist destination since the 1990s, meaning that companies have had a good amount of time to establish themselves. The longest-running of these experienced Halong Bay cruise companies have been in operation for around 15 to 20 years, growing an extensive knowledge of the bay and being able to deliver a tried-and-tested itinerary with an overall stellar service.
When we provide recommendations for Halong Bay cruises, we look at the itineraries and the balance of activities and relaxation that they possess. Some passengers prefer a highly active cruise, while some would like to spend all of their time on a sun lounger; both are perfectly possible across many cruises, but the ones we have listed here are for the majority of people who would prefer a balanced middle-ground. Between activity and placidity is exactly where the following cruises lie, treading the ideal line for most people, where fun and engaging activities are interspersed with much reclining time on the boat.
Upon leaving the boat, these cruises ensure a diverse range of activities born of their vast experience in knowing which excursions are popular and which make people want to stay on the boat. These itineraries depend on the location of course, but each cruise will know what works for their passengers and will have tailored itineraries that reflect that. These recommended Halong Bay cruise companies can pick from kayaking, cave visits, fishing village visits, pearl farm visits, beach visits, swimming, cooking classes, squid fishing, tai chi sessions and more, passing down the option to you of which excursions to take.
There is a tendency to expect any suggested Halong Bay cruises to come with huge price tags that only travellers on the highest budgets can afford. At Incredible Asia Journeys, our recommendations are based on cost-effectiveness, on whether we feel that the itinerary presented and the reviews received are reflective of the price of the cruise. We understand your budget and can personally recommend a cruise that we know will fit you.
20 cabins - Launched in 2017
17 cabins - Launched in 2012
15 cabins - Launched in 2009
8 cabins - Launched in 2015
14 cabins - Launched in 2014
21 cabins - Launched in 2017
18 cabins - Launched in 2018
25 cabins - Launched in 2019
26 cabins - Launched in 2013