Bai Tu Long bay
Launched in 2013
07.30–08.00: Wait in your hotel for our shuttle bus to collect you and transfer you to the Northwest corner of Vietnam – Bai Tu Long Bay.
11.45–12.00: Arriving at Hon Gai Harbour, our crew will greet you and welcome you on board the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise. You will enjoy a welcome drink while listening to the captain explain the itinerary briefing.
13.30–14.45: Leaving your luggage in your new cabin, you are free to explore your new surrounds, both on and off board. Watch the first of Bai Tu Long Bay’s huge karst mountains from the sundeck, heading below deck to the restaurant for lunch.
15.15–16.30: The gleaming stalactites at Thien Canh Son Cave will be a memorable sight. These ‘hanging lanterns’ glisten when they are illuminated, bestowing a magical atmosphere upon the cave.
16.30–17.30: We will have a kayaking excursion in the open water of the Cong Do Area for a hands-on experience of Bai Tu Long Bay’s majesty.
17.45: Back aboard the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise, we have an interesting fruit carving demonstration, after which you are invited to have a go yourself. There is also 30% off on most drinks at the bar.
18.10–19.00: Watch our chef as he or she puts on an informative cooking demonstration in the dying light of Halong Bay.
19.00-21.00: Sit down in the dining room for a luxurious meal. You can request a massage tonight, go squid fishing with the crew, or retire to your cabin to read a book or watch a movie.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
06.30-07.15: Head upstairs early for a Tai Chi session on the top deck, this is a great way to see the sunrise and relax the mind at the same time. Pastries and hot beverages are laid out in the dining room for afterwards.
07.30-08.45: We explore a completely different approach to life by meeting the residents of Vung Vieng Fishing Village, who live on floating communes in the forested surrounds of glorious Bai Tu Long Bay. We head out to the area on kayaks or bamboo boats rowed by residents.
09.30-10.30: The dining room will be the place for a final brunch as we head back to Hon Gai harbour on the mainland.
11.00: Disembarking the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise, you board the shuttle bus and await transportation back to Hanoi.
This marks the end of your overnight cruise with Huong Hai Sealife. We trust that you enjoyed Bai Tu Long Bay 2 day 1 night cruise with us and we hope to be able to serve you again upon your return to Vietnam!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
11.45–12.15: We embark on the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise ship. Sip on a welcome drink while listening to the itinerary overview and safety procedures.
13.30–14.30: Once you have dropped your luggage off at your cabin, head up to the restaurant for lunch while the magical Bai Tu Long Bay drifts past the window. Keep a lookout for the famous islets named after their appearances, such as Devil’s Face Islet, Dog Islet and Frog Islet.
15.00–16.30: Our first stop is Thien Canh Son Cave. Here you can hike to the middle of the mountain to get up close to the cave, also known as the ‘theatre in the sea’ due to the many dramatic stalactites that appear like hanging lanterns when illuminated.
16.30–17.30: Next, we head to Cong Do Area for kayaking in the open water.
17.30: Head back to Huong Hai Sealife Cruise ship and try your hand at carving some vegetables to look like flowers on the sundeck. Happy hour starts now, with a 30% discount on a special menu of drinks, including cocktails and mixed drinks.
18.00–19.00: Our chef will put on a cooking masterclass, showing you the necessary techniques for making traditional Vietnamese spring rolls.
19.00-21.00: A beautiful dinner will be laid out in the dining room, followed by the evening at your leisure. Maybe try squid fishing, a massage or, alternatively, relax on the deck or in your cabin and stay in Halong Bay Overnight Cruise.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
06.00-06.30: Greet the new day the Asian way! Try some early morning Tai Chi on the sundeck. This will be followed by a scenic breakfast downstairs in the dining room.
08.00: We will jump into the day boat for the Halong Bay activities that we can’t reach by the cruise ship. Cong Dam Area is our next stop, a geological park of hidden lagoons and white sand beaches.
10.00-12.00: Upon arriving at the lagoons, we will kayak around this beautiful area and stop at the beaches around us.
12.30-13.30: Return to the day boat to enjoy a full lunch while we set sail for Thay Cave.
14.00-15.30: We will take a local bamboo boat through Thay Cave, the most mysterious of all the Halong Bay caves, covered in stalactites and stalagmites.
16.00-16.30: Return to the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise ship to take advantage of happy hour and freshen up for dinner. There will be another cooking demonstration of a Vietnamese cuisine classic.
19.00-22.00: Have another luxury dinner in the dining room as we drop anchor in the tranquil Cong Do area. Maybe take in a movie or join us for board games tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
06.30-07.00: Watch the morning light rise over Bai Tu Long Bay and engage in a refreshing Tai Chi session to prepare yourself for the day. Pastries tea and coffee will be available downstairs afterwards.
07.30-08.30: Either take a kayak or sit back in a row-boat as we glide towards Vung Vieng fishing village. We will see a completely different way of life here as we visit the fish farms and the floating school, speaking to locals about life in Halong Bay.
09.30-10.40: Savour your final brunch on the boat as we head back to the mainland harbour.
11.00: Wave goodbye to the staff on the Huong Hai Sealife Cruise as you board your bus back to Hanoi. Thank you for choosing the Halong Bay 3 days 2 nights cruise, we hope to see you again!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Check-in: 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Check-out: 11:00 PM - 11:15 AM
Bus pick-up time: 7:30 AM - 7: 45 AM
Return Hanoi by bus: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Shuttle bus pick-up point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and in front of Hanoi Opera House
Shuttle bus drop-off point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and in front of Hanoi Opera House
• 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: Free of charge
• From 31 to 16 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
• From 15 to 5 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
• Less than 5 days prior to check-in: 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.
• 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.
Just came back from a fantastic trip in Halong Bay for 3 days and 2 nights! We felt like this was a great amount of time to be there as it gives you plenty of time to take in the scenery without feeling too rushed. We had a great professional managing our cruise in Jackie! He was the perfect manager – smart, friendly, welcoming, funny and very organised and hard working. More mentions for the other staff, who were also terrific. We had a very nice little cabin with bathroom and balcony. Super comfy bed with some very nice air conditioning. I have no regrets for getting up early on both days to do the tai chi, which was very fun and did actually make me feel a lot more energetic for the day ahead!Incredible food. Great variety and quantity and really great taste as well. We made use of Happy Hour on both days and took our drinks to the sundeck to socialise with other passengers.I’ve got lots of nice words to say about the Huong Hai Sealife! It was a highly professional service from start to finish, but with the additions of some very friendly staff along the way. Big thank you to Sunny, Jackie and the team! It was the best thing we did in Vietnam and you should be very proud of the effort that you put in to make a great cruise!
It would be best to stay for 2 nights in Halong Bay. We did the 1 night cruise and wish we stayed for another. We were treated to a nighttime lightning storm which was incredible.The Huong Hai Sealife was the perfect size for us. It was small and intimate but not so small as to feel cramped. We had lots of space to roam and the cabins, bathroom and all other rooms were to a very high standard. The rooms especially are like anything you would find on land if looking for a 4-star hotel.Very nice crew but big language barriers with most of them. They were friendly and smiley but sometimes struggled to understand our requests. Sunny and Jackie have excellent English and are really amazing – very friendly and enthusiastic people and you can’t help but just feel better in their presence!You get about 24 hours in the bay overall but at no point are you allowed to swim, which is annoying as they don’t tell you this beforehand. This would be a good selling point for the 2 night trip, which does let you swim when it goes to some more secluded spots in the bay.Still, an excellent time overall and one I will be recommending to my friends and family back home.
Huong Hai staff are the best staff!
We went for the full 3-day itinerary and had an amazing time. As you may be able to tell from the title of the review – this one was all about the staff. We had the best time chatting with them and learning about Vietnam and their lives in particular. Special mentions for Jackie, Michael, Nina, Lee and Sunny, but big love to the rest of you for making this trip extra special!The food was consistently great and obviously I can’t say a bad word about the scenery – incredible. We really enjoyed all of the activities that got us out into the boat – the swimming, beach visit, fishing village cave visit and kayaking. The day boat on the second day was particularly fun and gave us a great chance to get us away from the other boats.My only gripe is the same one that many others have about Halong Bay – the amount of rubbish in the water. The beach was quite heavily burdened with rubbish and I really think the government needs to look at this before it gets worse and stops would-be passengers from visiting.Other than that, no problems and a wonderful time had by all. Thanks Huong Hai, definitely earned a recommendation off us!
It is so worthwhile going to Halong Bay when in Vietnam and we didn’t want to miss it. Going with the Huong Hai Sealife was a wonderful experience and we consider ourselves lucky for ending up on a ship with such amazing accommodations, staff, amenities and food. We had a comfortable and cosy transfer to the bay in a minivan, as well as a stop halfway to stretch the old pegs. We met the cruise and team managers Jacky Pham and Mr. Viet, who introduced the rest of the crew to us. There was some great kayaking and swimming to be done, but we skipped the on board activities in favour of relaxing in our Captain View cabin.The weather was fantastic and we spent a lot of time lying on the bed watching the view through the window in the cabin. We had numerous great meals, including a crazy 9-course set lunch on day 2. The staff were very impressive during the meal times, as this is really when they had to put a shift in to make sure everything went smoothly – which it always did. Very impressive performances by the staff who played in the after dinner concert – including Ms. Huyen (Sunny), who has a real set of lungs on her!We all agreed that the Huong Hai Sealife cruise was the best-looking ship in the bay. We had a great time overall and I feel a lot more positive about cruises than I did before we left!
Just Lovely – Thanks Huong Hai Sealife!Ireland
We jumped on the Huong Hai Sealife boat for 2 days and had a really great time. Our bathroom came with a jacuzzi bathroom, which added to the feeling of luxury quite a lot. The rest of the room was also very nice.Clean and comfortable accommodation all throughout the ship, and a wonderful team of staff who run it with energy and vigour. Special mentions for Sunny, Jackie and Viet who were especially brilliant, but I really loved all of the crew who dealt with us!I was a little worried about my vegetarianism getting in the way of a tasty meal, but they had made me some separate food especially, which was lovely! I’m not much of a fan of fully-planned group itineraries but there’s no other way to see Halong Bay, so I relented in the end, and I’m so glad I did! The activities are a lot of fun, especially the kayaking in the peaceful bay. Amazing.We’d never heard of Huong Hai Sealife before booking but are very happy with the decision we made! This is the only cruise company you need to visit Halong Bay.
Big big recommendations for this ship right from the very start. Even our bus to the bay was way better than we expected. We were lucky to have the staff we did during our 2d1n trip, they were so friendly and welcoming of all guests. Viet was so sweet and would do anything to help his guests. He had a great knowledge about Halong Bay and was super diligent with safety procedures and stuff.Jackie was also a gem and he provided the most amazing singing and dancing performances.We loved the food and it was presented like a true artist! The breakfast pho was especially amazing as it was fairly cold outside.Some great activities but the best for us was the fishing village tour. It was great to see all the colourful houses with all the amazing mountains around. The cooking demonstration was very good, as was the tai chi and the squid fishing.I highly highly recommend the Huong Hai Sealife and I feel you would be missing out if you went with any other company.
Absolutely amazing from start to finish. I can’t thank Huong Hai Sealife enough for the kindness their staff showed me and my wife on our cruise I’ll try and highlight some of the alternative points that people may not have mentioned yet.The bus that took us to the boat was very nice, and I really don’t see the benefit of getting a private transfer when the normal transfer comes with individual seats. The stop halfway is just for tourists to spend money, an apparently on huge pieces of marble, which feature heavily in the shop. Not sure how you would get those home, but I had a good cup of coffee.I’ve talked with people who went on other cruise and it seems that all of them follow a fairly rigid itinerary of where and when they can make certain stop. We went to a cave with a few interesting rock formations, but it certainly won’t blow your mind. I don’t think there’s many options for caves in Bai Tu Long Bay, whereas there are more in Halong Bay.We cooked spring rolls in the evening before dinner, after which there was a short performance and some free time for us. Some people went squid fishing but we stayed inside and watched a ‘movie’ in the restaurant, which turned out to be the episode of Top Gear when they go to Vietnam. Can’t complain!The floating village was really nice, but we learnt that most locals actually live on the mainland and just commute to their former floating village for aesthetic purposes. It was still good to see an authentic representation of how they lived before the government decided to move them.I completely agree with another review I read that said that the cabins were a similar quality to that of very good hotels on land. I would even go as far as to say that this was better, as there was a jacuzzi in the bathroom which made all the difference.Was a little disappointed in the gloomy weather but obviously that’s no one’s fault. It was still an excellent cruise and I can’t imagine how more upmarket boats exist when this was such a near-perfect experience.
Gershon VSouth Africa
Me and my wife did the one night cruise and were very impressed with everything (except the food, which wasn’t bad, but nothing to write home about). Other than that, we were very happy with our room, which was clean and comfortable and had the most amazing balcony. It was a great place to sit and watch the bay, but the sundeck was a pretty good alternative for that as well. I recommend every takes the chance to kayak around – it’s just $10, which is nothing compared to how much you pay for the cruise! Just hearing the water and the sounds of wildlife from the trees was an awe-inspiring experience, I really wish I could go through all of that again!I have no problem with other people on the cruise, but we would have preferred to take a private boat, just for the peace and freedom to go where we want. I don’t think that option exists, but if it does at some point, I will return and stay for more nights as well. Very impressive Huong Hai!
Wonderful 2 day and 1 night cruise that me and my good friend have just finished. All of the crew were the most amazing staff I’ve ever encountered! They were so polite, helpful and friendly in their service and special props have to go to Viet, Michael and Sunny for being there constantly to help us with a friendly face and some good conversation. The way they do this day in and day out is amazing as it looks extremely energy-sapping!Aside from the crew, we engaged in some really good activities in the bay that included kayaking, caving and visiting a floating village to see the way of life. The food was very good and prepared wonderfully. We stayed up for a while on the private balcony in our cabin during the night, which was very magical when you sit so still in the bay.For me, the crew of the Huong Hai Sealife make the cruise and I’m very happy to have experienced their warm hospitality in the beautiful Halong Bay.
A peaceful cruise is the only way to see Halong Bay, and that’s exactly what you get with the Huong Hai Sealife. Of all the options, we are very glad that we chose this boat as it really felt luxurious. A highlight for us was having a few drinks on the deck of our balcony while we watched the islands go by. Even the 4 hour drive to the bay was a nice experience. The buses are very comfortable and there’s a stop halfway through for a bit of food and souvenir shopping. The activities on the cruise are designed with everyone in mind, you will always find one thing that you like to do out of the many that they offer. There was a beach, a cave and some option to go kayaking and take a cooking class on the top deck in full few of the sunset.Amazing management from Jackie, who covered every role to provide us with excellent service and a friendly smile. It must be exhausting keeping this up for every day they are on the cruise, but he is a professional and keep us thoroughly entertained and organised throughout. Sunny helped us with the spring rolls and then performed a song for us, which was beautiful. High recommended experience for sure. You can’t go wrong with Huong Hai Sealife.
Jane MUnited Kingdom
As part of our tour, we stayed one night on the Huong Hai Sealife and loved every minute of it. Those guys know how to put on an introduction! The buffet lunch that followed was brilliant and we were off into the bay. It felt like we started the activities a bit too soon, as we’d only just got on before we were told that kayaking would be happening soon. I was still getting acquainted with the room (and the jacuzzi bath in particular), so we opted out of this in favour of staying on the boat.The room was pretty cosy, but had lots of modern amenities and felt exactly like a hotel on land. The decoration was sublime and the bathroom was really pretty too. There was a balcony with chairs if you wanted to feel the ocean air, or alternatively the sun deck upstairs, where they held the cooking class before dinner.They took especially good care of us at dinner time as we were travelling with a vegetarian couple, who had absolutely no complaints about the alternative food and the wonderfully attentive service. The very talented crew put on another performance in the evening before we went to bed. We started the next day with tai chi on the sundeck and a visit to a fishing village on a small boat. Brunch was served to us afterwards and we begrudgingly packed our bags and left the ship. I had a wonderful time with Huonh Hai Sealife and I am very happy to recommend it for anyone looking for a warm and friendly reception in a beautiful landscape.
Worth every penny we paid for it, this one! Jackie, Sunny, Michael and some of the other fantastic staff really made this cruise special for us.Service: Constant care and attention from the cruise manager as well as all of the rest of the crew. Very well trained and very caring. It was especially nice to see Jackie, the cruise manager, helping out his staff and doing all of the run-of-the-mill stuff that you wouldn’t expect from a cruise manager.Food: We had a nice set menu dinner and a wonderful buffet breakfast and lunch. Very well presented and served. Not as tasty as what I’d read about beforehand from other reviews, but still enjoyable.Room: Pretty spacious cabin. Large windows which really ley you have a great view of the bay, but also a little balcony in case you ever want to step outside. Waking up to that gorgeous view was really amazing and I can’t recount many other moments in my life where I’ve felt quiet so happy to be on holiday!Huong Hai Sealife really go that extra mile to ensure you have a good time. The crew and the scenery really made this a fantastic trip for us; we certainly won’t be forgetting it any time soon. Andrew and Sally
It was a nice relief to get out of the mad traffic of Hanoi and onto the calm waters of Halong Bay. The Huong Hai is a beautiful ship and it looks very majestic with that amazing background! You can see the scenery from the little balcony you get in each room or from the top of the boat, which is a lovely place to experience the bay. The staff had the uncanny ability to make you feel like you’ve known each other for years! Excellent service from a great crewIn terms of the bay, we got out to see a cave and then went to see a small floating village on another small boat. No one at the fishing village was the slight bit interested in us; I guess this is the product of having your life on display every day for tourists. It was a little strange to be there as I felt intrusive, but the cruise manager Jackie later informed me that the villagers have a much better quality of life since tourism started, which put my mind at ease.On the boat, my wife had a really great massage and we both had the perfect start to the day in the tai chi class. Sunni lead a great cooking class and showed us how to make spring rolls like a pro. We had an outrageously tasty dinner and enjoyed the show afterwards when Jackie and the crew performed some songs and dances and then put on a film for us afterwards. What was especially beautiful was the bamboo flute, played by Jimmy, which really took our breath away.Great cruise in the end and I have nothing but praise for the Huong Hai Sealife.
Kishor PUnited Kingdom
We ended up on the Huong Hai Sealife as part of our 3 week Vietnam holiday. From hotel pick up to the very last activity, we had an absolute blast in the company of some great crew and fellow passengers. It’s a bit of a wait at the harbour as everyone arrives and different times and has to check in before jumping on board. In the end, you’re on the boat for about 24 hours in total. There was a huge window in our room which gave us great views of all the good stuff going on outside, but we could also head out and sit on the private balcony which is lightly furnished with a couple of chair and a table. The en suite was good but looked a little worn. There was some good food to be had in the kitchen and the crew who served it to us were always a delight. They had great English and were well trained in their roles.There was just one negative, and obviously I’m not blaming Huong Hai Sealife for it, but the weather was really gloomy the whole time. It did give the whole bay a rather cool look and atmosphere, but it also meant that tanning on the sundeck wasn’t an option, and trips out kayaking and caves were accompanied with spots of rain and a prolonged downpour at one point. The activities themselves were still fun – we especially enjoyed going around Vung Vieng fishing village on a small bamboo boat. Overall, I have high commendations for Huong Hai Sealife and I would recommend it to anyone reading.
We went with a family of 4 to Halong Bay and enjoyed a 2 night cruise with them. There was so much to do, it ensured our kids were always busy, and it was attended to by the most amazing staff who worked long and hard for us to have a great time.Our cruise manager, Jacky Phan welcomed us on board with a big smile as well as a traditional dance and song with the crew. He also lead the tai chi sessions in the morning time. He had a very personal touch with all of his guests and engaged with all of the other customers, asking if they were enjoying themselves and if there’s anything that he or his crew could do more. What impressed me most about Jacky was his personal touch. He engaged and spoke with every passenger young and old and visited every table at meal time to ask whether everything was ok. He clearly cared a lot for the passengers and was constantly concerned for all of our safety.Ms. Sunny was also a very welcome addition to the crew. She was our tour guide and spring roll demonstrator. We went with her to the cave and the peal farm and watched her sing beautifully on her own.What a time we had on the Huong Hai Sealife because of these two and the rest of the wonderful crew. Hats off to all of you, you’ve earned a recommendation from me for sure.
We had a very prompt transfer after booking through email with Huong Hai Sealife. It’s a very daunting booklet that shows you all of the cruises, and it’s very hard to choose one, but we just went for Huong Hai Sealife in the end and didn’t look back.Beautiful rooms on the ship. We had a jacuzzi bath and a great balcony as well. The views from anywhere on the ship are obviously fantastic as you can’t really see a bad angle of Halong Bay (except maybe the rubbish in the water, but that wasn’t as bad as it was made out from other reviews we read).Amazing staff in Viet and Sunny who put in extra effort to make sure we were comfortable with everything and enjoying ourselves. The rest of the crew were also fantastic and we loved their positive attitudes to their customers and ability and willingness to deal with specific requests. It was surprisingly quiet when we went to the bay as we had seen pictures from other cruises beforehand that seemed to suggest that the bay was pretty full. The kayaking was great and the fishing village the next morning was very interesting. I’m not great with travelling on boats so I was a bit apprehensive before boarding, but the water is so still and there is no swaying whatsoever. I was very happy with my time with Huong Hai Sealife, I can only suggest you book with them for a similarly great experience!
Susan SUnited States
Me and my husband recently returned from the 3 day 2 night trip to Halong Bay with Huong Hai Sealife. Just being in the incredible bay is worth whatever amount of money you pay for it! We were lucky enough to also have a fantastic ship that took us through the beautiful landscape - we spent a lot of time on the balcony and the top deck. There was a great itinerary; lots of kayaking and swimming and visiting fishing villages, pearl farms and a cave. Brilliant crew all round with Klein, Sunny and Mr Ha, who were all brilliantly social and very helpful and professional. It definitely was worth doing the two night trip as we spent the extra day away from the tourists and largely on our own on the day boat. We thought that lots of people would have chosen the 3 day trip but it seems like it’s not such a popular option. This was definitely our favourite day of the trip so we heavily recommend it. It’s a more compact boat that takes you around, but you visit lots of quieter sites and still enjoy the same luxury that you get on the Huong Hai Sealife cruise.Lots of singing and dancing with the crew on the second night, it really went a long way to making the trip fantastic for us.
Very professional 5 star service on the Huong Hai Sealife, which was amazing in every department and worth every last penny that we paid to be there. We especially loved that we were cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay as opposed to Halong Bay, where you get much more in the way of boats and less of pollution.The staff were really excellent in making my family feel welcome and sharing their beautiful boat with us. We made some minor adjustments to the set menu meals that we ordered as we have some specific diets that vary throughout the family, but that was no problem for the staff, who dealt with everything accordingly and efficiently.My kids loved getting out into the bay and getting active. The kayaking for them was one of their favourites, but they also loved running around the cave. We enjoyed both of these and also the amazing tai chi session on the top deck. I have special commendations for Jackie, Lee, Jimmy and Sunny, who were all fantastic when dealing with the whole family and always made the effort to talk to us or flash us a smile while on the ship. Felt very comfortable and very safe in their presence the whole time – Very much recommended!
Excellent company with an excellent cruise – they did everything for us!We were initially overwhelmed with the choices on offer for cruises but decided to spend our time on the Huong Hai Sealife, which is a decision I was very happy with! Viet and Lee were two of the many members of staff who made the trip memorable.The boat was just wonderful and the make up of our cabin was perfect. Great bed and bathroom, but the highlight for sure was the view out of the large window and from our balcony.Stunning presentations for the meals, which came in many different forms and were always incredibly tasty. There are many activities to be done while on the boat or off it. You can go kayaking, look at a cave, visit a beach and a fishing farm, look at the scenery, do a cooking class, tai chi and make use of happy hour. My husband was a big fan of the kayaking and the happy hour (of course!). We did one night with them but will be back for another two nights in the future.
Our group of 12 New Zealanders took to the Huong Hai Sealife and had a mean as time bru! It was really fantastic – from the staff to the rooms to the views, everything worked perfectly. Generously sized rooms with fantastic windows and a wonderful en suite bathroom.We were all very impressed by the food and ate a LOT. The staff were a delight to have on board and our whole party of 12 loved them. They hung out with us and helped to take our photos while we taught them about New Zealand. We also learned a lot about Vietnam, not just about Halong Bay, but also about the country overall. Special thanks to the tai chi master, who was very patient and smiley with us when we were struggling to find the right positions in the early morning.We enjoyed getting out onto the beach and into the caves. The fishing village was our favourite part – very very interesting. We decided to stay on board during the kayaking and get a bit more acquainted with the boat, but the people who returned seemed to have a good time.Excellent organisation dealing with the 12 of us. We stayed up late into the night talking on the sundeck but no one seemed to mind. Thoroughly recommend this cruise.
Just had an excellent time sailing with the Huong Hai Sealfe, largely thanks to the beautiful bay and the wonderful crew that run the ship! Everyone was very friendly and professional, particularly Sunny, and cruise manager Jackie was just on fire sorting everyone out at the same time with a smile! The food was fantastic and there were many, many options. I didn’t try everything in the end for the buffet as I was so full, but I made sure to cram in as much fantastic food as possible. We were prepared for the rooms not to look as decent as they were on the pictures, but we surprised to find them exactly the same, just as clean and neat as the promo-shot! It’s a busy itinerary but I liked that – for me, it’s better to have more options than fewer, as you can always opt to stay on the boat if you don’t fancy doing a certain thing, I have no regrets getting up at about 6 to do the Tai Chi on the sundeck – that was really cool!
All started with an excellent transfer from Hanoi when we got into a very comfortable car and took the luxury ride to Halong Bay, which was about 4 hours including a rest and shopping stop. Got a thorough briefing from the manager and we set sail. We were immediately impressed with the glorious food for lunch and then eagerly awaited dinner, which also didn’t disappoint. We sat out on our little balcony for most of that day and decided to skip the cave visit just to get more great views of the bay on our own. We chose not to visit the cave and remained on the top deck enjoying the view and solitude. We’re a bit too long in the tooth to try the kayaking, which looked like hard work, so we stayed on the boat for that too. We watched the sunset from the top deck and then mingled with fellow passengers, who were all very friendly and welcoming, like the staff.Very well organised trip overall and a very professional service. We were deciding whether 3 or 2 days would be most suitable but eventually agreed that 2 was sufficient time to see everything.
This seemed to be one of the bigger boats in Halong Bay. The staff were fantastic and looked after everyone very well. The huge variety of food was very welcome! If you don’t find something you can eat during the buffets, you can tell the staff and they will bring you out something tailor-made! The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The crew had left rose petals on the bed which only helped to make it feel more special. The views out the window were stunning and we were so excited to get out there as soon as we checked into the cabin.The activities definitely did not disappoint. We went kayaking around the bay and visited a cave. We did a cooking demonstration after we got back and that was really fun for mingling with the other passengers.I don’t know about all the other cruises in Halong Bay but I can tell you about this one. It was great and I had a wonderful time. I highly recommend it!
Very happy with the result of the 2 days and 1 night tour to Halong Bay. It was a great room with a big and clean bed. The staff were always great and the food was delicious. It certainly looked like one of the newer ships in the bay and it cut a beautiful figure while it sailed through the water. This was one of the cheapest I could find for the cabin that we wanted. We really wanted a balcony and this seemed to be one of the cheapest ones that offered that.We got the luxury van to and from the bay, with free water here and in the room when we arrived. We got water during the buffet lunch but we had to pay quite a bit more for other stuff, which was a little bit expensive.We skipped the kayaking because you have to rent the kayaks out separately for $10. Nice cave and beach but I missed the swimming, which has government restrictions now. We stayed on board and in the cabin during the fishing trip and tai chi class – we wanted to get the most of our relaxation. It’s a bit of a rushed experience on the 2 day cruise, so I partially regret not booking the 3 day one. Good fun overall and I would certainly recommend the Huong Hai Sealife.
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