Launched in 2015
The unique itinerary of the Rosa Cruise is our biggest appeal. We guarantee to show you places you haven't heard about from companies or other tourists. Enjoying your private time in Halong Bay is our reward, and we feel proud that we can show you something different from the usual Halong Bay tour.
Onboard the Rosa Cruise, you can settle into any of our nine modern cabins, each with en-suite facilities and a balcony for gazing at the remarkable Halong Bay limestone landscape. Upstairs we have an open sundeck and a beautiful floral dining room, where you will be eating delectable food created by our great team of chefs.
Our whole team is dedicated to providing you with the Halong Bay holiday that you deserve. Rosa Cruise will be a highlight of your trip to Vietnam.
07.30 – 08.30 Wait in your hotel lobby for our tour guide and shuttle bus to take you east to Halong City.
12.00 Embark on the deluxe Rosa Cruise when we reach the harbour at Halong City. You will receive a welcome drink as you do so.
12.30 Lunch will be a combination of seafood and vegetarian food, which we will enjoy during the first passage through Halong Bay’s mountain-lined waterways.
14.00 After relaxing into life at sea, we visit a pearl farm to learn of this lucrative business in Halong Bay’s rich waters.
14.30 We will head to Tung Gau Area after that, a secluded section of Halong Bay where the movie Kong: Skull Island was filmed.
17.00 Upon returning to the Rosa Cruise, you can grab a drink and head out onto the sundeck to await the magic of dusk in Halong Bay.
19.00 A barbecue dinner will be served in the dining room as the sun dips behind the limestone karsts.
21.00 Indulge in any of our evening entertainment offerings. We have board and card games as well as squid fishing with the crew. Otherwise, you might prefer to socialise at the bar or relax in your cabin with a book.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
06.30 Head upstairs early for a Tai Chi session in the beauty of the sunrise over Halong Bay.
07.00 A light breakfast is served downstairs as we pull up anchor and begin cruising again.
08.30 Hang Sung Sot or the ‘Surprising Cave’ is our next stop; we will explore its interior to see how it got this name.
10.00 Hone your Asian cooking skills as our chef shows you something to try back at home with a cooking demonstration.
11.00 Brunch will be served during the cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbour.
12.00 We disembark the Rosa Cruise 2 days 1 night, waving goodbye to our friendly crew as we do so.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
07.30 – 08.30 You will be met by our bus and tour guide in your hotel lobby in Hanoi and taken the 3.5 hours to Halong Bay.
12.00 We board the Rosa Cruise when we arrive at Tuan Chau Harbour. Relax with a welcome drink on board as you check-in.
12.30 There will be a seafood and vegetarian lunch available in the dining room, which you can eat while watching the rugged outcrops of Halong Bay islands slip past.
14.00 We visit the pearl farm village to get a first-hand experience of the whole process of pearl production.
14.30 Afterwards, we head to Tung Gau area in one of Halong’s neighbouring bays, Lan Ha Bay. This is a far less touristic place where we can swim in a kayak in peace.
17.00 There will be a small sunset party aboard the Rosa Cruise when we re-board it.
19.00 Sit down for a beautiful barbecue seafood dinner in the dining room.
21.00 Our choices for evening entertainment include a variety of card and board games, karaoke or squid fishing. Afterwards, retire to your cabin for your first time in Halong Bay overnight.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
06.30 We will hold a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for any early risers in need of some energy.
07.30 There will be a continental breakfast downstairs.
08.30 - 12.30 After we transfer to the day boat, we head to Three Peach Beach, a secluded beach and island, around which we can relax, swim or kayak for the morning.
12.30 Return to the day boat where we will have lunch in the midday shadows of the surrounding karst scenery.
14.00 We continue to explore the stunning and much less busy Lan Ha Bay.
16.00 Back on board the Rosa Cruise, our wonderful chef will show us the ancient techniques for making fried or fresh spring rolls with fish sauce. Fruits and wine will be available afterwards at the sunset party.
19.30 A delicious set-menu lunch will be served on board the Rosa Cruise in the magical atmosphere of your Halong Bay 2 night cruise.
21.00 Indulge in any of our evening activities: nighttime squid fishing or lounging at the open bar or on the deck.
22.00 We dock in the quietest area permitted by the governmental authority for Halong Bay tours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
06.30 It is the last chance to start the day with an extra kick of energy with Tai Chi on the sundeck.
07.00 Enjoy a light breakfast and soak up the morning view of Halong Bay.
08.30 We explore the Surprising Cave and found how this Halong Bay attraction got its name.
10.00 Practice your cooking skills with one of the Rosa Cruise chefs, who will be showing you another important facet of Vietnamese cuisine.
11.00 Enjoy an early lunch as we cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbour.
12.00 Your air-conned shuttle bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi will be waiting to take you back to the capital. We hope you enjoyed your time with Rosa Cruise on your Halong Bay 3 days 2 nights tour; we hope to have the pleasure of serving you again!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bus pick-up time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Check-in: 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Check-out: 09:30 AM
Return Hanoi by bus: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Shuttle bus pick-up & drop-off point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or 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 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.
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.
We went through a travel agency to book this cruise as we didn’t know which to pick out of the several on offer. We really had a great time as well! The staff were so lovely and the tour guide was amazing – they were a much higher quality of staff than we were expecting for sure. They are always thoughtful and helpful. They were especially great with my 2 year old son, who was a bit of a celebrity with the crew by the end of the cruise! We even got a great surprise during the dinner, when the crew brought in a birthday cake and sang happy birthday to us! Amazing work from a lovely set of young people – I would highly recommend going with the Rosa Cruise!
We finally settled on the Rosa Cruise after quite a bit of research. We were pleased that we did after talking to the booking office, who were very efficient and friendly in their responses. This was shaping up to be the perfect mid-range cruise for us. We spent a few minutes rounding everyone up before we boarded the boat. We were given a welcome drink and joined the happy buzz of people in the dining room. The wooden cabin made us feel like we were in the forest. We were a group of 4, 2 couples in 2 rooms, so the crew made us some towel swans and placed them on the super comfortable bed. Some of the older boats in Halong Bay seemed to be emitting a pretty audible and not particularly pleasant engine noise, which somewhat ruined the ambience of Halong Bay. Luckily we were able to get away quickly and find some space to ourselves. The engine on the Rosa Cruise only emits a very slight hum, which is barely audible and does nothing to distract you from your trip. Even though it was a freezing January day, we went immediately to the top deck and felt the wind on our faces. The limestone islands are just amazing and the Rosa Cruise anchored the boat in such a way as for us to enjoy sunset above them at the end of the day. The only thing we weren’t that fussed about was the purported “educational” trip to the pearl farm, which is a quick demonstration which ends in a trip to the gift shop. We had already seen this when we stopped for a rest at the servo on the way, which also had a souvenir stand. Typical of these kinds of tours though, so we just grinned and bore it. We enjoyed the kayaking, although we were confined to a pretty small area and I’d have liked it more if we could have spread our wings a bit. We floated in our kayaks during sunset and that was a really surreal moment. We got some smiles and ginger tea back onboard the boat. There was a choice of either squid fishing or karaoke after the dinner. We opted for the squid fishing as the cold was not an issue for us – the men, however, caught absolutely nothing. We went to a very impressive cave called Hang Sung Sot, but it was somewhat flooded with crowds and that was a bit of a turn-off. This is fairly unavoidable though, I know, given the popularity of Halong Bay nowadays. The final activity was a simple cooking class, where the 24 people on board all collected around the dining room table and tried their hand at making traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. This was actually great fun, as was the tai chi class that happened early in the morning, which I wasn’t expecting to enjoy that much but I did. For the whole package that we paid, we were given a tasty lunch, dinner, breakfast and another lunch. The lunches and dinner were set menu, so we just ate what was put in front of us and enjoyed it. We were happy that this was the case as we didn’t want there to be a buffet for every meal and therefore lots of food wastage. The lovely staff were always there for you when you needed them, ensuring the trip went smoothly and that you have a good time while you’re on there. The boat was a little bit old but had been well looked after, and was super clean every time we stepped back on board. At no point did we ever feel unsafe. An amazing experience, really, and one that we will highly recommend to anyone who will listen! Thank you Rosa Cruise!
This is definitely one of the must do activities if you’re in Ha Noi. It would be crazy not to really. We only decided the day before that we were going to go on a cruise at all, so our choosing was a bit rushed, but the Rosa Cruise seemed to fit the bill so we went through the simple booking process and were on the boat the next day. The ship itself seems to be in pretty good shape and the top deck was a lovely spacious area where we were able to watch the bay cruising past and idly chat with other passengers. This was one of the best parts about the Rosa Cruise – the fact that it is a smaller boat and therefore has fewer passengers that most of the other companies. This gave us lots of privacy but also a really nice atmosphere when we felt like socialising. Frank was not only a fantastic guide, with lots of knowledge of the bay, but he was a people pleaser and kept the atmosphere light and positive with some great stories! He took us kayaking and through the caves, both of which we absolutely loved. Great Cruise – get on board when you’re here!
Excellent work by the Rosa Cruise to accommodate for all 5 of us in the family! The rooms were not big, but suitable for our family. Our guide Minh was stupendous; always so well informed about the bay and able to deliver the information passionately and in excellent English. We enjoyed everything about the sites and kayaking and caving around the area. The food was tremendous and accommodated for a few dietary restrictions that my family suffers from. The crew on the whole were excellent and the rest of the cruise went exactly as advertised, with great organisation from everyone involved.
A great cruise with fun had by all! I have to mention the food first as it is the thing that is really sticking with me. Incredible seafood with lots of prawns, crab, mussels and fish, with other meat like chicken, beef and pork, as well as very great vegetarian options. If you the time and budget, I would heartily suggest going on the 3 day 2 night cruise as opposed to the 2 day 1 night, as you get so many more activities and repetitions of fun activities than the standard kayaking and caving on the shorter tour. It’s also a 4 hour drive to the bay from Hanoi, so going for that extra day definitely makes it all seem much more worthwhile. Be prepared to stay inside your coats if you’re going in January like we did! It was pretty nippy and I would definitely advise going back at some point in the autumn or spring. The AC in the bedroom is also a heater so we were very comfortable in there. We had a brilliant time overall and would like to come back later when I don’t have to kayak with gloves on! Hopefully soon…
As with everyone else, I spent a long time checking out different boats on the internet to ensure that I made the right choice for this once in a lifetime trip through Halong Bay. It most certainly paid off. I decided on the Rosa Cruise after I saw that it fitted my desires perfectly. I saw that it had: - Kayaking - Sunrise tai chi - Good food - A small capacity - Cooking show - Cave visit The Rosa Cruise delivered all of these to perfection and even a few more (swimming, a visit to a pearl farm and some nighttime squid fishing). We also had a lot of time just to chill on the boat, which I know is an issue with some of the boats as there isn’t that much time. There were about 15 tourists on our boat and we got to know everyone really well. We had people coming from Australia, The U.S, India, Canada, Indonesia and Brazil. Neither me nor my boyfriend were expecting the quality of the meals, all of which were delicious and cooked to perfection. We had a really excellent guide in Thuong, who was friendly and approachable. Her knowledge of the bay was seriously impressive and she really took the effort to get to know everyone and make sure they were happy throughout the cruise. She was with us on the bus trip from Hanoi and even came back with us to drop us all off and personally wave goodbye to us. What a lovely girl. Although the tai chi class was super early in the morning, we enjoyed it a lot! About 7 people got up in time for it but we were so glad that we were part of the group that did – it was so worth it. Thanks for an excellent cruise, Rosa Cruise! We will be back for the longer itinerary in the future I am sure.
Great value for money, this 2 day cruise around Halong Bay with the Rosa Cruise. The pick up from the hotel was on time and took 3.5 hours to get to the bay, as advertised. Our fantastic guide Ling met us at the start and was a real joy throughout the trip. She was so friendly and well informed about the bay. We learned a lot from her and had a great time because of her. As far as the scheduling for the trip went, there was kayaking, caving, and visiting a fishing village. There was a bit of time to relax during the activities but not all that much. I would advise people who want to relax a bit more can skip out some of the activities – we really enjoyed every activity that we did, but I can understand wanting to relax more! For the price that we paid, we thought the cabin was very good and plenty comfortable enough for our needs. There is a lot of seafood in the meals – this was perfect for us but there were a few people who were allergic – just make sure you tell them beforehand! You share the tables with other guests, which is a little bizarre at first but it very much promotes a social atmosphere. Drinks are a little pricey, but we were excepting that. All of the crew were lovely and were always smiling. The top deck was the best part of the boat so we spent most of our time up here and had some nice tans to show for it! This was a great way to see Halong Bay, try some new activities, try some new food and meet some new friends! Very happy with how it all went and would love to come back with the Rosa Cruise!
Make sure you know which boat you are supposed to be on as the company has two – the Rosa Cruise and the Rosa Boutique Cruise. We were on the latter and had a lovely time together. The interconnecting cabins we were presented with were great – one cabin had a queen bed and one had a double and a single, so it was perfect for our family of four, but you could easily get another person in there if you wanted. We were one of the few people doing the 2 night cruise from our boat so we came back at the end of the second day to a completely new set of faces. The day boat that you take while the others are sailing back to harbour is much nicer than we expected it to be, and it had other 2 nighter people from other boats, so we were always in good company and we had a very fun day because of it. The activities were very good and our teenaged boys loved jumping off the boat into the water, which we were allowed to do on the second day. There were 7 courses each fro lunch and dinner, so you get to try a lot of different food. No drinks are included so remember to bring a spare bit of spending money. We loved our guides, Thi and Frank, who were both professional and very friendly. The whole of the crew were excellent and it seemed like they were able to provide everyone with what they needed. We got very lucky with the weather as we had just arrived during the tail end of a storm, and it was a bit touch and go for a while as to whether or not the boat would even sail. Can’t fault the Rosa Cruise for the magnificent time we ended up having. Thanks so much! Definitely recommending
We read a few reviews after we got back from the cruise to see if we agreed with them. Most of them were spot on but they left out a few things. I’ll start off by agreeing with the overwhelming general consensus that this trip is amazing. It is scheduled tightly but it has to be. If you don’t want to go on any of the activities, you can just chill on the boat. I still found plenty of time to be with my love. It was a very comfortable boat and everything was cleaned to perfection. The bed was soft and we were happy with everything – it’s not 5-star quality, but it was incredibly good for what we were paying. There were a lot of different nationalities on the boat and we became good friends by the end. That was for 2 reasons, the first being that the boat is small so its easier to do so, and the second being that our guide Tom Tom got us all to do personal introductions on the bus ride over to the bay – that started things off on a very good footing! Tom Tom is an unbelievable tour guide with a very friendly and approachable demeanour. She knows heaps about the bay and sang a very emotional folk song on the bus ride over, it almost moved my fiancée to tears! The food was really special and it never ran out! We did a cooking class on the second day and made some tasty spring rolls before we ate them. A little recipe of the rolls and sauces would have been nice so that we could try to recreate them back home. We loved how communal everything was. It’s a very positive vibe on the Rosa Cruise so we were always happy to see our other shipmates. They came from Australia, Russia, Korea, Japan, India, Israel and Greece. We certainly wouldn’t have had such a great time without them and we have to thank Rosa Cruise from bringing everyone together! Thanks Tom Tom and the rest of the crew for this astounding time!
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Wow. This was an absolutely fantastic way to conclude 2 weeks in Vietnam. Rosa Cruises left us thinking very highly of the country and their company after we did the 2 day tour with them through Halong Bay.The boat was definitely smaller than the other ones but I had no problem with this at all. It meant that we could talk more easily to the other guests and that went onto us becoming friends, which definitely makes everything more fun! There was a great balance between the old world charm and modern amenities, like the free wifi and great air con.The rooms were really great and comfortable but we didn’t end up spending too long here as we preferred to hang out with our new friends on the top deck.The activities were excellent and excellently run by Tom, who had impeccable English and was a delight to have on board. We shared lots of nice discussions and she was the perfect, friendly member of staff. Our favourite little excursion was looking around the very impressive cave, but we also thoroughly enjoyed the squid fishing, even though it was essentially just sitting on the tender boat and dangling sticks in the water, but we did it with excellent company and cold beers – just perfect!All of the food was exquisite. If you tell them that you don’t like a certain thing, they will change it for you without question. I don’t normally like seafood but I gave it a go as we were in Halong Bay, and it was amazing – cooked to perfection by the chefs.Overall, we’ve got zero complaints about the amazing Rosa Cruise. It’s a really personable experience and it gave us some times that we will never forget!The bar is also pretty cheap, if that affects your thinking at all
Very happy with how our time on the Rosa Cruise went. The activities are indeed tightly organised, but after seeing all of the boats trying to deliver almost identical itineraries, it’s no wonder that it’s the way it is! Everything was kept very well run by Frank, our guide, who was excellent and a very interesting person to listen to. We enjoyed the food and the quantity of it as well. Our cabin came with every amenity we needed such as fridge, fan, powerful AC and hot water for the shower.Considering all of the activities, it might have been nice to have more than the 4 little water bottles they provided for 2 people, as it gets very hot in Halong Bay and we were there for 24 hours. We somewhat anticipated this and bought a 1.5 litre bottle from the service station on the way to the bay – I’d advise you do the same.Overall, excellent trip throughout and the perfect way to see Halong Bay thanks to Frank and the wonderful crew!
Me and 3 other friends came on the Rosa Cruise for 3 days after reading a lot of positive 3 day reviews – I’m going to add my own here and we all found the second day to be the best by far! The beauty of Halong Bay speaks for itself – we couldn’t have been happier on the activities, with all the caves, swimming, kayaking and trekking. To help you see it all in style, we had some excellent service from the crew, always friendly and charming. The rooms were fantastic and very clean upon arrival (less so once us 4 rowdy lads on tour left!). Food was stunning and we were always very well fed. There was a minor issue with our transfer to the bay from Hanoi airport, but it was sorted out in the end and we were treated to an amazing cruise, which I would love to return to!
I honestly can’t tell you how amazing this cruise was! Even with us paying full price and leaving this review, I feel like we owe them so much more! All of the activities were included, as well as the delicious food (which was very safe as I never got sick). Everything was ready for us in the room when we checked in and the who area was lovely. The tour guides have incredible English and are clearly passionate about their jobs. They were very friendly and fun to be around. I loved absolutely all of the activities but my favourite was the most chill and most simple one – swimming just next to the boat. The views around the bay are just incredible, swimming in peace with the limestone mountains around was seriously awe-inspiring, but I had the most beautiful moment when we pulled back the curtains in the morning to see a bright pink sunrise, we stayed and stared at the scenery for about half an hour. I don’t even have words to describe how amazing that was, so I won’t try! I cannot believe that we didn’t go for 3 days! We will absolutely return with the Rosa Cruise for an extended trip in the future!
Me and my friends are all college students so we were looking for an affordable way to see Halong Bay. We didn’t want to compromise on quality though, so we chose the Rosa Cruise and were very happy with how it all went down! Frank was a great tour guide with great planning and a really friendly attitude. He played the guitar during dinner, which was really nice – helped of course by the delicious food and great serving sizes (I’m a vegetarian and I was still stuffed!). Heading out into the bay on a tour is very relaxing, and there weren’t many people on the boat so it didn’t feel like some exercise in organized fun. My love for Halong Bay was really ignited by the passionate crew of the Rosa Cruise and I will certainly be back for longer next time!
Really great cruise, everything felt clean and new. A bit of confusion once we arrived at the harbour as we weren’t sure where to go and ended up waiting on the wrong tender! All sorted out in the end and we were greeted warmly by the staff and with a delicious lunch (I have allergies so their catering for this was extra appreciated). There are just a few cabins so we enjoyed a more private time and got some personable service from the crew. It’s quite a busy schedule but you can skip whatever you like if you want to stay on the boat, which is what we did during the cave visit. Some basic water, tea and coffee for free would have been a big help, and the drinks are somewhat pricey, but those are my only qualms. We will be going back with the Rosa Cruise for sure!