10 Best Halong Bay Cruises

As it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam. Cruising in Halong Bay is the most popular way to experience this wonder of nature. Taking 1 day Halong Bay tour from Hanoi might be enough when time is very limited, but for anyone who has plenty of time and are not on a tight budget we would recommend taking an overnight cruise in Halong Bay and fully admire its natural beauty. 10 best Halong Bay Cruises offering exclusive travel experience are listed below.

10 Best Halong Bay Cruises

1. President Cruise 

President Cruise, launched in November 2018, is considered to be the most famous cruise in Halong Bay. It is not only one of the most luxurious cruises with a classic and modern design, but also the largest cruise in Halong Bay. The boat used for this cruise is 86 meters long, 13.9 meters wide and 13 meters high with 5 floors.

President Cruises

Cruise duration

The duration of President Cruise can be chosen from two options: 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Sung Sot Cave → Tung Sau Pearl Farm → Titop Island → Cua Van Fishing Village → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 46 cabins on the cruise boat and it is able to accommodate 120 guests. All cabins are en-suite with bathroom, hot shower, full bathroom amenities, towels and luxury linens. President Cruise’s boat has a swimming pool and large sundeck up to 87 square meters. There is also a luxury spa and outdoor Jacuzzi on board the cruise.

The types of accommodation on President Cruise are as follows:

  • Ambassador Balcony, 30 sq. m, 18 cabins
  • Premier Balcony, 30 sq. m, 23 cabins
  • Cabinet Suite, 35 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Treasury Suite, 38 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Presidential Suite, 90 sq. m, 1 cabin

Highlights of President Cruise

Serving the unique Michelin menu by famous chef John Burton-Race with over 40 dishes.

There is a piano lounge with jazz music every night.

There is a professional butler that is well trained and ready to take care of guests 24/7.

Cruise price

For current President Cruise price check here: President Cruise.

2. Mon Chéri Cruise 

Mon Chéri Cruise is one of the most luxurious 5-star cruises in Lan Ha Bay aiming to serve high-class tourists. The cruise boat is designed and built based on the idea of a yacht. A perfect blend of the classic sophistication of Europe and the rustic nature of Vietnamese style created an elegant and luxurious yacht. The boat's interior is decorated with dark brown tones and woodwork.

Mon Chéri Cruises

Cruise duration

The duration of Mon Chéri Cruise can be 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Haiphong → Halong Bay → Lan Ha Bay → Dark and Bright Cave → Viet Hai village → Trung Trang Cave → Cat Ba Island → Halong Bay → Haiphong → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

Mon Chéri Cruise boat has 18 luxurious and spacious rooms with private balconies overlooking Lan Ha Bay. This cruise is suitable for those traveling as a family or in group because the boat also offers connecting cabins. Mon Chéri Cruise offers full facilities including restaurant, bar, fitness equipment and spa.

Highlights of Mon Chéri Cruise

The cruise boat departs from Haiphong and it takes only 2 hours to get there from Hanoi Old Quarter which saves you from long, boring and tiring journey to Ha Long City.

You can visit 2 bays in one trip as both Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay are visited during this cruise.

On the second day, there is a cycling activity at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island.

The cruise is serving the widest range of special foods: authentic Halal food with Halal certificate, vegetarian, kosher and gluten-free food.

Cruise price

For current Mon Chéri Cruise price check here: Mon Chéri Cruise.

3. Orchid Ha Long Cruise 

Orchid Ha Long Cruise, launched in 2016, is one of the most popular cruises in Halong Bay. It is one of top cruises reviewed on TripAdvisor and the majority of reviews say that it's "Excellent". Orchid Ha Long Cruise boat cruises through Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay on unique tourist route that is claimed to be passing by the most beautiful bays in this area.

Orchid Ha Long Cruise

Cruise duration

The duration of Orchid Ha Long Cruise can be chosen from two options: 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Haiphong → Cai Trap Canal → Trung Trang cave → Viet Hai village → Ao Ech → Haiphong → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

The cruise boat has 14 luxury cabins with private balcony and a king-size bed that can accommodate 28 people. Each cabin has a large window with a panoramic view overlooking the bay. The other zones on the cruise boat are well designed such as fantastic public space and fine dining area.

The cabins on Orchid Ha Long Cruise are as follows:

  • Balcony Suite, 36 sq. m
  • Family Suite, 72 sq. m
  • Premium Suite, 36 sq. m
  • Family Premium Suite, 72 sq. m
  • Orchid Exclusive Suite, 45 sq. m

Highlights of Orchid Cruise

Orchid Cruise is the first cruise that started sailing to Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam. There are many beautiful beaches and less tourists.

There is a Jacuzzi and sundeck which was newly opened in September 2019.

Top rated cruise with excellent reviews online.

On the second day, there is a cycling activity at Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island.

Cruise price

For current Orchid Ha Long Cruise price check here: Orchid Ha Long Cruise.

4. Paradise Elegance Cruise Halong

Paradise Elegance Cruise Halong was launched in late 2017 and belongs to Paradise Group, the company set up on Tuan Chau Island. It is one of the largest and most luxurious cruises in Halong Bay, which is suitable for those looking for high-end service. Paradise Elegance Cruise ship is a modern steel vessel with Vietnamese design concepts and contemporary style.

Paradise Elegance Cruise Halong

Cruise duration

The duration of Paradise Elegance Cruise is 2 days 1 night.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Tung Sau Pearl Farm → Sung Sot Cave → Titop Island → Lan Ha Bay → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 31 cabins with full range of facilities such as luxury restaurants, spa & wellness center, piano bar, and butler service on Paradise Elegance Cruise.

The cabins on the cruise are as follows:

  • Deluxe Balcony Cabin, 25 sq. m
  • Executive Balcony Cabin, 25 sq. m
  • Elegance Balcony Suite, 35 sq. m
  • Captain’s View Terrace Suite, 35 sq. m

Highlights of Paradise Elegance Cruise

There is a spa and health center on board.

Live music and classical piano performance at Le Piano Bar.

There are many activities while sailing in Halong Bay such as kayaking and Tai Chi lessons.

Cruise price

For current Paradise Elegance Cruise price check here: Paradise Elegance Cruise Halong.

5. Pelican Halong Cruise

Pelican Halong Cruise is a mid-range cruise in Halong Bay. The first Pelican Cruise boat was launched in early 2012 and two others started operating in 2013. The cruise boats are luxuriously decorated with unique French architecture and mainly white color design.

Pelican Halong Cruise

Cruise duration

The duration of Pelican Halong Cruise can be 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Tung Sau Pearl Farm → Titop Island → Cua Van fishing village → Me Cung Cave → Sung Sot Cave

Rooms and facilities

There are 28 cabins on board, able to accommodate a maximum of 150 passengers. Each cabin is spacious with standardized amenities, wide bow-window and private balcony, wooden floor and hand-made furniture, private air-conditioning and in-house telephone, safety box. There is also a restaurant serving Vietnamese and Western food.

The cabins on Pelican Halong Cruise are as follows:

  • Deluxe Ocean full view, 18 sq. m, 14 cabins
  • Family Deluxe Ocean full view, 36 sq. m, 4 cabins
  • Suit Ocean full view, 18 sq. m, 6 cabins
  • Family Ocean full view, 36 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Royal Suite Ocean full view, 30 sq. m, 2 cabins

Highlights of Pelican Halong Cruise

Suitable for those who want to sail along the classic route in Halong Bay.

Cruise visits Sung Sot Cave and Titov Island, scenic tourist attractions in Halong Bay.

Cruise visits Cua Van fishing village where you can see the life of local fishermen.

BBQ dinner and a variety of massage and spa services available.

Cruise price

For current Pelican Halong Cruise price check here: Pelican Halong Cruise.

6. Azalea Cruise

Azalea Cruise, launched in 2017, is a 5-star cruise boat of a classic luxurious western design. Azalea Cruise is the second cruise sailing on the route from Haiphong to Halong Bay. This cruise is a good choice for travelers who want to see Halong Bay from a different perspective. Azalea Cruise brings you into middle of Lan Ha Bay - away from the majority of tourist boats but with the same breathtaking seascape.

Azalea Cruise

Cruise duration

The duration of Azalea Cruise can be chosen from two options: 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Got Pier → Cat Ba Island → Trung Trang Cave → Viet Hai Village → Lan Ha Bay → Frog Pond → Got Pier → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 20 spacious cabins decorated in 5 different styles on Azalea Cruise. Every cabin is spacious and comes with an open balcony where you can relax and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the bay. Each cabin also has full facilities such as flat-screen satellite TV, mini fridge, electric kettle and private bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. Azalea Cruise also has a spa center, on-site restaurant, bar and sundeck which is a popular area for guests as it is over 500 square meters.

The cabins on Azalea Cruise are as follows:

  • Azalea Exclusive Suite Cabin, 45 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Family Premium Deluxe Cabin with Balcony, 56 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Premium Deluxe Cabin with Balcony, 28 sq. m, 6 cabins
  • Family Deluxe Cabin with Balcony, 56 sq. m, 2 cabins
  • Deluxe Cabin With Balcony, 28 sq. m, 12 cabins

Highlights of the Azalea Cruises

Cruise down Halong Bay to Lan Ha Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the area.

Luxurious and well decorated cabins. Every cabin has a private balcony that allows you to enjoy the magnificent views.

On board, authentic Vietnamese food is served.

Cruise price

For current Azalea Cruise price check here: Azalea Cruise.

7. Halong Glory Legend Cruise 

Halong Glory Legend Cruise, launched in the middle of December 2014, is a cruise sailing in Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. The cruise boat is decorated in a classic and modern Asian style. The cruise departs from Tuan Chau Marina Harbor and provides transfers from Hanoi for the guests.

Halong Glory Legend Cruise

Cruise duration

The duration of Halong Glory Legend Cruise can be 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Tung Sau area → Titop Island → Cua Van village → Me Cung Cave → Sung Sot Cave → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 28 cabins on the cruise boat that are decorated in boutique style and offer full facilities and services. The cabins have large window with magnificent scenery behind it, en-suite bathroom, mini-bar, air-conditioning, boutique decor, king size bed or queen size bed, paintings, and others. Glory Legend Cruise's sundeck is the best place on boat for relaxing outdoor and taking pictures of amazing landscapes of Halong Bay.

The cabins on Glory Legend Cruise are as follows:

  • Deluxe Ocean Full View, 16 sq. m, 14 cabins
  • Family Deluxe Ocean Full View, 34 sq. m, 4 cabins
  • Suite Ocean Full View, 16 sq. m, 8 cabins
  • Family Suite Ocean Full View, 32 sq. m, 2 cabins

Highlights of Glory Legend Cruise

28 cabins with sea view and sliding door.

Glory Legend Cruise is the best of mid-ranged cruises in Halong Bay.

Cruise price

For current Halong Glory Legend Cruise price check here: Halong Glory Legend Cruise.

8. Swan Cruises Halong 

Swan Cruises Halong is a 3-star cruise in Halong Bay. It is a simple, classic, Vietnamese-style cruise, which has received overwhelming reviews on the internet, with over 90% of guests confirming it is excellent. Swan Cruise sails to Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. By joining the journey on this cruise, you will not only have chance to admire the beauty that the bay has to offer, but also to join various activities such as kayaking, cooking classes, Tai Chi classes, swimming, etc.

Swan Cruises Halong

Cruise duration

The duration of Swan Cruise can be chosen from two options: 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Cap La → Cong Dam area → Cong Do Area → Thien Canh Son cave → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

The cruise boat has 8-12 cabins with sea view, comfortable bedding, air conditioning and private bathroom. Each cabin is decorated with inspiration of the traditional Vietnamese culture and with the use of local materials like bamboo. In addition, the cruise has a restaurant and bar that is perfectly designed and offers a relaxing and romantic atmosphere while enjoying Vietnamese food.

Highlights of Swan Cruise

Cruise sails off Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay.

Staff and tour guides on board work professionally, enthusiastic and are friendly to all guests.

There are many activities on board such as kayaking, cooking classes, Tai Chi classes, swimming and more.

Cruise price

For current Swan Cruise price check here: Swan Cruises Halong.

9. Huong Hai Junk Cruise

Huong Hai Junk Cruise is a beautifully designed Chinese junk cruising in Halong Bay. The junk is not very large and suitable for a small group of tourists who want to enjoy the private atmosphere and quiet time in Halong Bay.

Huong Hai Junks Halong

Cruise duration

The duration of Huong Hai Junk Cruise can be 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Hon Gai → Bai Tu Long Bay → Vung Vieng fishing village → Cong Do area → Thien Canh Son → Hon Gai Dock → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 8 cabins designed and fitted to international standards on the cruise boat. The boat is decorated with polished wood and large windows that allow guests to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay. The comfortable bedding and deluxe linens ensure a restful sleep in style. All cabins are well equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and hot water, 24-hour room service and other facilities. On the junk there is also a restaurant with lounge and spacious sundeck.

Highlights of Huong Hai Junk Cruise

Huong Hai Junk is the first Halong Bay cruise in a charming Vietnamese traditional wooden junk.

The cruise sails on both Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay.

Cruise price

For current Huong Hai Junk cruise price check here: Huong Hai Junk Cruise.

10. Dragon Legend Cruise 

Dragon Legend Cruise, launched in 2014, is a popular cruise on Indochina Junk that is 67.94 meters long and 11.8 meters wide. Dragon Legend offers cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay, with visits to less traveled destinations such as Thien Canh Son Cave and Cong Do area.

Dragon Legend Cruise

Cruise duration

The duration of Dragon Legend Cruise can be chosen from two options: 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights.

Cruise route

Hanoi → Halong Bay → Mua Hoa → Cap La → Vung Vieng fishing village → Thien Canh Son cave → Cap La → Hanoi

Rooms and facilities

There are 24 cabins on board Dragon Legend Cruise boat. Each spacious cabin is a work of art with Vietnamese traditional handcrafted décor and modern facilities, private bathroom including a bathtub, and large sea view windows.

Dragon Legend Cruise boat has 4 decks with both inside and outside restaurants, spa, bar, sundeck area and other entertainment options suitable for a relaxing trip in the bay.

Highlights of Dragon Legend Cruise

Dragon Legend Cruise boat is decorated in traditional style and is suitable for those who like Vietnamese culture and want to feel closer to it during the cruise.

Dragon Legend Cruise offers trips to Bai Tu Long Bay in the less touristic area.

Cruise price

For current Dragon Legend Cruise price check here: Dragon Legend Cruise.

Where to book Halong Bay Cruise?

Most of Halong Bay cruises can be booked via Booking.comAgoda.com or through a local agency like Visithalongbay.com.

We suggest you to read the reviews of the cruise you're interested in before deciding as there are many types of cruises in Halong Bay, from standard junks to 5-star luxury cruise ships, so you can choose Halong Bay cruise depending on your budget and preferences.

10 Best Halong Bay Cruises

Other Halong Bay Cruises

There are many cruises sailing in Halong Bay and not all good cruises could make into our TOP 10 list. Other Halong Bay cruises grouped by price level are listed below.

Luxury cruises

Elite of The Seas

Halong Sapphire Cruise

UniCharm Cruise

Stellar of the Seas Cruise

O'Gallery Lotus Cruise

Genesis Luxury Regal Cruises

Lapinta Cruise Lan Ha Bay 

Mid-range cruises

Golden Star Cruise

Cozy Bay Classic Cruise

Majestic Halong Cruise

La Paci Cruises

Maya Halong Cruises

Halong Glory Cruise

Imperial Classic Cruise

Sunlight Halong Cruise 

Budget cruises

Halong Majestic Legend Cruise

Flamingo Luxury Cruises

Sunlight Cruise

Rosa Boutique Cruise

Lan Ha Legend Cruise

Ha Long Legend Boutique Cruise

Legacy Cruise

10 Best Halong Bay Cruises

Sample Itinerary of Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay 2D1N Cruise

Day 1: Start the cruise, Luon Cave area for kayaking, Titop Island, Sunset Tea Break, Seafood Dinner, Squid Fishing

Day 2: Breakfast, Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt), Cooking Class (Vietnamese Spring Rolls), Lunch, Return to Hanoi

Halong Bay 3D2N Cruise

Day 1: Start the cruise, Luon Cave area for kayaking, Sunset Tea Break, Seafood Dinner, Squid Fishing

Day 2: Breakfast, Head islet and Drum Area, Kayaking, Swimming, Private Beach visit, Lunch, Pearl Farm, Titop Island, Cua Van Floating Village, Sunset Tea break, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast, Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt), Cooking Class (Vietnamese Spring Rolls), Lunch, Return to Hanoi

Best time to visit Halong Bay

Halong Bay can be visited on any month. However, each season has advantages and disadvantages.

February to April

It is a good time to cruise in Halong Bay as the weather in Northern Vietnam is getting warmer. Most of the days see a good weather with blue sky and only on some days a little rain is expected. The temperature on these months may vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. The number of tourists visiting is still lower.

May to August

This is the summer time of Halong Bay. The temperature is rising. On some days, there is a little rain but mostly the days are sunny with clear bright sky. During this time you can expect to make the most beautiful pictures of the bay. Those who love activities will definitely enjoy cruising in summer because you can surely do all the activities in Halong Bay such as kayaking or swimming without worrying about the weather. The disadvantage of visiting Halong Bay during this period is that it's the high season and the prices are higher and the bay is crowded by tourists.

September to November

If you are worried about the weather and doesn't want to experience bad weather in Halong Bay, then you should avoid this time of the year because there is a high chance of monsoon. When visiting Halong Bay during these months, it is recommended to bring warm clothing and waterproof jackets. Depending on luck, you can still experience some sunny days with clear blue sky. The advantage of visiting Halong Bay during this period is that it is the low season and you can expect to see fewer tourists and get a discount for many cruises.

December and January

If you like cold weather, we recommend you to come to Halong Bay during this time of the year because the temperature keeps getting lower. The weather is not as hot as in the summer and it can be cloudy all day. However, some days still bring clear blue skies. These months is the time of holidays and celebrations like Christmas and New Year so the cruises often have special offers for this occasion.