First time taking a Halong Bay cruise?

First time taking a Halong Bay cruise? To help ease the anxiety felt by novices, Here are what you need to know before your first cruise in Halong Bay, which will help ensure smooth sailing.


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First time taking a Halong Bay cruise? Here are what you need to know before your first cruise.

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1. Choose the right cruise

It’s important to consider how big is the boat, how many cabins it has and how many passengers it accommodates. If you want to spend your trip with worldwide tourists, go for a medium to large boat. On a bigger boat, there are more new people to make friends and more public spaces to move to, especially if you want some alone-time.

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If you’re on a honeymoon or travelling with your family or friends, consider chartering your own small boat. Yet, one thing to take note: smaller boats may get you seasick more easily.

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Normally, there will be around 3 - 5 different categories on a Halong Bay cruise. Let's review the different types of cruise accommodations to help you pick the best cabin on a ship according to your needs and style. Whichever cruise company you choose, make sure to check the number of cabins before you book. A boat of more than 20 cabins is considered big, so get well-prepared with crowds!

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Instead of spending days researching cruise boats and itineraries, find a travel agent who specializes in Halong Bay cruises and, more important, actually takes many of them, Each cruise boat has its own personality, and a cruise specialist can find you the best cruise.

2. Pick the right cabin

One of the most difficult is how to choose the best cabin type and cabin location for your budget and lifestyle interests. Cabin choices are typically simple: interior (no view), exterior (ocean view with a window or porthole), balcony ( exterior room with a private balcony ) and suite (a larger cabin often with separate living and sleeping areas and a private balcony). In fact, there are a lot of options varying from wooden private boat around 4-10 cabins to wooden boutique cruise over 12 cabins if you’re looking for an old and classic vibe and big metal boat with contemporary and spacious design.

3. What are the cruise routes?

Although the whole area is mostly known as Halong Bay, there are in fact 3 different bays: Ha Long, Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bay. They all have a similar charming landscape of limestone cliffs, gorgeous bays, caves and beaches. Here is a quick look of cruise routes that helps you decide between these three bays:

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is the most popular destination, thus attracting hundreds of boats and tourists. Especially in the peak season, you will be amazed at the overcrowdedness there. Despite efforts and attempts to protect this bay, it is getting more crowded and polluted.

Bai Tu Long Bay

This itinerary combines the best of Halong Bay with some more remote areas in Bai Tu Long Bay. However, Bai Tu Long is harder to reach, with fewer accessible caves, so you should expect a higher price for this tour.

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is a small bay located 10km from the south of Cat Ba. Luckily, it still remains pristine and unspoiled. A great choice if you prefer to enjoy the purity of nature. Some cruise boats even offer you a night sleeping in a resort in Cat Ba.

4. What activities are on cruise?

Don’t forget to check what activities are included during your cruising tour. Consider your interests then choose the best activities in Halong Bay you want to engage in:
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Exploring caves
  • Visiting floating villages
  • Squid fishing
  • Cooking class
  • Tai Chi exercises
  • Spa

5. Which food will be served?

Cruise boats might serve Vietnamese food, Euro-Asian fusion, and Western dishes, and of course seafood will be in abundance. But, what if you have allergies or you are a vegetarian? Don’t worry, most cruises can accommodate your dietary preferences, whatever they are, just notice your cruise beforehand about your special diet within at least 24 hours before departure. Please check out our cruise listings highly recommended cruises for their special care to meet travelers’ requests.

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