3 SHOCKING secrets to pick a cruise in Halong Bay!
Choosing a cruise for your Halong Bay trip can be as difficult as going to a blind and speed-dating event. You can’t spend all day long getting to know someone, but you need to figure out whether your personalities match and he/she could be the right one for you. Many cruise lines are trying to persuade travelers they can offer an all-things-to-all-people onboard experience, and we need to make a wise choice. Though all cruise lines may seem similar, they all have their own pros and cons and offer different experiences.
So, how to determine which cruise line best matches your need? Following are 3 major criteria to pick a cruise in Halong Bay. Reading reviews and asking knowledgeable travel agents to further winnow the choices down are highly recommended.
1) The itinerary
Does the white sand beaches wrap a quiet and peaceful village on Cat Ba Island appeal to you? How about an off the beaten track itinerary to fully discover the Gulf of Tonkin? What about walking on the pathway to Thien Canh Son Cave which is set below the forest canopy or being immersed in the quiet location dropping net off like the fishermen in Vung Vieng village?
For example, Indochina Junk itineraries include less-traveled ports and often feature late-night stays and overnights in port. Bhaya Cruises offer sailings to Cat Ba Island, Gulf of Tonkin in 3 day 2 night to create excursions tailor-made to your touring desires. Indochina Sails, Halong Bay Cruises offer the daily trip to regular destinations in the Bay.
Where do you want to go? Once you answer this question, your range of options will narrow considerably.
2) The expenses
What is the best option for budget-conscious cruisers?
For travelers who prefer luxury and are willing to pay for it, there are high-cost cruise lines which offer intuitive service, food, and amenities.
Travelers seeking the lower price will probably be delighted with budget cruise lines, such as Bhaya Cruises which is committed to making onboard amenities accessible to all and many of its new entertainment are included in the fare(unlike on other lines, where every new feature seems to come with an extra fee).
You might have different choices because it depends on who you are and what you are looking for.
Whether you are a night-owl looking for hottest dance party aboard, a solo traveler or honeymoon couple looking for some privacy or even a company looking for a professional event-organizing agency, then Legend Halong is highly recommended. Another option that you should take into serious consideration is The Au Co, though the price is a bit higher; but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.