Orchid Cruise Halong Bay

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Overview

Orchid Cruise Halong Bay is one of the leading luxury 5-star cruises in Ha Long Bay. Among the newest cruises available, Orchid Cruise offers the highest level of professionalism and friendliness, sure to exceed your highest expectations.

Orchid Cruise is the first company to organize cruises through Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay, offering its guests the absolute highlights of this beautiful, wild route.

Joining our Halong Bay cruises will give you a chance to discover untouched areas and the less travelled routes not offered by any other cruise tour operator. Orchid Cruise has 14 luxury cabins and professional crew that will provide you top level service throughout the tour, regardless if you choose to cruise with us for 3 days 2 nights or 2 days 1 night.

For an amazing experience of one of the greatest attractions of Vietnam, choose Orchid Cruise!

Specifications

  • Launch Year 2016
  • Capacity28 persons
  • Length54 meters
  • Width11 meters
  • Height11 meters
  • Total Cabins14 rooms
  • Total Decks3 decks

Why Book Orchid Cruise Halong Bay

  • Leading pioneer in cruising Lan Ha Bay
  • All the cabins with private balcony
  • Best waiting lounge and private access for boarding
  • Extremely spacious cabins with panoramic ocean view
  • All the cabins offer both shower & bath
  • Exclusive departure port - only 2.5 hours from Hanoi

Itineraries

2D1N 3D2N
Day 1: Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay

9:00-9:15: Pick-up from your hotel (in or near Hanoi Old Quarter, not included in cabin price) by Orchid Cruise Limousine DCar (9 seats). Commute to the port by the newest highway between Hanoi and Hai Phong. Upon arrival at Dinh Vu Port, you are welcomed at the lounge of ORCHID CRUISE with a cup of tea.

12:15: Transfer by tender to ORCHID CRUISE.

12:30: You are greeted onboard ORCHID CRUISE with a welcome drink, then check into your cabin, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions. Start of the cruise.

13:00: ORCHID CRUISE proceeds towards Da Chong Islet, the site of a lighthouse built over 100 years ago by the French. International buffet lunch is served while the ship meanders around the islets of Con Vit area, a relatively uncommon cruising route.

14:45: Transfer to Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island, with the impressive Kim Giao forest around the cave. Trung Trang Valley is the largest valley on Cat Ba Island, covering an area of approximately 300 hectares in the middle of Cat Ba National Park. Trung Trang Cave measures 300m lengthwise through the mountains and it took more than 2000 years to form.

17:00: ORCHID CRUISE heads for Lan Ha Bay, a less frequently visited part of the area. Swimming in the blue waters of the bay, weather permitting.

17:45: Return to ORCHID CRUISE, in time for a sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. A traditional cooking class starts – and so does our Happy Hour!

19:30: Sumptuous Deluxe Dinner Set Menu, served by candlelight.

21:30: Time to enjoy the bay at night on the top deck as well as drinks from the bar. Optional squid fishing at night & a movie at the restaurant.

23:00: End of Day One program. Overnight on board.

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

6:00: An early start to the 2nd day with an invigorating sunrise Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast. The cruise continues as the ship explores the Ao Ech area.

7:45: Kayaking at Ao Ech to discover the hidden charm of Lan Ha Bay.

9:30: Return to ORCHID CRUISE for checking out.

10:00: A delightful brunch is served while the ship cruises back.

10:30: Tea Ceremony at the restaurant – tradition meets the present as we serve you tea the old way.

Return to the quay side in the south of the bay, guests disembark.

14:00: Back to your drop-off point in Hanoi Old Quarter. End of the 2 days 1 night program.

Day 1: Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay

9:00-9:15: Pick-up from your hotel (in or near Hanoi Old Quarter, not included in cabin price) by Orchid Cruise Limousine DCar (9 seats). Commute to the port by the newest highway between Hanoi and Hai Phong. Upon arrival at Dinh Vu Port, you are welcomed at the lounge of ORCHID CRUISE with a cup of tea.

12:15: Transfer by tender to ORCHID CRUISE.

12:30: You are greeted onboard ORCHID CRUISE with a welcome drink, then check into your cabin, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions. Start of the cruise.

13:00: ORCHID CRUISE proceeds towards Da Chong Islet, the site of a lighthouse built over 100 years ago by the French. International buffet lunch is served while the ship meanders around the islets of Con Vit area, a relatively uncommon cruising route.

14:45: Transfer to Trung Trang Cave on Cat Ba Island, with the impressive Kim Giao forest around the cave. Trung Trang Valley is the largest valley on Cat Ba Island, covering an area of approximately 300 hectares in the middle of Cat Ba park. Trung Trang Cave measures 300m lengthwise through the mountains and it took more than 2000 years to form.

17:00: ORCHID CRUISE heads for Lan Ha Bay, a less frequently visited part of the area. Swimming in the blue waters of the bay, weather permitting.

17:45: Return to ORCHID CRUISE, in time for a sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. A traditional cooking class starts – and so does our Happy Hour!

19:30: Sumptuous Deluxe Dinner Set Menu, served by candlelight.

21:30: Time to enjoy the bay at night on the top deck as well as drinks from the bar. Optional squid fishing at night & a movie at the restaurant.

23:00: End of Day One of the 3 days 2 nights program. Overnight on board.

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay

6:00: Early start to the 2nd day with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Coffee, tea and pastries for light breakfast served in the dining room with a morning view of the bay. The journey continues.

8:30: Boat transfer to the Viet Hai village. A bicycle trip along the village path, through rain forests and a dark tunnel, with stunning scenery of rice fields. Relaxation at the village and a visit to ancient houses for a chance to see the life in the valley. Optional electric car available at an extra cost.

Return to the boat, in time for lunch.

13:30: Cruising through Lan Ha Bay, with our tour guide providing fascinating background information about the area.

15:00: Return to ORCHID CRUISE. Swimming in the pristine waters of the bay followed by a Vietnamese cooking class.

Sunset-spotting over the Gulf of Tonkin, the Happy Hour deal starts.

19:30: Deluxe Dinner is served by candlelight.

21:30: Relaxing on the top deck whilst enjoying drinks from the bar. Catching some squid at night-time and a movie at the restaurant.

23:00: End of Day Two of the 3 days 2 nights program. Overnight on board.

Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

6:00: For early birds, an invigorating sunrise Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast. The cruise continues as the ship explores the Ao Ech area.

7:45: Kayaking at Ao Ech to discover the hidden charm of Lan Ha Bay.

9:30: Return to ORCHID CRUISE for checking out.

10:00: A delightful brunch is served while the ship cruises back.

10:30: Tea Ceremony at the restaurant – tradition meets the present as we serve you tea the old way.

Return to the quay side in the south of the bay, guests disembark.

14:00: Back to your drop-off point in Hanoi Old Quarter. End of the 3 days 2 nights program.

What's Included

  • VAT
  • English speaking tour guide on boat
  • All meals aboard as mentioned in the itineraries (02 lunches, 01 dinner, 01 breakfast)
  • Kayaking, cooking class, Tai Chi exercise, bamboo boat, swimming (if the weather permits), movies, squid fishing, music entertainment, satellite TV
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Luxury cabin with a private balcony & air conditioning (two days one night)
  • Welcome drink, cold handkerchief, fresh flowers and a fresh fruits basket, two bottles of mineral water in each cabin

What's Excluded

  • Airfare, Vietnam visa arrangements
  • Beauty spa services & massage
  • Beverages, tips, gratuities and other personal expenses
  • Surcharge for Xmas, New Year’s day & Lunar New Year’s day
  • All other services not clearly mentioned above

Experience

Dining Accommodations Onboard Activities Offboard Excursions

Relish some of Asia’s most exquisite dishes with the majestic Ha Long Bay as the backdrop

  • Gourmet dining with authentic Vietnamese cuisine
  • Welcome drink on arrival, followed by international buffet lunch
  • Sumptuous deluxe dinner set menu, served by candlelight
  • Light breakfast in the morning & a delightful brunch
  • All meals served in our restaurant with panoramic views

Rest like a king in your luxurious cabin while towers of limestone cruise past your window

  • Only 14 cabins on the ship, to ensure relaxing atmosphere on board
  • Generous space in all cabins, with our cabin size from 36 to 72 square metres
  • Regular cabins with a double bed, a private balcony and full-size ocean views
  • The Orchid Exclusive Suite with a king-size bed, a private balcony and full-size ocean views
  • Luxurious and well-furnished, with décor of exotic wood and marble
  • Each cabin with a private bathroom, inclusive of a shower and a bathtub
  • The Orchid Exclusive Suite additionally equipped with a jacuzzi

Pick from a range of fun onboard activities – or just lounge in a deckchair, drink in your hand

  • cooking class of the Vietnamese cuisine, with expert advice from our Master Chef
  • A luxurious spa offering deep tissue massage, aromatherapy or herbal oil treatment
  • Sunset-spotting over the Gulf of Tonkin
  • Squid fishing at night, with your trophies served to you the next day by our chef
  • Movies and musical entertainment
  • An invigorating sunrise class of the ancient martial art of Tai Chi
  • A traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony

Jump off the board for some hands-on experience of the natural wonders surrounding you

  • Hiking to hidden caves and fishing villages on the jungle-covered Cat Ba Island
  • Kayaking between karst limestone outcrops to isolated lagoons and caves
  • Swimming in the blue waters of the less-visited Lan Ha Bay
  • beach BBQ party, weather permitting

FAQ

What is your booking and cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy More than 15 days prior to the check-in date: no charge. From 14 to 7 days prior to the check-in date: 50% of the total rate. Less than 7 days prior to the check in date: 100% charge. Children Policy Any child less than 5 years old stays free of charge when using existing beds. Any child from 5 to 12 years old is charged 75% of the room stay per night and per person when using existing beds. Any child 13 years old or older is charged 40% of the room stay per night and per person in an extra bed. For a family booking with children, kindly chat directly with our Cruise Specialist to get the best deals.

Can you pick me up from my hotel in Hanoi?

Yes, we can! We’re ready to pick you up from any hotel in or near Hanoi Old Quarter with our comfortable 9-seater limousine (Orchid Limousine DCar). The service is not included in your cabin price, so please get in touch with us to find out the current price for the transfer.

Is the trip between Hanoi and Halong Bay very long?

No, it isn’t. The entire trip takes around 2.5 hours, from the doorstep of your hotel in Hanoi to our waiting lounge in the port of Halong Bay. For your comfort, we also use the new expressway between Hanoi and Hai Phong for the majority of the transfer service.

Is Orchid Cruise suitable for couples and families?

By all means yes! It’s a perfect choice for a relaxing holiday if you’re planning to come here as a couple or family.

Which bays do I get to visit with Orchid Cruise?

We’re proud to be the first company to organize cruises through the 3 bays: Ha Long, Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha. We’ll show you everything there is to see but we’ll focus on the most pristine, untouched areas out there.

Do I need to pay any extra fees when I visit caves with you?

No, you don’t. All cave entrance fees are included in the cruise price, so you don’t need to remember to take your change when you join us for one of our off-board excursions.

What kind of food do you serve on the ship?

Our menu is a blend of international and Vietnamese cuisines, but don’t worry – it’s all delicious! We do our best to serve only highest-quality food on Orchid Cruise.

Do we have to pay for meals on Orchid Cruise?

The meals, except drinks, are included in the price. You only need to pay for the drinks or any extra food you may want to order.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, we do. We strive to satisfy all special dietary needs our guest might have – vegetarian and vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, food allergies or religious restrictions. Just kindly let us know in advance what your requirements are.

Can I request a vegetarian meal on Orchid Cruise?

Of course, provided we have the ingredients you require. Let us know in advance and we will do our best.

Are drinks included in the price?

No. Drinks, tips and other personal expenses are not included in the cruise price, so you’ll need to cover these costs separately.

Can we request to have meals at the sundeck instead of at the restaurant?

Sure, just let us know in advance as space for meals at the sundeck is limited.

What should I bring with me on board?

Definitely start with your passport! Please also remember to bring some sunblock, sunglasses and a hat, a swimming suit and some insect repellent. If you’re travelling in winter, then don’t forget to pack some warm clothes (you’ll find them very useful when you join our Tai Chi class at sunrise).

How many nights should I spend in Ha Long? Should I visit the bay for 3 days or two?

Any amount of time in Halong Bay is great, but we can definitely recommend booking a 2-night cruise. Your trip will feel less rushed and you’ll have more time to explore some of the more remote areas of the three bays, so do try and visit Halong Bay for 3 days.

Does the staff speak English or should I learn Vietnamese?

All our staff members speak English, so you’ll have no problem communicating with us during your time on board. However, we will appreciate any Vietnamese that you can use in conversations with us!

Can I smoke in my cabin?

No, you can’t. All our cabins are strictly non-smoking, thanks for your understanding!

Catching squid sounds like an exciting thing to do! Is it difficult and do I need to prepare for it?

No, you don’t! All you need to do is to show up – we’ll have everything ready for you, including all the fishing equipment you’ll need to catch some juicy squid!

Can I jump straight from Orchid Cruise into the bay when the ship stops?

No. Jumping from the ship is strictly forbidden due to our customer safety policy.

Does Orchid Cruise have a swimming pool?

There is a jacuzzi on the board of our ship, for maximum 8 people at a time.

Can we check in onto Orchid Cruise after 1 p.m.?

Our check-in time is at 11.30 a.m. We can arrange an extra boat to transfer you to Orchid Cruise if you are late, but you will need to cover that extra cost.

Does Orchid Cruise provide vehicles for people with disabilities?

Yes, full support for people with disabilities is available upon request.

We just got married! Does Orchid Cruise arrange anything special for newly-weds on honeymoon?

Yes, we can make your honeymoon special with appropriate decoration and gifts. Oh, and congratulations!

Reviews

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 20 reviews
Review summary
  • Cruise condition/Cleanliness 4.3 / 5
  • Room comfort/Standard 4.4 / 5
  • Staff Performance 4.2 / 5
  • Food/Dining 4.3 / 5
  • Service Quality 4.5 / 5
  • Value for money 4.1 / 5

Stunningly beautiful

Thrilled to have travelled to Ha Long with Orchid Cruise! We couldn’t have hoped for a better trip. Our guide Johnny was excellent – very kind and funny at the same time. All the staff were great by the way, and as for the boat herself – she’s a beauty! You just love every second you spend on board, especially with a setting this marvelous around you!

Jessica Ricardo

United States

June 18, 2020

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on February 10, 2020

Honeymoon in Halong Bay

We visited Vietnam for our honeymoon trip and we wanted to have a special something in Halong Bay to celebrate it – and that’s exactly what these guys delivered! They knew how to do everything with taste, so even my husband (who’s not a very romantic person and definitely not a fan of over-the-top celebrations) enjoyed it all a lot. Thanks again for this!

Ariane and Giles Ricaud

France

March 20, 2020

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on January 26, 2020

Above and beyond our expectations

The boat, view, food, amenities, and activities were awesome and beyond expectations. Our visit to Trung Trang cave was a blast! Above all, the staff made our trip truly unforgettable! Many thanks to Orchid for such a wonderful experience!

Carmen Dlamini

South Africa

February 27, 2020

Family

2 Days 1 Night on November 14, 2019

A wonderful time for our family

A trip to Halong Bay was our dream for a long time and we were very happy we finally did it. The ship is very impressive and everything on board is very well arranged – the food, the activities, the rooms. Really professional throughout.My whole family enjoyed the cruise very much – my wife, our kids and me. I can recommend Orchid Cruise with all honesty to anyone!

Michio Watanabe

Japan

February 22, 2020

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on February 2, 2020

Outstanding quality

Thanks so much for this wonderful experience of Halong Bay! I went to the bay with high expectations after hearing so many great things about it, and I was not disappointed. The crew at Orchid Cruise did a fantastic job at everything – never felt so pampered before :)Definitely a big YES from me here. I would do it again if I could!

Klaus Larsson

Sweden

February 21, 2020

Single

2 Days 1 Night on February 7, 2020

What trip, what memories!

Just a quick thank-you note to say that our trip to Halong Bay was really lovely! Everything was organised to perfection, the agenda was well-planned and the food was just delicious. Our group had a fantastic time there, all three generations together on one deck for 3 days! Hats off and definitely a big recommendation for anyone looking for a quality cruise out there.

Gemma Wilson

United Kingdom

February 8, 2020

Group

3 Days 2 Nights on January 19, 2020

A great way to unwind

I spent three blissful days and two nights on the board of Orchid Cruise, and I think I’m going to cherish this memory for a long time. It was very, very relaxing for me – just staring at the water and all the rocks as we went by, with a book in my hand, on the balcony of my wonderful room. And then going to have some delicious food in the ship’s splendid restaurant. A wonderful way to do nothing and love every second of it!

Jürgen Ritter

Germany

January 31, 2020

Single

3 Days 2 Nights on January 26, 2020

The beauty of Halong Bay

We went to Halong Bay with Orchid and really enjoyed the cruise. The food was fantastic and our room was comfortable and very luxurious! All the off-board activities were also very exciting and I can definitely recommend this company to everyone.

Vlad and Irina Yushchenko

Russia

January 4, 2020

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on December 20, 2019

We had a great time

Everything was superb. The manager was excellent and took care of all our needs. Staff service was outstanding, our room was lovely and the whole experience was absolutely worth every penny!”

Deborah Fetter

United States

December 20, 2019

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on December 12, 2019

Well worth the time, travel and money

The scenery is unbeatable and it’s A MUST to spend at least a day/night onboard when in Halong Bay because it’s the best way to really appreciate its beauty and the variety of attractions that it has to offer. We chose this cruise after A LOT of research online and reading itineraries. I’m thankful we picked Peony. They had most of the activities we wanted to do plus they have great facilities and professional staff. We came all the way from Toronto and it was well worth the time, travel and money.”

The Stantons

Canada

November 29, 2019

Family

2 Days 1 Night on November 13, 2019

We love Vietnam

It is not our first time to Vietnam but it was our first time to Halong Bay. Our kids are a little bit older now so they were able to enjoy it as well. A lovely peaceful 3 days and 2 nights. The attention to detail is what made all the difference for us. Especially with the food. Simply delicious!

Lim Family

Singapore

November 6, 2019

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on May 21, 2019

Once in a lifetime

This is was a very special trip for us because it was my parents first time to leave China. We could not have chosen a better way to travel. The crew was fantastic with them and looked after all their needs. Thank you to everyone on Orchid cruisees for making this trip so special.

Zhang Family

China

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on May 14, 2019

Trip to remember on a brilliant cruise with fantastic scenery and staff

It’s worth my money to visit such an gorgeous place like Halong Bay. The scenery is incredible beautiful. Even though this is my solo trip, I didn’t feel alone thanks to the warm treat from staffs. The cruise is fancy and fulled of facilities. In brief, I totally satisfied with the journey.

Danny Moore

United States

November 5, 2019

Single

2 Days 1 Night on October 31, 2019

The best cruise in Halong Bay!

Cabins were exquisitely furnished. Lovely balcony. Bathrooms clean. Our tour guide was friendly and good at remembering guest names. We enjoyed the boat rides to the different attractions. The food was scrumptious, and that’s an understatement! We really enjoyed the demo on making Spring Rolls.”

Rosetta Benaventi

Italy

October 26, 2019

Group

3 Days 2 Nights on October 8, 2019

Friendly crew and fantastic service

The cruise has a very professional crew and tour guides. We were literally pampered during the tour as all of our needs and requests were quickly attended to. There’s plenty of excellent food, good range of activities, both onboard and in Halong’s attractions. You won’t go wrong choosing Orchid for your cruise.”

Jessica Bernstein

Spain

October 23, 2019

Group

2 Days 1 Night on October 3, 2019

A world-class cruise from start to finish

I seldom write reviews, but I felt I needed to pen one for Orchid Cruises. We were a group of 4 and it was our first time in Vietnam. Boy, were we glad we booked with Orchid Cruises! It was a small luxurious boat (it was full with 28 pax) but it enabled us to really get to know each other and we all had a blast. Great value for money and Orchid did a magnificent job touring us to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Everything was top-notch, from the amenities and staff to the food, which was a treat in itself every single time!”

Patricia Ross

United Kingdom

October 10, 2019

Group

3 Days 2 Nights on September 27, 2019

Thankfully satisfied

The ship was clean and luxurious. The staff was very friendly and the food was divine! Overall, it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend Orchid Cruise.

Jurgen Egger

Germany

September 19, 2019

Single

2 Days 1 Night on September 4, 2019

Exceptional treat for our family

To be honest, this is my first ever review. I just thought Orchid deserves a 5-star rating for their exceptional service, exceptional facilities, and a well-thought-out itinerary. We really had a blast and hopefully, we get to go back soon! Kudos and many thanks.

Julio Silva Carvalho

Brazil

September 6, 2019

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on August 30, 2019

Exceptional amenities and service

The staff is courteous, the boat is pretty comfortable, not overcrowded. Me and my wife really had a relaxing stay for a few days. Food was superb throughout the cruise and the drinks were reasonably priced as well.

John William

United States

August 21, 2019

Couple

3 Days 2 Nights on August 12, 2019

We absolutely love this cruise!

A fantastic cruise that was well-organized. The food variety for the buffet was awesome. My wife really appreciated the additional seafood platter served with compliments from the chef. The places we visited took our breath away, the landscapes were absolutely surreal!”

Beatrice Bainbridge

Canada

August 3, 2019

Couple

3 Days 2 Nights on July 27, 2019

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