Pelican Halong Cruises
Pelican Halong Cruises
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Pelican Halong - Popular & Luxury Cruises offer Itineraries exploring Halong Bay, Catba island - the World's Biosphere Reserve including Restaurant, Swimming, Fishing, Kayaking, Tai Chi (Yoga), discovering caves, islands, islets... and many wonderful things depending on you.Be ready to enjoy a fine cuisine and drinks experience, and to get both your body and soul relaxed through our wellness and Tai Chi Health Benefits offerings!
Halong Bay, Vietnam

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2023

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kblair2016
Melbourne, Australia70 contributions
Jan 2020
Halong Bay, I am sure, used to be a fabulous sleepy fishing village with pristine waters. Sadly this is not the case today.
Pelican Halong Cruises Boat 6900 was booked for us by Odynovo Tour Company. It has comfortable small rooms and can house up to 44 guests. It is obviously a production line as they are stripping rooms ready for the cleaners before you get off and unless there is a Typhoon, they are out in the Bay daily.
I was astounded at the flotilla of vessels that took off at around midday, I felt as if we were off to evacuate Dunkirk!! You actually do not go very far, but if you can avoid the other boats, the views are spectacular. We had a slightly overcast 24 hours, but was still incredible.
A fairly regimented itinerary, with a stop off at a Pearl farm, then on to a ‘beach’ (I will use that term very loosely, as an Australian, it was NOT a beach), with a large rocky outcrop to climb. We did not feel the need to get off for any of these, which I am sure was a disappointment to our young tour director! We did see some idiots hanging from some rocks after the ultimate photo! Relax guys, its all been done before!
Lunch was buffet style, dinner a type of BBQ. Both plentiful (although there were several large groups with us and it was like they had not been fed for days!), and tasty.
Later a Vietnamese spring roll demonstration. We could have also watched a film, ‘Indochine’ and gone fishing, but an early night was called for.
Beds very comfortable and you could easily forget you were on a boat.
I got up early for the sunrise (too cloudy) & could have had a beginners Tai Chi lesson. Then a quick breakfast & onto the tender for a visit to the largest cave system in the area. Again lots of boats and people (and this was not classified as busy!). Cave system amazing and I could cope with people as it was so big it did not feel crowded. Sadly at the exit, there were the usual tourist trap stalls.
Back to the boat, brunch & back to the port & disembarked ( after a bit of a bun fight with the larger groups & paying their drinks bills).
Look, there are so many boats to choose from, this was clean, comfortable, had good food and the staff were lovely. It was as good as any of the others.
I think there needs to be some regulation with the amount of boats going out (a lot appeared to have hardly anyone on board), the pollution in the area is going to destroy it. There was also heaps of hotel skeletons along the waters edges, wether they are under construction or the money has run out, I don't know, but they also will destroy a lovely area.
Written January 12, 2020
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Dear kblair2016, Thank you very much for spending your precious time to share with us such a positive review of your recent trip with Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay and it will be a pleasure to share your comments with the rest of the team. Our everyday goal is to offer a memorable experience to our guests by leaving the best memories of their stay in Vietnam. Please I hope you know that we're doing our best to protect the environment of Ha Long Bay by replacing all plastic products and sending oue team out to the bay for trash picking up. We wish you best of lucks in the future, and we will be more than happy to welcome you again one day at the Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. Yours sincerely, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 12, 2020
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Pia
Hamburg, Germany3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are looking for comfort, this is the perfect ship (6800) and tour.
Our Tour Guide Le was very lovely and always made sure that we felt comfortable. Also he knows a lot about the Bay and Cave.

Ship
Very good condition. Nice Restaurant for Lunch/Breakfast/Dinner.
On top it has a big terrace with Lounge Chairs and Tables to sit outside. There is also a bar.

Room
Very comfortable and clean room and bathroom.
We had a suite with a big balcony and our own lounge chairs. Which was really nice, when you like to have your privacy. So relaxing, just to sit there, have a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful view on the rocks and the sea.
In the ensuite bathroom you have a shower AND a bath tub with a big window for an excellent view. So we recommend to take a bath at night or in the early morning to enjoy the view from a new perspective ;)

Service
Really nice staff, they are all well trained and speak a bit English.
They are always there to serve you drinks and clean the table.

Program
We stayed for one night, which was enough for our travel timing and gave us a good impression of the Halong bay.
We had two stopps on the first day: For Pearls and/or Kayaking and another Stopp to a view point on top of a rock.
In the evening there was a cooking class on the boat.
On the second day we stopped at the big cave.
they also offered a Tai chi class in the early morning for sunrise.
Written January 12, 2020
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Dear moserkatze, Thank you for sharing with us all on Trip Advisor your latest experience at Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. First of all, thank you for your kind review, it is certainly rewarding for the entire team to receive such positive comments. Please rest assure that your compliments will be share with related individuals in order to encourage them to always do their best to ensure our guests' stay is no less than memorable. We send you our best regards and thank you once again for having chosen Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back again to our out-of-shore home. Yours sincerely, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 30, 2020
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CarmenJN
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Service was top notch—every staff member was highly attentive and very professional/friendly. Vegetarian food options were plentiful and the staff went out of their way to understand how strict my needs were (i don’t eat any flesh but fish sauce was fine). Le was goofy (and still very professional) and went out of his way to give us personal attention. Drink prices are similar to American bar prices (but not during happy hour). Turn off your WiFi, take the two night/three day cruise if you want a bit more down time, and enjoy the cruise. It’s luxury without feeling stuffy (we wore traveling clothes the entire time and didn’t feel out of place).
Written February 20, 2020
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Dear Y1881OScarmenh, Thank you very much for spending your precious time to share with us such a positive review of your recent trip with Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay and it will be a pleasure to share your comments with the rest of the team. Our everyday goal is to offer a memorable experience to our guests by leaving the best memories of their stay in Vietnam. We wish you best of lucks in the future, and we will be more than happy to welcome you again one day at the Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@pelicancruises.com. Yours sincerely, Hai - Guest relation
Written February 21, 2020
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DarioPastorelli
Miami, FL19 contributions
Jan 2020
I booked 3 days 2 nights stays traveling by myself, the night before joining the ship I meet the most amazing person and invited him to change his cruise booking to joining me on the ship, once arrived at check-in I meet with the super friendly Cruise Manager Mr. Le explaining everything and he was so accommodating that was able to make him join the ship the following day and arrange transfer from Hanoi all last minute.
Once onboard he even upgraded us to a suite and decorate it like it was our honeymoon.
I worked for Cruise lines for over 10 years and I never saw a crew so friendly and accommodating like the one onboard the Pelican Cruise 6800.
The food was exceptional and the ship is adorable.
Book minimum 2 nights 3 days to enjoy the most of Halong and not feeling in a rush.
I will definitely come back and do next time longer itineraries.
Congrats to the entire crew for making my trip incredible.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dear DarioPastorelli Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We greatly appreciate reading about your last experience and happy to learn that your stay has met your expectations. It has been a pleasure to be able to serve you and we really do hope that we have left a good impression on this trip of yours to Vietnam. We sincerely hope to always have your support in the future. If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at info@pelicancruise.com Warm regards, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 12, 2020
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N F
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
Kudos to Le whom I called ‘my little brother’ and his team for making our honeymoon so memorable!!! When we arrived inside our room, there was a heart-shaped petals of red roses on top of our bed with a honeymoon card in the middle. My little brother also gave us complimentary cocktail drinks after dinner to celebrate the occasion. I just thought that was so sweet of him to do that. All I can say is that the entire staff of Pelican Bay cruise 6800 have gone over and beyond their service to make sure my husband and I were having the best time of our lives. Halong Bay cruise is the highlight of our 23-day vacation in Asia.
Thank you Le ‘my little brother’ for the wonderful memories during our honeymoon.
Written January 14, 2020
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Dear 693nf, Thank you very much for spending your precious time to share with us such a positive review of your recent trip with Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay and it will be a pleasure to share your comments with the rest of the team. Our everyday goal is to offer a memorable experience to our guests by leaving the best memories of their stay in Vietnam. Please I hope you know that we're doing our best to protect the environment of Ha Long Bay by replacing all plastic products and sending oue team out to the bay for trash picking up. We wish you best of lucks in the future, and we will be more than happy to welcome you again one day at the Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. Yours sincerely, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 30, 2020
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livelaughlove12345
United States14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We booked the Pelican Cruise (QN-6800) for a honeymoon trip and it was unforgettable. Me and his crew were amazing and hospitable. The food was good, the drinks weren’t overpriced and the entertainment was fun. In particular, Le led a cooking demonstration where we made spring rolls and he told jokes. The suite at the front of the boat was beautiful and had a balcony we enjoyed. We would recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a top notch Ha Long Bay experience.
Written January 9, 2020
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Dear livelaughlove12345 Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We greatly appreciate reading about your last experience and happy to learn that your stay has met your expectations. It has been a pleasure to be able to serve you and we really do hope that we have left a good impression on this trip of yours to Vietnam. We sincerely hope to always have your support in the future. If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at info@pelicancruise.com Warm regards, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 12, 2020
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Samantha F
2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
The Pelican Cruise 6800 with Mr. Le and his staff was wonderful! They were all friendly, professional, and attentive to the needs of the passengers. Special mention goes out to Mr. Le, the cruise manager. He is so charismatic and welcoming. He made an effort to speak to all passengers and make them feel welcome, which I greatly appreciated as a solo traveller. In addition to the staff, the food was delicious and the activities (kayaking, Titop mountain, and hidden cave) were enjoyable. Lastly, the rooms were very comfortable and clean.
I highly recommend Pelican 6800!!
Written June 29, 2020
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Aleksandr
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is a 5 star cruise that worth its money. It fully exceeded my expectations. Brilliant staff, exceptional service. There were countless boats around but Pelican 6800 was the only with such scenic window with balconies. Chef's food was not just food, but state of the art delicitious feast. Always smiley charming manager Mr. Le did his best to make us comfortable and relaxing. It was unforgettable trip. Thank you, the creww of the Pelican boat.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear Semuka A, First of all, we would like to thank you for staying with us and for sharing your general experience at Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are still trying to improve our service day by day to make sure all guests' stays are memorable. For which, please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us. We use feedback, such as yours, to continuously make changes to our brand to improve guest experience. We would appreciate if you could contact us at info@pelicancruise for you next trip to Vietnam, so that we can personally have the chance to organize your next visit with us. Yours sincerely, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 6, 2020
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Mia
Hanoi, Vietnam23 contributions
Jan 2020
6900 had a really enjoyable overnight stay on board. Staff very attentive food delicious even made special vegetarian dishes for myself.
Cabin could have been better equipped tea/coffee water ect.
Could have been informed of Angkor lift up at 6am in the morning, but I was up for the half hour ti chi class anyway, probably why the class is on.
Cocktails and happy hour great.
Written January 16, 2020
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Dear MIA101119, Thank you for sharing with us all on Trip Advisor your latest experience at Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. First of all, thank you for your kind review, it is certainly rewarding for the entire team to receive such positive comments. Please rest assure that your compliments will be share with related individuals in order to encourage them to always do their best to ensure our guests' stay is no less than memorable. We send you our best regards and thank you once again for having chosen Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back again to our out-of-shore home. Yours sincerely, Mai NGUYEN - Guest Relations Manager
Written January 30, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aradhana S
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Couples
The Pelican Cruise at Halong Bay has been one of the best cruises Ive been on. There couldn't have been a better way to see one of the Natural wonders of the world than this. We stayed in the Royal Suite on the cruise. The room, the facilities and the view were breathtaking.
The crew and the Manager, Mr Le were courteous, entertaining and resourceful. The activities were very well planned. The visit to Ti Top Island and the surprise cave was well organised. Manager, Mr Le doubles up as an entertaining guide on these and made the visit smooth and memorable.
I am vegan. The crew catered to our special needs in a wonderful way. The food on board was the best Vietnamese food I've had.
The Pelican cruise definitely exceeded my expectations in every way.
Written March 2, 2020
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Dear 07aradhana, Thank you very much for spending your precious time to share with us such a positive review of your recent trip with Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay and it will be a pleasure to share your comments with the rest of the team. Our everyday goal is to offer a memorable experience to our guests by leaving the best memories of their stay in Vietnam. We are glad that you particularly like our food and services and had an amazing experience! We wish you best of lucks in the future, and we will be more than happy to welcome you again one day at the Pelican Cruise Ha Long Bay. If you need any further assistance, please know that you can always reach us at info@pelicancruises.com. Yours sincerely, Sea - Guest Relation
Written March 3, 2020
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