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Halong Bay
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Wonderful two day ,one night cruise Halong Pelican 6800

This was a wonderful, peaceful respite from hustle of Hanoi. Our cabin was warm and rich dark tones... read more

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Reviewed December 5, 2019
Ayr, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

Wow! We went to Ninh Binh a couple of days ago before this cruise and we thought it was going to take something special to beat that experience - and it certainly did!
You can't really compare the two areas but the views are just spectacular and we were very lucky with the weather!
The activities were very good and we highly recommend doing the 2 night / 3 day cruise so you dont feel so rushed! The staff were very friendly and good fun (shout out to Dong for your hospitality) would recommend to anyone if they ever thinknof going to Vietnam!

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank seanvw1993
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Reviewed October 18, 2019

I did a 2 day cruise on the Azalea. Which had I been writing this review after Day 1, it would have gotten 5 stars. I thought the boat was beautiful, the staff seemed friendly, and I loved the bathrooms. However, it was clear that they are not trained when something goes wrong, which in my case it did.
Our tender got stuck, and when they took us to a rocky, polluted beach that had sea urchin type things in the water that were sticking in peoples feet. Thankfully, i had water socks on so this part did not effect me. My fellow passengers were not so lucky. To make this very long story a little shorter. It took 2 1/2 hours to get the boat on stuck.The crew as clueless as to what to do. We had to swim the distance of two Olympic size pools to the boat. I had to do this twice, as I was unable to get myself in the boat the first time. After, we eventually, all were on board-no thanks to the crews help, but by the other help passengers on board. Getting an apology or any-type of first-aid from anyone was nearly impossible. We finally got an apology after we had to bring it our attention that people were angry by the experience. Their attempt to pacify us was to offer us a warm soda to take with us when we were exiting the boat.

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank aprager
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

Halong bay is undeniably beautiful. The boat however is not modern.

The furniture to relax on is wooden and not comfortable, with no pillows or mattresses etc. The sun loungers rock hard and not comfy.

The boat was incredibly loud during the night.

You are provided with 2 complimentary bottles of water on arrival and then that’s it. There is nowhere to refill your water, so you are forced to buy. If we knew this, we would have gone to a supermarket beforehand to buy supplies. We were on the boat for over 48 hours, so we spent a lot of money being forced to buy drinks to stay hydrated. There are no drinks included with your dinner either. Only breakfast has drinks provided.

The boat takes you to locations that are RAMMED from other tour boats going to the same locations at the same times. I am unsure why they would not stagger the arrival of the cruise ships at the different locations, as they all seem to go the same place at the same time. The sights were therefore incredibly busy from other boats.

The boat drops you off at locations but does not have a guide explain to you about the sites. You just explore on your own. This means we were often trying to ear-wig on other tour guides to try get some understanding, particularly in the caves on day 2.

Our cruise was also cut short because of the weather, meaning we missed the floating markets. However we were promptly refunded, which was appreciated.

They picked us up from Hanoi and dropped us off in Ninh Bình (for an additional fee).

Overall, the bay is beautiful, but the boat and the organisation could be improved. One night on the boat is enough.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Jsymonds95
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Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

We had a 2 nights cruise with the pelican. While the hundreds of cliff formations formation rising from the sea is a truly amazing sight from the sun deck, we were disappointed with the vessel which was not very modern. Dinner consisted of a pretentious set of five dishes of dry meat or seafood swimming in mayonnaise - I would have preferred a simple Pho or papaya salad. Breakfast was simpler and better though.
Also notice that the small islands are in general not accessible, so the few places you can actually go ashore are very crowded which takes away the fun of cave exploration or swimming by the small beach at Titop Island (the water is not really good for swimming either). One exception was at the floating fisher village, where we got to met the local fishers more or less undisturbed.

To conclude; don’t have to high expectations and 1 night is more than enough.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank henrikssssss
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Reviewed May 31, 2019 via mobile

We have just returned from a cruise on the Azalea cruise boat ( part of the Pelican group). The experience was exceptional from the online booking to the delivery back to our hotel at the end. The company was very organised and punctual and everything ran seamlessly. The boat was beautifully appointed and very comfortable. The food was amazing and the options for relaxing or being active meant there was something for everyone. The staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. It is a stunning environment and we would highly recommend 2 nights - we didn’t want to leave!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Rochelle H
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