Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Review & Prices: Activities & USEFUL tips

01/29/2024
By ATA

Overview Emperor Cruise Halong Bay

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay is inspired by the last Vietnamese Emperor, Bao Dai, and designed to feel like the 1930s, a time of grandeur and sophistication.

With ten cabins, they want guests to experience Vietnam's history, culture, and delicious food in a royal setting. The ship has top-quality materials decorated with gold-plated designs, velvet, silk, and luxury items like brass and crystal.

What Makes Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Stand Out?

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay is a top-notch cruise that stands out for its luxury and exclusive offerings.

Firstly, it's not your average crowded cruise. It's a boutique cruise, meaning it's smaller and more intimate, with a maximum capacity of just 24 guests; this ensures a more personalized and tranquil experience. Each guest gets a suite with a private balcony. ​

The onboard restaurant is a highlight, with a dining experience similar to a high-end luxury hotel. The food, drinks, and service are top-notch, taking your dining experience to a new level.

And if you're staying in the King or Queen Suites, you get your own butler. They're there to meet your every need to make you feel like royalty.

Moreover, this cruise cares about your well-being by offering wellness and spa services to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

Overall, Emperor Cruise provides an exclusive and luxurious cruise experience. Its small size, personalized services, top-notch dining, wellness offerings, and all-inclusive approach ensure you have a truly exceptional journey.

What's On Emperor Cruise Halong Bay?

What's On Emperor Cruise Halong Bay?

What's On Emperor Cruise Halong Bay?

Emperor Cruise is one of the most prestigious and famous cruises regarding exploring Halong Bay. To see if this cruise meets your needs, let's check what it offers!

Cabin Types

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay has three cabin types: Signature, State, and Royal Suites, with different sizes and designs.

Signature Suites

Cabin Details & Amenities:

  • Four cabins (Do Son, Lak Lake, Hanoi, and Saigon)

  • First & second floor

  • 35-43 square meters

  • Double/twin beds

  • Mineral water

  • Wardrobe

  • Air conditioning

  • Suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi, shower, hair dryer, toiletries, bath linen, Slippers

  • Phone

  • Personal safe, life jackets, emergency hammers, fire extinguisher

A Signature Suite

A Signature Suite

There are four Signature Suites, each boasting a private terrace and a Jacuzzi bathtub with an added touch of indulgence.

The spacious accommodations range from 35 to 43 square meters, providing ample room to relax and unwind. These exclusive cabins cater to a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

The Lak Lake and Do Son Suites on the main deck offer a generous 43-square-meter space with a private balcony and a full ocean view. The highlight is the luxurious bathtub and Jacuzzi, creating a serene haven.

On the upper deck, the Sai Gon and Ha Noi Suites, spanning 3 square meters, provide a full ocean view and a bathtub for a blissful bathing experience. Although without a balcony, these suites still offer an exquisite panorama of the surrounding beauty.

The bed type in the Signature Suites is convertible between a double and twin, allowing flexibility to meet the guests' preferences. The cabins are equipped with suite bathrooms, ensuring privacy and convenience.

State Suites

Room Details & Amenities:

  • Four cabins (Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hue, and Vung Tau)

  • First & second floors

  • 50 square meters

  • Double/twin beds

  • Mineral water

  • Wardrobe

  • Air conditioning

  • Suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi, shower, hair dryer, toiletries, bath linen, Slippers

  • Phone

  • Personal safe, life jackets, emergency hammers, fire extinguisher

A State Suite

A State Suite

There are four State Suites with their own balcony and Jacuzzi bathtub.

Inside, you've got a roomy 43 square meters to stretch out, ensuring you have plenty of space to kick back and relax. Plus, there's an extra 7-square-meter balcony to soak in the sea breeze and the stunning sights.

Like in the Signature Suites, the bed can be converted. So, whether you're feeling a cozy double or prefer twin beds, these suites will make your stay super comfy and just how you like it.

Royal Suites

Room Details & Amenities:

  • Two cabins (King & Queen)

  • Second floor

  • 60 square meters

  • Double bed

  • Mineral water

  • Wardrobe

  • Air conditioning

  • Suite bathrooms with Jacuzzi, shower, hair dryer, toiletries, bath linen, Slippers

  • Phone

  • Personal safe, life jackets, emergency hammers, fire extinguisher

A Royal Suite

A Royal Suite

Royal Suites are the two biggest suites on this cruise, measuring a generous 60 square meters. They seamlessly mix French classical design with Vietnamese flair.

The Royal Suites have the best views from their sundeck and private balcony. As you step into these suites, you're stepping into a world inspired by the grandeur of one of the Emperor's villas.

Inside, you'll find elegant lamps, vintage telephones, antiques, colonial armoires, and exquisite handmade artworks. All create a stately and sumptuous atmosphere.

Your journey through the Royal Suite starts with a spacious bar area, leading into a living room and a bedroom with a double bed. The suite bathroom is a sight to behold, with a large sink, a luxurious Jacuzzi, and a standing shower.

Services

Services

Services

Emperor Cruise goes all out to ensure you have a fantastic time on your trip with many services that cover everything you might need.

  • 24-hour reception

First off, there's a 24-hour reception. That means there's always someone ready to help you, whether answering questions or taking care of any requests you might have. They want to make sure your journey is as smooth as possible.

  • 24-hour security

Security is a big deal, and Emperor Cruise takes it seriously. They have 24-hour security services to ensure you feel safe and sound during your entire cruise. Your well-being is a top priority.

  • Spa services

They've got spa services on board. Imagine getting pampered with a massage or some other spa treatment while surrounded by the serene beauty of Halong Bay. It's all about unwinding and enjoying the moment.

  • 24-hour bar & room service

Feeling hungry at an odd hour? No worries! Whether it's a late-night snack or an early-morning coffee, the staff is there to satisfy your cravings.

  • Newspapers & magazines

Stay updated with the latest news or lose yourself in captivating stories with the availability of newspapers and magazines. Emperor Cruise understands the importance of staying connected and entertained, even amid nature's wonders.

  • Souvenir boutique

Don't forget to check out the souvenir boutique! It's a little shop with treasures you can take home to remember your adventure in Halong Bay. It's a nice touch to have something tangible to remind you of your fantastic cruise.

  • Library

There's a library on board for those who find solace in books. Dive into a good book as you sail through the enchanting waters of Halong Bay.

And lastly, language won't be a barrier here. The staff is fluent in Vietnamese and English, making communication easy and smooth. No worries about getting your point across or asking for what you need!

Activities

Activities On Emperor Cruise

Activities On Emperor Cruise

Emperor Cruise is about making your time in Halong Bay not just a journey but a whole experience. They've got a bunch of activities lined up for you, from chill moments to exciting adventures.

Start your day with Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a slow, peaceful exercise that makes you feel calm, especially with the beautiful backdrop of Halong Bay surrounding you. Picture yourself on the deck, moving gracefully as you greet the morning sun.

Kayaking, boating, and explorations

For the adventure seekers, Emperor Cruise has a lineup of thrilling activities. You'll hop into a kayak and glide through the waters, surrounded by the iconic limestone karsts. It's an up-close exploration of the hidden corners of the bay.

If you prefer a different perspective, opt for boating. Cruise along and soak in the breathtaking scenery from the deck of a traditional Vietnamese boat.

For those who want to keep their feet on solid ground, there are walking and hiking opportunities. Imagine strolling along the picturesque landscapes, discovering hidden gems of Halong Bay on foot. It's a chance to connect with nature and revel in the beauty surrounding you.

And, of course, for some beach time, activities are awaiting you by the bay.

Boating

Boating

Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving

As the sun warms up, you can cool off with a refreshing dip during the swimming sessions. It's a chance to embrace the crystal-clear waters surrounding the boat.

When exploring islands, they'll guide you on snorkeling and diving. You'll dive into the depths and discover the vibrant marine life that calls Halong Bay home.

Cooking class and tea & coffee demonstration

In the cooking class, you can learn some Vietnamese cooking secrets from the skilled chefs on board. It lets you dive into the flavors of Vietnam.

If you're curious about the Vietnamese way of making and enjoying tea and coffee, there's a special demonstration just for that.

Delve into the cultural significance of these beverages while sipping on your freshly brewed cup. It's a chance to connect with local traditions and add a flavorful twist to your journey.

Cooking class

Cooking class

Squid fishing

As night falls, get ready for squid fishing. You'll join this traditional nighttime activity and witness the bay's nocturnal beauty.

Armed with a fishing rod, try your luck at catching squid under the starry sky. It's a fun and cultural way to spend your evening on the water.

Movie nights

For a more laid-back evening, there are movie nights.

Imagine watching a film under the stars, with the gentle rocking of the boat adding to the cinematic experience. Choose from a selection of films and enjoy the cozy setup for a perfect night on the cruise.

Tour Types

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Emperor Cruise has four tours to explore Halong Bay in two to four days. In it, there is a custom tour where you can design your own itinerary.

2-Day Emperor Experience

  • Day 1: Cruise in Halong Bay, visit Nha Lat Area, explore Me Cung Cave, discover Tung Sau Area (with kayaking), enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 2: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning and explore Luon Cave on a boat with a local rower.

This tour is a special treat where you can feel like a king for a night while exploring Halong Bay.

In just two days, Emperor Cruise offers a unique adventure with activities like kayaking, swimming, and exploring caves. You'll discover beautiful beaches, coves, lagoons, and caves, making it a perfect getaway for nature lovers.

Explore Luon Cave

Explore Luon Cave

3-Day Emperor Hideaway

  • Day 1: Cruise in Halong Bay, visit Nha Lat Area, explore Me Cung Cave, discover Tung Sau Area (with kayaking), enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 2: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning, explore Viet Hai Village on a bike, cruise in Lan Ha Bay, discover Cat Ba, swim at Three Peach Beach, enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 3: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning and explore Luon Cave on a boat with a local rower.

This tour is an extension of the 2-Day Emperor Experience with a more complete journey to explore Halong Bay. So, it’s suitable for those who want to learn deeply about the natural landscape and the life and culture of local people.

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay

3-Day Hanoi-Halong Experience

Hanoi Halong Bay Tour 3 Days

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  • Depart Time:Daily
  • Starts/Ends:Hanoi/Hanoi
  • Tour type:Private Tours
  • Age range:1 To 90 Years
  • Operated in:English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
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  • Day 1: Explore Hanoi

  • Day 2: Cruise in Halong Bay, visit Nha Lat Area, explore Me Cung Cave, discover Tung Sau Area (with kayaking), enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 3: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning and explore Luon Cave on a boat with a local rower.

This 3-day journey lets you discover the stunning beauty of Halong Bay while enjoying luxury and excellent service. You get to go kayaking, explore caves, cycle, and meet local fishermen in villages.

The cruise takes you to untouched beaches, caves, and islands for a unique water adventure. It's a chance to escape, relax, and come back feeling refreshed.

Me Cung Cave

Me Cung Cave

4-Day Hanoi-Halong Experience

  • Day 1: Explore Hanoi

  • Day 2: Cruise in Halong Bay, visit Nha Lat Area, explore Me Cung Cave, discover Tung Sau Area (with kayaking), enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 3: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning, explore Viet Hai Village on a bike, cruise in Lan Ha Bay, discover Cat Ba, swim at Three Peach Beach, enjoy afternoon tea, join the cooking class, and try squid fishing.

  • Day 4: Do Vovinam exercise in the morning and explore Luon Cave on a boat with a local rower.

    Hanoi Halong Bay Tour 4 Days

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    • Starts/Ends:Hanoi/Hanoi
    • Tour type:Private Tours
    • Age range:1 To 90 Years
    • Operated in:English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
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This tour is perfect for those who want to explore Hanoi and Halong Bay in 4 days. You'll spend time in Hanoi, discovering the city's life, trying Old Quarter's street food, and staying at Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.

The real highlight is the 2-night stay on Emperor Cruises, where everything is included: luxury, great food, and fun activities in the beautiful Halong Bay.

Cat Ba

Cat Ba

Charter Cruises

Emperor Cruise offers different itineraries for this tour, like the 2-Day Halong Tour, 3-Day Halong Hideaway, and a 4-day tour covering Hanoi and Halong. They can even create a custom itinerary if you have specific needs.

This cruise takes up to 30 people on board. So, consider this tour if you're thinking about throwing a party, celebrating something big, or want to feel super fancy!

Moreover, they can set up special events like weddings, birthdays, photo tours, fishing trips, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Just chat with them, and they'll whip up a custom plan just for you.

Safety Practices

Safety Practices

Safety Practices

Emperor Cruise is one of the safest in the bay, rivers, and oceans. Here's why:

  • Emperor Cruise's boat is top-notch and equipped with SB Standard, making it one of the safest in the bay, rivers, and oceans.

  • Right from the start, when you step on board, the manager gives you the lowdown on safety. They show you where everything is, how to use life jackets, and what to do in an emergency.

  • Life-saving gear is everywhere, including life jackets in every cabin and public area, life buoys, and life rafts.

  • For the tech-savvy side of safety, there's a leakage alarm tool to catch any water issues early on.

  • They have a COM system for smooth communication (among the crew and with guests).

  • Each room has a deadbolt, sprinkler, and smoke alarm. You'll know early with audible smoke alarms throughout the boat if anything happens.

  • Security is on their radar 24/7, with staff always keeping an eye out.

  • In emergencies, they have emergency phones, lighting, and visual alarms. Doors are designed to be forced open for quick exits.

  • Cameras are at entrances and hallways.

  • For power hiccups, there's an electric generator. So, even if the lights go out, critical safety and navigation systems stay up and running.

  • They make sure everyone knows what's going on with a loudspeaker system.

A Loudspeaker

A Loudspeaker

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Price

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay's price ranges from $710 to more than $1000, depending on suite type and duration. Below is the reference price for the 2D1N tour:

  • Signature Suite: $710

  • State Suite: $750

  • Royal Suite: $910

Note: The pricing reflects the different levels of comfort, amenities, and exclusivity provided by each suite type.

You can choose the Signature Suite for a more budget-friendly option, the State Suite for an enhanced experience, or the Royal Suite for unparalleled luxury.

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Review

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Review

Emperor Cruise Halong Bay Review

Last summer, my family decided to visit Halong Bay for a 3-day, 2-night escape on the Emperor Cruise.

We chose two Signature Suites on the second floor. Surprisingly, even though it was the most budget-friendly option, this suite had an elegance that blew me away.

My overall impression was a cruise that feels like a warm hug, traditional vibes, and impeccable service. Vietnamese cuisine was good and generous in portions.

It was the perfect mix of relaxation and activities, with something for everyone. What really made it special was fewer guests; we had more private family time and some beautiful moments.

In addition to the ship's luxury, I was impressed with the crew's service attitude. My mother is a very picky person with different tastes.

We have suggested changing the menu for her many times. And every time, the chef is happy to do it. I really appreciate this dedication!

On the first day, they picked us up at our hotel. After that, we had three days to explore Halong Bay following their itinerary.

During this trip, my favorite activity was the cycling trip in Viet Hai Village. Emperor Cruise arranged a tour guide to accompany us to share insights about this place.

Everywhere we passed, he told myths about that place, some historical stories, and some stories made up from locals' speculations.

The ride was a joy, with smooth paths cutting through dense vegetation and the occasional gentle breeze carrying the scent of tropical flowers.

Other activities (kayaking, swimming, cooking class, etc.) were also interesting, with a welcoming coordinator. She made almost everyone participate in these activities happily.

I rate this cruise 9/10. If you ask what I want more from this cruise, it would be more games in the evening, like board games or ping pong.

After concluding the cruise on Halong Bay, they took us back to our hotel as agreed. Throughout the trip, the tour guide was always enthusiastic and friendly.

Viet Hai Village

Viet Hai Village

Reviews from some other travelers on TripAdvisor:

“I've returned from the most incredible 3D2N adventure on Emperor Cruises in Halong Bay, and I can't stop raving about it! Seriously, it was pure magic from start to finish.

The trip was like a pampering session because they thought of everything to make it luxurious and stress-free. Floating along Halong Bay was so peaceful, and the food was delicious and endless!

Huge shoutout to the fantastic staff, especially Uyen, Duy, and Cong; you are rock stars! And those Vovinam classes were the perfect start to each day.

Recommending this gem to everyone heading to Vietnam!”

- Kristin M.

“My time on Emperor Cruise Halong Bay was downright amazing! The views were like something out of a dream, seriously breathtaking.

The crew was top-notch! Super kind and hospitable, they bent over backward to make our trip extra special.

We lucked out and spent Christmas Eve on the cruise, and they set up a lovely Xmas dinner. Honestly, I'd recommend Emperor Cruise a hundred times over.”

- John D. Arnold

“My Emperor Cruise was pure luxury! The staff were always professional and courteous. The food was a feast! Every dish was a flavor explosion.

But the real star was Halong Bay itself, and the cruise ensured every detail was perfect, and I felt like a VIP the whole time. Highly recommend it!”

- Nilam P.

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Conclusion

Above is my Emperor Cruise Halong Bay review. This cruise is a symphony of luxury, cultural richness, and unbeatable adventure set against Halong Bay.

Whether it's the lavish suites, the impeccable services, the fun activities, or the Halong Bay exploration, Emperor Cruise takes cruising to a whole new level.

So, if you're after more than just a cruise but a deep dive into the beauty and culture of Halong Bay, Emperor Cruise is the one to set sail with. Book your Emperor Cruise now!

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