Review of Paradise Luxury Cruises Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is on the northeast coast of Vietnam and has been designated a Unesco Heritage Site. It is a large bay teeming with massive limestone formations and is a strikingly beautiful place to cruise on a junk boat.

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We did a two  night cruise with Paradise Luxury Cruises , which I whole-heartedly recommend. Top notch service from start to finish, a tastefully decorated boat and excellent food. They sent a luxury van to collect us from our hotel in Hanoi and it was a four hour drive with a rest stop on the way.

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

Day 1

Once boarded we were shown to see our front facing cabin with a terrace .  It was pretty darn fabulous.

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Lunch was served and then we went kayaking. We had a blast and made some new cruise friends, two crazy English girls.

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Kayak traffic jam (we all got stuck)

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

Next we visited the Hang Sung Sot which means “surprise cave”. This was entertaining. Apparently the surprise is the fresh water pools inside, not as I thought, the presence of weird phallic shaped rock. I enjoyed the girlish slightly guilty chuckle about this from the guide.

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

I LOVED this terrace and read for hours. I never get to relax quite like this!

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

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This view!! Can you even!

Later that evening we went to happy hour and watched a cooking demonstration.  We were given traditional clothing in which to dress for dinner. Quite amusing!

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

Day 2

We opted to skip the 6 am Tai Chi on the deck but enjoyed a surreal sunrise and made it to the delicious breakfast brunch.

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

We went out for the day on the cruise’s smaller day boat, which was every bit as well appointed.

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After a tiny little five course lunch.  we went out on the water via rowboat to explore a floating fishing village.

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Vong Vieng Fishing Village

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

Later we visited an island beach for swimming and then headed back to the main boat.

After dinner we had massages in the spa, then spent another lovely night lulled to sleep by the soft waves.

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Day 3

We disembarked and said goodbye to our adorable butler Nam. While waiting for the bus to take us back to Hanoi we relaxed at the beautiful Paradise Luxury Hotel and had more amazing food. Did I mention we were really well fed???

review of paradise luxury cruises ha long bay

We arrived back at the Essence Hotel Hanoi and collected our baggage that the hotel had so kindly stored for us. We changed. repacked and once again stored our bigger luggage. After a delicious dinner at the hotel, we caught the overnight train to Sapa for our three day trekking trip which was out of this world!

Read More: Trekking in Sapa

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Claire | 4th Jul 17

    So sad as we had a similar experience until we got off the boat and found something had been stolen why on the boat. Then the company would not help at all, accused me of losing the item and making up the report. Very disappointing.

    • csaradar | 9th Jul 17

      I’m so sorry to hear that! Maybe contact via social media, twitter or facebook…sometimes public humiliation works!

  2. Paradise | 21st Feb 17

    Hi Cherene, thanks for your exciting stories. Paradise Cruise launched new website at the end 2016 and new cruise line in Feb 2017.

    I like this, nice photo: https://i0.wp.com/www.wanderingredhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/20151114_155318-01.jpeg

    • csaradar | 24th Feb 17

      Glad you saw the post! I had a wonderful time on your cruise!

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  4. Stephanie Clayton | 6th May 16

    Hi, this was great and so informative. Your pics and wonderful stories have made my husband and I very excited about our upcoming trip in December and January. Not only did I leave the hospital with a clean bill of health, we met you and now have this wonderful site.

    • csaradar | 1st Jun 16

      I hope you guys have an amazing trip! Please let me know how it goes!

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