I planned this adventure to celebrate my 67th birthday...
I arrived in Hanoi and got settled into my hotel, and let management
know of my plans.. Left my luggage in the room and carried an
Over night bag and my crutches..I'm an amputee right leg AND was traveling
Solo!!!.. Was picked up at my hotel, and enjoyed the long journey
To HaLong bay...the ship was beautiful and all teak... Paid extra because
of being a solo traveler...the crew couldn't have been more accommodating
And took excellent care of me... I stayed on the ship while the others did other
things like kayaking , a cave tour, swimming.. I enjoyed the privacy with everyone
else off the ship.. When I woke up early the next morning, it was my birthday, so I got dressed
And went to the top deck to enjoy my day!!! I'll do this tour again!!! It was a wonderful way to celebrate !!!
The cruise is definitely a must do and I would have rated this tour 4 or 5 stars if not for the coach journey Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi. The coach seats are too cramped with not enough legroom for such a long journey, might have been ok if the coach wasn't full and we could spread out. It was low season and every seat was taken! The cruise itself was great, lovely food, marvellous views, quality boat with friendly staff. The Tai Chi was a bit disappointing, most people didn't bother to get up, so I think the leader was upset he'd made the effort for 5 of us and didn't give us instruction, we did our best to follow him but it's not easy when you're a beginner! I think as January is cold, I'd recommend one night, which we did and we saw plenty, when the weather is warmer, swimming, kayaking and sun decks would seem attractive enough to stay an extra day!
Words are not enough to describe how amazing this was :
Beside the bad road to halong bay and the driver, this was more than perfect
I missed the pick up time so they sent me an employee to pick me up
The tour guide was more than helpful, a million thank you wont be enough
The food was awesome, i ate everything they served!
Drinks are good and prices are pretty good for a four star cruise
The stops were super cool with the kyaking, swiming, visiting wondercave and more
The cruise is super clean and neat, the stuff is super helpful and the cruise had working wifi most of the time although we were in the middle of no where