We booked our Halong Bay cruise thru our Australian travel agent.
We were supposed to go on a different boat but where allocated to the Sealife instead.
This boat is far better than I expected and certainly better than the original boat we had been assigned (based on TA reviews).
The staff are all very helpful, tour manager Jackie was great. As was our guide.
After boarding we had time to relax in room for a while before some lunch which was great. Plenty to eat.
Later we headed heading out to cave. This is a must, don't skip this part. Wear proper shoes, not thongs. Take your camera.
After the cave it's back on board for a relax and then some drinks upstairs and the short cooking demo. Tasty springs rolls.
Dinner which was a four course meal with three entree's, so much food.
Next morning apparently there was Tai Chi....zzzzzzzz
Coffee and pastries.
Then Kayaking out to special lagoon, monkeys climbing the rocks etc. great fun.
Breakfast at 9:15am - more food...
cruise back to port for 11am departure.
Room on boat was great, bigger than some hotels rooms I've stayed in. Queen size bed with big glass windows and small balcony to see the amazing Halong Bay.
We were the group of 16 from Sri Lanka Stayed on 23rd - 24th Mid day. We loved and really do appreciate the warm welcome that they gave us by playing a drum ( Traditional). The rooms are really nice and clean. We really Enjoyed the food. Also the demonstration of making spring roles was really interesting and thanks for educating, we really enjoyed while making it. Also we really enjoyed the dance by the Shipping Crew ;) it was really touching we all enjoyed it to the fullest. The Shipping Crew was really friendly with us and I personally did miss them and I didn't forget to say them good bye to each one of them. And saddest moment was saying good bye to the ship. I really wish I could come back someday again. Thank you so much for the hospitality.
We had a double room, where the bed was right next to the big window so that we had an amazing view on the bay. The room was spacious and clean, the bed was comfy. The boat was very safe and not wavy at all. The food was good and the staff was great, very caring and friendly. The tour and the activities offered were comprehensive and for free.
Tipp: we booked with Darian Culbert, he had the best prices and reliable and fast service.
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