We had a GREAT time on a 2 night 1 day cruise on Peony Cruises. Everything about the boat was perfect from the room to the lounge areas and the restaurant. The food was plentiful and amazing! Others in my group went kayaking while I took the time to relax after a whirlwind couple of weeks in Vietnam! I would highly recommend this cruise!
We had a incredible time on our peony cruise. From the moment we arrived at the check-in area we knew it was going to be a special few days. When we arrived we were given drinks and snacks and asked to wait for all the others to arrive. We were kept well up to date with what was happening, it was all very well organised. We were taken to the boat and arrived to a wonderful warm welcome and the day was clearly set out wih the schedule, so much was fitted into a short time. We had delicious meals with so mnay options. I am vegan and they did a special menu just for me and brought me my food. They were so helpful and kind it was amazing.
In the afternoon we went kayaking, swimming in the bay and had time to relax and enjoy ahppy hour. We then had a cooking lesson and a fabulous dinner, all the food looked like art work. We then had squid fishing and a living evening. In the morning we had sunrise tai chi followed by breakfast and a trek to Cat bai Island trek foll8by brunch and check out.
The level of care we felt from the staff was very impressive. The tour manager Amy was especially helpful and all staffs English was near perfect. The only thing I would mention is that the drinks are priced than other places but that is to be expected as you on a cruise. I would definitely recommend this cruise. Another thing to mention is that the staff were really good at reminding us to be are about the environment and they didn't have any plastic on board. It was nice to see after the rest of the county. We are sorry it was so short. Thank you Peony Cruises!!
(+) - Our room was beautiful, comfortable and clean.
- David was a wonderful manager. The entire crew worked hard even though they had less staff than normal.
- Right amount of activities, very nice quality.
We loved our cruise around Halong Bay. The booking in was a bit hectic but once aboard our ship, the Peony 2 we were welcomed by friendly staff who did everything to make your stay enjoyable. Our cabin was amazingly and the food plentiful and good quality. We only had a one night trip which was great to see the many islands. On board it was easy to relax and enjoy happy hour on a dumbed and there were two trips on our cruise, kayaking and a visit to local caves. We also had a go at night squid fishing.
Where do you even start? There’s so many to chose from and Peony cruises caught our eye for the decor and style of boat and there full Itinerary & we are so pleased we chose this one.
We booked directly with Peony cruises which included a shuttle from our hotel in Hanoi and back again. The bus picked us up on time and was pure luxury. Only six seats all individually set as big comfy arm chairs with free bottled water. The journey to the port was about two hours from Hanoi with a stop about half way for the facilities/drink/snacks.
The port itself is a little bit chaotic but your soon checked in and given a colour card. Staff then come and collect you based on your card and take you to the tender to get on the boat. Staff take care of your suitcase and ensure it gets to your cruise ship.
As your approach the cruise ship the staff are waiting waving and welcoming you onto the ship. Our host for our 3D 2N cruise was Amy and there was a brief welcome meeting which was funny and informative.
I won’t go into the itinerary as you can find that online but it is a jam packed as it says and all the activities are well thought out and fun.
We stayed in one of the suites and it was beautiful. Separate bath and shower and huge room & balcony. The only very minor issue was it is directly over the engine room so when the boat starts up in the morning (about 615) it’s incredibly noisy but you are on a ship and breakfast starts at 7 anyway.
Nothing is too much of a problem and every evening (apart from during dinner time itself) it’s happy hour. Cocktails where about £6-8 which during happy hour meant you got buy one get one free so only
£3 a go. There was free tea, coffee and water available.
On the second day we we were transferred to a day boat - the food (like the main ship) was phenomenal. My partner doesn’t like prawns and they substituted them with no fuss. Tea & coffee wasn’t included on the day boat which was a little frustrating as it is on our main ship but never the less the staff again were brilliant and it was an enjoyable second day exploring the bay at Cat Ba island.
If you are lucky enough to get some sun whilst on the cruise there are beautiful sun decks on the ship and on the day boat to enjoy.
The bay itself is beautiful. Amy explained that Ha Long bay itself has over 1000 boats docked their during the night. We stayed in Lan Ha Bay (Ha Long Bay was originally the whole area but subsequently split into smaller parts) which only has 30 boats docked of a night so much more peaceful. The water (we even experienced a bit of a storm) was so flat and you did not notice you were on a ship at all when moored or anchored.
Waking up in the bay is an experience you have to include in your Vietnam trip and Peony cruises were brilliant - we have no complaints at all. A special thanks to Amy, Leah from reception and Eric from F&B they were all brilliant.