: Galli Flynn
02 May 2013
Halong Bay was amazing - I truly think our experience with Bhaya cruise made it the best trip it could be. The room was extremely clean, comfortable beds and the air conditioner was very functional. Food was great and included in the price. Drinks were a little pricy so stock up on them at the 2 for 1 happy hour (and a half) time. There is a fridge in the room. Take advantage of the tai chi in the mornings and the massage service. I get sea sick but I didn't feel ill at all during this trip (thank goodness)! I highly recommend doing the three days, two nights trip so you get to relax and see more of the Bay.
: Alan Hall
21 January 2013
We were on the three day, two night cruise. The scenery is stunning which trumps the reality that the whole cruise experience is a tourist mill. There seem to be hundreds of these small junk like ships with designated arrival times at each location and a designated night parking spot in a bay. Bhaya appears to be one of the nicer ones but that is not saying a lot. It is an interesting experience that should not be missed. There are very few comfortable places to sit since the top deck is totally open and too hot to use. The dinner food was just okay and breakfast was really quite poor. We were disappointed in the cruise part of the experience, though what you see is really outstanding.
: Irvine Rice
30 December 2012
We are a family of two adults and two teenage children and we took a three-day Bhaya cruise in December 2012. From the moment we boarded the boat, showered with rose petals and served mint tea, we knew we were in for a treat. Our three days were filled with just the right balance of action and rest. There were plenty of activities on and off the boat, but ample time to soak up the beautiful views on the comfy deckchairs with a cocktail.
The cabins are cool and simply but stylishly decorated. The dark wood and white fabrics create a nice mood. The service is amazing. Every time we turned around we were offered a cool drink, the meals are served buffet style, but with attentive table service, and every lttile request was met with a smile, including a wide selection of special dishes for our vegetarian son. All the food was delicious and plentiful, created by a chef who really cared about us. Western and Vietnamese dishes are provided.
We enjoyed the floating village tour and kayaking, and a highlight was cycling around Cat Ba Island. All of these were fun and well-organised. Less physical passengers were catered for. For example, one lady with us was whizzed around Cat Ba on the back of a motor scooter while we cycled along together. Our fellow passengers were all international professional types and after three days we were all the best of friends, but there is still room on board for privacy.
Halong Bay was beautiful. The island formations are stunning. Even though it was winter, we saw gorgeous sunsets. We did not see any of the copious rubbish that other reviewers have mentioned. In fact we saw some local people picking up a bit of litter that drifted by their fishing boat.
Overall, we found the Bhaya Cruise to be a highlight of our Vietnam holiday.
September 08, 2012
Bhaya was a great middle -upper end of the range cruise. The staff were very good. The ship and facilities also very good. The bathrooms were quite small and hot water-VERY hot-to the point of scalding. Lovely day trip-we spent 2 nights on the boat.Kayaking and cycling were terrific.Good value for money and never a dull moment!
The food could of been of a higher standard-for example providing Vietnamese coffee, cookies, fresh bread , range of salads etc.
: Maxime Lucien
25 September 2012
Great experience despite some bad weather. We had the 2 nights/3 day package. The cabins are cosy, with effective heating as the weather was so cold. Small but nice ensuite with loads of hot water. Edgar runs an efficient ship! And everything runs on time and the staff are generally helpful. The highlight for us was the organised bike ride to the village, amazing scenery and great fun. Lunch that day was amazing (a real banquet full of tasty Vietnamese dishes and much better than the standard meals on board the main boat, which are good but not great) and set the family up for canoeing in the afternoon. We are really glad we chose the longer package as without a doubt this day was the highlight. Ha Lon Bay is an amazing place and the Bhaya Cruises are very well run and professional. We would like to go back and explore the area a bit more. (And thanks for the quick Vietnamese language lessons, my new vocab was used in Hanoi!)
: Kate Olsson
30 july 2012
I spent 2 nights on the Bhaya 2 at the end of May. I felt it was definitely worth spending 2 nights on board to fully experience Halong Bay. The transfer from Hanoi was fine. Just be prepared to stop at a tourist trap for a comfort break half way througgh the journey. Don't buy anything from here. It's way too expensive but the coffee is very good! We were told that we may have to return to the harbour in the evening, due to bad weather. Fortunately we were able to stay in the harbour. I cannot find any faults with Bhaya. The cabin was beautiful. Wood panelled with a very comfortable bed and a bath + shower. The sun loungers and table on the balcony were a nice luxurious touch.
The food was very good, with a choice of fish or meat at night. 4 courses and excellent quality. Drinks were rather expensive, so make sure you make the most of happy hour. The highlihts for me was of course the scenery, but I loved kayaking and swimming in the bay in the late afternoon from the boat. I didn't really like the trip to the surprise cave, and next time I would stay on the boat in the sunshine. I tried the spa for a couple of treatments. Well priced and rather special having a massage at night outside.
The staff were vey helpful and always had a smile. Do get up for thi chi at least one morning. It is early but very therapeutic and the communal massage at the end is not to be missed! I would definitely pick Bhaya for my cruise in Halong Bay, if I return
: Martin Clegg
01 June 2012
We took the 3 days/2 nights cruise and we enjoyed our experience on Bhaya cruise. We were a little skeptical on which cruise company to go with and we are glad that we chose to go with Bhaya at the end. The cruise is very well-run and organised and the service is immaculate.
The cruise is well-maintained, clean and beautiful. The cabin though small was clean, cosy and very lovely. You can open the window of your cabin and watch the other ships cruise bay or take in the Halong bay scenery.
We were very lucky to experience good weather at Halong Bay where we were blessed with clear skies (for most part). We enjoyed the visit to Surprise cave, and boat ride to a fishing village and the swimming and kayaking. We also managed to catch the sunset on one of the evenings on the boat - that was a beautiful sight!
No doubt the cruise isn't cheap, but I think that Bhaya cruise is worth paying for although I must warn you that they will try to get you to spend on the exorbitantly priced drinks on board by not serving you drinks during lunch or dinner.
: Eric Clark
21 December 2011
My wife and I went on a 3D/2N cruise of Halong Bay. We were aboard the Bhaya Classic. Overall it was an amazing experience, the scenery was fantastic, and the boat was superb. The staff was extremely nice and attentive. My wife is vegetarian, and we requested special meals for her. It was amazing at the efforts the staff made to ensure that my wife was comfortable. No where else on our trip to Vietnam did we find hotel staff as sensitive or accomodating. The food prepared was to my wifes liking and she was quite thrilled to have something to eat without worrying about fish sauce. Overall the food was ok. The cooking quality was not bad at all. The freshness of the seafood was amazing. I had some of the best prawns and stuffed crab on board the Bhaya.
The boat was really nice. The rooms were bigger than expected and every room had a balcony. I believe that is only for rooms in the Classic III and not so for all ships. We had hot and cold water in room. I did hear some folks having trouble with that, but we didnt experience any issues.
The itinerary was a little packed. I would have liked to relax a little more on the cruise. But our days began early at 7 am. Thats a bit too much for a vacation. Liesure time was not easy to come by in a day. In some cases we felt like we were in boarding school.