Athena Cruise in Halong Bay
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Athena Cruise in Halong Bay is brand new among the luxury cruises in Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam. Athena Cruise was newly built in 2016 and launched to make its first trip on July 1, 2017. The ship has 3 decks: the lower deck is the reception area, boarding area, and 12 guest rooms; the middle deck houses the rest of the guest rooms, the restaurant, and the indoor bar, and the upper deck is an open-air deck with an outdoor bar, coffee lounge, spa, and sauna. Halong Athena Cruise has 21 luxury rooms with 5 different styles to meet your tastes during the cruise.
Our ship is a work of art. The modern and luxurious design of the cruise gives you the feeling of being invited to an exciting trip with a movie star. Not only serving the finest wines, but we also offer a wide selection of wines, beers, cocktails, coffees, teas, and fresh juices. On the Athena Cruise, you will be welcomed as guests with luxurious amenities on the journey to discover one of the most beautiful landscapes that Vietnam offers.
Athena Cruise is the perfect choice for any special occasion such as honeymoon, anniversary, meeting partners, traveling with the company, family outings, or a romantic vacation. With Athena Cruise, you absolutely can turn your dream trip into a reality; we will bring you the wonderful experience you have been waiting for.
The journey of the Athena Cruise from the legendary Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay offers a unique experience not possible on other ships. Going on the Athena Cruise, you will be overwhelmed by the majestic natural beauty surrounding you, fascinated by the many mysterious and ancient natural wonders of Halong Bay. Our extremely friendly and professional crew and crew always try our best for your safety and satisfaction.
We are always ready to serve 24/7 to bring you the most interesting and luxurious experience. Whether you are looking for an adventure or an exquisite luxury, sweet romance or simply relaxing, Athena Cruise can bring you such a trip with an impossible impression to forget.
We provide a sauna from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for all customers. Our new, well-equipped steam room has been particularly popular among customers. Moreover, the sauna is free to use for all guests to have the opportunity to enjoy the luxury service that Athena Cruise offers. After a long day of playing in the Bay, a sauna is a therapy to relax your mind and purify your body. Saunas have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to regain energy for the body. Come and experience this service at Athena Cruise!
Spa & Massage
One of the characteristics of Asian life is massage. It's a great way to relax and although it may sometimes seem rough, the body loses its stiffness and after the end of a session, most people feel completely refreshed. You can expect to get knots out of your tired muscles. It may be related to some very short-term pain but that does not disappoint. Massaging your feet against pressure points on your foot can also have a positive effect on other parts of your body. After a busy day with water activities, such treatment is a great way to relax before dinner.
HANOI - BAI TU LONG BAY - KAYAKING - VUNG VIENG FISHING VILLAGE (LUNCH, DINNER)
12:00: Arrive at Hon Gai pier and boarding the ship.
12:45: The cruise manager welcomes you with an overview of the cruise as well as safety instructions.
13:15: Enjoy lunch with dishes made from the freshest ingredients of the Bay.
14:45: Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by kayak.
15:30 - 16:30: If you want to relax on the ship instead of participating in other activities, you can use the sauna onboard without extra charge.
17:00 - 18:30: Happy Hour Promotion: buy 01 get 01 free.
17:30: Cooking class is an opportunity for you to discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00: Enjoy dinner with the menu onboard.
21:00: Join the squid fishing activity. Relax on the ship.
The bar is open for late-night service. Overnight at the bed point of Cong Do.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
BAI TU LONG BAY - THIEN CANH SON CAVE - HANOI (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
06:30: You join Tai Chi class, one of the oldest traditions of East Asia. This is a great experience, helping to relax on the deck. Tea and coffee are always ready to serve you.
07:00: Enjoy breakfast on the ship.
07:30: Discover Thien Canh Son cave in Halong Bay. Admire the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites here. Note: you need to climb 200 steps to get up to the cave.
09:00: Time to check out.
Please place your luggage outside the room and return the keys at the front desk. Our staff will transfer the luggage to the lobby for you. Pay the bill at the front desk.
09:30: Ship serves lunch early at the restaurant on the second deck.
10:45: The ship arrives at the pier. Trip ends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
HANOI - BAI TU LONG BAY- KAYAKING - VUNG VIENG FISHING VILLAGE (LUNCH, DINNER)
12:00: Arrive at Hon Gai pier. Embark the Athena Cruise.
12:45: The cruise manager welcomes you at the restaurant with an overview as well as safety instructions for the cruise.
13:15: A lunch made from the freshest ingredients of the sea is served to you.
14.45: Explore the Vung Vieng fishing village by kayak.
15:30 - 16:30: Opt to relax on the ship instead of participating in other activities with our free of charge onsite sauna service.
17:00 - 18:30: Happy Hour Promotion: buy 01 get 01 free.
17:30: Take part in our cooking class to discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00: Enjoy an exquisite dinner onboard.
21:00: Join the squid fishing activity. Relax before going to bed.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
CONG DAM AREA (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)
06:30: Participate in our early Tai Chi session on the top deck.
07:00 - 08:15: A breakfast will give you energy for a busy day.
08:30: Transfer to the day boat to start the wonderful trip to Cong Dam area, Halong Bay.
This area is surrounded by a majestic natural landscape strip, one of the most beautiful areas of Halong Bay waiting for you to explore on a kayak.
12:00: Have lunch on the day boat.
15:30 - 16:30: Back to the Athena Cruise, you will have free time to relax in the lounge or on the deck.
The sauna is available for free.
17:00 - 18:30: Happy Hour Promotion: Buy 01 get 01 free.
17:30: Cooking class is an opportunity for you to learn some new cooking skills.
19:00: Dinner is ready to serve you.
20:30: Join the squid fishing activity. Relax on the ship with a drink from our late-night bar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
BAI TU LONG BAY - THIEN CANH SON CAVE - HA NOI (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
06:30: Wake up early for a short practice with our Tai chi master.
07:00: Enjoy your breakfast in the dining room.
07:30: Discover Thien Canh Son cave on Ha Long Bay by 200 steps to admire the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites here.
09:00: Back to the ship, pack your luggage and place them outside the room, our staff will transfer the luggage to the lobby for you. Pay the bill and return the keys at the front desk.
09:30: Have a light lunch onboard while cruising back to the mainland.
10:45: The ship docks at the pier. Disembark the cruise. Trip ends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bus pick-up time: 7:00 AM - 7:40 AM
Return Hanoi by bus: 4:00 PM
Check-in: 11:30 PM
Check-out: 10:45 AM
Shuttle bus pick-up point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House
Shuttle bus drop-off point: Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or in front of Hanoi Opera House
• 50 % of the total cost is required to secure the booking.
• The remaining balance is to be paid 15 days prior to the departure date.
• In some special cases, you will be required to pay the full cost or a number greater or smaller than the standard 50% to secure your booking.
• In some special cases, the deadline for payment will be required sooner or later than the standard 15 days prior to booking.
Cancellation by Halong Bay Management Board due to bad weather
If the cancellation is made by the Halong Bay Management Board, following policies will be applied depending on the time of cancellation.
• When a cancellation is made before departure date- check-in date (if no services have been used): 100% refund.
• When a cancellation is made during the trip (some services have been used such as transfer, food, some amenities, etc.): used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
• When a cancellation is made before or during the departure date and the trip must be shortened from 2 nights to 1 night, 2 days 1 night trip, plus other used services will be charged, the rest will be refunded.
• The final cost will be confirmed by your consultant via email. In all cases, please contact us directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you!
Note: In case of a cancellation decision made by the Management Board of Halong Bay, an alternative travel arrangement will be made on request, or you will be refunded in accordance. In all cases, please contact our travel consultant via email or phone for support. We are always willing to provide you with any assistance you may need on or off board.
Cancellation by Customer
• More than 30 days prior to check-in (departure date): Free of charge
• From 30 to 16 days prior to check-in (departure date): 10% of total rates
• From 15 to 10 days prior to check-in (departure date): 20% of total rates
• From 9 to 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 50% of total rates
• Less than 5 days prior to check-in (departure date): 100% of total rates.
• No-Show: 100% of total rates
*** Cancellation notice from customer must be sent to us via email. Refund will be processed between 10 -15 working days.
• PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
• In case of adverse weather conditions in Halong Bay, the cancellation will ONLY be made by the Halong Bay Management Board. Usually the announcement will be declared very close to or on the departure date and our refund policy will come into effect.
- Welcome drinks
- Complimentary a bottle of water/ person in room
- Fruit set-up
- A bottle of local wine for Athena Terrace Suite & Family Suite
- Cruise itinerary in Halong Bay
- English speaking tour guide on board
- Meals on board
- Luxury accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower, mini bar
- Bamboo Rowing Boat trip in Luon Cave or kayaking
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Tai Chi session, cooking demonstration
- Drinks not mentioned in Inclusions
- Other personal expenses
- All other services not clearly mentioned
- Christmas: 23rd, 24th December; New Year’s Eve: 31st December
- Transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi by bus or private car/van (book in next step)
"My choice – Halong Athena Cruise"
We used to be very embarrassed when we had decided to choose which cruise to join. Finally, we decided to go with Halong Athena Cruise, and it was a right choice. Athena Luxury Cruise, Vietnam didn’t make me disappointed. The cruise director, Mr. Chien (I hope to write a right Vietnamese name) was courteous and supportive. And the restaurant host, Mr. Tonic, was a nice person, too. He went around the restaurant and asked the clients about their satisfaction and also explained the ingredients of all dishes during the dinner time. At the end of the trip, he gave me and one more guest a rose made from cucumber. He was so nice! But seemed that we cannot meet each other one more time.
"Experienced excellent services on Athena Cruise Halong Bay"
We spent 2 most memorable days in Bai Tu Long Bay with Athena Cruise. We were provided excellent services by the cruise manager Mr. Chien and the cruise team. All of them made us very comfortable to stay on Athena Cruise. And they provided us awesome food. The chef Mr. Tonic took care of us so well. And I could see that all passengers enjoyed his food happily. Highly recommend Halong Athena Cruise to all relatives and friends!
"One of the best cruises I've been on Halong Athena Cruise"
I recently made a trip to Vietnam and joined Athena Cruise. And I must say that this cruise ship was one of the best ones I had joined so far. I was a pure vegetarian, so it was difficult for the cruise staff to make different food for me. But they prepared delicious vegetarian meals for me, and normal food for other members of my family. I had not been met any chef who took the best care like Mr. Tonic. He was the best chef of Halong Athena Cruise. Thanks so much. Also, please send my thanks to Mr. Ha, the cruise manager, for his help and caring for all activities and our requirements onboard.
"Should choose Athena cruise"
We were very relaxed for 3 days 2 nights on the Athena Cruise. We got a comfortable cabin with a small balcony. We were served by the excellent staff and the great cruise manager with excellent services. 10/10 points for all of them. Besides the accommodation, the food for all meals on board was fine, too. And thank you so much for celebrating our birthday on the cruise. How surprising it was! Thank you so much! I loved Athena Luxury cruise!
"A wonderful trip with Athena"
Athena cruise was an amazing stay. The staff always was willing to help us with anything. We got great cocktails and nice chat from Nguyen at the bar. On the second day, we got the chance to go further to the bay and could swim in a very quiet beach. So lucky that the weather was nice, and we could enjoy the stunning sunset from the cruise.
"Family trip to Vietnam"
Very polite and helpful staff. Our kid was allergic to peanuts and the restaurant made sure to take out all peanuts from his meals. Highly recommend Athena cruise for family traveling.
"Holidays in Vietnam"
We had pleasant 2 days 1 night sailing with Athena cruise. Everything was taken care by the cruise team so well from start to finish. All we needed to do were to enjoy the cruise trip and the breathtaking views of Bai Tu Long Bay. we were always taken care by the cruise members, special thanks to Ms. Gin – the receptionist, Mr. Nguyen, Mr. Chien – the cruise manager and other crews for your helpfulness. The dishes were so delicious and decorated beautifully. The cruise cabins were very clean and with comfortable beds and soft pillows. Thank you, Athena Cruise!
"We recommend Athena Cruise"
We joined the tour to Bai Tu Long Bay with Athena Cruise. The Athena was a luxury cruise. Spacious, clean, and tidy! Both cruise manager and staff were very professional, polite, and friendly. The cruise manager, Mr. Tonic was so nice to ask carefully about my sons’ food allergies and adjust the menu for them. He was on the top of the great members. My sons enjoyed their meals safely and deliciously. The cruise manager, Mr. Chien was a great leader, too. He took the responsibility of caring for all activities and services and always made all guests feel comfortable and happy. We enjoyed every single moment of the cruise trip with the help of Mr. Chien.
"Family holiday with Athena Cruise"
Athena Luxury was a fabulous cruise and a wonderful stay in Bai Tu Long Bay. the crews were so attentive to us. Should say thanks to Mr. Tonic, the restaurant manager for his kindness and caring. He helped us with medication when I was headache on the cruise. The crews’ English was so good that there were no difficult in communication each other. Thank you so much.
"Amazing Cruise trip"
Everything on Athena Cruise was very outstanding. During my 10 years of traveling, this was the first time I had joined a great cruise like Athena cruise. It’s a must-do to visit Halong Bay at least once.
"Athena Luxury Cruise - The best one in Bai Tu Long Bay!"
Athena cruise was a real luxury 5-star cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay. the cabin was nice with very comfortable beds. We also had excellent food, fun activities, incredible services. The most impressive thing to me was the services taken care of by the professional staff. They were on the way to make sure all great services, especially Mr. Ha, and Mr. Tonic – the cruise manager and the restaurant host. We loved Athena Cruise.
"Great services on Athena Cruise"
Athena Cruise not only gave us a wonderful cruise trip but also satisfied our desire of visiting the wonder bay. The staff was always responsible for our requirements. Tonic always took care of our dietary requirements. The tour was well organized to visit the fishing village. Dinner was so lovely and romantic, especially for couples with honeymoon tours.
"Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise"
This was the second time I took a cruise to visit Halong Bay, particularly Bai Tu Long Bay this time. There were about 60 overnights cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay, which is much less than those in Halong Bay, so it was less crowded. A bonus for our cruise trip was that the weather in December was so fantastic. The cruise staff was super nice and helpful. They served us with many dishes of food. My wife was allergic to nut, and the cruise member, Mr. Chien made sure to take all nuts out of his meals. So nice of him. Thanks so much!
"Amazing Experience on Athena Cruise"
My husband and I spent 2 days of our Vietnam trip on Athena cruise. We loved this cruise. Our cabin was so nice and comfortable. The staff was so courteous and helpful. The facilities on the cruise and the cabin was modern and luxurious. We loved the meals they served us and the cruise itinerary they organized. Thanks all for a beautiful cruise trip in Bai Tu Long Bay. Thank you, Tonic for great food.
"Great services and delicious food – but the bad weather that the cruise team could do nothing!"
We chose Athena Cruise because this cruise followed the route to discover Bai Tu Long Bay – a part of Halong Bay. Bai Tu Long bay was less touristic and quieter than Halong bay, but the beautiful scenery was the same. However, the weather was not good that day, so we could not enjoy all the beauty of the bay. We always were keen on with smaller and luxury cruise rather than the big and crowded one. And honestly, Athena cruise didn’t let me down.
The staff was welcoming us with their smiles, helpful and friendly. The food was decorated well and also tasty. We wondered how they could do all meals for many people in the small kitchen on the cruise. We read the reviews from previous clients that lunch was served soon at 09.30 am on the 2nd day, but I thought it was not lunch, it was a brunch in Vietnamese style with noodles… If you didn’t want this meal, you could enjoy a lot of other food like fruits, bread, eggs…
And additionally, the cabin was a very comfortable stay. It was better than staying in a hotel in the city.
"Very nice trip with Athena Cruise"
The cruise was so excellent with its comfort and great services. The crews and staff were so hospitable and nice. The cabin we stayed in was so clean. Especially, we loved the food of Vietnamese cuisine. Our cruise manager, Mr. Chien was so supportive and helpful. He was the nicest one. And, Mr. Tonic was so attentive to help us get other kinds of food instead of seafood that my mon could not eat. Really appreciated his caring. Thank you.
"The best experience in Vietnam trip"
We joined a one-night cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay and had the best experience on our trip to Vietnam. Athena cruise was the best cruise I had been on. The cruise facilities were so great. We got the cabin at the back of the cruise ship and it offered us panoramic views of the bay. So amazing! The scenery was so incredible that I felt like in the dream. The staff, the services onboard, and outdoor activities were good, too. Thanks all!
"Floating hotel in Bai Tu Long"
We decided to join an overnight cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay. The whole concept of the cruise, from how it looked like to how its services were, seemed to be very professional and lovely. Everything was punctual as in the itinerary. There were about 20 cabins on the cruise. They were so large and featured comfortable beds. The food served was delicious and was the best one I had since I arrived in Vietnam. All services were very good. There were not many activities but very interesting. Overall, we had a nice cruise trip. Should try this cruise at least once.
The cruise trip with Athena cruise was the highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Bai Tu Long bay was so stunning and spectacular. The experience with Athena Cruise was so amazing with nice excursions. Athena cruise was actually at the first class in Bai Tu Long Bay. So luxurious! Definitely it was worth paying more money to join a top cruise like Athena Cruise.
"Amazing cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay"
We must say that Athena Cruise had brought a great overnight trip to us. It ran the route to discover Bai Tu Long Bay which was much peaceful and less crowded than Halong Bay, but still impressive with its spectacular scenery. The cruise was so impressive with comfortable and spacious cabins. The cruise staff made our trip to become special by their hospitability and caring. They seemed not be able to do enough for us. Nothing was enough, but they were so great. The food, especially for dinner, was so amazing. We also did kayaking to visit the fishing village. It was our most interesting experience in our trip. There was no complaint to the cruise services and the cruise team. Absolutely luxury cruise!
Asked by Tina
How long does it takes from Hanoi to Halong Bay?
Answered by Halong Bay Cruise Team
It takes about 4 hour- driving from Hanoi to Halong Bay including about 30 minutes for a break on the halfway. From Hanoi to Halong Bay we will pass many towns which the speed is limited so it takes such a long time for about 180 kms. Our bus will pick you up from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter about 08.00 - 08.30 AM and we arrive Tuan Chau Harbour about 12.00 - 12.30.
Asked by Robin Moynihan
Can I join Athena Cruise Halong Bay and want to go kayaking for free?
Answered by Halong Bay Cruise Team
Currently, all customers participating in visiting Halong Bay on Athena Cruise are entitled to free kayaking activities by Halong Bay Cruise Deals.