Rosa Cruise Reviews
This is the best thing to do while visiting Vietnam: enjoy the great food, some kayaking close to the mountains, visit the diamond shops, tai chi early in the morning and swim in Halong Bay :) Our... more »
We were upgraded to the Rosa cruise after we should have been on the Rosy and it was amazing. Staff were super helpful and friendly. The food was of the highest standard with great portion size. The..... more »
Our room was lovely. Floor to ceiling windows with ocean views. Comfortable bed with mini fridge in the room. The bed was all done up with rose petals as a honeymoon treat for us. The room was clean and furnishings modern. The food was amazing. We requested vegetarian meals and got served first with separate dishes. The dishes were diverse and tasty. Massive portions and lots of variety. We definitely weren't hungry. The meals were well spaced and there was tea and fruit when we returned from excursions. The activities were good fun. Cave exploring was exciting as we had never done it before. The pearl farm was ok. A bit of a tourist trap but it was only a short visit and something to see. Kayaking was super fun and we were given plenty of time to do so. We were brought to a secluded area to swim and when one guest wanted to jump off the boat one more time the staff waited for him before removing the ladder even though they'd already pulled it up. They also had warm towels waiting for us when we surfaced. Staff were attentive and friendly. The second day we were brought out to a separate group where Dan "the man" led us. He was one of the highlights of the trip. So funny and always cracking jokes. He was really generous with his time and helped everyone take group photos. We spent 2 nights to really enjoy the views which are unbelievably breathtaking. It was worth spending the extra night so we could really take in the views and relax for that bit longer. Fresh towels were provided for us by the staff and they gave us a complimentary drink also on account of our honeymoon. Highly recommend!
I can recommend the 2 days 1 night tour. We started with low expectations because we read a lot of good and bad reviews about Halong Bay(not this cruise in peticular). We booked the tour on Booking and the room looked exactly like the pictures (not so modern, but everything available and clean). The pickup and dropoff from Hanoi ($ 20) also worked great. But the shuttle bus has so small seats that they were really uncomfortable. Our tour guide was nice but a bit distant (sat in the second row and ate nothing etc.). The actual program was quite nice (15 minute kayaking, a 5 minute mini guided tour of a pearl farm, rolling spring rolls, visiting the amazing cave). What did not happen: swimming (with 17 C too cold) squid-fishing (was offered and made, but since there is no season for squids at the moment, nothing was caught). We liked especially the view from the cabin and the fewer boats than we expected around us. All in all for about 120 dollars a nice tour (drinks are extra, about 1.5 dollars for softdrinks). There were 3 small bottles of water for free. The food was okay but nothing special and rather simple. On the 2 nights 3 days tour you spend the 2nd day on a day trip boat, which is why we decided not to do this, which was good. Overall, a recommendation to do the cruise.
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