Paloma Cruise

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Cabin price from :  $196

Tour Type : Cruise
Tour Route : Hanoi - Monster Head - Teapot Islets - Vung Vieng
Why this cruise : Great itinerary, modern cabins, excellent kayaking and swimming, delicious food, friendly staff, valued for money

The Paloma Cruise offers an unforgettable family holiday with children to witness the serene, calm setting and natural beauty of Ha Long Bay.

The itinerary discovers the area immediately north east of Ha Long Bay, known as Bai Tu Long Bay. Hundreds of islets rising from the clear waters, long sandy beaches beckon, grottoes and lagoons entice the visitor – an area relatively underdeveloped and unpolluted by the tourist crowd.

You can take an array of different activities while the boat cruises. Our expert guide will lead kayaking tours of the Bay, enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters or pamper yourself in our luxury spa. Join our staff in some late night fishing and we run cookery demonstrations for those interested in learning the art of Vietnamese cooking. Take part in early morning Tai Chi on the sun deck, which is the perfect way to welcome the new day.

On board is a selection of superior and deluxe cabins, honeymoon and family suites, all mixing the modern elements with traditional styles.  All cabins are fully equipped with air conditioning, an in-house phone, allowing you to relax in peace and luxury. All cabins are en suite with hot showers and full bathroom amenities, towels and luxury linens. The junk is fully air conditioned throughout, there is plenty of storage space, a luxury spa, a gourmet restaurant and a fully stocked bar.  

In the bar and dining room guests can relax and unwind. Enjoy pre-dinner or after-dinner drinks, relax in the soft seating area, browse our selection of books and magazines or watch a DVD on the plasma TV. The bar is fully stocked with fine wines, spirits and other alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The menu is an innovative blend of European cuisine with an Asian twist. In Vietnam food preparation and presentation is an art form. A healthy and refined cuisine with exotic flavours features Vietnamese herbs, spices and other well-known traditional specialities  Non-meat eaters will be able to sample some of the best vegetarian food in Vietnam.

 

Highlights

-         Cruising among the thousands of limestone islands in Ha Long and Lan Ha Bays

-         Visiting floating fishing villages and pearl farms to discover the fascinating culture

-         Kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain

-         Swimming in the calm turquoise waters off pristine sandy white  beaches

-         Sharing serene sunsets and delightful dawns over the Bay.

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long (L/D)

07.45:     Our bus or private car will pick you up at your hotel.

12.30:     Arrive at the Paloma office, Ha Long City. Transfer by tender to the Paloma Cruise boat – enjoy a welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check-in to cabins and begin your cruise.

13.15:     Have lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu. A massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise.

15.00:     Head to Bai Tu Long Bay, pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head), Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.

Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local row boat (1 hour) or kayak into the village, then return to the vessel for free time or join one of the following optional activities: sunbathing, a traditional massage, swimming etc.

17.00:      Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets near Hang Trong.

Happy Hour (sunset party)

18:30:      Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the boat.

19.15:     Sumptuous set dinner on board.

21:00:     Relax in your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, as are massage services. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

Happy Hour! Buy two drinks - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

Overnight on board the Paloma Cruise.

 

Day 2: Ha Long Paloma Cruise – Return to Hanoi (B/L)

06.15:     Start your day with Tai Chi on the sun deck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.

07.00:     Have a buffet breakfast in the dining room.

08.00:     Explore Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).

08:15:     Transfer by tender to Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.

10:00:     Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).

10:30:     Enjoy a set menu brunch in the dining room. We will settle bills afterwards. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room enjoying the Bay's scenery as we approach the pier.

11.30       Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the Paloma office while waiting for return transportation.

16:00       Arrive in Hanoi

 

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong (L/D)

07.45:     Our bus or private car will pick you up at your hotel.

12.30:     Arrive at the Paloma office, Ha Long City. Transfer by tender to the Paloma Cruise boat – enjoy a welcome drink. Receive cruise briefing, check-in to cabins and begin your cruise.

13.15:     Have lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu. A massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise.

15.00:     Head to Bai Tu Long Bay, pass the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head), Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.

Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local row boat (1 hour) or kayak into the village, then return to the vessel for free time or join one of the following optional activities: sunbathing, a traditional massage, swimming etc.

17.00:      Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by islets near Hang Trong.

Happy Hour (sunset party)

18:30:      Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the boat.

19.15:     Sumptuous set dinner on board.

21:00:     Relaxing in your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, as are massage services. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

Happy Hour! Buy two drinks - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

Overnight on board the Paloma Cruise.

 

Day 2: Ha Long Bay- Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)

06.15:     Start your day with Tai Chi on the sun deck while complimentary tea & coffee are served

07.00:     The Paloma weighs anchor to sail through the Bay and passes by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) and Trinh Nu (Virgin) caves and Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet. Early breakfast in the dining room.

08.30:     Transfer to a smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion.

09.30:      Guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water.

12.30:      BBQ lunch is served on the beach (depending on the weather).

14.00:     Continue discovering Toi and Sang Cave (depending on the conditions), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting).

16.00:     Return to the Paloma Cruise.

17.00:     The vessel cruises back to the Bay for a second overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy Hour (sunset party).

19.15:     Sumptuous seafood set dinner on board.

21.00:     Relax in your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available, as are massage services. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

Happy Hour! Buy two drinks - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

Overnight  on board the Paloma Cruise.

 

Day 3: Ha Long Paloma Cruise – Return to Hanoi (B/L)

06.15:     Start your day with Tai Chi on the sun deck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.

07.00:     Have a buffet breakfast in the dining room.

08.00:     Explore Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).

08:15:     Transfer by tender to Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.

10:00:     Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).

10:30:     Enjoy a set menu brunch in the dining room. We will settle bills afterwards. Relax on the sun deck or in the dining room enjoying the Bay's scenery as we approach the pier.

11.30       Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the Paloma office while waiting for return transportation.

16:00       Arrive in Hanoi

 For Itinerary 1 (2 days/1 night)

 

Cabin type 1st May - 30th Sep From 1st Oct - 31st Dec   
Single cabin Double cabin Single cabin Double cabin
Superior 196 251 198 255

Deluxe 215 276 217 279

Paloma Suite 269 345 271 349

Family Suite 391 391 393 393

 

For Itinerary 2 (3 days/2 nights)

 

Cabin type 1st May - 30th Sep From 1st Oct - 31st Dec   
Single cabin Double cabin Single cabin Double cabin
Superior 385 495 389 499

Deluxe 421 540 425 545

Paloma Suite 474 609 477 613

Family Suite 662 662 665 665

 

Inclusions

 

-            English Speaking Guide on board

-            Entrance and Sightseeing fees

-            Luxury Cruise through Halong bay

-            All meal on board (2 days 1 night: 2 lunchs, 1

             dinner, 1 breakfast; 3days 2 nights: 2

             breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)

-            Kayaking for 1 hour (applied for 1 night trip)

-            Kayaking for the 2nd day (for 2 nights trip)

-            Welcome drink, cold handkerchief

-            Service charge

-            Insurance on board

 

Exclusions

 

-            Airfares

-            Visa Arrangements

-            Beverages, Tips, and Personal Expenses

-            All other services not clearly mentioned above

-            Shuttle bus

-            VAT

Extra services:

  1. Shuttle Bus Hanoi – Hon Gai – Hanoi: 35USD/ person
  2. Private Transfer Hanoi – Hon Gai – Hanoi: 150USD/ 4seat car, 190USD/ 7 seat car, 200USD/ 16 seat van

Notes:

  1. Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
  2. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled or replaced by biking or trekking tour on Cat Ba Island due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  3. Meals onboard are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guests should advise any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least one (1) week prior to the cruise date.
  4. Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  5. Children who have their traveling documents attached to parent's passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.
  6. Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.

 

 

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