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My friends and I booked the Pelican Cruise for a 2D/1N cruise which was enough to see most of Ha Long Bay. The itinerary for 3D/2N for Pelican was just one extra day of own leisure. The cruise company picked us up from the hotel (@ Hanoi) and be prepared for an 4-hour drive to Ha Long (Wharf) with one stop along the way. Here you'll find all sorts of souvenirs ( bargain hard else cheaper locally). Boarded the boat was served with a refreshing mocktail and introduction of all staff and policy on the boat followed by a Lunch buffet which amazing and very tasty.
We booked the Suite Ocean View located on 2nd floor. Rooms were just like a 5-star hotel. Next transferred to a small boat for kayaking or travel on a bamboo boat rowed by locals to visit a small cave inlet and mountains. We then headed to Ti Top island where you can swim at the beach or trek up the stairs to the top for an amazing view. ( It's a long hike up take rest if needed). Came back for happy hour on the cruise and cooking class to make spring rolls. Dinner was a 7 course set menu ( choice of two menus). After dinner, there were options of movie or squid fishing. We headed back to our rooms as it was raining.
Next morning, we skip tai chi class at 6 a.m due to rain. Buffet breakfast at 7 a.m before heading to surprise cave. This cave is amazing. The colours are vibrant and lots of stories about it. Came back to check out and had brunch at 10am before ending our cruise at 11am back to the wharf.
The staff on the boat was very friendly, helpful and informative. Plus I'm a person who dislike going on boat due to its rockiness/movement. This boat really surprised me it is so stable as though you are on land. Even though we had 20 min of rough wind and rain at the bay it was still very stable..
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We had the pleasure of taking a 3 days, 2 nights cruise on the Pelican Ship. The staff was amazing and very kind. The manager, Joseph Pace (Giuseppe) made us feel welcome and was extremely engaging. We had three massages and they too were very good. We really enjoyed the morning Tai Chi with Lãng Tử Nghèo. All in all, these folks do a great job. The ship is clean and the food was superb. If you're planning a trip to Halong Bay, check them out.