3 Day Signature Cruises Halong Bay Junk Boat Vacation

white signature junk boat Halon Bay Vietnam

I looked into a couple of different cruise operators for our trip to Halong Bay. I settled on Signature Cruises Halong Bay for several reasons. The interior & exterior was light and bright, which I liked. And the cruise line ranked high on service, and the Food received top marks as well.

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Steven and I are on Signature Cruises deck after returning from our 3-day/2-night cruise on Halong Bay.

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Signature Cruises Halong Bay
3 day/ 2 night

The trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay took approximately 3 hours. We arrived at the terminal full of energy and ready for the three days/2-night cruises around the bay. We were picked up from our hotel by the cruise line for an extra $30 each. I was bummed, though. The forecast called for rain on our first day on Signature Cruises Halong Bay. Thankfully, the rain only lasted a couple of hours, and the remainder of our trip was under the excruciating glare of the sun.

Note for an extra $15 fee; Signature will provide the necessary visa approval letter to attain your Vietnam Visa. Note the visa fee has increased from $45 pp to $135 pp for American passport holders as of September 1, 2016. The passport is now valid for one calendar year instead of only one entry. I suggest you apply for your visa online at https://www.vietnam-evisa.org/apply-visa.html. A small processing fee may apply. Take your letter, passport, passport photo, and cash to the visa desk at the airport for processing.

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I’m bummed. The forecast calls for rain on our first day on Signature Cruises Halong Bay. Thankfully, the rain only lasted a few hours, and most of our trip was under the excruciating glare of the sun.

The Senior Suite
Services and Amenities

Five categories range in price and size. We booked the Senior Suite, which is smack dab in the middle of the categories because it was only two of us. The two suites above ours were family rooms, more expensive because they had more beds. The Senior Suite includes a double bed, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, private balcony, ensuite bathroom with jetted tub– and that was more than we needed.

Free WI-FI is available in the public areas on the Signature Cruise Halong Bay. And although access is inconsistent based on the location of the boat. Guest Services offers DVDs that you can borrow. However, there wasn’t much time to watch DVDs or TV.

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The Senior Suite includes a double bed, flat-screen TV, private balcony, ensuite bathroom with jetted tub– and that was all we needed.
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A lot of the staterooms I researched had dark furniture, but I loved the light, bright design of the room in the Signature Halong Bay Cruises junk boat.
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The Senior Suite includes a double bed, flat-screen TV, private balcony, ensuite bathroom with jetted tub– and that was all we needed. I am sad to report I never used the jetted tub on the Signature Halong Bay… just not enough time.

This Ain’t Junk Food.
On the Junk Boat

After dropping off our bags and taking 5 minutes to explore our home for the next couple of days, we climbed to the top deck to have lunch.

The dining room on the Signature Cruise Halong Bay is beautiful. Like the guest rooms, it’s mostly white on white. We found a table we thought offered great views and settled in. And it didn’t talk to anyone that first lunch which was three courses: a chicken starter, bbq fish and a plate of exotic fruits and cake.

I ordered a bottle of white wine, which they kept chilled until I drank it all the next day. Happy hour was buy one get one, and the crew whipped out a karaoke machine one night, and we sand into the wee hours of the morning.

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Signature Cruise Halong Bay Dining Room



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Drinking a beer in the Dining Room Signature Cruise Halong Bay
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Just some of the delicious foods served in the Dining Room Signature Cruise Halong Bay.
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Just some of the delicious foods served in the Dining Room Signature Cruise Halong Bay.

The Decks and Outdoor Spaces

Signature Cruises has two levels of public decks as well as small private decks off the guest suites that are perfect for an evening cocktail, taking in the beautiful limestone cliffs, and other junk boats that glide by. But my favorite times were rising early in the morning to bask in the orange glow of the sunrises before learning a little tai chi.

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The side deck on the Signature Cruise Junk Boat.
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The stairs from the top deck on the Signature Cruise Junk Boat.
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The back deck on the Signature Cruise Junk Boat.
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The top deck on the Signature Cruise Junk Boat after a light rain.
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The top deck on the Signature Cruise Junk Boat during the sunrise.

Signature Cruises Itinerary

The itineraries are based upon the length of stay. This was our itinerary for a three day/two-night stay, which included a fantastic day we didn’t have to share with anyone but the cruise staff. The one thing I want yo leave you with is that no matter what junk boat line you decide to go with, choose the three day/2-night option. All the other options are excellent but rushed. The beauty of being on the bay has time to sit back and enjoy it by doing absolutely nothing at all.

Day 1

Arrival
Lunch
Tour Fishing Village and Pearl Farm
Dinner
Make Spring Rolls

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A visit to a real perm farm where we learned how to grow, harvest, and sell pearls

 

Day 2

Breakfast
Full-Day on Private Boat 
Kayak/ Swimming
Lunch Cruise
Dinner
Make Spring Rolls

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The water is deceptively clear and very salty, so floating is a breeze.
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We enjoyed a great private kayak tour around one of the more massive limestone formations with crew members.

Day 3

Breakfast
Tour of Sung Sot Cave
Departure

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Our cruise ended with a brief climb and tour of Sung Sot (Surprise) caves.

Final Thoughts

The Signature Cruise Halong Bay staff was very responsive during the booking process. And during three days/2-night cruises of Halong Bay in Vietnam. I especially loved the private kayak and lunch tour. The Food was delicious & service, and beautiful stateroom was top notch. I highly recommend Signature Cruise Halong Bay.

 

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Comments

  1. Sheila Moon

    Beautiful and gorgeous atmosphere. My husband always says no when it comes to taking a cruise anywhere. Only one day boat trips for us.

  2. AMANDA

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I can’t believe that’s what their cabins look like! So elegant and beautiful and not the size of a closet!

  3. Robin Rue

    I have always wanted to take a cruise. This company looks like they have some great amenities and some good looking food.

  4. Carol Cassara

    Ah, this is such another wonderful side of Vietnam. You have great pictures that evidently shows how beautiful each angle is, and the room and food looks comfortable and delicious.

  5. Elizabeth O.

    Wow! You can’t really go wrong with this cruise! It’s packed with all the fun activities that will help you enjoy the islands and the view!

  6. Robin

    WOW…. I have really avoided cruises up until now, but this really takes my breath away and I want to reconsider !!! I would do this in a heart beat. Gorgeous photos, and looks like an amazing time. xoxo Robin

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I’ve done the traditional cruise with ports of calls too and that is totally worth it. If you are coming to Vietnam, definitely do the Halong Bay cruise, its beautiful.

  7. Author Brandi Kennedy

    That looks like an amazing fun time. Going on a cruise has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid – this only made me want it more. The room was beautiful too, and your photos perfectly showed of the flawless plating at your meals.

  8. Samahria

    I would have to agree with you on the furniture choice. The lighter furniture makes the room brighter. This cruise ship looks nice, most that i see look like a hotel room inside the staterooms.

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