Alisa Premier Cruise was a great start to our vacation in Vietnam. I’ll start with the negatives- it is more expensive than the average hotel in Hanoi and the itinerary is very jam packed that you barely get a chance to rest. However, you can’t expect anything less when you get such a once in a lifetime experience, you want to make the most of it. To be honest all the cruise boats have the same itinerary, but Alisa Premier Cruise was by far the best boat in Halong Bay! Our room was a suite with a private balcony and jacuzzi, that was clearly very new & clean, yet had the authenticity of a junk. We were really pleased with the room, the service and staff, we wish we’d had more time to experience everything and had booked the 2-night Cruise instead of 1-night.
The food was phenomenal, the cocktails were fantastic & good value for money (& very strong lol). The light breakfast was actually a big meal lol! Robert our tour guide was knowledgeable & very enthusiastic. Nothing was too much for the staff on board, and we made new friends! In fact we loved the oysters so much on our first night that the staff gave us more (at no extra cost) and stayed up all night to serve us drinks until the early hours with our new friends.
The trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay was very comfortable in a mini-bus, we had a pit stop in a tourist trap souvenir shop after 90mins (but wouldn’t have expected anything else and the toilets were very clean)!! The whole journey took 3.5hrs (including the 30min break). I would recommend you buy snacks and water before you leave Hanoi, as you only get small bottles of water provided which don’t last long and you get charged for any extras you ask for.
All-in-all a worthwhile experience amongst a 5-star Cruise with excellent service and picture-perfect views, a definite must for anyone visiting Halong Bay / Vietnam!! You get what you pay for and whilst all the cruises offer the same thing, with Alisa you can guarantee great service, cleanliness & comfort, and most importantly amazing food!!
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