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Travel in August 2018
I really wanted to go to Halongbay. It's so beautiful. I mean the scenery. So, I wanted to stay there in the beautiful scenery of Halongbay. So I chose "Halong Bay 1 Night 2 Days Cruise." - "Alisa Cruise." Alisa Cruise from the name of the beautiful princess, and Five Star Cruise with elegant and beautiful styles. I made a reservation at Tobi Travel in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam. Of course, I cantacted them in advance in Korea, and finished payment of the deposit. The first place I visited when I arrived in Hanoi was Tobi Travel office to pay the remaining balance.
I reserved room for two people for US$300 on 2D1N under the following conditions.
1. Room: Junior Suite Ocean View
2. Includes: Room, breakfast(1) and lunch(2), dinner(1), WIFI, two beds, various activities (including kayak, bamboo boat, etc.), shuttle Limousine(round way)
3. NOT INCLUDED: Beverage
▶ It was definitely more expensive than making reservations through a Korean company.
I am going to put information of Tobi Travel and how to make a reservation in the end of this article. Let's talk about Cruise now.
What is Halongbay?!
"Halong Bay National Park" is the background of the films "Indochina" and Robin Williams' "Good Morning Vietnam." The Halongbay National Park, located in eastern Hanoi, is famous for its magnificent spectacle and is one of Vietnam's most beautiful national parks, accounting for 1,553 square kilometers of land. The landscape of more than 3,000 islands covering the bay is the spectacle itself. The word "Halong" literally means "the Dragon came down to sea." According to legend, a group of dragons saved people from foreign invasions, and the jewels thrown out to fight the invaders became an island. Jewels that the dragons spit out to fight the invaders were said to have become islands.
1. Departing from Hanoi
Alica Cruise called me to pick me up at 7:30 in the morning. Each hotel in Hanoi had a different pickup time. And the limousine shuttle may not arrive at that time. At La Beaute de Hanoi hotel, employees advised me not to go out in advance and let me know when it came, so I could eat breakfast leisurely in the hotel.
After the limousine shuttle picked up, the guide gave a brief introduction in the car. They gave us simple instructions such as how long we would move and when we would arrive in Halongbay. And she left the car and the rest of the information was from the driver. Thanks to a very kind driver, the move was not inconvenient.
We also stopped by the rest area. It was a tough time to run for four hours. This was a place where they sold handmade fish made by the blind. There were also restaurants and souvenir shops. It was convenient for people who didn't have time to shop here. It wasn't very cheap, but it wasn't very expensive. There were many handicrafts, but I just did window shopping.
Then we ran again and arrived at Halong Bay dock. Cruise customers leaving today and now arriving people gathered together and were a little complicated. Nevertheless, there were enough places inside or outside. The luggage from the shuttle bus had a tag with the customer's name on it. Cruise staff brought the bag to the cabin in the cruise. It was very convenient.
I waited for a long time until I got on board the cruise. I was a little tired than the excitement of traveling because of the high humidity. The person in charge instructed the traveler to board the cruise and the travelers headed for the cruise. In the photo, Cruise looked small, but as I approached it, the four-story Halong Bay Cruise was very large. If this cruise is small, how big is the Royal Caribbean?!
The meal was to be served. Before that, the general manager and staffs in charge of cruise had a small welcome party. They offered light drinks to passengers and told them about the rules we should follow while staying here. I enjoyed the time very much because the general manager had quite sense of humor. He made many jokes, greeting in every language on board, leading to a good reaction. His explanation made us laugh. Then lunch began! There were not many kinds of menu in buffet, but there were good food that suited my taste. I was satisfied with the food and the drink was fine. After finishing the meal, we headed for the room. For your information, dinner was served on the course, and the next day brunch was served in light buffet style.
Looking at the picture, the room with the balcony looked prettier. But the month I traveled was in August. It was soooo humid. Come to think of it, I would have stayed in an air-conditioned cabin without going on the balcony. So I chose a room without a balcony.
There are two types of Alisa Cruise. Alisa Cruise and Alisa Premium Cruise. Alisa Premium Cruise has balconies in all rooms and Alisa Cruise has balconies in some rooms. When I got an estimate from Tobi Travel, Alisa Cruise (without a balcony) was 300 dollars/2D1N and Alisa Premier Cruise(with a balcony) was 345 dollars/ 2D1N.
As soon as I entered the room, I was pleased with the cool air conditioner inside, and I liked the room where beautiful Halong Bay View was seen through the window. Of course, the room was very small. The room was 22 m². However, the small space did not mean that the bathroom was small. The bathroom was very luxurious. The room was small but the atmosphere was wonderful. It was like being in a scene in a movie. What a front view of Halong Bay View!
The space was wonderful because I could see the Halong Bay view, whether it was in the bedroom or the bathroom. I was so sad to know that I only stay in this space for one night and two days. And the longer I stay here, the more days I want to stay! I liked this place so much.
I got hungry when I joined Cruise's offer of an activity. Looking at the beautiful Halongbay view, having Korean Cup Noodle on my bed!!! It was amazing! When you’re going to Halongbay with Cruise, You should Korean cup noodle and enjoy it with Halong Bay view!
p.s. Halongbay is a sea. But there is no waves, so it is very calm. So even if you stay in the cruise, you never meet the waves that are big enough to make you feel motion sickness or your stomach shake. It was so calm that I couldn’t even realize I was floating in the ocean.
There was an outdoor lounge bar up the ship. Of course, there were so many quiet people that no one came to the bar at night. So the Sky Lounge Bar did not open. This place has a green floor with sunbeds and holds the Taichi class every morning.
Cruise offers the following activity: Activity time is always told by the manager in advance. You can be at the designated place in time.