What better way to help your kids acquire the taste for wanderlust (and luxury lust) or to feast your own hungry eyes (and just feast) than to go on a family cruise to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world? The striking karsts rising from the turquoise waters are always a good choice, but you may have a harder time choosing which cruise to go for, especially with kiddos. To make it a bit easier, we’ve picked the best family-friendly cruises that can take you to this earthly paradise in 2019.
Signature Cruise makes sure to accommodate families of all sizes in their vast, luxurious, family-oriented space for a 1-, 2- or 3-day cruise. Various family suites are available to choose from, and all members of the family can be kept busy at all times with a host of on-board and off-board family activities. Learn traditional Vietnamese squid-fishing techniques and enjoy incredible views from their rooftop sun deck when you’re not enjoying some incredible cuisine (while your kids enjoy children’s favorites) or learning tips & tricks yourself in a cooking class!
Signature Cruise, signaturehalongcruise.com
Glory Legend Cruise is a glorious budget option for families looking to go on a 1-, 2- or 3-day cruise, especially if you book their Family Deluxe cabin that will let you feast your eyes on panoramic views of the wonders of the Bay. Entertainment includes cooking classes, Tai Chi, movies and music, while their wonderful staff will accommodate you in case a special occasion is approaching as well—you can read more about this and their Family Package here.
Glory Legend Cruise, www.glorylegendcruises.net
This relatively new cruise line lets you experience the highest form of luxury—a private family cruise for 2 adults and 1 kiddo that’s personalized to your liking, from the off-the-beaten track route and the pace to the menu. L’Azalee also offers round the clock butler service in this case, which means you’ll have another set of eyes available to help out with your kiddo, while your own can wander around all the wonders around you. While the boat is a pearl in itself, a visit to Pearl Farm is a special gem!
Bhaya Cruise offers fantastic 2- and 3-day cruises which focus on various aspects of the experience of cruising the Halong Bay, but we have to highlight their kid-friendly Cosy Family Retreat Private Cruise that puts your family at the centre of the experience. A private butler, exclusive dinner set-ups, private tours of the caves, grottos and local villages, as well as on-board games specifically designed for your kiddos amongst the beauty of the Bay will make you feel like you’ve never felt before.
Bhaya Cruise, www.bhayacruises.com/halong-bay-cruises
Indochina Sails boasts the most luxurious boats in the Halong Bay, but their success is built on giving back to the local communities. Similarly, their boat may be a marvel, but they urge their passengers to venture into the waters of the natural wonder they’ll be sailing into. The wide range of activities they offer includes cave exploring, biking in the ancient Viet Hai village and carving fruits and vegetables during this 2- or 3-day trip to paradise. Indochina Sails also offer customized cruises that let you take full control of your holiday!
Indochina Sails, indochinasails.com
Grayline Cruise is all about authenticity. This cruising company is family-focused at its core, and their boutique approach results in a low guest-to-crew ratio and a wide range of cabins for families. They make sure to maintain cultural integrity and give back to the local community, which also means their crew is versed in local legends and knows how to make the most of the incredible offer of the Bay, like waiting for the least-crowded hours to take their clients to experience both the highlights and the hidden, truly authentic gems.
Gray Line Cruise, www.graylinehalong.com