Hanoi (Halong Bay)
A cruise to Vietnam takes you to some of the most alluring parts of Southeast Asia. You’ll see vibrant cities adorned with remnants of past kingdoms and civilizations. Beyond the Vietnam cruise port cities you’ll stop in, you’ll have the chance to explore Vietnam’s picturesque countryside and its crown jewel: the glistening, mystical-looking Halong Bay on one of our cruises through Asia.
Along the way, you’ll sail past incredible coastal scenery aboard one of our luxurious ships. Select a Vietnam cruise itinerary that takes you around the region on the recently revolutionized Celebrity Millennium or the Solstice-class beauty Celebrity Eclipse. In Vietnam, disembark the ship and have epic adventures while you take in breathtaking scenery before getting back on the ship to continue your journey in style and comfort.
Cruises to Vietnam take you to a country that is an incredible mix of energetic cities, intriguing waterways and bays, and a mountainous countryside dotted by rice terraces.
Vietnam’s countryside is a green wonderland of rice terraces and jagged mountain tops. You’ll find rustic farming villages and experience a local way of life that you can’t understand just from visiting the cities of Vietnam. Trek through National Parks, gaze at calm lakes, and breathe in the alpine air.
Saigon is a city in southern Vietnam that has a history that is both war torn and beautiful, as both the Vietnam War and French colonialism (and its attractive architecture) has made a mark on the city and its past. Though Saigon isn’t a cruise port, it is possible to visit during a Vietnam cruise.
The Mekong Delta is an enchanting array of water passages in south Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City. It is made up of a maze of rivers and canals accented by swampy terrain and surrounded by jungle foliage. Float down the Mekong Delta for astounding views, including floating marketplaces.
Taking a boat ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a mystical land far away, one that is enchanted with emerald green water and numerous vertical limestone rock formations topped with rainforests.
When you cruise to Vietnam, you’ll visit incredible ports of call up and down its lush coastline. Whether you want to see the emerald wonder of Halong Bay or the temples of Hue or the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City, it’s all awaiting you at Vietnam cruise ports.
The exhilarating shore excursions you can do on a Vietnam cruise include exciting city tours, overnight excursions to some of Southeast Asia’s most famous sites, and leisurely rides through the vast countryside.
Our Vietnam cruise itineraries often include overnights in port, giving you a special opportunity to do a multi-day shore excursion. Do a multi-day boat ride around Halong Bay that includes an overnight on a traditional Chinese boat. Or cross the border into Cambodia and visit awe-inspiring Angkor Wat.
Explore Vietnam’s countryside by bike. Do a biking shore excursion out of Ho Chi Minh City that includes a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which played a strategic role during the Vietnam War. From Hue, bike by rice paddy fields and through a small farming village. In Nha Trang, bike on scenic trails to an ancient Hindu temple.
We offer city tour shore excursions all over Vietnam. See Imperial wonders in Hue, walk by canals flowing through the well-preserved Ancient Town in Hoi An, marvel at French Colonial architecture in Saigon, tour temples in Nha Trang, and learn more about Vietnam’s history in the capital of Hanoi.
Ships that cruise to Vietnam don’t always pull ashore into the actual city that the port is famous for. Instead for some ports, your ship will dock in a nearby harbor city that acts as the gateway port to exciting cities travelers are yearning to explore in Vietnam.
Shore excursions make it effortless to visit the top sights of Vietnam, even if they’re not right by the cruise port.
Our cruises to Vietnam sail out of Hong Kong or Singapore for our Southeast Asia or Thailand and Vietnam cruise itineraries. If embarking on a Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam cruise itinerary, you’ll either depart or end your cruise in Tokyo, Japan.
When looking for cruises to Vietnam, you’ll find sailings departing between October and early March, with the majority of departure dates happening from December through February.
When figuring out what to pack for Vietnam, it’s important to remember that even though you’ll cruise to Vietnam during the winter months, it’s still going to be hot and humid in Vietnam. Therefore, pack light, breathable layers in natural materials such as cotton or linen.
When visiting temples you’ll also want to make sure you’re wearing pants or have some you can easily throw on over your shorts or under a dress since most temples in Southeast Asia require knees and shoulders to be covered for both men and women. A light shawl can also be a good option to cover up shoulders since it’s easy to wad up and put in a daypack.