On our HaLong Bay page, you'll see links to a number of threads discussing different tour providers -- from memory Tropical Sails gets a few mentions.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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It is well known for quality cruises using boats with about 15 cabins, female staff and purpose designed with some of the most current safety equipment.
If you want a larger boat, 50 cabins, look to the Emeraude.
Emeraude Cruises < www.emeraude-cruises.com >
Tropical Sails Co. Ltd.
21 Hang Dong Street
Ha Noi, Ha Noi
Cheap boat cruises cut corners - deck hands doing the cooking; you sleep on unknown hotels on Cat Ba island; etc.
What you pay is directly proportional to the cruise quality.
#3 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349