When I think of cruising, I normally think of a large(ish) ship, crossing oceans and visiting far flung places.
But the Galaxy cruise that we took shared as many similarities as it did differences from those cruises.
Our tour guide took on many of the functions of a cruise director – ensuring we were up to speed with activities, organising everything from Karaoke (I didn’t participate) to making spring rolls (which I not only made, but enthusiastically ate!)
Those activities were probably better suited to passengers younger than us (my travel companions are my wife, my sister, and her bff – the youngest is late 50s!)
However, even in our decrepitude we were catered for. Shirley’s back wouldn’t have coped with paddling around for an hour, so we hired a Bamboo Boat and a local boatwoman paddled us around instead.
Of course, if you have serious mobility issues then a Halong Bay boat tour is probably not for you, but the same applies to some ocean cruises (I see that Fred Thomson tours had recently refused to take a woman who couldn’t board unassisted)
The cruise was excellent value, and the food was both plentiful and fresh.