Just thought i would put something on the forum about our recent trip on the Santa Maria.
I know there have been several other people saying how much they enjoyed this boat but we would also just like to add what a great time we had on board.
One thing that came as a pleasant surprise (as i dont remember reading this on any review to date) was the quality of the food. Each meal you were served with a pork, beef, chicken, vegetarian and seafood dish (and others). As soon as you thought no more food was coming they would come round with another dish. Now we arent big seafood eaters but the quality of this food meant that we enjoyed everything - even the octopus which i would not usually eat!
It was a couple's anniversary when we were on board and so at the night time they put the table together and brought out a cake for them.
Kayaking was excellent as well in the morning, we thought it would just be a 30 min trip but it was about 2 hours round the magnificent karst landscape. A guide took you round but if you werent too confident with kayaking you could just paddle near the boat or go a shorter route.
The only thing i would mention is that the website says you go to Bai Tu Long bay. We didnt on our trip but that was not a problem at all as we hadnt booked the trip specifically to go there.