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Emeraude offers daily overnight cruise service on board a luxurious replica steamer with 38 cabins meticulously designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina.In 1910 a paddle steamer called the Emeraude was offering unforgettable cruises in Halong Bay for visitors to what was then French Indochina. The Emeraude was part of a flotilla owned by the Roque family who had left Bordeaux in 1858 in search of adventure and fortune. Over a period of more than 50 years they found both. After several ups and downs including successful trading and timber businesses near bankruptcy and being taken hostage by pirates the Roque brothers built Emeraude Perle Saphir Rubis and Onyx to ferry passengers and freight along the waterways of Indochina and cruise on magnificent Halong Bay.

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    Cabin type

            Max             

    Low Season  ( From Apr.30 – Sep.30) 

    High Season (From Oct.01 – Dec.31)

    Superior Cabin 2 persons

    $ 290

    $ 310

    Deluxe Cabin 2 persons $ 330 $ 340
    Family Suite Cabin
    3 persons $ 530 $ 540
    Suite Cabin
    2 persons $ 560 $ 570

     

    Detailed Itinerary:
    Day 1: Hanoi – Halong

    08.00: Depart from Hanoi by a 3,5hour driving to Halong.
    Check-in between 11h30 – 12h00 at the Emeraude Cafe in Halong City
    Enjoy a refreshing “Welcome Cocktail” upon check-in on the sun deck
    Cruise commences and the lavish buffet lunch served at the restaurant
    Visit by Tender to see the Sung Sot Caves (Cave of Surprises) weather permitting
    Option of Kayaking or Swimming near Hang Trong anchorage
    Vietnamese cuisine demonstration at the sun deck
    Complimentary canapés at the sun deck bar
    Scrumptious International Buffet Dinner served at the restaurant
    Evening Movie show at the sun deck
    Accommodation on board.

    Day 2: Halong – Hanoi 
    Tai Chi exercise at the sun deck and continuation of cruise
    Breakfast Buffet served in the restaurant
    Check-out on board and disembarkation at Emeraude Café, Halong City at 09h30 am
    Check out and transfer back Hanoi.
    End in Hanoi at 14.00.

     

    Tour includes:

    • Welcome drink

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner as mentioned

    • Entrance fee

    • Accommodation onboard with A/C, hot water & shower

    • Boat insurance

    Tour excludes:

    • Beverages

    • All service non-clearly mentioned in the inclusions list

    Extra service:

    • Supplement for A/C Shuttle Bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi: 35USD/ person

    • Supplement for A/C Private Transfer Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi: 115USD/ 4seat car, 150USD/ 7 seat car, 160USD/ 16 seat bus.

    Note:

    • Bring with you: Sun block, Camera + Film, Insect repellent, Original Passport, Hat, Swimming clothes, Sun glasses.

    • Care to the environment of Halong bay.

    Highlight :

    • The Emeraude Classic will bring to you a wonderful crusing in Halong bay with luxury accommodations, with perfect service proved by the crew.

    • Visiting Sung Sot cave

    • Join the Vietnamese Cooking Class and Tai Chi Class

    Good for :

    • Couples, honeymooners, friends, expats and Vietnamese

    • Those on a luxury Vietnam holiday and wish to experience Halong Bay in style.

    Notes:

    • Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to the weather condition

    • Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.

    • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all Passengers

    • A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.

    • Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.

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    Cabin type

            Max             

    Low Season  ( From Apr.30 – Sep.30) 

    High Season (From Oct.01 – Dec.31)

    Superior Cabin 2 persons

    $ 320

    $ 330

    Deluxe Cabin 2 persons $ 380 $ 390
    Family Suite Cabin
    3 persons $ 620 $ 630
    Suite Cabin
    2 persons $ 620 $ 630

     

    Detailed Itinerary:

    Day 1: Hanoi – Halong    

    8.00 – 8.30: pick up at transfer to Halong Bay (optional)
    11:30 – 12:00 Registration at Emeraude Cafe
    12:00 – 12:15 Embarkation
    12:15 – 12:30 Check-in
    12:30 – 12:45 Captain raises anchor
    12:45 – 14:00 Refreshing Vietnamese & Int’l buffet lunch served
    14:00 – 14:30 Free & easy
    14:30 – 16:00 Shore excursion to Song Sot Grotto
    16:00 – 16:45 Relax & chill, easy cruising along the Bay
    16:15 – 16:35 (Optional) Visit Pearls’ Farm or stay onboard
    16:45 – 17:00 Captain anchors for the night
    17:00 – 18:00 Swims, kayaks or enjoy traditional spa treatments
    18:00 – 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class
    18:30 – 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
    19:00 – 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served
    20:30 – 23:00 Screening of highly acclaimed classic “Indochine”

    Day 2: Halong - Lan Ha Bay   
    Option 1: Nature Walk, Cultural Immersion on Lien Minh Village
    06:00 – 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
    06:30 – 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
    07:00 – 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
    08:30 – 08:45 Depart The Emeraude Cruises, Ha Long Bay
    08:50 – 11:10 Cruise through Ha Long Bay to less traveled Lan Ha Bay
    11:30 – 12:00 Coastline transfer into the small farming village of Lien Minh
    12:00 – 12:45 VIP Lunch
    13:00 – 16:00 Nature Walk, Cooking Class, Village Experience
    16:30 – 18:30 Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin The Emeraude Cruises
    18:30 – 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
    19:00 – 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served

    Option 2: Rock Climbing, Cruising, Kayaking on Moody Island
    06:00 – 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
    06:30 – 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
    07:00 – 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
    08:30 – 08:45 Depart The Emeraude Cruises, Ha Long Bay
    08:50 – 11:00 Cruise through Ha Long Bay to less traveled Lan Ha Bay
    11:15 – 12:15 Visiting local Beaches, Caves and Kayak into uninhabited Lagoons
    12:30 – 13:15 VIP Lunch and transfer to Moody’s Beach
    13:30 – 16:30 Rock Climb on Moody’s Beach (option kayaking)
    16:30 – 18:00 Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin The Emeraude Cruises
    18:30 – 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
    19:00 – 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served

    Day 3: Halong – Hanoi  
    06:00 – 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sundeck
    06:30 – 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on sundeck
    07:00 – 08:00 Leave luggage/bags outside cabins
    07:00 – 08:30 Energizing breakfast served
    08:30 – 09:00 Check-out
    09:30 – 10:00 Disembarkation
    10:00 – 10:15 Drop off point: Emeraude Café
    Transfer back to Hanoi (optional)

     

    Service inclusive

    • Welcome cocktail
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner as mentioned
    • Entrance fee
    • Accommodation onboard with A/C, hot water & shower
    • Boat insurance

    Service not inclusive

    • Kayak
    • Spa serivces
    • Beverages and items excluded in service inclusive

    Extra service:
    Supplement for A/C Shuttle Bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi: 35USD/ person
    Supplement for A/C Private Transfer Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi: 115USD/ 4seat car, 150USD/ 7 seat car, 160USD/ 16 seat bus.

     

    Bring with you: Sun block, Camera + Film, Insect repellent, Original Passport, Hat, Swimming clothes, Sun glasses.

     

    Notes:

    Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to the weather condition

    Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.

    Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all Passengers

    A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.

     

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    On the Emeraude, buoyed by one of the world’s most beautiful bays, little things matter. Colonial style brass fans. Hardwood floors. Beadboard walls. And the most comfortable beds on the bay. In every cabin, the rich decor evokes another age, when craftsmanship mattered more than the bottom line.

    But make no mistake: The Emeraude makes concessions to the modern era, with air conditioning, electricity and other amenities typical of an upscale hotel room. No need to bring your own hair dryer. We’ve got that. Umbrellas, slippers, bathrobes. We’ve imagined all the contingencies so you’ll be fully prepared to enjoy your cruise.
    The Captain’s Suite 

    Also housed on the sundeck and benefiting from the same stunning views is the Captain’s Suite.

    At nearly 19 square metres, the port-side suite is spacious and comfortable and lined with colonial-era bamboo matting.

    On the wall, antique maps will help you plot the vessel’s path through the karsts and islands of HalongBay.

    The Emeraude Suite 

    At 22 square metres, the luxurious Emeraude Suite is roomy enough for a queen-sized bed, as well as a large sofa and space to entertain, which makes it a favourite with families.

    Its cream and green colour scheme adds warmth and nostalgia to the wooden fixtures and flooring.  A sundeck location on the starboard side and ample windows deliver wide views across the bay.

    Outside, an adjacent sitting area is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or relax and marvel at the passing scenery.
    The Paul Roque Suite (Cabin: 18,4 m2 & Balcony 17 m2)

    Named after the original Emeraude’s first owner, this was the vessel’s suite.

    At nearly 35-square metres, it is the smallest of the three but has a trump card.  The popularity of the Paul Roque Suite remains unrivalled due to a private deck. The deck features both sun loungers and chairs for uninterrupted relaxation.

    Its situation on the bow’s upper deck adds to a feeling of unhurried, truly tranquil travel.

    Inside, comfortable chairs, a rug and checked wall coverings add to the “golden age” feel.

    Wide windows ensure fabulous views.
    34 Deluxe and Superior Luxury Cabins (12m2)

    Emeraude’s twin and double rooms each feature innerspring mattresses to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.

    Each room is equipped with all the necessary amenities, from air conditioning to hot showers.

    Ultimately, the greatest attraction remains outside your cabin door. Each room opens directly onto the deck.

    Superior rooms are located on lower deck with deluxe rooms on the upper deck.
    Room to relax

    Space, privacy and relaxation are themes that run throughout the Emeraude.

    On the main and upper decks, there are a number of quiet seating areas. And there’s always an opportunity to stretch out on a sundeck lounger.

    The emphasis is always on the bay itself.  The aim is to provide true comfort at all times in order to best enjoy the surroundings.

     

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    EMERAUDE RESTAURANT
    The Flavor

    Dining on the Emeraude reflects the ambitions and aspirations of the vessel itself.

    Vietnamese ingredients, enhanced by European culinary traditions, create a culinary experience without peer on HalongBay.

    Quality, good taste and elegance define every buffet in our classic wood-panelled dining room.

    Lunch

    After you board the Emeraude, the lunch buffet is quickly served.  Look out for classics like chicken cordon bleu alongside pork tenderloin and a range of salads and lighter options. Fresh spring rolls offer a local flavour alongside freshly caught seafood.

    SAMPLE MENU

    Appetizer and Salads: Cabbage and Carrot Salad, Selection of Seasonal Lettuces, The Emeraude Club Sandwich, Pasta Salad with chipolata salad, Fresh Seafood and Pork Spring Rolls, Fried Spring Rolls “Hue Style”, Green papaya salad with dried beef

    Assorted Condiments: Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil, Calypso Mayonnaise Sauce, American Mustard, Chopped White & Egg Yolk, Sliced Tomatoes, Sliced Onion, Green Sweet Chili Pepperoni, Sliced Cucumber, Black & Green Olives, Pickled Onions, Semi Sweet Pickled Gherkins, Fresh Red Chili, Sliced Lime, Soya Sauce, Chili Sauce, Soya Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, Soya Sauce, Japanese Wasabi Mustard, Chili Fish Sauce  
    Soup
    , Bread Basket & Butter: Cream of Seasonal Vegetables, Farmer Bread & French Bread Baguette with Butter

    Main Courses: Sauteed squid with curry coconut milk sauce, Deep fried fish with breadcrumb, Steamed Clam with ginger, Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Lemon Leave and lemon grass, Sautéed Seasonal vegetable with Oyster Sauce, Gratin potatoes, Seafood fried rice

    Desserts: Selection of Fresh Tropical Fruits, Vietnamese CHE station, Swiss Apple Tart with Custard, Chocolate cake, French pastries

    VEGETARIAN OPTION (REQUEST AT TIME OF BOOKING REQUIRED)

    Starter: Vietnamese fresh spring roll with rice noodle and vegetable, Green papaya salad with herb and roasted peanut

    Soup: Cream of potatoes soup

    Main Courses: Deep fried tofu with tomato sauce Served with steamed rice and seasonal vegetable OR Pasta with herb cream sauce served with garlic butter bread.

    Desserts: Available at the buffet
    Dinner

    In the evening, dining is a stylish affair.  The buffet includes rump steak and fresh HalongBay steamed prawns. The selection includes shellfish, salads, soups and rice dishes. For dessert, choices vary from a range of cakes to old favorites like bread and butter pudding. There is also an array of tropical fruit.

     

    SAMPLE MENU

    Appetizer and Salads: Selection of Dalat Garden Greens, Red Cabbage and Pineapple, Lotus Salad with Prawns, Baby potatoes salad with crispy bacon, Banana flower salad with BBQ chicken, Fried Spring Rolls “Saigon Style”, Selection of Cold Cuts

    Assorted Condiments: Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil, Calypso Mayonnaise Sauce, American Mustard, Chopped White & Egg Yolk, Sliced Tomatoes, Sliced Onion, Green Sweet Chili Pepperoni, Sliced Cucumber, Black & Green Olives, Pickled Onions, Semi Sweet Pickled Gherkins, Fresh Red Chili, Sliced Lime, Soya Sauce, Chili Sauce, Soya Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, Soya Sauce, Japanese Wasabi Mustard, Chili Fish Sauce

    Soup, Bread Basket & Butter: Emeraude Seafood SouP, Farmer Bread & French Bread Baguette with Butter

     


  • THE ROUTE

    Your cruise through HalongBay wends among otherworldly karst formations and opens up views of one stupendous seascape after another. Be sure to key on the following attractions, as well. Changeable conditions and tides can affect the route, visibility and anchorage, but the following spots should be visible from the sun deck.
    Sung Sot Grotto

    Early French tourists who wandered among the 10,000 square meters of this cavern dubbed this space “Grotte des Surprises”, or SurpriseCave. Sung Sot more than lives up to its name on BonHoIsland, situated right at the heart of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage area.

    From the wharf, 50 steep stone steps lead up to the entrance, but the view is worth the effort.  The grotto features thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. Paths, lights and signposts guide you through two caves which continue to offer yet more twists, turns and, yes, surprises throughout.

    Cua Van and Vung Vieng Floating Villages

    Seven hundred people live at Cua Van in a calm bay surrounded by limestone karsts.  Most, not surprisingly, earn their living by fishing and spend almost their entire existence living on the water.

    The following day you will also pass VungViengFloatingVillage.  Sixteen hundred people live on HalongBay itself in similar communities
    Hang Trong Anchorage

    The Emeraude anchors at Hang Trong. Hang Trong , or DrumCave, refers to a nearby cave that earned its name as a result of the sound made as the wind blows through its stalagmites and stalactites.

    The waters here are quiet for swimming and there is lots to explore by kayak.

    Depending on conditions there are as many as five potential anchorage spots. Though Hang Trong is the most used, conditions may mean the vessel’s captain opts for another site.

    Titov Island

    TitovIsland was named after an illustrious visitor, Gherman Stepanovich Titov, who visited the spot on November 22, 1962 alongside President Ho Chi Minh. The Soviet astronaut was the second person to orbit the earth. Titov himself returned some 35 years later on June 27, 1997.The island is noted for a beautiful crescent-shaped beach that’s popular with swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. You may also hike 420 steps up to a pavilion at the summit for a panoramic view of HalongBay.

    Soi Sim Island

    On its return to Bai Chay, the Emeraude cruises past Soi Sim.  Unlike the limestone karsts, this soil-based island supports ancient trees and a stunning white sand beach.

    Practicalities
    Emeraude Cafe
    From shuttle to cruiser, we anticipate virtually direct boarding but, for those arriving independently, the Emeraude Cafe offers a comfortable place to spend time until embarkation.

    Shop for souvenirs or enjoy a drink or snack. The Café serves a wide selection of international food including freshly made sandwiches, panini and pizzas.  In addition, there are teas, coffees, fresh juices and a wide ranging wine list.

    The Emeraude Cafe also provides complimentary WIFI access.
    Emeraude Pier & Embarkation

    After boarding via Emeraude Pier, park your luggage in your cabin and head to the sundeck for a refreshing welcome cocktail.

    A buffet lunch is served as the vessel casts off and heads out onto the magical waters and into the unrivalled scenery of HalongBay.
    Pastime: While aboard the Emeraude, be as active or as indolent as you please.

    • Go caving at Sung Sot Grotto. Take in the bay from its entrance before heading into the darkness and its natural wonders.
    • Experience the jade-green waters. At the overnight anchorage, take a swim from the dock, dive from our decks or launch a kayak for a nearby islet.
    • Drink a cold beverage. Prepare for sunset with a drink in one hand and a camera in the other.
    • Whet your appetite. Learn a few tricks of the trade from our Vietnamese chefs at a cooking demonstration.
    • Behold the silver screen. After dark, gather topside for a viewing of “Indochine,” projected on deck with surround sound and surround scenery. An unparalleled movie experience.
    • Squid anyone? Try your hand at squid fishing with the Emeraude crew.
    • Tai Chi, Halong style. To enjoy the ultimate serenity in the ultimate location, meet our tai chi instructor on the sun deck at dawn with complimentary tea and coffee.
    • All Hands on Deck. Foot and shoulder massages in the sunshine or go below deck for body wraps and scrubs – without losing that Halong Bay View.

     

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    Elano Fenner

    From Australia

    June 19, 2012

    “”Wine Cruise”

    On board for the 2012 Wine Cruise, I can only say this has been a perfect week-end in Ha Long. The Emeraude is a magnificent ship, the staff is warm, welcoming and caring, the quality of food, the entertainment, the comfort of the cabins way above expectations ! Would definitely recommend this trip.

    Michelle

    from Ireland

    June 2, 2012

    “Fabulous trip in Halong Bay

    The trip around Halong Bay on the Emeraude was great. The cabin was lovely, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The boat is based on a paddle steamer from the turn of the last century, great attention has been paid to detail in the cabins. The shower even has an old ship feel to it, and it was perfect. There are complimentary bottles of water left in the cabin. You will also be given water on the shuttle bus that takes you to Halong Bay (I travelled from Hanoi). The staff were very helpful, professional, an extremely friendly. The food was buffet style and was excellent, and they give a very enjoyable cooking demonstration while on board.
    You can go Kayaking, or visit a pearl farm (the latter is included in the fee). The pearl farm was interesting, and worth seeing. There is also a trip to one of the many grottos in the bay which was just beautiful.
    The boat was definitely one of the safest in the Halong Bay area, a point you will definitely note when you see some of the others in the bay. It is ideal for families wanting to take the trip. It is considerably more expensive than some of the options for sailing around the bay (watch the price on minerals and the likes more European in price than Vietnamese!), but it is definitely a case of you pay for what you get.

    Loris Formica

    From Rome in Italy

    March 20, 2012

    “View from our private suite was great – bring your own food!”

    This is difficult since we had the nicest room on the boat. We did look in on some of the other rooms and they did look dated, extremely small and cramped.You better have zero desire for any activity that would tell the guests about Halong Bay, then you won’t be disappointed.

    If you have been on a cruise ship before, do NOT apply those food standards to THIS ship!The food quality on our evening meal was bad. I’m being kind so as NOT to be branded an ugly American tourist.At breakfast, the “egg station” was a hit as well as the fresh fruit. See, something nice.

    Don’t expect too much from the wait staff. They seem to like to “flock” at the bar area so work on your manner as how to get their attention for your drink order or to clear your table.

    Once at the overnight anchorage, there was the only announcement for two excursions.
    After passengers began queuing for their choice, the two became one? What happened?
    No one was sure – humm, a bit weak on explaining throughout.

    The one excursion was to transit a cave to a very small cove/bay.
    Pretty scenic and on the way back to our ship, passengers from other ships were sea kayaking.
    All cruise ship passengers are equal but some appear to have more opportunities than others.

    Back at the dock the next morning promptly for 9:30 so didn’t quite make 24 hours since we left port at 13.00 the day before.

    Since it’s approximately 8 hours of travel back and forth from Hanoi, one would have to question to choose this ship.
    Sad food, not the most comfortable cabins ( sans the suite ), disinterested staff and very minimal information once on board.

    Mary Cheng

    from London in UK

    March 25, 2012

    “Everything about it was Amazing”

    5 years ago I went on a cruise with my family and when we came back to Vietnam we definitely wanted to go back on the Emeraude. Only a few hours away from Hanoi and it is magical. The crew were very helpful and very nice, the food was amazing, and the views were so cool. You can go swimming or kayaking when we anchor for the night but I wouldn’t recommend swimming when you feel cold because the ocean is freezing. Overall very good I would recommend this to any one who likes cruises!

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