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Emeraude Cruise

Emeraude Fact Sheet
The Emeraude offers a regular cruise service on board a luxurious replica steamer with 38 cabins meticulously designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina.
Each bespoke cabin exudes warmth and character with high standards of workmanship, distinguished style and impeccable service. With its polished wooden floors and brass fixtures and fittings the Emeraude’s rooms offer timeless elegance
From the sun deck, passengers can enjoy a soothing foot massage while sipping a refreshing cocktail and gazing at the rock formations reflected in the crystal clear water of the bay.
The Emeraude’s huge paddle wheel opens to reveal a swimming deck offering passengers the opportunity to swim in the calm waters of the bay surrounded by the majestic scenery. At dawn, that most magical time as the sun rises, the soft and graceful movements of a Tai Chi class on the deck complement the atmospheric silence of the bay.
 
Sundeck and Bar
From the 350m2 open upper sun deck, passengers can enjoy a soothing foot massage while sipping a refreshing cocktail and gazing at the rock formations reflected in the crystal clear water of the bay. The Emeraude’s huge paddle wheel opens to reveal a swimming deck offering passengers the opportunity to swim in the calm waters of the bay surrounded by the majestic scenery. At dawn, that most magical time as the sun rises, the soft and graceful movements of a Tai chi class on.
 
Emeraude Cafe
Located in Bai Chay at the Royal Park Resort, the café connects to the Emeraude's private pier, providing, convenient transitional space for guests to embark on the luxury overnight cruise.
The cafe serves a selection of Western food, including freshly made sandwiches, panini and pizza. Along with an extensive variety of teas, coffees and fresh juices, the café has an excellent wine list, sourced from around the world. A cozy interior and outdoor terrace provides room for up to 70 diners. The café also offers complimentary wireless access for guests and sells a variety of Emeraude souvenir.
 
Restaurant:
The Emeraude’s restaurant offers delicious, freshly caught local seafood and other specialties. While enjoying breathtaking views of the bay, passengers can enjoy the simple and honest flavors.
 
Day1: Hanoi - Ha Long (L/D)
08.30-13.00: Pickup at your hotel about 8.30. Spend 3 hour sightseeing country Vietnamon the way to Halong city. Arrive at Emeraude Pier just before 12.00 AM. Welcome by Emeraude staff and embark with the shuttle boat for short transfer (some 5 minutes) to the Emeraude. Welcome cocktail and check-in o­n board the Emeraude.
13.00-16.00: Cruise o­n the Emeraude o­n Halong Baypassing by some of the most scenic locations including Yen Ngua, Con Coc Mountains and a floating village. Vietnamese buffet lunch is served in the Emeraude restaurant from 13.00-14.30. Followed by an excursion to Sungsot Grotto (Grotto of Surprises) with optional guide to the grotto. En-route, enjoy the view from the sun deck, or relax for professional massage (this optional service is not include in our quote). Continue cruising o­n Halong bay.
16.00-18.30: Anchor near Trinh Nu & Hang Trong caves. Swimming, Kayaking if weather permitted (Kayaking is optional, so not included in our service).
19.00-21.00: Vietnamese buffet dinner is served in the Emeraude dinning room. The Emeraude anchored between breathtaking Trinh Nu and Hang Trong Cave. Accommodation and overnight o­n board.
 
Day 2: Emeraude Cruise - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Br)
Early moring-07.00: Attend in a Tai chi course to relax yourself in the early morning of Orient or wake up early to see Sunrise.
07.00-09.00: The Emeraude sail o­nce again through the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay heading for Halong city, it is your time to take breakfast with European buffet breakfast at the Emeraude restaurant.
09.00-09.30: Check out of cabin.
09.30-10.00: Transfer by shuttle boat to Emeraude Pier.
10.00 till afternoon: Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.
 
Please send us your enquiry for the most updated price & special offer
 
Trip Price Included:
Accommodation on twin cabin (lockable) on Emeraude cruise
Meals - 3 meals (1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast)
Fresh fruit, free tea and coffee
Entrance fee to Halong bay
English speaking local guide,
 
Trip Price Excluded:
Travel insurance
Drink other than the above
Other personal expenses
Round trip transfer (on request)
DAY 1: Hanoi  - Ha Long Bay
08.30-13.00: Pickup at your hotel about 8.30. Spend 3 hour sightseeing country Vietnamon the way to Halong city.
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: Ha Long 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 - 08:00 Energizing breakfast served
08:00 - 08:15 Depart The Emeraude Cruises, Ha Long Bay
08:15 - 10:30 Cruise through Ha Long Bay to less traveled Lan Ha Bay
10:30 - 11:00 Coastline transfer into the small farming village of Lien Minh
11:00 - 11:45 VIP Lunch 
11:45 - 14:15 Nature Walk, Cooking Class, Village Experience
14:30 - 17:15 Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin The Emeraude Cruises
17:30 - 18:30  Freshen up and share the day's adventure
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 - 08:00 Energizing breakfast served
08:00 - 08:15 Depart The Emeraude Cruises, Ha Long Bay
08:15 - 10:15 Cruise through Ha Long Bay to less traveled Lan Ha Bay
10:15 - 11:30 Visit beaches, Archways and Kayaking                                                                                    
11:45 - 12:30 VIP Lunch and transfer to Moody’s Beach
12:30 - 15:15 Rock Climb on Moody’s Beach (option kayaking)
15:20 - 17:15 Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin The Emeraude Cruises
17:30 - 18:30  Freshen up and share the day's adventure
18:30 - 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
19:00 - 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served
 
DAY 3: Ha Long - 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
 
NB: Cruises with 14 persons and below set menus will be served.
 
Description
 
Day 1
THE ROUTE: Splendor Among the Karsts
 
Your cruise through Halong Bay 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 Surprise Cave. Sung Sot more than lives up to its name on Bon Ho Island, 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 Vung Vieng Floating Village. Sixteen hundred people live on Halong Bay itself in similar communities.
 
Hang Trong Anchorage
The Emeraude anchors at Hang Trong. Hang Trong , or Drum Cave, 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
Titov Island 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 Halong Bay.
 
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.
 
Day 2 (OPTION 1)
Nature Walk, Cultural Immersion on Lien Minh VillagE
 
Transferring from the Emeraude onto our cruising boat you will cruise down through majestic Ha Long Bay into the more intimate and labyrinthine Lan Ha Bay. Wend your way through the karsts to Ben Beo harbour on the southern tip of Cat Ba Island where you will find your guide and transport waiting for you.
 
Your Island experience begins with a twenty minute ride first along the coast line of Cat Ba Island and then into the lush green hills of secluded Lien Minh Village. Soon you’ll find yourself in the remote and breath taking Butterfly Valley, Lien Minh village. Upon arrival you will be served a delicious home-cooked Vietnamese meal made with some fresh locally grown produce. Under a hand-made bamboo enclosure enjoy a wide spread of foods and feel free to interact with the genuinely friendly and kind indigenous peoples of Lien Minh. 
 
After lunch you will meet your local trekking guide(s), who will take you for a walk into the jungle and environs of this remote and untraveled section of the island. Re-energized with a full stomach, you can take a Nature Walk through the farmlands of Butterfly Valley passing friendly water buffalo and cattle as you wonder at the Valley’s rich flora and fauna.
 
There are more than 600 different kinds of plants on Cat Ba island and Butterfly Valley is an accessible example sited just outside the conserved areas of the national park. If the Nature Walk does not appeal to you are free to explore the local area in your own way, taking time to greet the friendly locals who often delight in sharing an incomprehensible joke with visitors.
 
After allowing the beauty and calm of the valley to sooth you we will transfer you back to the harbour where you may reflect on the days experiences while we once more cruise you through the stunning bays at through dusk and sunset. Arrive back to the luxury of the Emeraude the richer for the experience of Vietnamese village life.
 
DAY 2 (Option 2)
ROCK CLIMBING, CRUISING, KAYAKING ON MOODY ISLAND
 
Transferring from the Emeraude onto our cruising boat you will cruise down through majestic Ha Long Bay into the more intimate and labyrinthine Lan Ha Bay. Spend the morning exploring the astonishing beauty of Lan Ha Bay’s less traveled beaches, archways, and wonderful lagoons. We provide a hearty lunch during which everyone can chat about their own experiences and feelings from the morning’s adventures.
 
After lunch, you’ll de-board at the amazing Moody’s Island beach. With sea water caressing two shorelines beneath massive limestone cliffs, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the beauty of Lan Ha Bay as you're certified climbing guides outfit you with safe and comfortable UIAA standard climbing harnesses and rock climbing gear. Your guides will set up top-rope systems on a number of different climbs (or ‘routes’) and after a short safety and instructional talk you may ascend the rock face safely and worry free. With the coaching of our experienced guides, climb as high as you’d like overlooking the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a spectacular view unlike any other. Or swimming and lounging may suit some, you are free to take it easy in this spectacular spot if you prefer. Take it as it comes and our guides will be there to help make it happen! 
 
Enjoy the setting sun as you cruise back to The Emeraude for a well deserved evening Dinner under the stars of Ha Long Bay and an astounding day to remember!
 



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