Emeraude Luxury

Emeraude Luxury

Emeraude Luxury

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Every day, the Emeraude journeys through one of the world's most dazzling natural wonders and into the sepia realm of a dream. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to...

Every day, the Emeraude journeys through one of the world's most dazzling natural wonders and into the sepia realm of a dream. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to the magnificence of the bay itself. Its air-conditioned cabins, en suite bathrooms, award-winning cuisine and spacious deck space set the stage for the voyage of a lifetime.

Massages, facials and body scrubs are now being added to the already luxurious on-board package. The opening of the onboard spa adds another layer of relaxation to supplement the dazzling views.

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.

DAY 1

12:00 - 12:15 Register/Check-in at Emeraude Café 
12:15 - 12:20  Embarkation
12:20 - 12:25 Captain Raises Anchor
12:25 - 14:30 Cruising Halong Bay
12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & International Buffet Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Free & Easy
15:00 - 16:30 Guided Shore Excursion to Sung Sot Grotto and Floating Village
16:30 - 17:00 Crepe Station on Sundeck
17:00 - 18:00 Kayaks* or Swims
18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class (Sundeck)
18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary Canapes on Sundeck
19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served (Dress Code: Smart)
21:00 - 22:00 Bills Settlement (Optional)
20:00 - 22:00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)
20:30 - 23:00 Silver Screen "Indochine"

DAY 2

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
07:30 - 09:30 Cruising Halong Bay
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

 The Route

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 Wharf, the Emeraude cruises past Soi Sim -- one of the few soil-based islands among the bay’s countless limestone karsts.

Soi Sim is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. Two stunning beaches offer visitors ideal waters for boating and swimming; while inland, ancient trees are home to a diverse bird population including Black Kites, herons, egrets, terns and gulls.

After cruising through a maze of karst towers you will arrive at the less traveled, secluded, and astoundingly beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Spend the morning exploring the bay’s less traveled areas, archways, and wonderful beaches by kayak. After your kayak exploration, enjoy a freshly prepared traditional  Vietnamese lunch on the Asia Outdoors junk boat

After lunch, you’ll stop at the serene Moody Beach, with seawater caressing two shorelines beneath a massive limestone cliff. Your experienced rock climbing guides will outfit you with UIAA certified, safe rock climbing gear. After a brief instruction to the “abc” of rock climbing, your guides will set up  top-rope systems on a variety of routes, so that you may ascend the rock face safely and worry-free. With the coaching of your guide, climb as high as you’d like over the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a spectacular view unlike any other.

DAY 1

12:00 - 12:15 Register/Check-in at Emeraude Café

12:15 - 12:20 Embarkation

12:20 - 12:25 Captain Raises Anchor

12:25 - 14:30 Cruising Halong Bay

12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & International Buffet Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Free & Easy

15:00 - 16:30 Guided Shore Excursion to Sung Sot Grotto and Floating Village

16:30 - 17:00 Crepe Station on Sundeck

17:00 - 18:00 Kayaking or Swimming

18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class (Sundeck)

18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary Canapes on Sundeck

19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served (Dress Code: Smart)

21:00 - 22:00 Bills Settlement (Optional)

20:00 - 22:00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)

20:30 - 23:00 Silver Screen "Indochine"

DAY 2

06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the Sundeck

06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on Sundeck

07:30 - 09:15 Tranfer to traditional junk (minimum 6 persons and above) and cruise through Lan Ha Bay

07:45 - 09:15 Transfer to speed boat (maximum 5 persons and below) and cruise through Lan Ha Bay

09:15 - 09:45 Transfer to traditional junk at Ben Beo Harbor on Cat Ba Island

10:00 - 12:15 Discover arches, rock formations and secluded beaches via kayak

12:30 - 13:15 Enjoy freshly prepared traditional Vietnamese lunch and transfer to the secluded Moody's  Beach afterwards

13:15 - 16:00 Rock Climbing on Moody Beach

15:00 - 17:00 Transfer to traditional junk and cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin the Emeraude (minimum 6 persons and above)

16:00 - 16:45 Transfer to speed boat and cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin the Emeraude (maximum 5 persons and below)

17:00 - 18:00 Kayaking or Swimming

18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class (Sundeck)

18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary Canapes on Sundeck

19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served (Dress Code: Smart)

21:00 - 22:00 Bill Settlement (Optional)

20:00 - 22:00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)

20:30 - 23:00 Silver Screen "Indochine"

DAY3

06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the Sundeck

06:30 - 07:00 Learn ancient art of Tai Chi on Sundeck

07:30 - 09:30 Cruising Halong Bay

07:00 - 08:30 Energizing breakfast served

08:30 - 09:00 Check-Out

10:00 - 10:15 Drop Off Point: Emeraude Café

Important Information:

Primary activities: Rock climbing,kayaking

Other activities: Swimming, frisbee, sunbathing,rockin' the boat

Helpful to bring: Sunscreen, insect repellent, swimsuit, camera, towel, chocolate

Included on trip: Transportation, access fees and passes, rock climbing guides fluent in English, lunch,kayak, UIAA certified climbing equipment

Designed for: Anyone (Ages:4-150+); no prior experience in rock climbing necessary

 

 

 

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 Halong Bay.

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 Halong Bay 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

Main Courses: Fried Fish Fillet with Tomato Butter Sauce, Tempura squid, Freshly Steamed Prawns with ginger, Grilled Beef Strip Loin with Green Pepper Corn Sauce, Chicken Cordon Blue, Braised Ratatouille with Tomatoes, Sautéed potatoes with parsley, Steamed rice

Desserts: Selection of Fresh Tropical Fruits, Vietnamese CHE station, Moca chocolate cake, French pastry, Carrot cake

VEGETARIAN OPTION (REQUEST AT TIME OF BOOKING REQUIRED)

Starter & Salads: Deep fried vegetable NEM, Fresh garden salad with dipping sauce

Soup: Seafood soup

Main Courses: Penne with vegetable cream sauce served with roasted tomatoes with olives oil OR Fried rice with vegetable served with steamed tofu with Soya bean sauce 

Desserts: Available at the buffet

Breakfast

Wake early to enjoy sunrise and it won't be long before aromas from the kitchen find you. Bacon, chipolatas, scrambled eggs and cold cuts await.  A chef cooks omelets to your specifications.  A rice congee or "chao" adds local flavor while croissants and pastry add a European touch. Italian Lavazza coffee is served.

SAMPLE MENU

Fruit Juices: Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Peach Juice, Mineral Water, Variety of Fresh Tropical Fruits

Milk & Corn Flakes: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with Milk, Fresh fruit with Yogurt

Cold Cuts and Salad: Assorted Dalat Garden Greens with Calypso Dressing, Sliced Salami, Ham

Bread Basket & Butter: Selection of Danish Pastries, Croissant, Mini Danish Kaya, Apple strudel, Sliced Toast Bread and Whole Wheat Bread with Toaster, Strawberry Jam, Bitter Orange Marmalade , Apricot jam with Imported Butter

Main Courses: Vegetable Chicken Egg Omelet, Scrambled Eggs, Fried egg, Poached egg, Grilled Bacon and Chipolata Sausage, Roast Potatoes with Bacon, Rice Porridge Station with all the Condiments

Beverages: Freshly Brewed Coffee and English Breakfast Tea

Drinks

Throughout your cruise, bars in the dining room and on the sundeck ensure satisfaction for every thirst.  A lengthy wine list caters to all tastes.  Cocktails beg to be drunk on the deck at sunset as canapés are served. For beer drinkers there is a range of international and local brews. Alternatively enjoy a coffee served hot or iced depending on the climate. A pot of green tea adds an additional authentic touch. Relax, we'll bring it to your table. 

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