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The Ship The Emeraude is a high quality custom-designed boat that sails
the bay of Halong.
This 74-passenger cruise ship features the latest safety
equipment, quality amenities, facilities and services never seen
before in the Bay.
Featuring a choice of four stateroom categories, wine and
dine options, the biggest open terrace on the top deck, day spa
services and facilities and on-shore excursions options.
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In 1910 a paddle steamer called the Emeraude was offering
unforgettable cruises in Halong Bay for visitor to what was then
The Emeraude was part of a flotilla owned by the Roque family
who had left Bordeaux in 1858 in search of adventure and
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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The Destination Three hours drive from Hanoi, Halong Bay is one of the great
natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Covering an area of 1,500km over which are scattered thousands
of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald
waters of The Gulf of Bac Bo.
The majestic beauty of the bay and its islands is only fully
appreciated while meandering among the islands, fjords and inlets.
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Year in Operation: December 2003
Built by Song Cam Shipyard
Stateroom: 34 Luxury Cabins + 03 Suites
Tonnage: 700 tonnes
Length: 56m, Beam: 10m, Draft: 2.6m
Anchor chain length: 100m x 2 pieces
Anchor weight: 660 kg
Top Speed: 10 nautical knots
Engine: 2*540HP (Caterpillar)
Fuel Capacity: 30 m3
Fuel Consumption for 2 Main Engine: 36l per hour
Fuel Consumption: 25l per hour
Equipments: GPS, Radar, VHF, Watertight Door,
Echo-sounder, oil-water separator, magnetic
compass, 1 Rescue Boat, 2 Tenders, 4 life-ralfs, Fire
The Deck Plan
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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 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.
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Dining & Cuisine
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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
Sixteen hundred people live on Halong Bay itself in similar
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Each bespoke stateroom 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.
All staterooms have two way air-conditioning, en suite
bathrooms with private shower.
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Friendly service with a smile to ensure a memorable stay.
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He has served with a number of worldwide companies over
many years, including Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts
and Hilton International. Michael is committed to driving
service values and standards of excellence in international
environments. More recently, he had been with Six Senses
Resorts and Spas at both property and corporate levels, as
well as running a cruise ship for Abercrombie and Kent on the
Yangtze River in China.
Meet the Chief Purser
Michael Dunbar is a UK National whose extensive hospitality
management career has been based mainly in Asia. He has
held key Operational and Human Resources roles in many
countries that include Thailand, China, Taiwan, Russia and
Vietnam. These roles were in both city and resort properties,
often during exciting phases of pre opening and rebranding.
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12:00 - 12:15 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
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”
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