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.
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 17 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 Halong Bay.
The Emeraude Suite
At 19.5 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
Named after the original Emeraude's first owner, this was the vessel's suite. At nearly 16-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, Superior and Standard Cabins
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 and Standard 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.
Food & Dining:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Entertainment & Activities
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 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.
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 Halong Bay.