Emeraude Classic

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Cabin price from :  $157

Tour Type : Cruise
Tour Route : Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
Why this cruise : Spacious cabins, great itinerary, best food, top cruise services, fun kayaking and swimming, extremely helpful staff

Emeraude Classic offers daily overnight cruise services on board a luxurious replica steamer with 38 cabins meticulously designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina.

Your group cruise through Ha Long 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 Ha Long 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 parents and children boating and swimming; while inland, ancient trees are home to a diverse bird population including Black Kites, herons, egrets, terns and gulls.

 

Highlights

-          Rock climbing or kayaking in crystal clear water

-          Visiting  a fishing village and learning about traditional customs and traditions

-          Experiencing the luxurious Emperor’s retreat in spacious family cabins and cosy amenities

-          Off the beaten track itineraries that run the Bay, caves, pristine beaches and lagoons

-          Enjoying an array of spas and health services aboard

-          Menus including seafood and authentic Vietnamese dishes

-          Taking part in music parties, games and social activities on the sun deck

-          Parents learning some amateur cooking skills at a Vietnamese cooking demonstration

-          Attending a Tai Chi demonstration on the sun deck at the break of dawn

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long (L/D)

08.00:  Scenic three and a half hours drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

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 Ha Long Bay

12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & international buffet lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Free time

15:00 - 16:30 Guided shore excursion to Sung Sot Grotto and Floating Village

16:30 - 17:00 Crepe station on the sun deck

17:00 - 18:00 Kayaking or swimming

18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese fresh spring roll cooking class (sun deck)

18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary canapes on the sun deck

19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served

21:00 - 22:00 Bills settlement (optional)

20:00 - 22:00 Squid fishing (seasonal)

20:30 - 23:00 Silver screen Indochine film

 

Day 2: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L)

06:00 - 07:00: Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sun deck

06:30 - 07:00: Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi on the sun deck

07:00 - 08:00 Leave luggage/bags outside cabins

07:30 - 09:30 Cruising Ha Long Bay

07:00 - 08:30 Energising breakfast served

08:30 - 09:00 Check-out

09:30 - 10:00 Disembarkation

10:00 - 10:15 Drop off point: Emeraude Café and transfer back to Hanoi. 

 

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long (L/D)

08.00:  Scenic three and a half hours drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

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 Ha Long Bay

12:45 - 14:00 Vietnamese & international buffet lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Free time

15:00 - 16:30 Guided shore excursion to Sung Sot Grotto and floating village

16:30 - 17:00 Crepe station on the sundeck

17:00 - 18:00 Kayaking or swimming

18:00 - 18:30 Vietnamese fresh spring roll cooking class (sun deck)

18:30 - 19:30 Complimentary canapes on the sun deck

19:30 - 21:00 Vietnamese & European buffet dinner served

21:00 - 22:00 Bills settlement (optional)

20:00 - 22:00 Squid fishing (seasonal)

20:30 - 23:00 Silver screen Indochine film

 

Day 2: Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)                            

06:00 - 07:00 Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sun deck          

06:30 - 07:00 Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi on the sun deck          

07:00 - 08:30 Energising breakfast served          

08:30 - 08:45 Leave The Emeraude Cruise           

08:50 - 11:00 Cruise through Ha Long Bay to less travelled 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 of kayaking)          

16:30 - 18:00 Cruise through Lan Ha Bay to rejoin The Emeraude Cruises          

18:30 - 19:00 Cocktails on the sun deck          

19:00 - 21:00 Gourmet Vietnamese seafood & European buffet dinner served   

 

Day 3: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L)

06:00 - 07:00: Complimentary cafe gourmand served on the sun deck

06:30 - 07:00: Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi on the sun deck

07:00 - 08:00 Leave luggage/bags outside cabins

07:30 - 09:30 Cruising Ha Long Bay

07:00 - 08:30 Energising breakfast served

08:30 - 09:00 Check-Out

09:30 - 10:00 Disembarkation

10:00 - 10:15 Drop off point: Emeraude Café and transfer back to Hanoi

 For Itinerary 1 (2 days/1 night)

Cabin type 1st May - 30th Sep From 1st Oct - 30th Apr  
Single cabin Double cabin Single cabin Double cabin
Standard 157 237 204 304

Superior 182 262 229 329

Deluxe 216 310 263 337

Suite 311 501 363 520

 

For Itinerary 2 (3 days/2 nights)

Cabin type 1st May - 30th Sep From 1st Oct - 30th Apr  
Single cabin Double cabin Single cabin Double cabin
Standard 388 565 408 591

Superior 413 592 433 620

Deluxe 464 662 489 691

Suite 612 875 631 901

 

Itinerary 1

 

Itinerary 2

 

Inclusions:

-         Accommodation,

-         welcome cocktail,

-         shore and bay excursion entrance fees,

-         three meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast),

-         onboard insurance,

-         5% services charge and 10% Value Added Tax.

 

Exclusions:

-         City transfer,

-         visa application,

-         kayak,

-         spa services,

-         beverages,

-         other items excluded in rates inclusion.

 

Inclusions:

-         Accommodation

-         Welcome cocktail

-         Entrance fee to Halong Bay & Moody Island

-         Tax and service charges

-         Full board

-         Insurance onboard

 

 Exclusions:

-         All airfares, transfer & hotels

-         Visa arrangement

-         Kayak and spa service

-         All service non-clearly mentioned before

 

 Extra services:

  1. Shuttle Bus Hanoi – Hon Gai – Hanoi: 35USD/ person
  2. Private Transfer Hanoi – Hon Gai – Hanoi: 150USD/ 4seat car, 190USD/ 7 seat car, 200USD/ 16 seat van

Notes:

  1. Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
  2. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled or replaced by biking or trekking tour on Cat Ba Island due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  3. Meals onboard are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guests should advise any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least one (1) week prior to the cruise date.
  4. Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  5. Children who have their traveling documents attached to parent's passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.
  6. Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.

 

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