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Emeraude Cruises

EMERAUDE CRUISE 2 DAYS

Duration: 2 days 1 night
Activity Cruise
Start in Hanoi
End in Hanoi
Group Size 14 pax
Tour type Group Tour
Code VNICR4
Depart Daily
Price from $ 125/pax
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...

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.

Practicalities

Emeraude Shuttle

Most travelers journey to Emeraude Pier with their tour group. But independent travelers can elect to take the Emeraude Shuttle.

Two 16-seat Mercedes Sprinter mini buses make daily departures from Hanoi and Halong City. The eastbound bus to Halong leaves from the Emeraude's sales office at 46 Le Thai To every morning at 8.30am.  The westbound bus leaves Emeraude Pier for the return trip to Hanoi at 9.30am. The three-hour each-way trip costs $40 return.

Emeraude Cafe

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.

Pastime

While aboard the Emeraude, be as active or as indolent as you please.

Go caving at Sung Sot Grotto. Take in the bay from its entrance before heading into the darkness and its natural wonders.

Experience the jade-green waters. At the overnight anchorage, take a swim from the dock, dive from our decks or launch a kayak for a nearby islet.

Drink a cold beverage. Prepare for sunset with a drink in one hand and a camera in the other.

Whet your appetite. Learn a few tricks of the trade from our Vietnamese chefs at a cooking demonstration.

Behold the silver screen. After dark, gather topside for a viewing of "Indochine," projected on deck with surround sound and surround scenery. An unparalleled movie experience.

Squid anyone? Try your hand at squid fishing with the Emeraude crew.

Tai Chi, Halong style. To enjoy the ultimate serenity in the ultimate location, meet our tai chi instructor on the sun deck at dawn with complimentary tea and coffee.

All Hands on Deck. Foot and shoulder massages in the sunshine or go below deck for body wraps and scrubs - without losing that Halong Bay View.
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay
08.00: Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay. (not included)
12.00 - 12.15 Embarkation
12.15 - 12.20 Register/Check-in at Emeraude Café
12.20 - 12.25 Captain Raises Anchor
12.25 - 14.30 Cruising Halong Bay
12.45 - 14.00 Vietnamese & International Buffet Lunch
14.00 - 14.30 Free & Easy
14.30 - 15.30 Guided Shore Excursion to Sung Sot Grotto
15.30 - 16.30 Cruising Halong Bay
15.30 - 16.30 Crepe Station on Sundeck
16.30 - 17.30 Floating Village*, Kayaks* or Swims
17.30 - 18.00 Cruising Halong Bay
18.00 - 18.30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class
18.30 - 19.00 Free Canapes on Sundeck
19.00 - 21.00 Vietnamese & European dinner buffet served
21.00 - 22.00 Bills Settlement (Optional)
20.30 - 23.00 Squid Fishing (Seasonal)
20.30 - 23.00 Silver Screen "Indochine"

Day 2: Halong Bay - Hanoi
07.00 - 08.00 Leave Luggage/Bags Outside Cabins
07.00 - 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
Transfer from Halong to Hanoi (not included)

Inclusive of:
  • All airfares and transfers
  • Visa arrangements
  • Kayak, massage
  • Personal expenses (drinks, extra services and tips) and all services non-clearly

Exclusive of:
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Entrance fee to Halong Bay
  • Tender boat.
  • Bus transfer: Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi (40 USD/person)
  • Cruise through Halong Bay
  • Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin
  • Tax and service charges
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • Vietnamese buffet lunch and dinner and European breakfast buffet
  • Foreign management and multilingual crew and service staff


 
 
 
NB: (*) Chargable, (1) Massages* available all day, (2) Cruises with 14 persons and below set menus will be served, (3) (4) Day cruise fee at US$59(VND1,239,000)/person/Nov 2010-Oct 2012, US$65(VND1,365,000)/person/Nov 2012-Oct 2013 apply in the event overnight cruise is not authorized by port authority due to weather conditions.
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