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. Today the Emeraude offers a regular cruise service on board a luxurious replica steamer with 38 cabins meticulously designed to evoke the nostalgic charm of colonial Indochina. Be transported back to the old times, charm and luxury of Indochina’s Emeraude Classic Cruises, with all the comforts and personal service you could possibly wish for. Sail the mysterious Halong Bay in a deluxe 55 meters vessel that has been designed in the tradition of Le Tonkin.
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.
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.
11:30 – 12:00 Registration at Emeraude Cafe
12:00 – 12:15 Embarkation
12:15 – 12:30 Check-in
12:30 – 12:45 Captain raises anchor
12:45 – 14:00 Refreshing Vietnamese & Int’l buffet lunch served
14:00 – 14:30 Free & easy
14:30 – 16:00 Shore excursion to Song Sot Grotto
15:30 – 17:00 Crepe Station on Sundeck
16:00 – 16:45 Relax & chill, easy cruising along the Bay
16:15 – 16:35 (Optional) Visit Pearls’ Farm or stay onboard
16:45 – 17:00 Captain anchors for the night
17:00 – 18:00 Swims, kayaks or enjoy traditional spa treatments
18:00 – 18:30 Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Cooking Class
18:30 – 19:00 Cocktails on the Sundeck
19:00 – 21:00 Gourmet VN seafood & European dinner buffet served
20:30 – 23:00 Screening of highly acclaimed classic “Indochine”
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
07:00 – 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