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Emeraude Cruise HalongStepping onto the Emeraude is as transporting as time travel. And the vessel's history is as captivating as a fine old yarn.

In 1999, a young French entrepreneur Eric Merlin was rummaging in the St. Ouen flea market in Paris, looking - as was his habit - for anything old with links to Vietnam and Indochina.

 

 

The Postcard



On this day, he found three postcards, dated 1916, 1917 and 1919. Two pictured paddle steamers in Halong Bay.  A third showed a steamer at port in nearby Haiphong. A magnifying glass revealed the name of one of the vessels, the "Emeraude".

For some time, the cards lay in Eric's desk in Paris. From time to time, he took them out and showed them to friends.  He dreamed of finding the old vessels.  Later, as those prospects dimmed, a new dream took sail.

He'd rebuild one of the old paddle steamers.

The vision was far more than mere homage.  He planned to launch the boat on Halong Bay.  The realisation would conjure, not just a much missed means of transport, but a lost era of glamour, romance and discovery.

Despite excellent connections and an impressive track record at a successful Vietnam-based travel compan, he found himself unable to attract investors.  No matter. In January 2003, with postcards as the only guide, he commissioned boat builders to bring back the Emeraude.

Emeraude Cafe



Opened in late 2007, Emeraude Cafe is an ideal jumping off point for your adventure on Halong Bay. Grab a bite while you wait for embarkation. Check your email. Surf the Net. Browse our souvenirs. And anticipate the voyage that’s about to begin.

The cafe serves a selection of Western food, including made-to-order sandwiches, panini and pizza. Along with an extensive variety of teas, coffees and fresh juices, the café has an excellent wine list, sourced from around the world.

A cozy interior and outdoor terrace provides space for up to 70 diners. Beyond the Cafe’s culinary attractions, the new facility features complimentary wireless access, two Internet terminals and a souvenir boutique.

There’s also a sales desk in the café if you’d like to book passage on the Emeraude, or one of our new soft adventures.

Cabins & Suites

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.

34 Deluxe and Superior Luxury 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 rooms are located on lower deck with deluxe rooms on the upper deck.

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.

The Suite Emeraude

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 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 Ship



Launched: December 2003
Built by: Song Cam Shipyard
Length: 56m
Beam: 10m
Draft: 2.6m
Cabins: 34 Luxury Cabins
+ 01 Paul Roque Suite
+ 01 Emeraude Suite
+ 01 Captain's Suite
Engine: 2*540HP (Caterpillar)
Generator: 460KVA
Tonnage: 700 tones
Cruising Speed: 10 nautical knots

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