Emperor Cruise Bai Tu Long Bay

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Overview

Emperor Cruise offers a completely new concept tour of Halong Bay, and has redefined the meaning of the word “lavish”. The cruise has been designed to be reminiscent of the high-flying 1930s, and particularly of the luxurious life of the Emperor Bao Dai.

The glamorous cruise ship is adorned with gold leaf, plush velvet, delicate silks, and sparkling gemstones; calling this a ‘luxury’ cruise doesn’t even begin to cover it. This boutique cruise has just 8 private cabins, each one equipped with its own balcony and large windows offering sweeping views of the passing scenery.

Guests may also avail of the private butler service offered on board. The dining experience is one the crew claims to be “fit for an emperor”, with daily offerings that cater to both local and international tastes. Each meal is prepared with the freshest local ingredients, with an emphasis placed on seafood.

The work of famous Vietnamese artists hang on the walls, the wine chosen by skilled sommeliers, and the private butler is ready and waiting around the clock. The lavish life onboard the Emperor Cruise is much more than just a Halong tour, it is a lesson in history, a dive into aristocratic culture; it’s an experience of a lifetime.

Specifications

  • Launch Year 2017
  • Capacity16 persons
  • Length58 meters
  • Width11 meters
  • Height10 meters
  • Total Cabins8 rooms
  • Total Decks3 decks

Why Book Emperor Cruise Bai Tu Long Bay

  • Luxury cruise with fine dining service
  • Small boutique style with an intimate feel
  • Extremely spacious cabin (43sqm-72 sqm)
  • Unique cruise routing to Bai Tu Long Bay
  • All-inclusive cruising experience in package
  • All the cabins with private balcony & patio.

Itineraries

2D1N 3D2N
Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay

8.30: Get picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter or nearby ( not included in the price).

There will be a 30-minute stop en route for refreshments.

11.30: You arrive at our Emperor Cruises dock around noon and our team will welcome you in our lounge before boarding. Our Experiences Manager will assist you with boarding to start cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay through the many beautiful islets (scenes from the film ‘Indochine’ were filmed here). Bai Tu Long Bay has a wild beauty and the panoramas from the boat are unforgettable.

12.30: An a la carte lunch will be served at our Royal Restaurant on the main deck. Savor delicious Vietnamese food while admiring the grace of the bay.

14.00: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village, the famous pearl-growing village, to view the fishing tanks of the local people. You have time to observe the process of feeding pearl as well as learning a little about the life of the local people. Proceed to Vung Vieng floating village to board bamboo boats so the locals can row you around their village and oyster pearl farming plots. Return to the boat by speedboat.

15.00: The cruise continues from the Vung Vieng fishing village to Cong Do (sleeping area), where you will enjoy the wonderful beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay at sunset, admire the striking islands and islets, relax, indulge yourself and savor the peaceful atmosphere which can only be found out here among the islands. Choose from kayaking, just relaxing or taking afternoon tea and watching the sky color change as the sunset.

17.00: Enjoy wine tasting, attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking (making spring rolls) in a truly stunning setting.

19.00: Enjoy our a la carte 5-course menu for dinner on board as you experience the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.

20.00: Evening activities: enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage and Spa services or even go squid fishing. Overnight on board Emperor Cruises.

Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

6.30: Wake up to the gentle lapping of the water against the boat and as the first rays of the sun announce a new day. Before enjoying breakfast have cookies and tea and then try the Vovinam session on the sundeck as the sun rises over Bai Tu Long Bay.

8.00: Explore the area of Hon Co Island and Co Cave (Grass Cave, also known as Thien Canh Son). You can revel in the breathtaking view of Bai Tu Long bay from up high, as well as the glorious long white-sand beach of Hon Co Island.

9.00: Afterwards relax on the beach, go swimming in the crystal clear water and explore the cave.

9.30: Return to the cruise by speedboat. Arrange the luggage and check out. Enjoy brunch on board while cruising back to the mainland.

11.30: Arrive back at Emperor Cruises dock, Halong City for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to Hanoi or the airport for your onward journey or home.

Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay

8.30: Get picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter or nearby ( not included in the price).

There will be a 30-minute stop en route for refreshments.

11.30: You arrive at our Emperor Cruises dock around noon and our team will welcome you in our lounge before boarding. Our Experiences Manager will assist you with boarding to start cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay through the many beautiful islets (scenes from the film ‘Indochine’ were filmed here). Bai Tu Long Bay has a wild beauty and the panoramas from the boat are unforgettable.

12.30: An a la carte lunch will be served at our Royal Restaurant on the main deck. Savor delicious Vietnamese food while admiring the grace of the bay.

14.00: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village, the famous pearl-growing village, to view the fishing tanks of the local people. You have time to observe the process of feeding pearl as well as learning a little about the life of the local people. Proceed to Vung Vieng floating village to board bamboo boats so the locals can row you around their village and oyster pearl farming plots. Return to the boat by speedboat.

15.00: The cruise continues from the Vung Vieng fishing village to Cong Do (sleeping area), where you will enjoy the wonderful beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay at sunset, admire the striking islands and islets, relax, indulge yourself and savor the peaceful atmosphere which can only be found out here among the islands. Choose from kayaking, just relaxing or taking afternoon tea and watching the sky color change as the sunset.

17.00: Enjoy wine tasting, attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking (making spring rolls) in a truly stunning setting.

19.00: Enjoy our a la carte 5-course menu for dinner on board as you experience the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.

20.00: Evening activities: enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage and Spa services or even go squid fishing. Overnight on board Emperor Cruises.

Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay

As seasoned travelers you expect the best and want to experience locations that are off-the beaten-track – but in comfort. A decision to spend a second night on board our elite Emperor Cruises boat will be one that you remember for eternity as the boat becomes a home from home. A more leisurely cruise will give you time to encounter locals and floating villages in little visited areas where you will receive a warm welcome. Sail deeper into the bay and witness nature at its most spectacular, relax in secluded locations, take part in our water activities, have a BBQ on deck, free from light pollution, packed full with stars.

Completely a la carte, we can tailor make whatever you wish for with exclusive and personalized services with your own speedboat and butler.

Create your very own private adventure in Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay. You choose!

Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

6.00: Wake up to the gentle lapping of the water against the boat and as the first rays of the sun announce a new day.

7.00: Before enjoying breakfast have cookies and tea and then try the Vovinam session on the sundeck as the sun rises over Bai Tu Long Bay.

8.00: Explore the area of Hon Co Island and Co Cave (Grass Cave, also known as Thien Canh Son). You can revel in the breathtaking view of Bai Tu Long bay from up high, as well as the glorious long white-sand beach of Hon Co Island.

9.00: Afterwards relax on the beach, go swimming in the crystal clear water and explore the cave.

9.30: Return to the cruise by speedboat. Arrange the luggage and check out. Enjoy brunch on board while cruising back to the mainland.

12.00: Arrive back at Emperor Cruises dock, Halong City for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to Hanoi or the airport for your onward journey or home.

What's Included

  • Welcome drink
  • Tender/speedboat transfer
  • Experiences Director on board
  • 24-hour room service with no additional charges.
  • Tissues and fresh seasonal fruits
  • Unlimited drinks: water, tea, and coffee, house wine, spirit, local beer, fruit juices, soft drink, cocktail, mocktail
  • Mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water
  • Fine meals on board 2 Day 1 Night itinerary: 01 set lunch, 01 a la carte dinner, 01 breakfast and 1 brunch
  • Upgrade to higher category accommodation or transportation (subject to availability)

What's Excluded

  • All pick-up and drop-off and transfers services
  • Accommodation pre- and post-cruise
  • Airfares to and from Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi or Cat Bi, Hai Phong
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • All other services not mentioned above

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Reviews

Overall rating
3.9 / 5
based on 14 reviews
Review summary
  • Cruise condition/Cleanliness 3.9 / 5
  • Room comfort/Standard 4.1 / 5
  • Staff Performance 3.6 / 5
  • Food/Dining 3.7 / 5
  • Service Quality 4.0 / 5
  • Value for money 3.9 / 5

The best cruise

The most luxurious and amazing this cruise is. The crew was amazing. Just my dream! How exciting could I possibly be while completely enjoy the complimentary services as they’ve offered on board: free flow at dining, free massage after excursions… I have been also surprised since any of my personal request was fulfilled immediately. Professional !! Everything was just perfect. Totally satisfied.

Enlly D

United Kingdom

November 7, 2018

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on October 31, 2018

Best one

It was a great first and last trip. All staff are friendly and do their best to provide the best service. The best trip on my own. The cruise looked amazing with classic royal style. There are a couple of masterpiece paintings on wall which impressed me so much. Our trip was more special because Ann, the best guide, was there. Do not hesitate to make reservations here. It will be the best trip.

Jesssica V

Australia

October 22, 2018

Group

2 Days 1 Night on October 17, 2018

Amazing

Excellent experience on the boat. The crew provides careful attention. While it is more expensive than other boats I think it is worthwhile to enjoy this marvel of Bahia with this type of service. The room was dreamy. They made an improvement on what we had hired. We celebrated my wife’s birthday and had the cake detail and offer a celebration. We took advantage of everything they offered, the kayak, a short cooking class, and the visits. The food was good, and they have been in every detail at all times. The staff speaks English and there is no difficulty in understanding it. I highly recommend them.

David F

United Kingdom

October 17, 2018

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on October 13, 2018

Fantastic cruise

It was a very nice, unforgettable tour. Apart from the wonderful atmosphere of the ship and the nice food also because all staff were very friendly, easy going and attentive and we had a lot of fun on our different trips. What we really liked was the number of fellow travelers (maximum 12) which has led to the informal and nice conversation with the fellow travelers. Absolutely worth a visit are 2 nights. So all praise to all staff and especially to Jasmine with which we had a very nice and nice conversation.

Mary C

Canada

September 30, 2018

Couple

2 Days 1 Night on September 27, 2018

Gorgeous Scenery

Anyone thinking of booking a cruise in Halong Bay should seriously consider Emperor Cruises. I have no idea if all the boats in the bay are to the same standard but Emperor was amazing. Sumptuous comfortable cabins, great food, wonderful service and polite efficient staff. As for the bay, well that his the same for everyone and it’s unbelievably beautiful. There is some problems with pollution, I guess some people will always throw rubbish. But I am told it is being addressed. All in all, a fantastic experience.

Christian Endmunds

United Kingdom

August 25, 2018

Single

2 Days 1 Night on July 16, 2018

Many thanks for such a memorable trip

So, I’d like to thank the crew, staff and everyone who helped with my recent Halong Bay cruise. This was a special time for me with many great memories. The scenery is so special and takes your breath. The boats are very good in condition and decorations. Everyone seemed professional and safety was important, that was obvious. This was one of the best things I have done.

Frederik Karlsson

Sweden

August 16, 2018

Single

2 Days 1 Night on August 11, 2018

Wow! What a trip

As a single woman, travelling alone is always a stressful business. I am happy to say that everyone in Vietnam made it less so. It really was a care free time for me. The best part was the cruise that I booked with Emperor Cruises Halong Bay. It was so much fun and the other people on the trip made me very welcome. Meals are taken in a beautiful dining room with shared tables so I was made to feel really good as everyone included me in their conversations. The accommodation was terrific, food great and the trips out from the boat were interesting and scenic. This was a great start to what turned out to be an amazing holiday.

Elizabeth Charles

Australia

July 8, 2018

Single

2 Days 1 Night on June 28, 2018

Amazing value

The staff was so friendly from the pick up to the end. English speaking, accommodative and helpful in making our experience at Halong bay a memorable one. The cruise ship was outstanding, with exclusive destinations and breathtaking views. Once in a lifetime experience! The food was amazing, the massages are a must! We would definitely do this cruise line more than once!

Narmatha R

Singapore

June 23, 2018

Couple

3 Days 2 Nights on June 15, 2018

Perfect trip

We highly recommend your stay in Halong Bay aboard the Emperor. We stayed 2 nights aboard the Emperor. Everything is perfect … beautiful landscapes that we discover throughout the crossing that is the bridge, the room, the living room … even in his bathtub. The boat is spacious, it has 8 beautiful spacious rooms, a friendly crew, professional care for all, listening, good chef on board, a menu card to choose from … On the time on board several activities are offered, Vovinam exercise, massages , cooking class, … at no extra cost to pay … I highly recommend this company, everything is perfect !

Hobby D

New Zealand

June 20, 2018

Group

2 Days 1 Night on June 15, 2018

Memorable experience

We’ve had the most amazing time in the cruise. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. Jasmine engaged in small talks with us which was good. Chris (Experience Manager) made sure all our needs were met. Tuyen (Vice Cruise Director) was awesome in showing us the live corals and other sea life around Bai Tu Long Bay during our kayaking. The other staff (whose names I cannot remember) deserve commendation because they cared about our safety. They were helpful in making sure we had our lifejackets and rain coats on and that we don’t slip going in and out of the boat.The facilities were excellent as they were always clean and well maintained. Most important is the food – absolute heaven are the seafood dishes especially the grilled lobster and abalone soup!The experience we had was truly memorable.

Henri S

Australia

June 18, 2018

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on June 13, 2018

A magical cruise

We booked a 2 day cruise to Ha Long Bay this month. What a wonderful time !!Every detail addressed, all to the highest standards. The crew was wonderful. The rooms were fantastic. Extremely luxurious.The staff in particular were wonderful. They went well beyond expectations to make this a memorable experience. I truly wish we had taken a longer trip. Ha Long Bay was magical itself but my reason for wanting to take an extra day was the boat and the staff. It was like a marvelous 5 Star resort and we visited the location but didn’t get to enjoy the resort as much as we would have liked.Highest recommendations for Emperor Cruise!!

Jess S

New Zealand

June 16, 2018

Couple

3 Days 2 Nights on June 10, 2018

Pleasant cruise

Here is a luxury cruise with very attentive staffs to each of our desires. Various activities of kayaking, boat trips. The cabin on the back was vast and pleasant. Good experience!

Tim F

Australia

May 12, 2018

Group

3 Days 2 Nights on May 4, 2018

New fantastic ship

As part of our Vietnam trip, we spent a night’s drive in Halong Bay. Through Ha Long Hub we came to the Emperor Cruises. We had an upgrade to the Kings Suite – indescribable! Pure luxury! The ship is large and yet only designed for about 15 people, you will be attentively cared for, the food was very good and the atmosphere on the ship was unique! We are really excited to spend the night in Halong Bay unforgettable.

David H

United States

March 3, 2018

Family

3 Days 2 Nights on September 28, 2018

Fit for a King

For our anniversary my wife and I went to Vietnam. Among the many great things we experienced was three days in the most amazing luxury imaginable with Emperor Cruise Halong Bay. We managed to book the King Suite, the best cabin on board. It lived up to its name, this is fit for a King. We had the best of everything, incredible food and drinks and the truly spectacular scenery that Halong Bay provides. It did not surprise me to learn that it was named as one of The Seven Wonders of Nature” in a worldwide project. If you have a special reason to celebrate, I don’t think you could beat this experience.

James C Wilkinson

United States

May 10, 2017

Couple

3 Days 2 Nights on May 4, 2017

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