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The Captain's Blog

The Emeraude Classic Cruises' sharing about Halong Bay.

World Heritage Challenge

The limestone karsts of Halong Bay have been worn over thousands of years but outwardly there are only slight differences in the views from deck between the Emeraude and its...

Not of this World

Here from the helm, I’ve been watching the world’s interest in Halong Bay. In the Official New7Wonders of Nature Halong Bay is one of 28 finalists in a global vote...

Lonely Planet

The world’s catching on, or I should say, catching up, with Halong Bay. Lonely Planet magazine just hailed this bay as the second most remarkable destination in the world to...

Limestone Marvels

I’ve never visited the Phong Nha cave network in central Vietnam. Like Halong Bay, it’s already acquired a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. But I do experience the grandeur of...

Safeguarding passengers on Halong Bay

The news came to us early Thursday morning, the way news often does here on the bay — as scuttlebutt. But the news didn’t persist as rumor for long, and...

An American Cruised Along Bay in the Early 1920s

I’m reading a book entitled East of Siam, published in 1926 by American traveler named Harry A. Franck. On page 212, he travels from Hanoi to Halong Bay, known then...

What Else There is to See on Halong Bay

I haven’t met many passengers who tire of the Halong Bay seascape. It’s enough for them to sit on the Emeraude’s deck, book in lap, and look out upon the...

Why the Emeraude didn't have to go on strike

Anyone who’s following the news about Halong Bay knows there’s been some misfortune on these waters in recent months. In February, a tourist boat sunk, drowning 12 passengers. Then another...

How to Trust and Verify when You're at Sea

Remember when the American President Ronald Reagan was negotiating reductions in the nuclear arsenal with his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev? He coined a phrase back then – ‘Trust but verify’...

A Floating Village on Halong Bay

Here on Halong Bay, I guide the Emeraude over the same waters day after day. To some, this may sound tedious: ‘What, the same waters every day!” While the incredulous...

Why Dry-Docking Matters

I don’t know about you, but I’m a believer in an annual phyiscal exam. The older I get, the more concerned I am about the aches and pains that beset...

Halong Bay is an 'Unimpeachable' Natural Wonder of the World

As many of you now know, Halong Bay was recently recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature after a four-year marketing campaign by an organisation based in...

How to Shoot Halong Bay

When it comes to photography, Halong Bay is a challenge. No question about it. On board the Emeraude, we’ve heard more than a few passengers voice frustration over not being...

When Famous People Cruise Halong Bay

We got a call from the U.S. Embassy late one day last week, letting us know they had a high-level delegation flying in from Manila. These kinds of calls are...

Walk-in Guest

People who cruise Halong Bay on the Emeraude come from all walks of life. We ferry teachers and doctors, construction workers, singers and dancers. As I say, from all walks...

What Captains Think of Shopping in Vietnam

I’m the captain of a cruising vessel that plies the waters of Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. I can’t share with you all of...

How the Cruise Experience on the Emeraude Changes This Year

Every year, we slip the Emeraude into dry dock, and every year we emerge with little to no visible difference. There are differences, to be sure, and I know exactly...

How to be Glamorous on Halong Bay

We’d thought, with the rain coming, that disaster loomed. After all, we were preparing to cast off from Emeraude Pier and steer for the depths of Halong Bay on an...

What to Buy on Halong Bay

In a previous blog post, I’ve addressed one of the most frequent questions I get here on board the Emeraude: What to buy in Vietnam? I talked about shopportunities in...

What it's Like to Cruise on Halong Bay for a Solid Year

This time last year, Anne Sadang joined Emeraude Classic Cruises as the vessel’s Chief Purser. Since then, she’s clocked as much time on the Emeraude as anyone else, and seen...

How to Cruise Halong Bay in Safety

After an accident between two tourist boats on Halong Bay in October, prospective travelers began asking for an update on the safety standards we follow on Emeraude Classic Cruises. We...

Meet the Emeraude's New Captain: Nguyen Van Quan

In the mid 1970s, growing up on the edge of Halong Bay, Nguyễn Văn Quân’s mother used to let him sit on the bow of her sampan while she fished...

From the Yangtze to Halong: A Briton Trades Life on the River for Life on the Bay

The most visible person on the Emeraude is not, as you might think, the Captain. He’s busy in the wheelhouse, steering the ship, or down in the engine room, ensuring...

Why We Don't Worry About What We Eat on Halong Bay

A passenger once told us the wonders of Halong Bay were so overwhelming that they consumed, for as long as we traveled over these waters, concerns about anything else: "My...

What the Media Think of Halong Bay

Halong Bay made the cover of Condé Nast Traveler this month. As many of you known, CNT is one of America’s top two travel magazines (the other is Travel +...

What the Media Think of Halong Bay

Halong Bay made the cover of Condé Nast Traveler this month. As many of you known, CNT is one of America’s top two travel magazines (the other is Travel +...

Rocks and Romance: Vietnam's Dreamiest Wine Cruise Sets Sail The Captain

In the fading light, elegantly attired passengers descend the gangplank of the Emeraude, an immaculate all-white, near-replica of a 1930s paddlewheel steamer.

Finding Vietnam on the Road to Halong Bay

Before glimpsing a single limestone karst or hidden grotto, the vast majority of travelers who set their sights on spectacular Halong Bay must first buckle in for the long and...

Raising the Emeraude

Everyone loves a good story. The discovery of a vintage postcard in a French flea market, an impassioned search for a man with links to a legacy, and the resurrection...

A Boat of Your Own

Special occasions call for special locations. Here in Halong Bay, we’ve got all kinds of interest in the Emeraude as a venue for on-the-water weddings, corporate get-togethers, and milestone events....

The Most Impressive Port of Call on an Emeraude Itinerary

One of the great ironies of Halong Bay - a place so renown for its panoramic seascape that it was recently called out as one of the seven most naturally...

Monkeys on the Edge of Halong Bay

One of the most frequent questions we get on the Emeraude, especially after passengers have visited the grottos of Surprise Cave, and walked the boardwalk back to our tender, is...

A Ten-year Chapter in the Emeraude's Story

We sailed past a milestone earlier this month at Emeraude Classic Cruises, when we celebrated our 10th year anniversary as one of Vietnam’s most distinctive travel experiences.

Experiencing Tet Aboard the Emeraude

As with most of the world’s favourite holidays, Lunar New Year in Vietnam is all about the preparation. From the eldest member of the family down to the littlest toddler,...

Setting Sail on a Bay... from a Postcard

Anniversaries are always worthy of celebration, and the Emeraude’s tenth anniversary in December was no exception. At that time, we remembered again the origins of the Emeraude’s story.

Bioluminescence on Halong Bay

Certain natural phenomena are so otherworldly, and so eerie, that people travel great distances just to witness the spectacle. Think of Aurora Borealis, the harvest moon, the lunar eclipse and...

Busting a Few Moves on the Sundeck

Sunrise on Halong Bay. Dawn is reddening the eastern horizon between two of the bay’s iconic karsts. There’s bird chatter in the vegetative scruff that ekes out a living on...

Wining & Dining in a Halong Bay Grotto

On May 17, some forty passengers packed black tie and evening dress for the 10th Annual Wine & Dine Cruise Classic. Of more than 200 hundred pictures taken over the...

What Happened to the Emeraude

The sea is tough on a boat. Salt is corrosive. Pummeling rain storms age decking. And the relentless sun doesn’t quite cause cancer or wrinkles, but it does age a...

How the Emeraude Weathers a Typhoon

Extreme weather and natural cataclysms seem to be ever more frequently in the news these days. Look no further than the tsunamis that have devastated Southeast Asia and Japan in...