Emeraude Classic Cruises, one of the leading cruises in Halong Bay, has received a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.comfor its consistent service. The award is given to outstanding hospitality businesses that receive exceptionally positive reviews from their guests, as rated on the TripAdvisor web site. To qualify for this prestigious award, the Emeraude has maintained an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor over 12 consecutive months of the year.
Since its first voyage in Dec. 2003, the Emeraude, a replica of a paddle steamer of the same name that cruised Halong Bay from 1906-1937, has set the standard for upscale voyaging on Halong Bay. With 37 luxury air-conditioned cabins and suites with en suite bathrooms, the Emeraude can accommodate up to 74 passengers per journey. U.S. Senator John McCain and recently Mrs. Elisa Ferreira, a member of the European Parliament, were honored guests aboard the Emeraude.
Emeraude Classic Cruises is owned and operated by TheApple Tree Group, a French-owned, Ho Chi Minh City-based company with interests in tourism and hospitality, real estate and construction and import and distribution all over Southeast Asia. Its hospitality properties also include La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue and the Press Club in Hanoi, as well as the Kamu Lodge on the Mekong River near Luang Prabang , the Villa Maly, a boutique hotel in Luang Prabang and newly launched Bagan Lodge in Bagan.