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Exotic travel, elegant living and a nostalgia for the Gatsby-esque glamour and good times of the 1920s are all elements of a new charter option to come out of famously beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam.

(TRAVPR.COM) VIETNAM - July 17th, 2013 - HA LONG, Viet Nam -- Exotic travel, elegant living and a nostalgia for the Gatsby-esque glamour and good times of the 1920s are all elements of a new charter option to come out of famously beautiful Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam.  

Emeraude Classic Cruises is launching an exclusive overnight charter offer for creative party planners and corporate groups looking for an out-of-the-ordinary venue to stage a milestone event, corporate getaway or special occasion.  

The all-white Emeraude vessel, with its 34 cabins and 3 suites, was modeled on a historic paddle wheel steamer by the same name that plied the bay and Gulf of Tonkin from 1906 to 1937. The aesthetic of the modern-day Emeraude is reflective of its predecessor -- polished wooden floors, beadboard walls and brass fittings evoke the charm of colonial Indochina.

Customizable itineraries and bespoke activities aboard the ship or in the bay are among the options open to groups chartering the boat, along with tai-chi and cooking classes, spa services, kayaking, film screenings and stopovers at the bay’s top attractions.

Items from past itineraries organized by the Emeraude for its partners and friends include themed afternoon cocktail parties on the top-deck, atmospheric fine-dining and live music performances set in the rocky mouth of a cave, as well as guided explorations of the bay’s countless hidden beaches, islands and coves.

Now, the Emeraude is dropping its gangplank to individuals, businesses and families from anywhere in the world who want to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site in style from the freedom and privacy of their own boat. The Emeraude’s award-winning Swiss chef Marcel Isaak will collaborate with organizers on menus tailored to each group of guests.

“The only thing better than cruising Halong Bay on the Emeraude is cruising the bay as part of an extended party where you know all of the other passengers,” said Kurt Walter, the cruise’s general manager. “It’s a magical mix we’ve got with the pristine, old-world charm of this vessel, the breathtaking beauty of Halong’s seascape, and the camaraderie of good friends on an adventure together.”

Overnight charters on the Emeraude are priced from USD 12,000 to USD 13,500. Dinners in Drum Cave start from USD 70 per person, including cave rental, three-course menus, and decor.

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Since its maiden voyage in Dec. 2003, the Emeraude has set the standard for upscale passage on Halong Bay. Modelled on a paddle steamer of the same name that cruised Halong Bay from 1906-1937, the Emeraude accommodates 74 passengers in 12 superior cabins, 22 deluxe cabins and three suites.

The vessel evokes the romance of the nautical age with classic architecture, polished wooden floors and beadboard wainscoting. The Restaurant specializes in western fare and freshly caught seafood. Each cabin features outdoor seating, as does the sun-deck up top where the crew screens a movie nightly.

Emeraude Classic Cruises is owned and operated by The Apple 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 and the Villa Maly, a boutique hotel in Luang Prabang.

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