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Luxury Halong Bay Cruise, the Emeraude, featured in Canada.com

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"I could think of no better place to watch the Catherine Deneuve film Indochine than on the top deck of a ship moored in the beautiful waters of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam," writes Travel Editor Mark Stachiew from Canada.com. The writer is one of guests who've cruised Halong Bay with the Emeraude recently.

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  1. 1. conoda. com Sections News Entertainment Heaüh Life Business Financial Post Biz Technology Sports Travel Driving Househunting Obituaries Trending STEPHEN HARPER APPLE ROB FORD xi , VIDEO GAMES SUPERMARKET CONFUSION INGREDIENT OF THE WEEK EDUCATION Voices › IDEAS à Turning back the clock of time aboard the Emeraude The Erheraude was. designed to resemble a namesale ship from the French cialohial era PHOTO MARK STàCHlEilslPosTilEtilü. llEi/ uis COMMENT Mark Stachieiv Published September 8 2014_ 8 40 am Llpclaterj Ei date. ago ? "Tweet 2 3+1 o , lbmu Share 2 A I could think of no better place to watch the Catherine Deneuve ñlm / ndochine than on the top deck of a ship moored in the beautiful waters of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, The eternaIly-beautiful Deneuve is a stand-in for France in this allegorical tale from 1992 of the waning days of French power in Indochina_ thejewel of its former empire, The closing scenes were filmed amid the craggy karst Islands of Halong Bay which surrounded us as we watched the nim_ making the scenes aII the more vivid. The screening ls a nightly ritual aboard The Emeraude, a beautiful ship modelled after a namesake excursion ship from the French colonial era, Like its predecessor_ it is a stunning Vessel to look at with its polished wooden decks and brass fittings, For most of the year_ the Emeraude takes groups of visitors to admire the beauty of the bay on two41ay_ one-night sailings, The pace is slow and relaxing As the boat pulls away from the dock_ a delicious buffet lunch of Vietnamese and Nestern dishes is served in the dining room at the front of the ship,
  2. 2. Andrew Coyne Ishmael Daro Jon Dekel Lauren Strapagiel William Wolfe-Wylie Matthew Fisher Michael Den Tandt SEEALL 'i/ ietnams Halong Bay' is a uvonderto aehold. While you eat. the ship slowly navigates its way through the maze of rocky lslands that dot the bay. They come in a seemingly infinite array of shapes and sizes. There was a serious campaign to add Halong Bay to the list of new Seven Wonders of the World recently_ It didn't make the nnal cut, but it is perfectly content as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch_ you can relax in your cabin. The cabins come in a standard_ superior_ deluxe and suite categories_ all are gorgeous and comfortable. Once you're refreshed_ you can go to the sun deck with its lounge chairs and order a drink from the bar. then enjoy the passing parade of boats, islands, floating villages and other exotic slghts. You could stay there aII day_ but there are other things to do and see on this excursion. One of those things is Surprise Cave, The name comes from the fact that people are surprised at how big and extensive this cave is, You walk into a tiny opening and suddenly plunge into a vast cavern ñlled with a seemingly infinite supply of fantasticalIy-shaped stalagmites and stalactites.
  3. 3. Surprise Cave lives upto its name. When everyone's had their fill of the cavern, the Emeraude moves to its anc horage for the evening, a sheltered bay near a pearl fann. You could spend more time on the sundeck, try your hand at a bit of squid fishing at the stem or explore the bay in a kayak. I chose the latter and was able to be paddle alone with mry thoughts, allowing me to further marvel at the beauty of this place. Back aboard the Emeraude, it was time to admire the changing light of the setting sun, watching the islands tumed into silhouetted shapes in the night. It was a photographers delight. After dinner and the showing of Indochine, it was time for a beautiful night's sleep, which came instantly as the boat barely moved in the gentle waves in a night of profound silence.
  4. 4. , . ..p í-› __'§ u_ _ 4,). _o . . , -" . l T ' r › _ _ +7 _zí . í 1 _ ' . _ . ..à ng-: Jy * cn ' ' l! - . J "AP -r lllllllill | › 1)' t I w di. ) - 1! sã; ai? ~ P¡ ' kb ' l* 1 (FTP: 'Wav' « , ñ Í N y í Ac v , ..- i ( ' 'r x' . i _ r'. _. ,:'. _ j', ___ A x The suhdecií on the Emeraude is where gLiests EHjOy' hanging euttci -Natch the sceneri The dawn light awoke me in time to admire the islands in the low morning sun, Some of the guests were greeting the rising sun by learning ta¡ chi on the top deck, Soon we were under sail again. heading back to Halong. but the joumey was unhurried_ The captain weaved his way through various channels so we could get more time to gaze on Halong's jewels before it was time to go By lunchtime_ we were back at the dock where the trip began_ the spell of Halong Bay broken, I began to understand a little bit why Catherine Deneuve's character in / ndochine was so sad to be leaving Vietnam_ Such beauty is a rare thing and you may never get to see it again. Online: http i'i'li". ^i' emeraudecruises com hÍÍQ i'i"'il“i”i" halongbay lHTO - The author was the guest of Emeraude Cruises, which did not review or approve this article before publication. Read more ÀYTÍCÍES from Mark SÍHCHÍEW TwittencomlMarkãtachiew © COPYRIGHT - POSTMEDIA NEWS EE. C * 77'# li

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