Built to resemble a traditional Vietnamese junk, the timber-clad Halong Violet is characterized by a retro Indochina-style décor, showcasing gleaming wooden floors, opulent silks and velvets, and cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the breath-taking views. This luxurious ship cruises in style amidst the breath-taking pinnacles of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, her red sails dwarfed by the Bay’s 3000 towering limestone islands.
Violet has just six bright, spacious suites, all showcasing impressive individually-themed interiors and color palettes. There are two Junior Suites, each measuring 387-sq-ft in total, with a 64-sq-ft balcony; one has a king-sized bed and the other has twin beds. The four Violet Imperial Suites are larger still; each measuring 409-sq-ft, including 53-sq-ft balconies; all are located on the Upper Deck and all have king-sized solid wood beds, dark furniture, charming fabrics, decorative walls and ceiling paintings.
All of the Junior and the Imperial Suites have marble bathrooms, each with a walk-in shower and whirlpool, as well as amenities including a mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, robes, hair dryer, flat-screen TV and DVD player. Connecting cabins are available for families.
Dining On Board
Multi course meals ‒ including a wide variety of dishes created from the finest local and internationally sourced ingredients ‒ are served in the dining room, on the sun deck, in your suite or on your balcony. The menu includes delicious seafood caught that very day, and delectable Vietnamese fusion cuisine, as well as other Asian delights and international dishes. All meals are served à la carte with breakfast accompanied by a side buffet offering many more options.
Facilities On Board
Facilities on board the Halong Violet Cruise are extensive for a boat of this size. There is a small spa with one room for singles and one room for couples, offering a selection of relaxing treatments including east-west massages, reflexology, and pedicures and manicures administered by skilled therapists. Violet also has her own gym and a sauna, the latter with room for two guests.
The rooftop Sun Deck has plenty of loungers and is also used for dinners under the stars. There is a cozy well-stocked bar with wooden chairs and cushions, a small boutique, and an informative library-lounge. The boat’s exclusivity is affirmed with warm personal attention from the staff throughout your journey.
Activities And Excursions
Activities include excursions on a bamboo rowing boat to a fishing village, a walk to a hill top view point, hiking and kayaking, squid fishing, a trip to Halong Bay’s largest cave and a floating pearl farm. Tai Chi classes, talks and presentations on the local culture, and Vietnamese cooking classes are available daily. Watching the sunset over Halong Bay with a signature cocktail such as ‘The Heritage’ or the ‘Halong Fantasy’ is an unforgettable experience from Violet’s deck.
Offering an intimate Halong Bay cruise experience, the lovely Violet is perfect for a romantic sojourn with your loved one. The cruise can likewise be enjoyed as an individual or with a small group of friends.
Itinerary & Prices
Departures are available on a daily basis. Please contact our destination specialists for the latest availability.
|Premium Imperial Suite||$400||$680|
Exclusive, private charters of Violet are also available. Click here for details
PM: Get acquainted with the facilities on board as we set sail for your Halong Bay experience. Savor your first hours in the bay on the sun deck and simply let your eyes wander over the breathtaking scenery during our first hours of cruising.
We arrive at Cua Van, one of the last remaining floating fishing villages in Halong Bay, and which some fishermen still use as a base for their fishing and aqua-cultural activities. With a small bamboo boat rowed by locals, we have a look at the floating structures in this calm and secluded area to gain some insight into village life. If you prefer to be more active, borrow a kayak (complimentary for 2-night cruises) and paddle around by yourself. This is the perfect way to freely move about and explore this part of the bay. The fishing village also hosts the Cua Van Cultural Center, operated by local residents to preserve and introduce visitors to the village’s history and culture. On display are many archaeological artifacts and photographs depicting life in Cua Van.
By tender, we transfer to the nearby Tien Ong cave. The cave shows evidence of human civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. Fossil evidence also proves that the cave was part of the mainland continent ages ago before Halong Bay became the marine wonder it is today. Tien Ong cave reaches a depth of 50 metres and covers a total area of roughly 1,000 square metres. Follow our guide as we loop though and learn interesting details about this cavern.
After returning to the boat, we sail to the overnight mooring area. During this the magical “blue hour”, Halong Bay reveals its magnificent beauty. Unwind on the sun deck with your favorite drink and be fully present in this moment. As we sail along, you may like to join our cooking class by our chef. You are welcome to practice these easy, but very tasty classic Vietnamese recipes for yourself – then cook them for your loved ones back at home.
After a bit of downtime, dinner is served. Passengers on luxurious Violet can choose from international or local favorites from a multi-course à la carte menu.
After dinner, our on-board guide offers an intriguing presentation about the bay’s unique and fascinating insights. Alternatively, give yourself a try at squid fishing together with our staff – always an entertaining experience. While away the rest of the evening and treasure this special moment amidst the magical landscapes before falling into a restful slumber in the middle of Halong Bay where, once upon a time, sparkling jewels cascaded from heavenly dragons.
AM: For early risers, tea, coffee and pastries are available in the dining room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to awaken your mind and muscles. In the morning, we set sail to the small Ti Top Island. Formerly named Cat Nang, the island received a name change after former president Ho Chi Minh and the second man to orbit the Earth, Russian astronaut ‘German Titov’, toured Halong Bay together in 1962. Since the cosmonaut was so fascinated with this picturesque islet, Uncle Ho would rename the spectacle Ti Top Island to honor Titov and as a gesture of friendship between their two countries.
Once arriving at Ti Top, you can go for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath towering rock formations. If you prefer to be a bit more active, climb 400 stone steps (which takes about 20 minutes) to the island’s top and be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views over the bay. There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great vistas framed by lush greenery – perfect for photos.
Back on board, you can take a shower and freshen up. Now is the time to enjoy the final moments of sailing as we head back to the harbor while breakfast is served. Until we reach the pier, relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savoring the last views of this iconic site. You will disembark at 11:00 AM.
CRUISES & LODGES
|2 – 3||47 m² / 506 ft²||King|
These cabins feature elegant furnishing and artifacts, creating a luxurious atmosphere. They come with a private balcony where guests can lounge and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The modern bathroom features a walk-in shower and a jacuzzi for guests to soak in.
|2 – 3||44 m² / 474 ft²||King|
These suites are decorated to the highest standards with exotic dark furniture, decorative walls, and charming fabrics. The suite features a minibar and a jacuzzi where guests can soak in as they enjoy the beautiful environs of the rainforest.
Premium Imperial Suite
|2 – 3||44 m² / 474 ft²||King / Twin|
Located on the upper deck, the two Premium Imperial Suites are named: Dragon (201) and Phoenix (202), both feature unique interior designs according to their mystical names. Both suites follow a reddish theme with golden-silver design elements & fabrics. All have large glass doors, private balconies and a refined 1930’s art deco style reminiscent of former French-Indochina.