(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)
Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel for your included two-night stay.
Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colourful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. (D)
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate underground network of tunnels during the French and American wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits.
Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B)
Included Excursion - A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port, where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (B,L,D)
Included Excursion - An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City
This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, along with a fruit workshop. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta. (B,L,D)
Included Excursion - A visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and a visit to Tan Long Pagoda
Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce. Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit. (B,L,D)
EmeraldPlus - A visit to My Ang Hung village
Included Excursion - A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
The morning is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island, visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving and visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda. Return to Emerald Harmony where, later this evening, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board. (B,L,D)
EmeraldPLUS - A Lion Dance performance on board
Included Excursion - A visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island
In Tan Chau, as part of EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. After a Xe Loi ride, embark one of our sampans to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community.
Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner. (B,L,D)
Included Excursion - A visit to Evergreen Island
Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and learn about this sad historic chapter. Afterwards visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and the central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (or Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights. (B,L,D)
Included Excursions - A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum or A visit to the Royal Palace and central market
Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS excursion. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or to simply relax on board your Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. (B,L,D)
Included Excursion - A visit to Oudong Monastery
Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. This evening, attend the Cambodian Circus, Phare and enjoy an evening of acrobatics, music and dance. (B,L)
Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom.
Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, still overgrown by jungle trees, it has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies.
This afternoon and evening is at your leisure. (B,L)
Included Excursion - A visit to Ta Prohm Temple
Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout.
Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner with an Apsara dance performance. (B,D)
Included Excursion - A sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. (B)
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Providing excellent value for money, they are bigger than the average standard staterooms. Enjoy your time on-board in your home-away-from-home, with everything you could possibly need. Emerald Staterooms have porthole river views, perfect for seeing the picturesque landscape pass by.
A private balcony with drop-down window is perfect for enjoying the ever-changing views. Reaching 273ft² (25.4m²), relax and unwind in your opulent en-suite bathroom, complete with toiletries, and sleep soundly in your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed.
Beautifully appointed with a private balcony, these luxurious suites reach 398ft² (37m²) and host a separate bedroom and lounge. Guests staying in these suites can enjoy the opulent surrounds of the en-suite bathroom, as well as breakfast, canapés and after-dinner treats.
At 452ft² (42m²), this truly spectacular suite boasts a separate bedroom and lounge area, a luxurious en-suite bathroom and a queen-size or twin-style bed plus enjoy a private terrace, with an additional space of 323ft2 (30m2 ) complete with a Jacuzzi. Not forgetting, you’ll be invited to dine at the Captain’s Table.
Emerald Cruises’ spectacular Emerald Harmony will exceed all your expectations as it introduces you to the majesty of the Mekong River.
What’s on board: Daytime Pool & Bar, Fitness Area, Games Area, Guest Self-Service Laundry, Hair Salon, Horizon Bar & Lounge, Lotus Lounge, Reception, Reflections Restaurant, Retractable Glass Roof, Sun Deck, Walking Track, Wellness Area and much, much more.
Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. Guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure. This policy is applicable across Emerald's 2022 European river cruises, 2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia river cruises, and their 2022 & 2023 Emerald Yacht cruises. A refund will be given in the form of a future cruise credit and will be valid for 24 months. Flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia.
Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise line's terms & conditions will apply.
Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Please be advised that there is no longer a requirement to have a COVID-19 test prior to embarkation on European River cruises.
Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all staterooms and suites as well as a mini fridge, air conditioning, toiletries, a hairdryer, a safe, double bed (or twin beds on request) with luscious linens, a phone and a wardrobe with coat hangers.
A complimentary mini-bar is provided in the Owner’s Suite, Owner’s One-Bedroom Suites and Riverview Suites, these are restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks.
The Terrace, Yacht Suite and Grand Balcony Suites also benefit from a mini-bar available at a supplement.
Provided in all European Emerald Cruises cabins are European plug sockets with a voltage of 220V, you will need to bring a European plug adaptor with you.
In Southeast Asia sailings the cabins are equipped with Universal plug sockets at a voltage of 220V.
Emerald Cruises do not provide adaptors.
Smoking is permitted in designated external areas. It is prohibited in inside areas including your stateroom.
English is spoken on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships.
The currency on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships is the Euro.
The currency varies depending on location, the Star-Ships reception will have a small amount of each currency on board, but they do advise bringing some with you.
The Euro is used in the following destinations: Belgium, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
Other destinations will have specific currencies:
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Lev | Cambodia: Cambodian Riel | Croatia: Croatian Kuna | Hungary: Hungarian Forint | Romania: Romanian Leu | Serbia: Serbian Dinar | Vietnam: Vietnamese Dong
On board the dress code is a relaxed and comfortable country club style, smart shoes, shirts, dresses etc. Feel free to dress up for dinner but its not compulsory.
When going ashore it is recommended that you take comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather in comfortable clothing.
Yes, you may take alcohol on board, however it must be consumed in your stateroom, you will not be permitted to consume it in communal areas on board the ship.
A complimentary selection of wines, beers and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner.
A selection of complimentary hot drinks, speciality teas and coffees are available in the Horizon Bar and Lounge throughout the day.
Yes, there are several drinks packages available at a supplement.
The Non-Alcoholic Package offers unlimited access to a range of soft drinks, juices and mocktails.
Extended Package offers a daily selection of wine by the glass, soft drinks and beers throughout the day.
Premium Package allows you to drink anything from the beverage menu, international beers, cocktails, wine and prosecco are available all day.
Yes, they offer vegetarian options and can cater to most dietary needs if given advanced notice. Please inform your ROL Cruise Specialist of any dietary needs.
In the Reflections Restaurant the dining times are as follows: Breakfast 7am – 9am | Lunch 12pm – 2pm | Dinner 7pm – 9pm. (Dining times may vary).
Included excursions are EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences and activities. A selection of DicvoerMORE excursions are available to book on board at a supplement.
Some excursions are conducted from coaches, guests must be able to walk up and down the steps.
Walking tours of towns and cities may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
Guests with limited mobility will need to be travelling with a companion to assist them as there is limited amount of crew members during shore excursions.
There are lifts providing access to three out of four decks on Emerald Cruises Star-Ships, the Sun Deck is reached via stairs.
Under appropriate circumstances guests are permitted to use a collapsible wheelchair on-board, please advise your ROL Cruise Specialist of any mobility issues in advance.
No, there are no shops on board, but reception will have a small supply of toiletries, gifts and souvenirs available at a supplement.
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, public spaces, staterooms and suites, however it cannot be guaranteed.
Each guest is permitted one piece of checked (hold) baggage with the width and height not exceeding 62” Inches/160cm and the weight not exceeding 20kg/44lbs.
Additional baggage may be permitted at a supplement.
Yes, as soon as you return you will be enrolled into the EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club. This includes exclusive benefits, savings, advance notice of new itineraries and more. You will earn point every time you travel with Emerald Cruises and the more points you have the higher the tier, and more benefits.
Yes, the pool is open from 6am until 6pm every day and on selected evenings it will be transformed into a cinema.
The Emerald Radiance sailing on the Douro River has a serenity pool on the sun deck, it does not have a cinema or Riverview Lounge.
Betty's Gift Bag is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only, when booking an Oceanview cabin or above by 8pm 15th August 2022.