Frequently Asked Questions
Emperor Bao Dai’s life covered four significant periods – as the Emperor of Annam, advisor to Ho Chi Minh, Chief of the Vietnam State and exile and burial in France.
During the French protectorate, Vietnam was divided into three regions – the north (Tonkin) with Hanoi as the capital, the centre (Annam) with Hue as the capital, and the south (Cochinchine) with its capital Saigon.
Together with Laos and Cambodia this region formed the so-called French Indochine. Bao Dai was the Emperor of Annam and was based in Hue; he remained the spiritual Emperor of the whole of Vietnam.
Vietnam’s last Emperor, Nguyen Vinh Thuy, came to the throne in 1926 as Bao Dai or “Keeper of Greatness” after the death of his father Emperor Khai Dinh in 1925. Educated in France he was not allowed to carry out the reforms he wished, and after the Japanese occupation declared the independence of the Empire of Vietnam on 11 March 1945.
However, the country was soon engulfed by the August Revolution led by the Communist Viet Minh and their leader Ho Chi Minh. Later in 1945 Bao Dai abdicated as Emperor and accepted the invitation of President Ho Chi Minh to be his advisor to the new government of the Vietnam Democratic Republic.
Bao Dai then left on a diplomatic mission to China and decided to stay in Hong Kong until 1949. With the start of the Indochina war, backed by the French State, he later returned to lead the Saigon-based State of Vietnam as the Chief of State. His capital was in Dalat and his administration covered the whole of the Central Highlands.
In 1955 he was overthrown in a rigged election by his U.S.-backed Prime Minister, Ngo Dinh Diem. He lived in exile in France until his death in a military hospital in Paris in 1997. Together with Emperor Duy Tan, Bao Dai is one of only two emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty not buried in Vietnam.
The Emperor Cruises never makes the decision to cancel a cruise. However, cruising and sailing in Nha Trang Bay is strictly regulated by a local board: the Nha Trang Port Authority. Every morning, the Port Authority delivers a permit to each cruise company allowing them to sail in Nha Trang Bay. Both day cruises and overnight cruises are regulated this way.
In case of bad weather conditions and risks of tropical storms, the Port Authority might limit the possibilities of cruising and even decide to cancel all cruises.
In those cases, final decision by the Port of Authority is usually known only at 01:00 on the day of departure.
The Emperor Cruises would inform their guests as soon as the information available, which unfortunately might only be upon guest’s arrival at the port. Different possibilities are then offered to the guests.
The Emperor Cruises have Triple Cabins. We can arrange one extra bed per cabin on the cruises for children under 12 years old. Above this age limit, an extra cabin will have to be booked.
Our Cruises thus are navigating on more peaceful waters as the majority of the Halong cruisers take a completely different route. We try to provide a good balance between leisurely cruising away from the crowd and visits to the major landmarks of the Bay so that our guest wouldn’t miss anything of this fantastic area.
No dress code is imposed on board The Emperor Cruises. We advise you that
Guests should dress comfortably in casual clothing and bring along:
+ Camera and/or video recorder
+ A swimsuit on sunny days
+ A sweater (for cooler days or evenings)
+ A cap or hat, Suntan lotion.
Weather and sea conditions can change quickly and guests are advised to take an extra t-shirt in case they get wet.
Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay can be visited all year round. The best time to visit is September to April. Expect hot weather and some tropical rain in the summer from May to August, but the sun and blue skies reappear after the rain before a magical sunset and the moon rising high into the night sky. Be a King for a night with us on board Emperor Cruises where our team ensures you enjoy every experience whatever the weather conditions.
Self-drive car hire is not available for short-term visitors to Vietnam so most travelers to Halong Bay usually book a cruise package, which includes a private car with chauffeur driver or shuttle bus (3,5 hours). Helicopter or seaplane transfers are also available to the bay from Hanoi (1hour).
To ensure total comfort on your journey from Hanoi, we offer a daily limousine transfer service for pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel in Hanoi or Cat Bi Airport in Hai Phong City (upon request).
The best way to appreciate this magical scenery is from our Emperor Cruises, cruising between karst cliffs which loom up like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves.
Our cruises operate in Bai Tu Long Bay on a daily basis and Halong Bay on a 2- night program and, whether you choose the day trip or overnight option, we ensure your experiences are exclusive, all inclusive, intimate, memorable and safe.
In Bai Tu Long Bay we operate one-day cruises, two-day cruises and the option of cruising both Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay in a three-day program. Party cruises and private charters are available upon request.
All-inclusive Means All-inclusive. Many cruise operators claim that their cruises are all inclusive, but once you get on board there are various extra charges that they neglected to mention.
With Emperor Cruises, when you pay for all-inclusive that’s exactly what you will get. That means that all of your taxes, port charges, activities, massage, meals in our main and gourmet restaurants and drinks are all part of the price you originally pay. There’s even the option to upgrade this further so that your package includes many premium brands of alcohol and a further range of exciting cocktails.
Apart from the inclusive drink list, you may prefer choosing your most personal favorite brands of wines or spirits, we also have the list for you to choose from it and you pay for that.
A must-see destination, Bai Tu Long Bay is on the bucket list of all travellers to Vietnam. Whether you take a one- or two-night cruise depends on how much time you have. As the drive from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long takes almost four hours and can be exhausting, one night of cruising is hardly enough for most visitors. Some of our clients have told us that one night is too short, so if you want a trip that offers both activities and time to relax, the two-night Emperor Hideaway option is recommended.
Emperor Cruises uses a smaller boat for this excursion on the second morning, with passengers rejoining the mother boat to resume their “suite life” in the afternoon. With an extra day, guests can relax in the stunning environment, spend time at a beach, or take a more active approach with swimming, kayaking or cave exploring The boat is a destination in itself with many experiences to offer. Each cabin has a private balcony, and the bathroom has a Jacuzzi allowing guests to enjoy spectacular views while soaking in the tub.
At Emperor Cruises, we like to treat our guests like royalty with exquisite cuisine, 24-hour room service and an itinerary full of fun activities. You can choose to dine whenever and wherever you wish on board, and there are unlimited free massages and sauna services as well as food and beverages – all without an unexpected bill at the end.
I understand that for a two night cruise we will be transferred to a smaller boat while you go to pick up a new set of passengers. Do you have photo or a description of the smaller boat? Also, can you tell me how long we would wait to get back on the larger boat?
On the second day, you will have a chance to explore more and discover the other part of Halong bay and see the untouched caves, beaches and islands. You will board to a smaller boat and it is simpler for day use only. however, we made it more convenient by providing loads of sun chair, and everything you need, including food and drinks with chef. Our team will make sure you will have a wonderful adventure day on the water. Regarding to the time frame, you will leave EC boat at exactly 9AM, as we will explore and discover the other part of the bay, access to your room or other belongings will not be available until 3:30 pm. Here is the photos of the boats for your day offshore excursion.