The second of the “Three Sisters” operated by Heritage Line in Halong Bay is the gracious middle-child, Jasmine. Visitors looking for both comfort and adventure in Halong Bay will appreciate the Jasmine’s friendly crew and understated elegance. With 23 cabins, the Jasmine is built in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, with three tawny sails and dark wood-cladding.
Jasmine’s interiors, like the exterior, are covered in polished wood, lending the Jasmine the stately air of an Indochina-era cruising boat. Guests can convene in the formal dining room, enjoy casual barbecues on the terrace and marvel at the bay’s moonlit beauty on the Jasmine’s wide Sundeck. After days spent learning Tai Chi, kayaking, and visiting local fishing villages, visitors can enjoy various traditional massage treatments. Heritage Line prides itself on exceptional service and the Jasmine is no exception. The Jasmine’s experienced crew does their utmost to showcase the bay’s indescribable wonders.
Speaking of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh said: “It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others.” Home to more than three-thousand islands, this archipelago is the ultimate cruise destination. Allow the stately Jasmine to transport you.
Safety Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, monitoring camera system, shipwreck alarm system, life jackets, life rafts, tender, first aid kits, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and shipwreck alarm system in each cabin.
Sunset Launch February 2011
Length / Width / Height 30 m / 6 m / 3,5 m
Beam / Draft 6 m / 1,6 m
Gross tonnage 100 tons
Cruising speed 5 nautical knots
Electricity 220 volts
Capacity 30 passengers
Safety Radio Comm., GPS, life jackets, life rafts, tender, first aid kits, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in indoor areas.
The large restaurant offers enough space for guests to enjoy privacy or, if they wish, chat with others. The wooden floor and ceilings create that particular Indochina feeling which sets the stage for the exploration of the romantic Bay. Nice Asian and Vietnamese decors are the beautiful add-ons. A small lounge with a bar sits next to the restaurant area where fine cuisine with set menu for dinner is served.
The terrace is a perfect link to the restaurant. Chairs and comfy seating invite guests to observe the floating life of the Bay. In the evening the terrace becomes the place to be – where sumptuous seafood barbecue is prepared and the atmosphere is open and relaxed.
The Jasmine is high and that is why guests love the Sundeck which gives guests a lovely view of the Bay from above. Sun chairs and umbrellas dot the large space on the top deck where drinks and snacks are served from the bar.
The first thing that strikes you about Jasmine is its well-built disposition. You feel at ease when you are at the Jasmine.
It is difficult to paint an accurate picture of life aboard the Jasmine. The morning rays bathe your room in soft colors. The waves of the bay are somewhere around you. Breakfast is a sumptuous spread, croissants, coffee, tea, juices, cereal, eggs, omelets, bacon, noodles and more. The right dose of energy, together with the early-bird Tai Chi activity, take you through the day. You look forward to kayaking (ah, the sound of it has the right dash of adventure and exoticism), you are besotted by the thought of paddling in the Bay. You can now add lasting chronicles to your life book that you will share with your children and grandchildren. Didn’t we say the sturdy and reliable Jasmine promises to deliver?