She can be pompous at times but her coquettishness will melt any heart.
Heritage Line’s family of boutique cruise ships includes “Three Sisters” in Halong Bay, the youngest of whom is the coquettish Violet. The Violet is named after the beautiful Violet Chirita, a delicate purple-flowered plant that grows nowhere else but on the rocky slopes of Halong Bay. Like her namesake, The Violet is small and exquisite.
With just six luxurious cabins, the Violet gives visitors an exclusive look at the wonders of Halong Bay. In this small yet luxurious craft, visitors can appreciate the bay’s massive scale, the boat’s red sails dwarfed by the bay’s towering limestone islands.
Built to resemble a traditional Asian junk, the wood-clad Violet features gleaming wooden floors, opulent silks and velvets, and cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the breathtaking views. Guests will find all the amenities they would expect in a larger vessel, including a gym and sauna, a spa with unrivaled views, a restaurant and a lounge, and a rooftop Sundeck. For an intimate experience of Halong Bay, there is nothing to compare to the lovely Violet.
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 in each cabin.
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.
A French Colonial aura reigns in the restaurant and this eatery feels more like a bourgeois living room where friends are made and tête-à-tête conducted over red wine. Our high end cuisine produces varied tastes and flavours but – as you can imagine – is chiefly specialized in seafood. Set menus and a wide choice of à la carte cuisine are offered. The subtle small bar with illuminated backboard artwork is the ideal place for a pre-dinner drink before taking your seat at your private table.
The extravagant Violet also has its own gym and sauna. Be a little sporty - lift those free weights and feel totally relaxed and ready to sneak into your soft bed after a muscle soothing sauna (max. 2 people) session with aromatic oils.
The Sundeck with its numerous sun beds is not only a place for watching islets and islands – the Violet hosts its dinners here in an exclusive set up of lanterns and stars. A day-bar with lounge-like wooden sofas offer guests the ultimate setting for their sun-downers.
Imagine waking up to the sweet warble of chirping. The early rays of the sun start to kiss the curtains and floor of your beautiful cabin. The smell of coffee - strong but not pungent - gently glides to your cabin.
All along the way from your cabin to the restaurant you are greeted by the cherubic smiles of the staff. You think: “Soon, they will not be staff to me but friends”. Breakfast is set up on table with a variable menu to choose.
A day filled with adventure lies ahead. The amazing fishing village awaits. You have thought about this day since leaving your home country and now you are in the middle of it.
And you look forward to returning to the Violet. You glide into the blue hour of the day. You slip into the Jacuzzi - warm and inviting - and the bubbles start to tenderly massage you. As you lay your head on the soft pillow, your thoughts wander to the day after. A memory for a lifetime.