She can be pompous at times but her coquettish appearance will melt any heart.

Heritage Line’s family of boutique cruise ships includes “The Sisters” of Halong Bay, the youngest of whom is the coquettish Violet. Violet is named after the beautiful Violet Chirita, a delicate purple-flowered plant native to the rocky slopes of Halong Bay. Like her namesake, Violet is small and exquisite.

With just six luxurious cabins, 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 velvet, 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 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.

French-Indochina design
4 Imperial Suites and 2 Junior Suites cabins
Restaurant with bar
Lounge with library & souvenir shop
Sundeck with bar

Junior Suites

The Violet has two special Junior Suites rooms. We named them Water and Mountain – the elements of Halong Bay. And they are individually designed. The Water Junior Suites has a king bed and a soft white ocean-like ambiance surrounds the room.
The Mountain comes with twin beds and carries a more yellowish tone. Both cabins are equipped with elegant furnishings and attention-to-detail artifacts. They are located on the main deck with 36sqm floor space and have a private balcony (6sqm). The bathroom is made of Italian marble with a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi.

Amenities: Individually controlled air conditioner, mini bar, in-house phone, safety box, LCD screen, DVD player, table, lounge chair, bath robe, Jacuzzi, hair dryer, tea and coffee facility.

Imperial Suites

The Violet Imperial Suites read like a romantic fairytale. The four are called Dragon, Phoenix, Moon and Cloud (Twin). As with the Junior Suites all four are appointed with its singularly designed 1930 Indochine décor. Large windows offer a full view to the Bay. While the Phoenix and Dragon come more in reddish hue with golden or silver deco elements and fabrics, the Cloud and the Moon have a rather dreamy-white or wistful sky-blue outfit. All of them pay meticulous attention to detail: plush king solid wood beds, exotic dark furniture, charming fabrics and decorative walls and ceilings paintings. Specifically designed to create that exquisite regal aura. The Imperial Suites sit on the upper deck with 38sqm space including stunning views of the bay from the private balcony (5sqm).

Amenities: Individually controlled air conditioner, mini bar, in-house phone, safety box, LCD screen, DVD player, table, lounge chair, bath robe, Jacuzzi, hair dryer, tea and coffee facility.

Restaurant with Bar

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 Lounge

The Lounge is set up with traditional wooden materials and Indochina patterns creating an elegant atmosphere to while your time away. The Library invites you to rummage and examine a bit.

The spa

The Spa offers a varied selection of relaxing treatments. A secluded room with space for one is the perfect refuge to dream away on one of those mystic Halong evenings.


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.


Our culinary team serves you delicious and beautifully presented regional and international fare in the private atmosphere of the restaurant or even to your room. Fresh local ingredients, including of course products from the sea as well as imported ones, are used to make sure your palate will remember your meals on Violet for years to come.

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.

Boat info

Technical figures


Built 2009
Length / Width / Height 38 m / 10 m / 6 m
Beam / Draft 9 m / 1,9 m
Gross tonnage 420 tons
Cruising speed 4.6 nautical knots
Electricity 220 Volts
Capacity / Cabins 12 passengers / 6 cabins (two categories)

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 12 passengers

Safety Radio Comm., GPS, life jackets, life rafts, tender, first aid kits, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in indoor areas.

Download Halong Bay cruise programs:

The Dragon Passage  |  (2 Days - 1 Night)

Jewels of Halong Bay  |  (3 Days - 2 Nights)

The Ship

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Life on board

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Stateroom (Junior Suites)

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Stateroom (Imperial Suites)

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At a Glance (Restaurant with Bar)

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At a Glance (The Lounge)

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At a Glance (Sundeck)

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At a Glance (Culinary)

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