AmaWaterways Announces Resumption of River Cruises in Southeast Asia This Fall
AmaWaterways has announced a return to cruising in Southeast Asia, offering river voyages to Vietnam and Cambodia from October.
The company offers two different cruises between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Both are 8-day, 7-night adventures, with the option to add on pre- or post-trip stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Siem Reap.
“After missing many celebrations with family and friends over the past two years, there is incredible pent-up demand, with travelers eager to pack their bags and start filling out their to-do lists,” Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said in a statement.
Riches of the Mekong
The first Asian cruise is called Riches of the Mekong.
“Sail along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow fascinating insight into a way of life traditional,” said AmaWaterways when announcing the details.
The cruise includes visits ranging from rural villages to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and a stop at a monastery where passengers will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks.
It includes stops at Angkor Ban and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, then Tan Chau, Sa Dec, My Tho and other Vietnamese sites before disembarking in Ho Chi Minh City.
The cruise is normally priced at $3,099 per person, but some dates drop as low as $1,399 per person next summer and everywhere in between, depending on the date chosen.
The cruise takes place on the AmaDara, a 302-foot boat that has 62 cabins and can accommodate up to 124 passengers. It features French colonial decor, carved wooden furniture, massage rooms, a fitness room, a pool on the terrace and much more.
The second cruise is the Charms of the Mekong, and it offers many of the same aspects as its partner, only sailing in the opposite direction.
Other highlights include a visit to a silk village and the historic old house of Kiet. Passengers can also visit the Royal Palace and National Museum in Phnom Penh, or have the option of seeing the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum instead.
Also sailing aboard the AmaDaraCharms of the Mekong is similarly priced, although there is a sale price of $2,349 per person for the first two crossings in October.
Two decades of cruising
AmaWaterways was founded 20 years ago as a family business and now offers river cruises throughout Europe, Egypt, Africa and South East Asia.
The objective is to differentiate itself from the major cruise companies.
“The desire to get away from the everyday and reconnect with the world is driving demand for longer cruises, itineraries that include exclusive events and those that take guests to more exotic destinations,” Karst said.
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