We have this incredible journey on our cruising to-do calendar to review the beautiful new AmaDara ship on a Mekong sailing. AmaWaterways is enhancing its “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary with more options to experience Southeast Asia. Affording guests the flexibility to sail both upstream and downstream aboard the AmaDara, the company’s offerings in the region now include:
• 15-night Mekong upstream: 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City, 7-night cruise, 3 nights Siem Reap, 2 nights Hanoi and then 1 night Ha Long Bay; prices starting at $4,498
• 15-night Mekong downstream: 2 nights Hanoi, 1 night Ha Long Bay, 3 nights Siem Reap, 7-night cruise and then 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City; prices starting at $4,498
• 10-night Mekong upstream: 7-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City followed by 3 nights Siem Reap; prices starting at $3,098
• 10-night Mekong downstream: 3 nights Siem Reap and then a 7-night cruise to Ho Chi Minh City; prices starting at $3,098
• There is always an option to book just the 7-night cruise as well.
“We are delighted to introduce flexible new itineraries on the fabled Mekong River this year,” said Kristin Karst, company president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Whether it is the direction in which the cruise sails or the numerous included excursions we offer, we truly believe in bringing our guests the widest array of vacation options possible. Now passengers that are seeking a shorter, yet still immersive trip can choose our 10-night itineraries, which include a visit to the must-see Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
She promises an unforgettable and exotic experience along the Mekong River. Travelers booking this itinerary will enjoy immersive cultural excursions such as touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, visiting the picturesque lakeside wetlands via a motor boat, a Buddhist monastery, the royal palace in Phnom Penh, a full-day exploration of Xeo Quyt, and rice paper and candy-making workshop in Cai Be.
AmaDara, which debuted in August 2015, features an innovative design, boasting 62 extra-spacious staterooms and luxury suites, as well as the intimate Chef’s Table specialty restaurant in addition to the main dining room. Each well-appointed stateroom includes a French Balcony with a second full-sized step-out balcony. The ship’s interior is reflective of Elegant French Colonial décor, while inspired by Southeast Asia with authentic Mekong artifacts and accents. Guests sailing aboard AmaDara will delight in an array of comfortable amenities including three spas, a fitness center and a refreshing sun deck with swimming pool. Complimentary unlimited wine is available with lunch and dinner; complimentary house spirits, local beer, soft drinks and bottled water are available all day.
Additionally, AmaWaterways is currently offering a special discount on all 2017 and 2018 “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” departures. Guest who book by July 31, 2016 will receive $1,500 off per stateroom.
If You’re Going: For more, visit www.AmaWaterways.com or a travel professional or call (800) 626-0126.
AmaWaterways offers award-winning river cruises around the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. The company has received numerous honors and accolades over the years, including Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Pick Award and the highest rated ships in the inaugural Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe. AmaWaterways’ European fleet includes AmaKristina (2017) AmaStella (2016), AmaViola (2016), AmaVenita (2015), AmaSerena (2015), AmaReina (2014), AmaSonata (2014), AmaPrima (2013), AmaVida (2013), AmaCerto (2012), AmaVerde (2011), AmaBella (2010), AmaLyra (2009), AmaDolce (2009), AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008), AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). The company’s Exotics division features AmaPura (2014) on the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar and AmaDara (2015) on the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as the Zambezi Queen (2009) on the Chobe in Botswana
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