Avalon Launches All-Suite Mekong River Ship
PHOTO: The Avalon Siem Reap sails through Vietnam and Cambodia. (All photos courtesy of Avalon Waterways)
Avalon Waterways has launched the new 36-guest, all-suite “Suite Ship” on the Mekong River to sail through Vietnam and Cambodia.
The new Avalon Siem Reap has 18 suites that measure 245 square feet and have the line’s signature Open-Air Balconies — wall-to-wall windows with doors that slide open nine feet, essentially creating the feeling of sitting outside. Each Open-Air Balcony has a love seat, chairs and table.
Built by local craftsman, the ship reflects the character, symbols and traditions of the region while also offering the modern features travelers expect. The river cruises also include the Local Favorites program, which includes immersive experiences such as a traditional water blessing and a Vietnamese cooking class.
“This Suite Ship mirrors the experience found on our Suite Ships in Europe. But, perhaps as important as the attention to detail and appointments found on this ship is its overall size,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Featuring only 18 suites, this vessel was designed to traverse more of the Mekong River, providing travelers the chance to enjoy more of Asia. The Avalon Siam Reap is the only ship in the industry cruising all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa), as water levels allow. And when sailing into the Ho Chi Minh harbor, Avalon guests are just minutes away from their deluxe hotel accommodations.”
Avalon offers eight- to 22-day trips to Southeast Asia. The company is offering $299 air and savings of up to $2,000 per couple on select departures in 2015. For 2016, the company is offering savings of 10 percent off.
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