AMAwaterways to have second ship on the Mekong
Amawaterways has agreed to the construction of a second rivership to sail on the majestic Mekong river.
The new build is expected to debut in late spring 2011, and will sail as part of the line’s hugely successful “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” programme, and will join the luxurious MS La Marguerite. Both ships will offer seven-day Mekong river cruises from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Siem Reap, Cambodia and the reverse. The two vessels will depart on the same day of the week, one sailing downstream from Siem Reap, and the other sailing upstream from Ho Chi Minh City.
The new Amawaterways vessel will be larger than the newly-built MS La Marguerite, 295 feet long, as opposed to 246 feet long, and will accommodate 124 passengers in 62 balcony cabins. The new river ship will boast a total of 10 spacious junior suites as well as two luxury suites. Standard cabin design and décor will be similar to that of La Marguerite, with beautiful tropical woods, exotic textiles, and regional Khmer artifacts.
President Rudi Schreiner said “The Mekong is a magnificent river, ideal for river cruising for a number of reasons. The scenery is incredible, with many small villages, islands and temples. The other remarkable thing about the Mekong is that it includes three major cities. Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, the metropolis of Vietnam; Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located on the river front with beautiful cafes and restaurants and you have the town of Siem Reap, with the temples of Angkor. It’s the perfect backdrop for river cruising.”
Launched in September 2009, Amawaterways exclusive 15-day “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary highlights the most renowned historical and cultural treasures of Southeast Asia. It includes two nights in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, an overnight cruise onboard a luxurious traditional Junk in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its spectacular limestone towers, followed by three nights in Siem Reap,Cambodia.
Prices for the new ship have yet to be released but for 2010 and early 2011, prices for this itinerary on MS La Marguerite start at £1,825 per person including bed and breakfast hotel accommodation as detailed on the itinerary, all meals on board, local beer and spirits on board, internal flights and all excursions as detailed in the itinerary. International flights are extra.