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Cruiseline to add intimate ship on the Mekong

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Apr. 21, 2017
Supplier: Avalon Waterways

A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colourful cultures and ancient traditions. A journey on Avalon Waterways’ small ships widens the possibilities, getting travellers closer to all the must-see sights and introducing them to new destinations, locals and their way of life.

On the heels of unveiling two new intimate Suite Ships on the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers in two years, Avalon Waterways has announced plans to cruise further into the Far East by increasing its fleet – and vacation portfolio – with another Suite Ship for the Mekong River – the Avalon Saigon.

On Avalon’s new Southeast Asia Suite Ships – the Avalon Saigon, Avalon Myanmar and Avalon Siem Reap – travellers are welcomed to 18 well-appointed Avalon Suites each with 245-square-feet of living space. And, while other ships may offer guests tiny balconies, these new ships introduce travellers in Asia to Avalon’s innovative, signature Open-Air Balconies featuring floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall panoramic windows measuring over four meters wide with retractable screen systems and doors that slide open almost three meters, creating the feeling of sitting outside. In front of each Open-Air Balcony is a sitting area, complete with love seat, chairs and table. And facing the passing views are Avalon’s Comfort Collection Beds, inviting travellers to relax and enjoy every moment of cruising past the fascinating scenes of daily life on the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers.

In addition to introducing the NEW Avalon Saigon, the company is adding a new itinerary to see and explore Vietnam & Cambodia. The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam is a NEW 18-day journey through Cambodia and Vietnam. Passengers will not only enjoy an immersive cruise on the Mekong River, after flying to Hanoi, they will embark on a two-day cruise of Ha Long Bay.

The river cruise company also features dozens of vacation extension options on both their Mekong and Irrawaddy itineraries. For instance, travellers booking a 13-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River cruise can extend their vacation in Bangkok and/or Luang Prabang. Those who book the 14-day Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy itinerary can add Bangkok and/or Inle Lake to their vacation.

2018 Southeast Asia cruises offered by Avalon Waterways:

• 13-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River
(Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap; Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)
NEW! 18-day The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Siem Reap to Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi)

• 14-day Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy
(Yangon to Yangon)

Avalon’s other exotic cruise offerings in 2018 will include the Yangtze River, the Nile, Amazon River and Galápagos Islands. For more information, visit

SEE THE WORLD FOR LESS SALES EVENT: Book a 2018 or 2019 river cruise to Southeast Asia by June 6 this year and SAVE up to $2,600 per couple. Avalon Waterways is also catering to solo travellers by waiving the single supplement on select Avalon Irrawaddy and Mekong river cruise departures.



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