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Indochine 11 A New Cruising Experience On The Mighty Mekong River

October 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The unmistakable smell of “brand new” permeates the corridors as we embark on the luxury RV Indochine 11 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for an eight–day nine-night cruise to Siem Reap, Cambodia, meandering the timeless waterways of the mighty Mekong River.

Passengers meet for lunch at the stately Majestic Hotel in the former Saigon and a briefing on afternoon activities including a visit to exotic China Town before boarding the purpose built 31-cabin vessel and checking in.

With clever planning, the programme has been extended by one-night and one-day including extra excursions by using the ship as a hotel room and reducing tour prices and promoting more convenience with no extra packing.

 

Dinner comprises four courses beginning with a variety of soup, meat, chicken and fish and ending with a fruit platter.  Drinks are reasonably priced with wines starting at US$18 per bottle, local beers US$2-50 and spirits US$5.

After a good night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast served by ever-smiling and helpful staff, it’s another excursion of highlights of this charming and exciting city, which is growing in sophistication and service at a rapid rate. The city was influenced by the French during its colonial era, and numerous buildings and former French villas reflect this romantic period of grace and refinement.  Renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1976, old timers and younger folk still like to refer to the city as ‘Saigon’. This city of 10 million is the pulse of Vietnam.  Here, an underground rail network is being built to link the airport and many other key areas of the city which currently suffers from traffic overload abuzz with perhaps the most motor cycle traffic in one city in the world.

Indochine 11 is the only ship on the Mekong with internationally renowned Bureau Veritas safety approval certification ensuring that passenger safety is a high priority. ”We’ve raised the safety standards on the rivers we navigate, which is crucial for us and the SE. Asian cruising industry,” says Croisi Europe’s Naidah Yazdani the company’s Asia Director. “As the first passenger ship on the Mekong River with high safety standards, our clients have peace of mind, vital for a relaxing holiday.”

The 66m by 14.2m vessel has been designed with a unique contemporary European feel with a touch of Cambodian and Vietnamese influence in the fittings and hard wood finishes. All cabins have full sized external balconies, separate bathroom and toilet, and quality fittings. It also features the largest swimming pool on the Mekong.

Unlike many of the cruise lines plying this waterway the Indochine 11 and the other four ships in the Croisi Europe owned fleet can navigate into the Port in HCMC and can also cross the Tonle Sap Lake which ensures passengers will not be required to take a long bus ride to join their cruise.

”Our ship has been designed to reflect a charming, colonial ‘feel’ incorporating many elements of Cambodia and Vietnam to maintain some of the authenticity that was always present in our five-ship fleet. We have many competitive advantages such as separate bathroom and toilets in each room, the largest swimming pool on any Mekong passenger ship, and full sized balconies,”said a proud Yazdani. ”Our crew is our best asset. They are hard-working, friendly, and English-speaking. Passengers adore our crew and the company knows it’s important to recognize and show our appreciation to these wonderful people.”

Prices start from USD $2,800 per person for an eight-night, nine-day cruise.  At an additional cost, a three day add-on in Siem Reap is available.  The Indochine 11 is the fifth and most luxurious ship in the CFM by Croisi fleet.

For information on booking CFM by Croisi cruises: John Boyd, jlbati@ozemail.com.au

www.cfmekong.com

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Written by John savage

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