Scenic has launched its first South East Asia River Cruising brochure which features its full collection of Mekong and Irrawaddy river cruises including a number of new Enrich experiences and Freechoice activities, three new extensions in Vietnam plus a new tour for 2017.
The 2016/2017 program signals the inaugural sailing season for Scenic Spirit which will launch on the Mekong in January 2016 – travelling over eight days between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Siem Reap, and Scenic Aura; launching in September 2016 on the Irrawaddy and travelling over 11 days between the cities of Mandalay and Pyay.
Both ships provide a boutique and intimate environment with all balcony suites – 34 suites on Scenic Spirit and 22 suites on Scenic Aura. All suites feature separate bedroom, living room and balcony and range in size from Scenic Aura’s 24sqm Balcony Suite complete with Scenic Sun Lounge up to Scenic Spirit’s impressive 80sqm Royal Panorama Suite which is the largest suite on the Mekong. This premier suite features four separate zones – bathroom with extra-large bathtub, rainfall shower and walk-in dressing room; bedroom; living room and outdoor forward facing deck complete with daybed, jacuzzi and al fresco dining table.
Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura also boast a choice of dining venues from a la carte to casual dining, a resort style pool deck and bar area, spacious bar and lounge, Sun Deck with open air cinema, complimentary beverages, butler service for all guests plus a guest laundry. As with all Scenic river cruises, guests will also enjoy included tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities plus Scenic Enrich special events and Scenic Sundowners cocktail receptions. With an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, these ships bring an unprecedented level of luxury to the region.
Adam Burke, Journey Designer Asia, commented: “Our expansion into South East Asia has been a huge success since we launched our Mekong river cruises last November. Our guests’ appetite for cruising this region with us has been voracious with sales surpassing expectations. Both rivers offer a wealth of fascinating opportunities and with Myanmar only recently opening up to tourists there really is no better time to visit Asia of old.”
The program sees the launch of a number of new Freechoice activities including a Red Bridge cooking class in Hoi An; a cycle journey around Hanoi’s West Lake; art tour of Saigon; and tour of Dong Ha Hiep Island by sampan. In 2017, guests can also enjoy new Enrich events in Siem Reap including themed gala dinner and Apsara dance performance, and a tethered balloon ride over Angor Wat at sunrise.
Three new extensions allow guests to explore even more of Vietnam – Mai Chau Eco Lodge (Mai Chai and Hanoi), Veteran’s Legacy (HCMC, Vung Tau and Nui Dat) and Beach Retreats (Danang, Nha Trang and Long Hai). And a new tour cruise and tour for 2017 – 22 Day Indochina Explorer and Luxury Mekong, travels from the north of Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia, along the Mekong concluding in Vietnam’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City.
Scenic is offering fantastic Earlybird offers on bookings made by 31 January 2016. Book any journey to Indochina of 13 days or longer, and of 14 days or longer to Myanmar, and fly free to South East Asia including taxes; a saving of up to $3,070 per couple.
The new 132 page Exotic Wonders of South East Asia River Cruising brochure is out now.