Cruise International editor Liz Jarvis is impressed by Scenic Tours new Mekong river cruises
Happy New Year. I’m currently avoiding the chocolates someone has brought into the cruise office by perusing the amazing selection of river cruises on offer for the year ahead, and I’m particularly intrigued by the array of new all-inclusive Southeast Asia itineraries from Scenic Tours.
It’s the first time that Scenic Tours has combined its expertise in river cruising and touring holidays, and their exciting new itineraries, ranging from 15 to 29 days, travel through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. I went on The Mekong for the first time last year, and it was an absolutely unforgettable, life-changing experience. I can’t recommend travelling to Southeast Asia highly enough, and exploring by river really takes you into the heart of this wonderful region.
There’s also a brand new, all-balcony suite ship to experience on Scenic’s Mekong cruises – Scenic Spirit.
At 85m long but with just 34 one-bedroom Balcony Suites and an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, Scenic Spirit looks as though it’s guaranteed to provide a particularly intimate cruise experience. Guests can choose from three types of cabin, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe and Royal Panorama, all featuring a private balcony but some offering the added luxury or a personal Jacuzzi. Scenic Spirit’s overall design is a breath of fresh air from the typical colonial style of most ships on the Mekong, fusing traditional Asian influences with modern features such as a resort-style pool, steam sauna, bar and open-air cinema.
The new custom-built ship also offers guests the chance to reap the benefits of Scenic Tours’ famous ultra-all-inclusive service, meaning everything from drinks and dining, to flights and experiences, and even a private butler service, is included in the price of the cruise. That’s right, private butler service. Now that’s what I call luxury.
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