Cruise line to start Mekong river service

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The company will launch its Mekong river service on August 31. Emerald Waterways

An international cruise line, based in the United Kingdom, will soon start operations in the Mekong River and ferry passengers between Cambodia and Vietnam.

Emerald Waterways announced recently that it will launch its Mekong service on August 31 using a brand new ship, the Emerald Harmony.

David Winterton, the company’s UK marketing head, was quoted as saying in Cruise Trade News that the launch of its Mekong operations will be a milestone in its efforts to maintain its standing as one of the leading river cruise brands in the world.

Emerald Harmony is being touted as being one of the best-ever river cruise ships to ply the Mekong River.

On its official website, Emerald Waterways said the Emerald Harmony was specially designed to traverse the Mekong River, which runs through China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. The river is Indochina’s most important waterway and one of the longest in the world.

The company also touted the “stately amenities” aboard the ship.

The ship can accommodate 84 passengers in 42 state rooms and suites. It also features the cruise line’s trademark Horizontal Bar and Lounge, a wellness area with a spa, Reflections Restaurant and Lotus Lounge.

Emerald Waterways is offering four itineraries for its customers, with varying number of days and destinations.

One is an eight-day river cruise without a land tour and another is a 13-day Majestic Mekong river cruise between Vietnam’s business capital of Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s main tourist destination, Siem Reap, with an opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination.

A 17-day Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia adds Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi and its most popular tourist destination, Halong Bay, while the 21-Day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia adds historic Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam to the itinerary.

“Our guests will be among the very first to enjoy an incredible Vietnam and Cambodia experience on board the region’s newest ship,” Mr Winterton noted.

Emerald Waterways is the latest cruise company to service the Mekong route. This is the company’s maiden foray into Southeast Asia.

Emerald Waterways currently operates eight river cruise ships and a collection of other vessels that operate across Europe, Russia, and Egypt.

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