Asia’s River Ships
November 2017 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read |
With sweeping river views, sumptuous dining rooms and lavish accommodation, river ships provide a spectacular and comfortable base from which to explore Asia. Be pampered and see these exciting countries from the river for a truly unique experience.
Think luxurious, lavishly decorated river ships with inviting restaurants serving superb local and Western cuisine. Add a range of comfortable public rooms, informative cultural programs and fascinating excursions. All this is a part of your unforgettable vacation experience along the rivers of Asia.
Whichever river you choose, there’s a modern river ship waiting to welcome you aboard! With the popularity of Asia river cruises comes a fleet of new ships built since 2011.
New for 2017 is Uniworld’s Mekong Navigator, an all-suite ship carrying no more than 68 guests in Vietnam and Cambodia. Decorated in a delightful French Colonial style, there are plenty of public rooms onboard including Le Salon Lounge with full-service bar on the Sun Deck, La Bibliothèque Library and Internet Lounge, the Observation Lounge, Le Marché Restaurant and the La Vie Spa and Fitness Center.
China’s Yangtze River is the longest in Asia and has the largest of Asia’s river ships. Century Legend built in 2013 carries 398 guests and features restaurants, bars, a cinema, indoor pool, fitness center and a spa. Viking Emerald entered service in 2011 carrying 256 in spacious Veranda Staterooms with panoramic windows that open up to a private veranda. Two elegant suites offer wraparound verandas providing 270° views.
In 2018 the Avalon Saigon enters service on the Mekong River. This is a sister ship to Avalong Siem Reap which has been turning heads since 2015. These all-suite ships carry just 36 guests so never feel congested. The air-conditioned Panorama Lounge and open-air observation lounge are forward facing which means you always have a great view. There’s a library and games room, fitness room and spa treatment room on board as well. Both ships can sail all the way to Siem Reap, Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam eliminating lengthy motor coach rides to and from your ship. Another special suite feature is the Avalon’s signature wall-to-wall panoramic windows which open to transform your suite into an open-air balcony.
The Avalon Myanmar is another all-suite ship similar to the Avalon Siem Reap. It also carries 36 passengers and features the same public rooms, dining and wall-to-wall panoramic windows in the suites as it cruises the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
For Ganges River cruises in India, Uniworld’s Ganges Voyager II has all the comforts of a five-star hotel. This vessel entered service in 2015 carrying 56 guests. The spacious suites have a sitting area and French balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors for superb river views. Suites feature many high-end amenities including rainfall showers, robes and slippers plus a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies.
All the details have been considered in the design of these state-of-the-art vessels, built specifically for the rivers they cruise. Consider one of these luxurious river ships for a relaxing and rewarding vacation.