Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to announce the 2012 launch of their Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mekong River Cruise program. Uniworld is partnering with Pandaw Cruises to offer travelers a truly authentic experience and insight into the history, the culture, and lives of the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruises will begin in January 2012.
Uniworld will be chartering a new ship built exclusively for cruising the Mekong and Tonle rivers. According to Guy Young, President of Uniworld, “We are extremely happy about our newest partnership with Pandaw Cruises. We are working very closely with them on the new ship build and on an itinerary that will provide our guests with exceptional memories.”
The new boutique river cruise ship, River Saigon, will have a 60 passenger capacity, providing travelers with the opportunity to explore this fascinating part of the world in intimate groups with more access and opportunities than they would have on a larger ship. There are 30 well-appointed, deluxe riverview staterooms at 168 sq. ft, with added amenities including bottled water, and robes and slippers. Staterooms will have a French door entrance with an outside sitting area, allowing for beautiful views of the river. The ship will have a spacious sun deck with comfortable lounge chairs and seating areas, and a full service bar. There will be a separate lounge for meetings and relaxation, and a restaurant for fine dining. Complimentary wine is included with dinner, and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and cocktails are available throughout the day. 13 days of included shore excursions will be conducted by experienced English-speaking local guides in small groups of no more than 20 passengers. Small group size is ideal for exploring the floating villages, local markets, and fabled temples that Uniworld guests will visit, including the impressive ruins and temple complex at Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Uniworld’s new Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong itinerary takes travelers on a 14-night cruise and tour that operates between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Vietnam, and includes Cambodia’s Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Angkor Wat. The 7-night cruise will run between Kampong Cham in Cambodia and My Tho in Vietnam. For the land portion of the program, guests will spend seven nights in deluxe hotels with luxurious accommodations, including buffet breakfast, service charges, and porterage. Uniworld’s guests will also receive exclusive VIP treatment at each hotel including private check-in with welcome drinks, in-room welcome flowers and fruit platter, and at the Victoria Angkor Hotel & Spa, each guest will receive their own personalized monogrammed bathrobe to keep. Optional pre- or post-cruise extensions, including Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand will also be offered. Uniworld will offer 21 departures starting in January 2012 and expand to 31 departures in 2013.
“Uniworld is committed to providing our clientele with expanded product offerings in historically rich and culturally fascinating destinations throughout the world. I am confident that this new exciting destination will be well received by both Uniworld’s past guests and future cruises,” adds Young.