AmaWaterways, has announced the itinerary for its newest custom-designed vessel, AmaDara, which will enhance the cruise line's Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of The Mekong program in 2015. AmaDara debuts August 17, 2015 and will join its sister ship AmaLotus in offering 16-day river cruises on the fabled Mekong in 2015 and 2016.
"AmaWaterways continues to meet traveler demand for more river cruise options by expanding our fleet of custom-built ships in some of the world's most sought-after destinations," said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. "The new AmaDara will be a welcome addition to our family, as we enhance our offerings of unforgettable journeys on the magnificent Mekong River."
The Mekong River itineraries begin in Hanoi, with sightseeing tours including visits to the city's most famous historical spots. Then, a scenic ride to the Ha Long Bay will include boarding a contemporary junk for an overnight experience. Travelers will enjoy a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to experience the ancient Khmer empire and mingle with the warm, friendly Cambodian people. (We can testify to that promise having had an incredible experience with the Cambodian people during our trip to Sieam Reap, including our A&K tour guide, Sam, who provides clean drinking water via his Sam's Brothers Wells for needy communities: http://exm.nr/1mHmTmO.)
AmaDara cruisers will also embark upon a three-day adventure, touring the ancient temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before beginning their Mekong cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake. The epic journey will conclude with an overnight stay in Phnom Phen, the capital of Cambodia, followed by two nights in Ho Chi Minh City.
As part of this impressive itinerary, visitors touring the Angkor Archaeological Park will have the chance to visit the Oprhans and Disabled Arts Association's (ODA) Free Village English School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A proud sponsor of ODA, AmaWaterways supports this institution in offering young children free English language instruction and providing a safe, comfortable community center for the village's residents.
Complimenting this unforgettable, immersive itinerary and experience is the ship itself. The sister ship of AmaLotus, AmaDara features the most innovative ship design in the river cruise industry. Elegant French Colonial décor is accented by authentic Mekong artifacts and design elements in all air-conditioned cabins and public spaces.
Each of the ship's 62 extra-spacious outside staterooms and luxury suites - the largest on the Mekong at 226-452 square feet - includes a private "Twin Balcony," consisting of a French Balcony with a second full-sized step-out balcony. Two elegant, stylish restaurants serve Western-style cuisine while keeping with AmaWaterways' passion for regionally inspired dishes, boasting an infusion of local flavors like sweet coconut, lemongrass, curries, chili peppers and fresh citrus. Entertainment abounds with special folklore dances, live musical performances, cultural discussion forums, themed dinners and more.
Travelers choosing AmaWaterways for their voyage along the Mekong, "The Mother of Water," will have access to ionboard salon and spa services, sun deck and swimming pool, fitness center and complimentary in-room "Infotainment" system with Internet, music, popular new release movies and English-language television programming. Complimentary unlimited wine is available with lunch and dinner; complimentary house spirits, local beer, soft drinks and bottled water are available all day every day, and complimentary bottled water is provided daily in all staterooms.
If You're Going: Cruise only pricing for a seven-day sailing onboard AmaDara or AmaLotus on the Mekong River starts at $2,299 per person.* For cruise only passengers, an optional four-day/three-night pre-cruise stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia is available, starting at $799 per person including luxury hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and guided sightseeing tours. Pricing for the full 16-day land and cruise itinerary starts at $4,498 per person.*
For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact a travel professional, visit www.amawaterways.com or call (800) 629-0126. AmaWaterways' new Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of The Mekong brochure for 2015 and 2016 is now available at http://www.amawaterways.com/brochure. (*Airfare, port charges, taxes and fuel surcharges not included; pricing is based on dates and availability.)
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