Scenic Details a New Cruise and New Vacation Add-ons in its 2018-2019 Southeast Asia River Cruising Brochure
Free airfare and other savings opportunities available to early bookers
Boston & Vancouver, October 2017 – Scenic’s new 2018-2019 SE Asia brochure offers details on the company’s varied cruises and land-based add-ons – bringing to life one of the world’s most exotic regions. Sailing along the historic Mekong River as it meanders through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s culturally-rich Irrawaddy River is a bucket list trip for many travelers, and the company’s two luxury Space Ships – Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura – often book up well in advance. Booking early (deadlines: USA-Feb. 28, 2018; CAN-Dec. 31, 2017) allows guests to save up to $1,000 per couple or enjoy free flights. Scenic is also introducing a new itinerary – the “Luxury Mekong and Temples Discovery” cruise and tour and four new land-based add-on itineraries.
Southeast Asia itineraries are varied and unique, ranging from 11 to 31 days, through some of the most interesting and picturesque landscapes in the world. The new 11-day “Luxury Mekong and Temples Discovery” is a captivating itinerary that takes guests on a seven-night cruise along the Mekong, taking in the history and culture of two very different countries – Vietnam and Cambodia. Along the delta between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, guests will explore floating canal villages and picturesque islands and take in the landscape of verdant paddy fields and tropical forests. Three nights are spent in the energetic city of Siem Reap, where guests tour the magnificent 12th-century World Heritage-listed temple complex Angkor Wat. This is also the location of an extraordinary Scenic Enrich exclusive event, a magical themed gala dinner at Kravan Temple, with a unique and outstanding show featuring the alluring Apsara dancers. Prices start at USA$3,845 and CAD$4570 per person, double.
Longer Mekong sailings are also available as well as an amazing 27-day adventure that combines the best of the shorter Mekong routes with Laos and additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a private tour of the secret Cu Chi Tunnels; a meeting with dedicated nuns at Hue’s Duc Son Pagoda, where they teach and train orphaned children; and an intimate visit to the family home of a former merchant in the World Heritage-listed city of Hoi An.
Traveling down the Irrawaddy through mystical Myanmar, guests on the 11-, 14-, and 18-day itineraries are exposed to a cultural tapestry, threaded by more than 130 ethnic tribes, backdrops that ascend from tropical rainforests to snow-capped highlands – all fronted by stilted bamboo houses, Buddhist stupas and bustling markets built on ancient cobblestones.
Four land-based add-ons offer guests additional exposure to the cultures and beauty of the region. “Sapa” is a four- or five-day exploration of Hanoi, Lao Cai and Sapa; “Mai Chau Eco Lodge” combines Hanoi with a two-night stay in the lodge; “Veteran’s Legacy” takes guests from Hanoi to two places familiar to veterans of the war – Vung Tau and Nui Dat; and “Beach Retreats” has three possibilities, all four days in length: Danang and Nha Trang, Nha Trang by itself, and Ho Chi Minh and Long Hai.
To explore the exotic treasures of the Mekong, the purpose-built ship, 66-guest Scenic Spirit, provides an intimate boutique cruising experience with the largest suites available on the Mekong River with sizes up to 861 ft² (80m2). The 44-guest Scenic Aura is purpose-built for the Irrawaddy and offers the largest suites on the Irrawaddy at sizes up to 735 ft² (68m2). Scenic 5-star Space-Ships feature all-inclusive luxury: private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, included gratuities, cultural entertainment and regional cuisine as well as Western dining in customized settings: poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining. And unique-to-Scenic Enrich immersion events and Freechoice activities help create remarkable memories from the regions’ kaleidoscope of customs and cuisine.
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or in the US: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: [email protected]: and in Canada: www.scenic.ca; phone (866) 689-8611; or email: [email protected]. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.