AmaWaterways Launches Second Ship On The Mekong

Leading river cruise line AmaWaterways has launched its latest ship, ms AmaLotus. Sailing on the Mekong River from this week, the 124-passenger vessel will offer 7-night voyages between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City as part of the highly popular “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” program under its AmaVoyages product line.


ms AmaLotus’ brings cruisers back in time to the region’s golden era with its colonial decor combined with traditional Khmer accents. Ultra-spacious staterooms and suites (of which 90 percent boast private balconies) are exquisitely decorated and appointed with luxury amenities including King-sized or twin beds, private bathrooms, a cozy sitting area, writing desk, in-cabin safe and minibar. The main restaurant presents Asian and Western fine dining options, accompanied by free-flowing complimentary wine and beer at mealtimes and complimentary house-brand spirits and soft drinks from the 2 onboard lounges throughout the cruise. An expansive Sun Deck is ideally suited for a relaxing swim in the outdoor swimming pool or admiring the tropical panoramas, while other facilities include a fitness room, spa and gift shop.


Guests embark the luxurious ms AmaLotus moored at the majestic Tonle Sap, before cruising to Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Tralach to spend a day exploring the wetlands that form the mouth of the lake. The ship then continues towards Phnom Penh, where guests can explore the highlights and history of Cambodia’s capital city. ms AmaLotus crosses the border into Vietnam the next day, mooring at the small towns of Tan Chau and Sa Dec, noteworthy as the town where French writer Marguerite Dumas spent many years in her youth. Guests will also visit Xeo Quyt, once a military base during the war years and now an important ecological site with it’s jungle overgrowth, as well as Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. The ship completes it’s journey at My Tho port, where guests will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City via motor coach.


ms AmaLotus joins the 2-year old ms La Marguerite cruising the Mekong River. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, AmaWaterways continues to build on its industry lead with the debut its largest and most imaginative ship, the ms AmaCerto in Spring next year, joining a fleet of 12 custom-designed luxury river cruisers.


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