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Mekong Prestige Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 8 days

Depart From: Ho Chi Minh City Return To: Siem Reap

Price from 1900 $US

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Mekong Prestige II incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging, dining areas, sundeck and bubble pool. Great dining with Vietnamese and Khmer food on board and interesting excursions with knowledgeable English Guide will inspire guests. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.

Enjoy the best creatures comforts on RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise with 28 state of art cabins with air condition and private balcony on both main deck and upper deck. Experience the finest comforts as 4 star luxurious boutique floating hotel. There are a total of 4 suites cabin: 2 Junior Suites, 2 terrace Suites.

 

TECHNICAL FIGURES:

 Built in November 2013

 Flag: Vietnam

 Length / Width:  68 M / 13 M /

 Beam Draft: 1.6 m / 1,6 m

 Gross tonnage: 700 tons

 Cruising speed: 10 nautical knots

 Electricity: 220v

 Crews : 30

 Capacity / Cabins: 64 passengers /  cabins 32 (three categories)

 Water Reverse: osmosis and UV water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant.

 Boat Safety: Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in each cabin, CO2 engine room fire fighting system. See more: Indoor Lounge

 

RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II INFORMATION:

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Air conditionning: Satteroom cabins, Poramamic restaurant and indoor bar are air-conditioned. Inside the cabins, the system is controllable and adjustable. You are kindly requested to lower its position when leaving the cabin.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Boutique Shop: A bouqtique shop is promoted on board, offering a wide range of unique items and souvenirs from Vietnamese and Cambodian handicrafted villages on the Mekong river bank. RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise does support to local communites by buying their product to sell on the shop, and mainly profit goes back to local people.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Bubble Bath Pool: You can enjoy wonderful bubble pool during cruising on the Mighty Mekong River or after interesting excursion day. It is located on the Sun Deck.

Vietnam and Cambodia Climate  Weather Conditions: The weather in Cambodia and Vietnam is a tropical climate all round year, it is hot and moist. The cool dry season runs from November to late March, the temperatures are around 30° Celsius/86° Fahrenheit and have low amplitude.

RV Mekong Prestige II  Cruise Communication & Internet: Laptops & cell phones run on virtually the entire route but overseas communications are very expensive. In case of emergency, it’d be possible to use the cell phone of the ship.

WIFI is available on board, in the main lounge.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Dress Code: Dress code is informal. We advise you to bring cotton garments comfortable and practical. Do not forget wool jacket, waterproof light, walking shoes for excursions, bathing suit, sunglasses and sun hat and sunscreen products.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Electricity: All outlets are 220 V. The outlet in your bathroom is convertible to 110 V and is to be used for electric shavers only. A converter and an adapter are needed for all other 110 V appliances used in your cabin.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Health & Vaccination: No vaccinations are required.  It is advisable to follow an anti-malaria treatment. Please contact your own GP or Doctor for the prescription.

There is no Doctor on board. However, in case of emergency, local medical stations are within reach on land. No vaccination is required.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Language: English & German are official language on board, and daily excursions with English speaking guide in each destionation are mentioned in the tour program.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Laundry: A regular on board laundry service is available to passengers and a price list and laundry bag have been placed in each cabin. If you wish to use this service, please place items in the laundry bag provided and leave them in your cabin. They will be picked up by your cabin steward (ess) and returned the next day

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Money Matters: The currency used on board is the USD ($). The Vietnamese Dong is also accepted.  The Purser will be happy to give you any exchange rate information you may need. You are advised to bring with you notes in small denomination. Credit cards are also taken on board (Visa & MasterCard). All on-board expenses will be charged to your shipboard account and settled at the end of the cruise (in USD or Credit card).

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Reception Desk: Located on the Upper Deck, the Reception Desk is open 24 hours a day

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Smoking Policy: For the safety and comfort of our passengers, all enclosed public areas as well as cabins, are strictly non-smoking. Smoking is only possible on Sun Deck.

RV Mekong Prestige II Cruise Time Difference: Cambodia & Vietnam Standard Time Zone is: UTC/GMT + 7 hours

RV Mekong Prestige II Tipping: Tips are included in your on-board package. We leave to your own appreciation tips for guides and drivers during excursions.

RV Mekong Prestige II Towels: Towels are available on the Sun Deck and will be graciously delivered by the Bar attendant.

Day 1 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Saigon - My Tho

Today you will check in the RV Mekong Prestige’s desk at 9 AM at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer by bus to My Tho town, which is 70 KM from city.  En route, we will make a stop to visit the Cho Lon market and the lacquer factory. Reach to My Tho at noon time, you are warmly welcomed on board the RV Mekong Prestige, then tour and safety briefing are presented by our cruise manager. Vietnamese lunch will be served in restaurant, then start cruising smoothly along the Mekong River. In the evening, beautiful welcome Dinner is served and enjoy the Vietnamese traditional music show (Dong Ca Tai Tu).

Meals include: lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 2 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Cai Be - Sa Dec

Cai Be is the most bustling river market in the Mekong Delta River in Vietnam, where more than 400 sampans gather every day, starting in earnest from 5 a.m.. Each boat has one bamboo stick on the front to display that vendor’s product, be it Vietnamese fish sauce, rice paper for dumplings, or colorful sweet confectionery.

In the morning, our ship will reach to Cai Be in the morning, after buffet breakfast we will take a morning junk trip around Cai Be floating market, visit the most well – known French Gothic Cathedral. Take a show walk along the river bank and visit local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut candies and others. Back to ship for lunch.

 

In the afternoon, we will cruise to Vinh Long Province and tour in Sa Dec Town by visiting French Writer Marguerite Duras’s house. She spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught and the small house behind it where the family lived still stand. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of “The Lover” in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the beautiful local market. Night navigation in the river delta.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 3 - RV Mekong Prestige II:  Tan Chau  - Border Crossing

Have your breakfast on board, today we will see the real life of Vietnamese people along the Mekong River by visiting a fishing farm in Tan Chau on the Ban Sac River. We continue to a walking tour to handicraft villages where they made woven mat and raw silk. Then enjoy the fun rickshaw ride round the beautiful town, later back to pier for lunch, check out the formalities in Cambodia border, then sail up the Mekong river to Phnom Penh.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 4 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. Back to boat for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will take a short excursions to visit the former High School "S21", converted to a detention centre under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named.

In the evening, Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 5 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Koh Chong - Phnom Penh

Have breakfast on board, then our ship will sail up to Oudong and enjoy the stunning views along the River bank. Lunch on board.  Arrival at Oudong in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.  Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 6 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Oudong - Kampong Tralach

Have breakfast on board, then our ship will sail up to Oudong and enjoy the stunning views along the River bank. Lunch on board.  Arrival at Oudong in the early afternoon, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.  Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected on a hilltop this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 7 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Kampong Chhnang

Have buffet breakfast on board, then sail on the Tonle Sap River which connects the Mekong River to the Tonle Lake – biggest fresh water lake in Asia. Arrive at Kampong Chhnang, located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. We will take a motor boat to visit real Khmer vilagers. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people using the canal system which criss-cross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 8 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Tonle Lake - Siem Reap

We cross the lake early in the morning* (Please note that when there is low water, the transfer to Siem Reap will be made by coach or speed boat). The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length, with interesting and varied bird life resulting from the varied the water levels in the lake and river depending on the time of year and rainfall. Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to hotel in Siem Reap. Meals: breakfast

Day 1 - RV Mekong Prestige II:  Siem Reap – Tonle Sap

Check in RV Mekong Prestige II’s desk at Apsara Hotel in Siem Reap, then transfer by air condition bus to Phnom Krom in the morning (Please note that in case of low waters, the transfer to ship will be done by bus or seed boat). You will warmly welcomed onboard with drinks, then safety briefing will be presented by the cruise manager. Lunch will be served on board during sailing through Tonle Sap Lake. Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.

Meals include: lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 2 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong

The Day the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province, where located approximately 90 km from Phnom Penh. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. The life of the entire population is connected to the river with local people  using the canal system which criss-cross this little town. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market Return on board for lunch while sailing towards Kampong Tralach. Departure by bus to discover the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back from the last century which has retained beautiful wall paintings. Return by ox-drawn carriage and bus transfer to Oudong, 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh.  Between 1618 and 1866, Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia. Erected at a hilltop, this place houses numerous Stupas dating of the last Khmer Kings. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks.

 

Day 3 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Kok Chong - Phnom Penh

Early morning sailing from Phnom Penh to Koh Chong which is located on the Mekong River and its famous for silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion also includes a visit to a Pagoda and a meeting in a primary school to chat with pupils. Lunch on board.  We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. Return to Phnom Penh and afternoon at leisure for a discovery of the city on your own and shopping at the Russian Market or drink coffee along Mekong River Bank.

In the evening, Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 4- RV Mekong Prestige II: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. Back to boat for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will take a short excursions to visit the former High School "S21", converted to a detention centre under the Red Khmer’s rule between 1975 and 1979, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Then we will be free to visit Russian Market, back to ship for relax or massage after interesting day excursions. Dinner will be served on board.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 5 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Phnom Penh - Navigation - Border Crossing

The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Mekong Prestige’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class.. The ship moors midstream overnight.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 6 - RV Mekong Prestige II:  Tan Chau Town

Have your breakfast on board, today we will see the real life of Vietnamese people along the Mekong River by visiting a fishing farm in Tan Chau on the Ban Sac River. We continue to a walking tour to handicraft villages where they made woven mat and raw silk. Then enjoy the fun rickshaw ride round the beautiful town, later back to pier for lunch. Free in the afternoon for relax or enjoy the spa on the ship. 

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 7 - RV Mekong Prestige II: Sa Dec - Cai Be

In the morning, we will cruise to Vinh Long Province and tour in Sa Dec Town by visiting French Writer Marguerite Duras’s house. She spent parts of her childhood in Sa Dec, a sprawling busy town on the Mekong Delta. Both the school where Duras’ mother taught and the small house behind it where the family lived still stand. We see the house of Marguerite’s Chinese Lover. The house is a small museum of “The Lover” in Sadec. Visit to a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the beautiful local market. Lunch on board. We cruise past Vinh Long Province, located in the middle of the Delta region, between the two tributaries of the Mekong. Arrival Cai Be is the most bustling river market in the Mekong Delta River in Vietnam, where more than 400 sampans gather every day, starting in earnest from 5 a.m.. Each boat has one bamboo stick on the front to display that vendor’s product, be it Vietnamese fish sauce, rice paper for dumplings, or colorful sweet confectionery.

In the afternoon, our ship will reach to Cai Be in the morning, after buffet breakfast we will take a morning junk trip around Cai Be floating market, visit the most well – known French Gothic Cathedral. Take a show walk along the river bank and visit local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut candies and others. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.

Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight on board

 

Day 8 - RV Mekong Prestige II: My Tho - Saigon

Arrival at My Tho. Disembarkation after breakfast and bus transfer to Saigon city center.

*Important notice: it may not be possible to cross Lake Tonle if the water is low. Alternative arrangements will be made to cross the lake either by speed boat or bus to meet the ship. Passengers will be informed of details before departure.

The cruise schedule and program timing are indicative and subject to modification.

 

DEPARTURE DATES AND RATES OF RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II CRUISE IN 2017, 2018.

 (8 days/ 7 night legendary Mekong River cruise tour)


DEPARTURE DATES OF RV MEKONG PRESTIGE IN 2017, 2018
Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap Downstream Siem Reap to Saigon
Embarkation Dates Disembarkation Dates Embarkation Dates Disembarkation Dates
23 February 2017 02 March 2017 02 March 2017 09 March 2017
09 March 2017 16 March 2017 16 March 2017 23 March 2017
23 March 2017 30 March 2017 30 March 2017 06 April 2017
06 April 2017 13 April 2017 13 April 2017 20 April 2017
14 December 2017 21 December 2017 21 December 2017 28 December 2017
28 December 2017 04 January 2017 04 January 2018 11 January 2018
25 January 2018 01 February 2018 01 February 2018 08 February 2018
08 February 2018 15 February 2018 15 February 2018 22 February 2018
 22 February 2018  01 March 2018  01 March 2018  08 March 2018
 08 March 2018  15 March 2018 15 March 2018 22 March 2018
22 March 2018 29 March 2018 29 March 2018 05 April 2018
05 April 2018 12 April 2018 12 April 2018 19 April 2018
04 October 2018 11 October 2018 11 October 2018 18 October 2018
18 October 2018 25 October 2018 25 October 2018 01 November 2018
01 November 2018 08 November 2018 08 November 2018 15 November 2018
15 November 2018 22 November 2018 22 November 2018 29 November 2018
29 November 2018 06 December 2018 06 December 2018 13 December 2018
13 December 2018 20 December 2018 20 December 2018 27 December 2018

Notes: low season sailing 30 March 2017, 06 April 2017, 13 April 2017.

 

RATES OF RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II CRUISE IN 2017, 2018.

NET RATE IN US$/ PER PERSON IN DOUBLE CABINS
   CABIN CATEGORY - DECK Rate Low Season
Rate High Season
  Stateroom Cabin (23 m²) on Main Deck  1900  2300
  Stateroom Cabin (23 m²) on Upper Deck  2060  2490
  Junior Suite (27 m²) on Main Deck  2500  2930
  Terrace Suite (31m²) on Upper Deck 2800 3280
  Single Occupancy on Main Deck (upon request) 3380 3980


RV Mekong Prestige II Price inclusions:
• 2 time transfers: Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon to the ship in My Tho (vice versa) and the ship to Apsara hotel in Siem Reap
• Full board in the selected category on the R/V Mekong Prestige
• All meals on board from Lunch on Day 1 until Breakfast on Day 8
• Drinks on board (Mineral Water, non alcoholic beverages, local beers and local wine during the meals)
• Tipping on board
• All excursions and entrance fees with English speaking guide as per descriptive programme
• Assistance of an English speaking Cruise Director
• Port taxes
 

RV Mekong Prestige II Price exclusions:
• Overseas flights
• Beverages other than mentioned
• Ashore tipping
• Visa arrangements
• Insurances

 

RV MEKONG PRESTIGE II CRUISE CANCELLATION POLICY:

If you must cancel your trip, you must do so in writing. Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation. All payments for travel services not provided to the passenger shall be refunded in accordance with these Terms and Conditions:

A scale of cancellation costs 120 days prior to departure will be applied as follows:
• Any cancellation must be charged 10% of total booking
• Between 119 and 90 days prior to departure:  15 %
• Between 89 and 60 days prior to departure: 30 %
• Between 59 and 45 days prior to departure: 50 %
• Between 44 and 30 days prior to departure: 80 %
• Less than 29 days prior to departure:  100%

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