Avalon Waterways encompasses Nile and Mekong

In addition to giving cruisers more “suite” options in Europe with a trio of Suite Ships in 2012, Avalon Waterways, the river cruise specialist, is preparing to invite travellers aboard three unique ships on four new itineraries in Egypt and Southeast Asia.

The Mekong is one of Asia’s mightiest rivers, and certainly one of its most interesting and romantic. To meet demand for exotic cruises, Avalon Waterways will unveil a new vessel called Avalon Angkor. Named after Angkor Wat, the ancient Cambodian city, and featuring only 16 staterooms, this is the first- and only- passenger ship built to cruise all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, which  eliminates seven hours of drive-time on land from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong ports.

Designed and constructed by traditional craftsmen, the Avalon Angkor has a colonial charm and is hand-finished in brass and teak. This ship delivers an amazing indoor/outdoor experience for cruisers. Its Avalon Deluxe Staterooms measure 172-square feet and open to the outside with floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors and balconies, so cruisers will never miss the passing scenery. Cruisers aboard the new Angkor will also enjoy the Sun Deck with panoramic views and 24-hour bar as well as spacious dining room, relaxing massage area and fitness equipment.

Avalon Waterways will sail the Avalon Angkor on a 14-day cruise.  The Mekong shore excursions will include a visit to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, the sight of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields with onboard lectures to prepare passengers for the experience they are about to have.

The seven-day cruise portion of this journey also includes such inspired and authentic port excursions as visiting the Governor’s Palace and Temple of Literature in Vinh Long; seeing a local fish farm and taking a walking tour through an outdoor market in Chau Doc; experiencing Prek Bang Kong’s silk weaving tradition; exploring Khmer Houses, a local school and Buddhist Monastery in Prek Bang Kong; receiving a traditional water blessing on a hilltop in Wat Hanchey and taking an ox cart ride past rice paddy fields in Kampong Tralach.

Avalon cruisers also have the option of extending the Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River Cruise experience by adding Luang Prabang in Laos or Hanoi and Ha Long Bay to their itinerary.

In 2012, Avalon Waterways is also enhancing its cruising experience in Egypt by chartering the MS Mayfair, a five-star ship that is one of the newest vessels on the Nile today and the MS Kasr Ibrim, a ship designed to evoke the elegant leisure of an early 20th Century cruise. Named after the ancient citadel, this deluxe ship sails Lake Nasser, a new waterway for Avalon.

With these ships come three new Egypt itineraries: the 9-day Highlights of Egypt; a 12-day The Pyramids, Lake Nasser & Nile Highlights and 13-day Egypt & the Nile in Depth.

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