A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures and ancient traditions. A journey with Avalon Waterways gets travelers closer to all the must-see sights and introduces them to the locals and their way of live. And in 2015, travelers will have the opportunity to live the “suite life” in Asia. For the first time, Avalon Waterways is introducing two NEW, 36-guest Suite Ships® on the Mekong and the river cruise line’s newest destination, the Irrawaddy River.
“Next year, we’re introducing our wildly popular Suite Ship design to travelers looking for a more exotic cruise experience in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “With new, intimate ships in Southeast Asia, as well as Small Group Discoveries in China with no more than 20 travelers, the intimacy we offer travelers, paired with our immersive Local Favorites program designed to spotlight the unique stories in each destination, inspire an unparalleled Asia vacation.”
Both NEW all-suite ships – the Avalon Siem Reap and Avalon Myanmar – will deliver cruisers an intimate experience. One that invites them to truly engage with and experience the local culture and revel in the unique sights and sounds found along the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. Built by local craftsman, the ships reflect the character, symbols and traditions of the areas through which they sail while also offering travelers the modern features they expect and enjoy.
On these ships, travelers will be welcomed by 18 well-appointed Avalon Suites with 245-square-feet of living space. And, while other ships may offer guests tiny balconies, these new ships introduce travelers in Asia to Avalon’s innovative, signature Open-Air Balconies® featuring floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall panoramic windows measuring 14-feet-wide with retractable screen systems and doors that slide open a full 9-feet, creating the feeling of sitting outside.
In front of each Open-Air Balcony is a private sitting area, complete with love seat, chairs and table. And facing the passing views is Avalon’s Comfort Collection BedsSM, inviting travelers to relax and enjoy every moment of cruising past the fascinating scenes of daily life on the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers.
“Our new Asia vessels mirror the experience found on our Suite Ships in Europe. But, perhaps as important as the attention to detail and appointments found on these ships is their overall size,” says Clark. “Both new ships – featuring only 18 Avalon Suites each – were designed to traverse more of the Irrawaddy and Mekong Rivers, providing travelers the chance to enjoy more of Asia. For instance, the Avalon Myanmar is small enough to cruise the spectacular Upper Irrawaddy throughout the season – a feat not possible on a larger ship. And the Avalon Siam Reap is the only ship in the industry cruising all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa), as water levels allow. And when sailing into the Ho Chi Minh harbor, Avalon guests are just minutes away from their deluxe hotel accommodations.
And, for the first time, Avalon is sailing the Irrawaddy with a new, 14-day itinerary – Golden Myanmar & The Alluring Irrawaddy – featuring a deluxe 10-night cruise from Began to Bhamo with hotel stays in Yangon. For this vacation, travelers will enjoy a walking tour of Yangon before flying to Bagan to embark on their cruise. On the cruise, they can watch the sunrise from a Bagan temple, explore colorful local markets, see palm candy being made in the Shwe Pyi Thar village, visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing, take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura, watch a traditional dance performance by firelight, relish the sights in Mandalay, visit a monastery and present alms to the monks in Kya Hnyat, check out a local farmer’s home in Kyun Dew and more up close encounters.
2015 Asia cruises offered by Avalon Waterways:
- 13-day Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River
(Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap; Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)
- 14-day Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy
(Yangon to Yangon)
- 11-day Magical China & the Yangtze River
(Beijing to Shanghai)
- 15-day Culture China & Tibet with Yangtze River Cruise
(Shanghai to Beijing)
- 15-day Enchanting China & the Yangtze River
(Beijing to Shanghai)