The Mekong’s Most Luxurious River Expedition Cruise Returns

Aqua Expeditions has announced the anticipated return of Asia’s finest river cruise ship, Aqua Mekong. On September 23, Aqua Mekong resumed operations along Vietnam and Cambodia’s fabled Mekong River. Aqua Mekong offers 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries with scheduled departures from Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Aqua Mekong

Originally launched in 2014, Aqua Mekong showcases contemporary design and interiors by renowned architect Noor Design. The ship’s 20 spacious suites feature full-length windows for panoramic views of Mekong’s picturesque scenery. Common areas include a newly redesigned infinity pool deck and alfresco dining area on the sun deck, barbeque area, gym, spa, games room, theater-style screening room, and artisanal boutique. The ship offers guests the highest level of safety, comfort and exclusivity in a mystical destination known for its landmarks, temples and villages. Aqua Mekong is the only ship on the river with a fleet of four military-grade tenders which make for the perfect way to explore life on the calm waters.

As guests cruise along the Mekong, they will embark on an inspiring culinary journey of local flavors helmed by Australian Michelin-starred chef, David Thompson. For those who are food curious, Aqua Expeditions hosts onboard cooking classes for guests to uncover the secrets behind Thompson’s eclectic recipes. The ship’s bar menu is designed by Proof & Company, Singapore-based advocates for craft spirits and sustainability using ecoSPIRITS.

On September 23, the 7-night expedition cruise sailed north along the Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap for its first post-pandemic sailing. The classic itinerary featured twice-daily excursions. Activities included cycling through the countryside on mountain bikes, tuk-tuk rides and guided visits to the Mekong River’s dynamic riverside markets, villages and holy sites. All activities can be adapted to the desires and abilities of each guest thanks to Aqua Expeditions’ 1:1 guest-to-crew and 8:1 guest-to-guide ratio.

“I am so excited to be back on the Aqua Mekong. The ship, the staff, the food, and daily adventures on our private speed boats are the best way to experience the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia. After hosting the first 7-night upriver voyage it’s great to see these two countries return and deliver world-class experiences that are unique to Aqua Expeditions,” said Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO and Founder of Aqua Expeditions.

Aqua Expeditions

During low-water season on the Mekong, Aqua Expeditions offers a Siem Reap extension for exclusive access to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat; luxury land transfer and flight costs are included in the cruise fare. While most other cruises make this trip via a 5-hour bus ride, Aqua Expeditions provides a luxurious alternative.

7-night sailings in 2022 start from US$9,625, 4-night sailings from US$5,500, and 3-night sailings from US$4,125 (all per adult). Early bird discounts are available when booking selected suites.

John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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