Avalon Waterways expands in Asia

Avalon Waterways will double its capacity on the Mekong next year with the introduction of a second ship sailing itineraries between Vietnam and Cambodia. Avalon Saigon, to debut in September 2018, will join sister ship Avalon Siem Reap to offer weekly departures and a choice of different itineraries.

Both ships are just 60m in length and cater to a maximum of 36 guests, making them among the smallest ships on the Mekong and some of the only vessels able to sail all the way to Siem Reap, avoiding hours of travel by road.

The new ship is revealed in Avalon Waterways’ recently released 2018 brochure, which includes two new itineraries on the Mekong, in addition to an existing 13-day cruise between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.

One is an 18-day option, The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam, which includes additional stays in Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

The other is a 21-day itinerary, Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong, which also adds three nights in Bangkok.

Meanwhile in Myanmar, Avalon will next year introduce a second itinerary option on the Irrawaddy, the 16-day Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy.

To mark the launch of its 2018 program, Avalon Waterways is offering holiday credits of up to $2,600 per couple on a range of Asian departures, when booked by 6 June, 2017. They include the Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy, which is now priced from $7,496 per person twin share.

Other deals are available across Avalon’s 2018 range of European river cruises, including credits of up to $2,400 per couple.