Asian travel specialists Wendy Wu Tours (WWT) confirmed it will launch its first company-owned river ship in 2020, with the new Victoria Mekong set to offer a “uniquely scenic” itinerary offering either four nights upstream or three downstream between the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Construction of the four-star vessel will cost US$10m and has been part funded by Vietnam’s Thien Minh Group for an undisclosed figure, and according to WWT founder Wendy Wu, represents an opportunity to “control our own destiny”.

“The ship will be good value, very comfortable, but not necessarily luxury,” she added.

Features will include 33 deluxe cabins and two “VIP suites”, along with a swimming pool and sundeck, a spa, library, games room and a restaurant with an open kitchen.

Shore excursions will focus on experiencing the regional lifestyles of locals, while on board entertainment will include cultural performances and a gala dinner. Packages on the vessel will be sold through third-party operators, with cruises due to go on sale either in late 2018 or early 2019.

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