Heritage Line launches new Laos river ship

INDOCHINA-BASED Heritage Line has confirmed the long-awaited debut of its newbuild Anouvong, which will begin plying the lesser travelled waters of the upper Mekong River in Laos from late August this year.

That will be about three years later than the original deployment plans, which were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – but Heritage Line promises it will be worth the wait, with the Anouvong having the largest staterooms of any river vessel in Laos.

Created with painstaking detail, the ship features eight cabins and two even bigger suites, all with private balconies. “Our aim was to build a luxury vessel with cabin sizes as large as possible, plus a range of enjoyable onboard facilities,” said Heritage Line Director of Sales & Marketing, Andreas Schroetter.  “This was a challenge, as the Laotian Mekong River imposes natural restrictions such as fluctuating water levels, wandering sandbanks and winding curves that all impact the size of a ship.”

But he assures the industry that the Anouvong will elevate the guest experience, adding “We believe Anouvong will bring the cruising experience to another level” with . The ship offers an onboard spa and welcoming dining area, while culinary highlights of the cruise wil include terrace deck meals, sandbank barbecues and cocktail events along with cooking classes showcasing local cuisine.

Heritage will offer three itineraries, with three, seven or nine night cruises starting from various points on the river. Heading upstream will take passengers on a nine night exploration from Vientiane to Huay Xai, while the reverse itinerary takes seven nights. A third option is a three night cruise crossing from Huay Xai on the Lao-Thai border to Luang Prabang or vice versa.

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