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EmeraldWaterways star-ship on the Mekong River

EmeraldWaterways star-ship on the Mekong River

After completing extensive sea trails at the start of July, Emerald Waterways’ latest Star-Ship - Emerald Harmony - is set to exceed guest’s expectations sailing the Mekong River, one of South East Asia’s most majestic rivers. The sleek and modern Star-Ship has been custom designed to cruise into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the dynamic Vietnamese metropolis, offering river access into the heart of the city. Emerald Harmony is the river cruise operator’s eighth Star-Ship, and the first to operate outside of Europe. Its sister Star-Ships currently sail a range of cruises along the Rhône, Douro, Rhine and Danube rivers.

Catering to just 84 guests, Emerald Harmony provides spacious suites and public areas. The new Star-Ship includes the company’s signature Sun and Pool decks; a wellness area with spa; the Horizon Bar and Lounge; and Reflections Restaurant. Exclusive to Emerald Harmony is the Lotus Lounge - an area to relax after a day exploring on shore.

Emerald Waterways’ Head of Marketing UK and Global Brand Curator, David Winterton commented, “Adding Emerald Harmony to our fleet marks an important milestone as we continue to work to make our business a leading global river cruise brand. We are already over 90 per cent sold for Emerald Harmony’s maiden sailing season.”

The 15-day Majestic Mekong river cruise starts with a three-night hotel stay in Siem Reap, before joining the Emerald Harmony Star-Ship in Prek’kdam. The sailing continues through Cambodia onto Kampong Tralach and Phnom Penh before crossing into Vietnam, stopping at Long Khanh and My Tho. After disembarking Emerald Harmony, guests will enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City before returning home. Highlights include a visit to My An Hung village, a trip to the Killing Fields and Tourl Sleng Genocide Museum and a Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by night.

  • 19th September 2019

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.