APT will launch a brand-new ship to its fleet in Southeast Asia for the 2021/22 season operating on the Mekong. The 44-suite Mekong Serenity will debut in July 2021 and operate on select itineraries through Vietnam and Cambodia, including a hosted departure by celebrity chef Luke Nyugen in November next year.
Initially, the ship was planned to be called the RV AmaMekong.
Luxuriously spacious, the Mekong Serenity boasts some of the largest entry-level suites among vessels cruising the Mekong River. Guests are also greeted with their own private balcony where they can indulge in the passing scenery, perhaps while enjoying a refreshing beverage all from the comfort of their own room.
Holding a maximum of 88 guests, suites start at 28 square metres in size and are elegantly styled with a modern décor paired with French colonial touches.
There are seven categories of Suites available across the four-deck ship, including 16 suites on the Lily Deck (Category C, D and E), 16 on the Orchid Deck (Category A and B); and 12 on the Lotus Deck (six 43-square-metre Banyon Suites and two 63-square-metre Angkor Suites).
Guests in Banyan Suites receive Silver Butler Service, which includes benefits such as shoe shining, appointment bookings, one spa treatment per cruise and a daily fruit platter. Guests in Angkor Suites are treated to Gold Butler Service, which also includes perks such as unpacking and packing service, a bottle of French Champagne, pre-dinner canapes and more.
Public areas and facilities onboard continue to showcase elegance in design and comfort with spacious surrounds. Onboard facilities include air-conditioned Harmony Lounge and Bar, a Wellness spa, salon and fitness centre, an expansive sun deck, an open swimming pool area and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire ship. Nightly entertainment, such as Apsara dance performances, and complimentary laundry service of two garments per day are also thrown in.
Exclusive to APT is the onboard Indochine by Luke Nguyen restaurant where guests can delight in the taste of Vietnam with an intimate culinary journey inside a private dining room of 16 people with an exclusive five-course menu designed by the chef. Luke Nguyen has been an APT Ambassador for the past 10 years.
Commenting on the restaurant design Nguyen said; “It is exciting to be part of the development of Indochine aboard the beautiful Mekong Serenity. I’m very proud that my authentic yet modern Vietnamese cuisine is so well received by diners and it gives me so much pleasure shaping the menu for this special cruise in my homeland.”
Bookings made prior to 28 February 2021 on trips of 13 days or more will save $2,400 per couple. The 13-day Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights starts from $5,995 per person twin share including the discount, seven nights aboard Mekong Serenity, an exclusive dining experience at Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City, Freedom of Choice inclusions in three locations and more.
Guests also have access to a comprehensive range of exclusive Signature Experiences providing the most enriching experience of each destination, taking home memories not available to the average traveller.