Five Reasons to Sail the New Emerald Harmony Along the Mekong River

If you’ve bucket listed the Mekong River, now is the time to make your dreams a reality. Emerald Waterways’ recently launched their brand new Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony and the groundbreaking vessel is sailing the Mekong River.  If you need a little nudge, we are giving you five reasons to check off this bucket list destination on the Emerald Harmony.

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Sail All The Way to Ho Chi Minh City

Unlike most ships plying the Mekong, the sleek and modern Emerald Harmony has been custom designed to cruise into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, offering unique river access to this vibrant and historically significant Vietnamese city. The newly released time-lapse video of the Harmony build highlights the ship’s unique design and beautiful lines.

An Intimate Cruise Experience

A classic combination of authentic Asian style and modern amenities, Emerald Harmony accommodates just 84 guests in 42 cabins for an intimate cruise experience. With 40 crew members—and an excellent guest-to-crew ratio of almost 2:1—guests can expect personalized service and a warm environment onboard.

Two Countries, Endless Opportunities

The Emerald Harmony will sail the mighty Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia, allowing guests to take in some of the continent’s most revered sights. From the vast Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia to the French Colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City, this sailing offers a glimpse at life from a local perspective and an in-depth look at traditional ways of living the people of the Mekong have enjoyed for over a thousand years.

Four Itineraries to Choose From

Options abound for travelers looking to experience the magic of the Mekong River. Those on a shorter timeline can book an eight-day sailing between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with daily excursions aimed at revealing the local culture and history. Those looking for a more in-depth experience can explore the 13-17- and 21-day cruise and land tours, which offer time in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City as well as adding stops in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam.

Book Now and Save

The inaugural season is almost sold out, but guests who move fast can secure a stateroom. To celebrate the launch, Emerald Waterways is offering a free extension to Sapa or Luang Prabang on all 13-night itineraries, or two flights for the price of one on 17-21 night itineraries. Offer valid on any new Mekong sailings booked between August 9 and October 31, 2019.

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In addition to the five reasons above, Emerald Waterways’ boasts an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi on board the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. 

Our Favorite At-Sea Pools in Asia

When you’re heading to Singapore, Hong Kong, or other parts of Asia on your cruise, hop aboard a liner that has some amazing amenities and unique experiences on board. A handful of cruise ships heading to Asia are designed with incredible pools and pool decks, giving you a chance to soak up the sun and enjoy an unforgettable voyage. Here are some of our favorite at-sea pools in Asia.

Celebrity Millennium

The Celebrity Millennium’s pool deck is designed with rows of lounge chairs, cabana-style seating and a sparkling blue pool in the center. Outside of the main pool on Deck 10, which sits in the middle of the ship, you’ll find the Solarium. This thalassotherapy pool has a retractable roof and tables near the AquaSpa Cafe where you can enjoy healthy meals and drinks. This pool area leads into the Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

The pool and solarium are the highlights of the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise ship. The oversized swimming pool features a video screen for movie nights, a whirlpool, and a covered pool area. The adults-only Solarium is the perfect place to unwind and relax while enjoying beautiful views of the water. It’s also a family-friendly ship, complete with the FlowRider surfing experience for more fun in the water.

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

This ship takes you to several destinations in Asia, with multiple itineraries departing from Miami, Los Angeles, Auckland and other worldwide ports. You can make your way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bangkok aboard the Seven Seas Navigator to enjoy some time on the largest pool deck at sea. The famous teak pool deck includes a large heated pool and two whirlpools. You’ll also find pool bar on Deck 11 where you can enjoy frozen drinks and cocktails when you’re not dipping in the water.

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