One of Vietnam’s leading providers of luxury hospitality services will sail into uncharted waters with the launch of its inaugural cruise on Lan Ha Bay, situated just south of famed Ha Long Bay.
Lotus Cruises to launch new river ship on the Upper Mekong
The new ship set to debut in October 2021 and will offer “exotic journeys” on the Upper Mekong in Laos. RV Mekong Muse will offer diverse and culturally-rich 10-night itineraries, both upstream and downstream, between Vientiane and Chiang Saen in Laos as well as shorter, five-night itineraries between Vientiane and Luang Prabang or between Chiang Saen and Luang Prabang and vice versa.
The luxury, boutique river ship will accommodate 28 guests in 14 cabins, with three suite types available. These include two Grande Suites which, at 30sqm, will be the largest suite sailing on the Upper Mekong river, with a separate seating area, marble bathroom and private terrace. The suites include a butler service, along with various extras including a complimentary one-hour spa treatment and private dining experience in the room or on the balcony.
Six Signature Suites will offer guests 20sqm of comfort, with French balcony and floor-to-ceiling French doors located in the upper deck. The six Vista Suites come with a French balcony and are located in the main deck. Both Signature and Vista suites have a separate minibar and an elegant marble bathroom.
The main restaurant will offer open seating and the lounge-bar on the top deck will feature an observation area with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The on-board spa will offer a menu of deluxe, specially designed treatments. Other areas on board include a library, gift shop, and a top deck with seating are and canopies, sunbeds, herb garden and jogging track.
Prices will start from US$3,880pp, based on two sharing, for the 10-night itinerary. This price includes 10 nights’ accommodation; full-board meals; wine, beer and soft drinks for lunch and dinner; WiFi; onboard cultural experiences, and a host of other inclusions. International flights and pre and post-cruise hotel stays are additional. Prices for the shorter, five-night itineraries will start from US$2,520pp.
RV Mekong Muse will join Lotus Cruises’ existing vessels – RV Mekong Navigator, which launched in 2014 and RV Mekong Jewel, which debuts in January 2020 – both of which sail itineraries on the Lower Mekong, between Vietnam and Cambodia. Private charters are welcome on all three ships, for large groups and special occasions.
Source: Lotus Cruises