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Indochine Review

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  • Relatively affordable, value-for-money cruises
  • Line cruises Europe's major rivers, the Volga and the Mekong
  • Standards of cuisine are generally good on the French line

Indochine Overview

By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor
CroisiVoyages , a division of the French company CroisiEurope, operates one vessel, Indochine, on the Mekong River, offering 11-night itineraries in Vietnam and Cambodia. Built in 2008, the vessel was completely refitted in 2012.

French colonial-style Indochine has 24 cabins -- 10 on the upper deck and 14 on the main deck -- each of which measures 172 square feet. All have two windows apiece and beds that can be configured as twins or doubles. The cabins are equipped with showers, hair dryers, safes, bathrobes and slippers, and air-conditioning.

The onboard atmosphere is casual, and there's no need to bring formalwear for the weekly welcome cocktail and gala dinner. Lunch and dinner are served at a single sitting in the panoramic restaurant, and they include one complimentary beer or soft drink and one coffee or tea per passenger. Dishes are a mix of western, Vietnamese and Khmer cuisines, using fresh local produce. Breakfast is served buffet-style, offering cooked dishes like omelets made to order.

Other facilities onboard include a sun deck, lounge and bar. In addition to guided tours, cultural films are screened in the lounge.

Indochine sails between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, taking in sights like the famous temples of Angkor. Fares include all gratuities for the staff during the cruise.

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