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5 Cai Be to Asia River Cruise Reviews

Second time we did this cruise and we wanted to show our son's family what it was like. The staff must be handpicked, everyone was like a friend. The food was to die for. My French daughter-in-law kept saying: "I have never ... Read More
Second time we did this cruise and we wanted to show our son's family what it was like. The staff must be handpicked, everyone was like a friend. The food was to die for. My French daughter-in-law kept saying: "I have never had this dish made to such perfection before!" Hope they can keep that chef. Entertainment pleasant and sometimes unusual; like the blessings performed by Buddhist priests. The excursions into the local villages were interesting, humorous and low key. School visits were especially appreciated - both by the children and the visitors. The little pool on deck was particularly nice to use in the heat. Don't be afraid to cruise during the summer months. We had one rain shower! You avoid the crowds everywhere and the ship was full of nice Australians and New Zealanders. We would probably not do this particular cruise again, but Heritage Line has more interesting cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I would like to express in this short note how impressed we were with the Content ,structure and execution of the whole event . As you would expect from 5 star operation , the ship and support vehicles were top notch , all clean tidy ... Read More
I would like to express in this short note how impressed we were with the Content ,structure and execution of the whole event . As you would expect from 5 star operation , the ship and support vehicles were top notch , all clean tidy and operated by competent drivers and crew . Your staff made the event look and feel flawless from start to finish ,and I appreciate how much hard work goes into achieving that alone . As all good companies and employers understand , they are only as good as the staff they employ ,and in this respect you have achieved a gold star standard . From our well groomed Captain who navigated the busy Mekong river ,to the cleaning and laundry staff who worked tirelessly to ensure all was well at all times. ( do they ever sleep ) a great crew ,expertly managed These men and women were and are a real credit to your Empire . Finally but not least of all ,our Scenic guides , of which our principle guide in Group 2 was Duc Duc a handsome and rugged individual (some would say ) lead our small group in and out of various location in an efficient and purposeful manner , feeding us with relevant information and passing on the History of the local area as we progressed through the various locations . He managed to keep us safe , focussed feed and watered ,a real professional . Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Friends recommended. This was our first Scenic Cruise. The cruise was excellent overall and the service, food, drinks were particularly noteworthy. Everything was very nicely and efficiently organized and there were no hick ups. It was ... Read More
Friends recommended. This was our first Scenic Cruise. The cruise was excellent overall and the service, food, drinks were particularly noteworthy. Everything was very nicely and efficiently organized and there were no hick ups. It was always nice to see the face of Joyce who was the person in charge of hospitality, every time we came back from a land-tour or went to the dining room. Similarly many of the staff will always welcome us back with a cold towels and a drinks as we returned to the ship. They were always smiling and were ready to serve as as best as possible to increase our comfort. We also enjoyed most if not all Tour Directors and Tour Guides. Only thing we were disappointed with was the optional and sometime the Enrich land tours. Some of them really didn't have any cultural, educational or historical significance - just a simple and almost irrelevant walk-about. Bicycling tour in Champasak (Pakse) was awful,dangerous and boring. The roads were in poor shape and bicycles were also in bad shape. There was a lack of cultural and entertaining tours which would have given us insight of the country's/town's music, dance, traditions or history. Also we found during the dinner time that most people stayed with their country's people like the Australians will sit with Australians and the British will sit with their fiends from UK. So, there were not must opportunities to mix and socialize during the dinner. Scenic should try to encourage cross-socialization. However we met lots of nice people during land tours. The Gala dinner at the Angkor Temple was excellent, very special and well organized. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Excellent holiday from start to finish. Smooth embarkation and disembarkation. Made to feel special throughout the whole time we were on board. Excursions were geared to cultural learning and emphasis on recent historical detail. ... Read More
Excellent holiday from start to finish. Smooth embarkation and disembarkation. Made to feel special throughout the whole time we were on board. Excursions were geared to cultural learning and emphasis on recent historical detail. Perfect throughout. Celebrated my sixtieth birthday on board. Made to feel very special with a personally iced birthday cake that we shared at dinner with all other passengers. The hotel manager on board the Scenic Spirit, Toby, was very knowledgeable, extremely efficient but had a fabulous sense of humour. He treats his staff very well and is appreciative of their hard work. All the bar staff, waiters, butlers and reception staff rated very highly. All of them worked to a very high standard at all times and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent and the kitchen staff accommodated everyone's needs. There was ample choice of food at all meals and many inventive themes at the lunch time buffets. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have just returned from our 22 night Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia and Luxury Mekong tour. Have to say that we were a bit apprehensive as we are both 49 and reading reviews, most people are 60+. Don’t know why we wasted time worrying! ... Read More
We have just returned from our 22 night Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia and Luxury Mekong tour. Have to say that we were a bit apprehensive as we are both 49 and reading reviews, most people are 60+. Don’t know why we wasted time worrying! All of the 22 people in our group (2 Canadians, 4 British and the rest Australian) were fantastic and up for a laugh! Nghia, our tour leader was with us from day 1 until we departed Cambodia, 22 days later! He was exceptional, knowledgeable, personable, great sense of humour, great stories, kept the group together, adapted schedules to suit our needs etc. We gave Nghia 20/10 on our review as he was the best tour leader EVER! Thank you for making our trip Nghia. He is passionate about what he does and does it superbly. All of the hotels we stayed in were exceptional, 5 stars the whole way. There wasn’t one thing in any of them that we can give any constructive feedback on. And they were so well chosen by Scenic as they were all in the centre of everywhere and short walks to restaurants and shops etc. The Au Co ship on Halong bay was the best on the Bay! Beautiful ship, great staff, great food and great excursions. All of the side trips, Scenic Freechoice, wherever we went, were educational, fun and well paced. The Scenic Spirit ship was out of this world. Amazing food, thank you “King” Solomon and team! Service from bar staff, Rasmey etc was exceptional. Cleanliness of the ship was exemplar and our room was always clean and inviting. Chantal, our cruise director, was amazing, personable, approachable, accommodating and has a great sense of humour. We did so much, both on and off the ship, but never felt rushed or compelled to partake. If you want to experience off the beaten track Vietnam and Cambodia, in style, go Scenic! We have so many great memories (and thousands of photos to still sort through) of this trip, will definitely travel with Scenic again. There is no way that we would have experienced and seen all that we did if we had organised this trip independently. Outstanding service, exceptional staff and worth every cent. Keep up the great work Scenic team. Will be recommending Scenic to all our family and friends, wherever they want to go in the world! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018

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