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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
From the moment we were greeted, we knew this was going to be amazing. The staff were professional, personable and friendly. The boat is incredible, the largest rooms, most comfortable beds. The food was delicious. The excursions really ... Read More
From the moment we were greeted, we knew this was going to be amazing. The staff were professional, personable and friendly. The boat is incredible, the largest rooms, most comfortable beds. The food was delicious. The excursions really touched on the life and history in Vietnam and Cambodia. Loved the all inclusive nature. They took care of everything. It was nice having on board washing machines and dryers where we could do our own laundry, if we choose, as we had been traveling on our own for 9 days prior and were continuing on for another week after cruise ended. This was free including laundry soap. We loved the pool deck, great for cooling down after excursions. It was very hot during our trip, but we did have rain for 1 1/2 days so we actually had them fire up the sauna and steam room after one extremely wet excursion. That felt so good. Food was delicious, varied and abundant. Great choice of wines and cocktails. This was our first Scenic Cruise and won’t be the last! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We attended a local presentation. The catalogue gave all the pertinent information. Overall, the tour and cruise were unbelievable. All the activities and sights, eg Angkor Wat at sunrise, pagodas, circus, etc; were exceptional. The ... Read More
We attended a local presentation. The catalogue gave all the pertinent information. Overall, the tour and cruise were unbelievable. All the activities and sights, eg Angkor Wat at sunrise, pagodas, circus, etc; were exceptional. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and considerate. When on shore, the meals in different restaurants were delicious and gave us a taste of their local dishes. The Hotels in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh were definitely 5 star and luxurious. The highlight was the attentive staff and excellent food on board the Scenic Spirit. The Gala dinners on board were always well presented and delicious, as were the everyday meals. We thoroughly enjoyed the comforts of our cabin. Our butler was also very helpful and attentive. We learned a lot about the Cambodian people and their culture from the staff we met on board. Activities such as yoga, Tai Chi and swimming helped keep us fit. The massages were very reasonably priced and enjoyable. Also the free laundry facilities came in handy. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Having visited Cambodia in the past I wanted to explore the Mekong for my first ever Cruise. This cruise was recommended by a family member and some friends who had also been on the Scenic Spirit. On arrival at the ship we were ... Read More
Having visited Cambodia in the past I wanted to explore the Mekong for my first ever Cruise. This cruise was recommended by a family member and some friends who had also been on the Scenic Spirit. On arrival at the ship we were warmly welcomed and shown to our cabin. The cabin was a delight. It was spacious, very clean and well set out. Heaps of storage space and a great bathroom. The bed was really comfortable and could be raised and lowered depending on my needs . The restaurant an all the staff working to keep it running very smoothly were wonderful. The executive chef Oka did an outstanding job by keeping the meals interesting and varied and prepared to a very high standard. Thank you Oka. The wait staff also did a great job and kept the food and beverages coming with a friendly smile. There was nothing i would find fault with on the Ship. When the time came to leave I really wanted to stay and do the return journey immediately. It was really sad leaving the ship and great crew. This was not my last cruise with Scenic. I will be back Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because of the reputation of Scenic and this cruise surpassed my expectations. On this particular cruise there were under forty of us , but normally there are around 60. It was the monsoon period which can put people ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the reputation of Scenic and this cruise surpassed my expectations. On this particular cruise there were under forty of us , but normally there are around 60. It was the monsoon period which can put people off, but we had very little rain. All the staff and crew were attentive and caring at all times. The spacious rooms are extremely well appointed and have all the amenities you would expect in a five star hotel. There are plenty of spots around the ship to sit and there is a small swimming pool as well as a walking track on the top deck. The onshore excursions were historical as well as fun and entertaining and it is up to you whether to leave the ship or spend the day by the pool. There is also a spa where you can have all the usual beauty treatments as well as massages. This was definitely one of those trips of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
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 traveled previously with Scenic in Europe and after the first cruise down the Rhine and Moselle they won us over. Everything they do is first class. The Mekong cruise is no exception. The accommodation is first class, staff are ... Read More
We have traveled previously with Scenic in Europe and after the first cruise down the Rhine and Moselle they won us over. Everything they do is first class. The Mekong cruise is no exception. The accommodation is first class, staff are magnificent, dining, service, excursions and entertainment are excellent. You always meet nice people on Scenic. Do yourself a favour and book with them on your next River Cruise..you wont be disappointed. The actual time on board the Scenic Spirit was 8 days with the remaining 5 days on land both in Ho Chi Min (Saigon) and Siem Reap. The accommodation in both those cities was 5 star and excellent in every way. There were organised excursions and/or you could do your own thing. Dining experiences were excellent with first class restaurants on the itinerary both for lunch and dinner and plenty of options to choose from. While the land content is excellent the cruising/on board experience is the icing on the cake and always a highlight of cruising with Scenic. Would we go again....absolutely. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We were on the 11 day Luxury Temple tour with 7 nights on the Mekong River, 3 nights pre-cruise in Siem Reap and an added night at the end in Ho Chi Minh City. Scenic is a top notch Australian tour line that more Americans should ... Read More
We were on the 11 day Luxury Temple tour with 7 nights on the Mekong River, 3 nights pre-cruise in Siem Reap and an added night at the end in Ho Chi Minh City. Scenic is a top notch Australian tour line that more Americans should consider. What a fabulous trip! From the moment we were picked up at the Siem Reap airport we knew we were in expert hands. The Park Hyatt in Siem Reap and the Park Hyatt in Ho Chi Minh City are both beautiful hotels with excellent rooms and amenities. The tour throughout Cambodia and Vietnam is phenomenal. Our Tour Director, Lovy made us absolutely fall in love with our itinerary and the beautiful people and culture of Cambodia. We were wowed at Ankor Wat, the surrounding temples,the Buddhist Monks and Nuns, the Cambodian Circus, and the Killing Fields and Landmine Museum. It is heart breaking to see up close the results of genocide by the Khmer Rouge, but extremely important to learn about, never to be forgotten. We were humbled and grateful to have the experience. The Scenic Spirit is a wonderful ship. The cabins are spacious with heavenly beds and showers. The service overseen by Toby was exceptional. He was dialed in to all of the passengers and their needs, even arranging a late night Tuk Tuk ride around Phnom Penh with a stop at a roof top bar. Scenic is a stand out in our many years of travel. Looking back over the days and nights of this vacation, we are astounded at the enormity of memorable moments, places, and people. If the Mekong is on your bucket list, go with Scenic! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because we had previously been on a Scenic River Cruise in Europe, for Amsterdam to Budapest and it was wonderful. We had never been either to Vietnam or Cambodia so thought this would be the way to see them. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had previously been on a Scenic River Cruise in Europe, for Amsterdam to Budapest and it was wonderful. We had never been either to Vietnam or Cambodia so thought this would be the way to see them. We travelled from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Before the cruise we spent time in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoying the clamour of the big city and eating in the local restaurants and after in Siem Reap doing similar things. Everything was thought of with Scenic. The ship was incredible. It is owned and operated by Scenic themselves unlike some of the other tour companies ships. It is luxurious and spacious. The common areas are large and beautifully decorated. Our cabin was large and airy and well appointed. We even had a bed that we could adjust both ends up or down! We had more than enough wardrobe space and plenty of other storage. The shower was the largest I have ever seen on any ship. The service was second to none. I have never felt so spoilt. Our butler was always at hand with drinks, food and any other assistance we needed. The wait staff were incredible. They all were. The entertainment on board was just what we needed, traditional dancing and singing. Really what we were there to see. The shore excursions were well thought out and educated us in the culture and history of both countries. Our tour guide was exceptional as were all of the other tour guides we had. They all were easy to hear and understand with the help of our head sets. The food on board was a mixture of Western food and local food and we enjoyed it all. It was a fabulous holiday. I could do it all again tomorrow. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Decided on an Asian cruise this time. Scenic provided a great ship,wonderful staff, top guides and a second to none tour experience. On top of this our Tour Director Hoan was exceptional. Our group provided some challenges to Hoan but ... Read More
Decided on an Asian cruise this time. Scenic provided a great ship,wonderful staff, top guides and a second to none tour experience. On top of this our Tour Director Hoan was exceptional. Our group provided some challenges to Hoan but he overcame these easily and with charm. He is definitely an asset to the Scenic organisation. We particularly loved the ship, the Park Hyatt hotels in Siem Reap and Saigon, a brilliant Gala Dinner at a temple near Siem Reap, the night time Tuk Tuk tour of Pnom Penh with Mr G ( Geert) , the Phare Circus and ,of course, the majestic Angkor Wat. Everywhere we went the food and hospitality was superb, especially on the Scenic Spirit. We have not thought ourselves the cruising type but having done Amsterdam to Budapest with Scenic and now Siem Reap to Saigon with Scenic we just may just consider another cruise. Perhaps a French cruise will be in order. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise specifically for the opportunity to visit the temples of Siem Reap but also to learn more about the people of Cambodia, their bloody history, culture and their cuisine. We particularly wanted to experience River ... Read More
We chose this cruise specifically for the opportunity to visit the temples of Siem Reap but also to learn more about the people of Cambodia, their bloody history, culture and their cuisine. We particularly wanted to experience River Cruising in Asia in a new ship with a fantastic passenger/crew ratio withe space Scenic Spirit seemed to offer. The cruise scored almost a perfect score as we did not make use of the gym or spa. The accomodation was amazingingly spacious with the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. The ability to to have a real balcony was amazing and the crew superb. Our names and preferences in dining and service wereknown within days of boarding. The Chef is a genius - always coming up with the taste of the local cuisine with only the freshest of foods. Entertainment consisted of local groups of school children coming on board to perform Lion Dances and other entertainments on the large Sun Deck. The highlight of the tour was the Gala Dinner outside the Kravan Hindu temple dating back to the 10th Century with its magnificent Dances, Table decorations and Gourmet food. Our cruise Director Duc To was friendly, efficient, and when my wife became ill in Siem Reap compassionate and caring. Read Less
Scenic Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 5.0
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 4.0 4.6
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.5
Family 1.0 4.5
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.8
Enrichment 4.5 4.9
Service 4.5 4.9
Value For Money 5.0 4.7

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