My family and I do a big adventure trip every year and we had been wanting to do SE Asia for a couple of year and just couldn't find anything escorted that lined up with school holiday breaks. We booked about 9 months in advance for myself, my active but older parents and my 16 yr old daughter. We have previously done only land packages with Tauck tours and were looking for something close to that level of service and accommodation and we were pretty pleased overall with the AMA experience.
We had a day of our cruise cut off due to a typhoon in the area closing the embarkation port. The cruise line added an extra day in Ho Chi Minh City at the Sofitel with lunch and dinner (but no additional excursions), we did not miss any ports but did lose time in pheom phen and had to forgo an excursion there.
Accommodations on the land portion (all Sofitels, including the Phokeethra in Siem Reap and Metropole in Hanoi) were first rate. The Metropole is a truly special hotel experience, especially if you are as into history as our family is. We had a category B stateroom on the ship and I was pleasantly surprised (with limited cruise experience) having previously sailed with disney and on an expedition ship in the Galapagos, with the size and comfort of the cabins. The bathroom allowed for a shower without having to do any strange contortions, and there was ample space to spread out a little, dress and relax with two people. We chose the one on the end of the ship by the gym, didn't feel any movement at all, and it was much quieter location.
Bigger than I expected, bed was really comfortable. Storage under the bed was nice so could store suitcases, etc. Bathroom was bigger than anticipated as well, good water pressure. As nice as a decent 4 star hotel room, which is definitely a step up from typical cruise accommodations. Wish they had more than water in the mini bar, and a 24 hr snack or room service option for late night.
Market was really cool, so was the temple
LOVED Phnom Penh, loved that we could walk to the night market and bars from where the ship was tied up, great city, bustling, lots of energy. The tuk tuks were fun to ride around in. Visiting the Killing Fields and S21 prison were extremely affecting. Wish we'd had more time here.