Included as part of our 19 day Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer, we went on a 7 day Mekong River cruise put together by Emerald Waterways. We were on the M/V Mekong Navigator while on the Mekong River.
The Mekong Navigator has 4 levels & a maximum capacity for about 69 passengers. The 1st or bottom deck has the crew & passenger cabins with portholes, from around mid-ship towards the stern & bow respectively. The 2nd deck has the passenger cabins with balconies, from around mid-ship towards the bow, while the dining room is from around mid-ship towards the stern. The 3rd deck has a small boutique shop & pursers’ office sandwich between passenger cabins which are located from mid-ship towards the bow & stern respectively. The lounge is located on the 4th deck stern area, while the spa/gym, library/computer room is located in the bow area. The bridge is also located on the 4th deck bow. In the mid-ship area of the 4th deck is a sitting/sunning area.
There is air condition, but only in the enclosed pubic areas (restaurant, lounge, etc.) & cabins, not in the hallways. Wi-fi, although sporadic, is only available in the public areas. There are no elevators on this boat.
We elected for a cabin with a porthole on the 1st deck. Our room was larger than that of the Avalon boats with porthole or French balcony, which we have had before. I believe it was even larger than the cabins with balconies we’ve had on ocean going ships. Our cabin was furnished with among other things, a king size bed, 2 night tables, a small table with 2 chairs, a writing desk with chair, a flat screen TV, mini-bar, small cabinet & a closet with 2 large drawers & safe. You can stow your suitcases under the bed. There are ample sockets for your electrical items. Our marbled bathroom was also roomy with a glass shower stall. We found our cabin very clean, comfortable & quiet, especially that the boat is anchored at night.
The breakfast & lunch buffets had a good selection fresh fruit, cold cuts, bread & hot food. There is an egg & hot noodle area at the back of the buffet station. At night we had table service for dinner.
When on excursions, we were split up in 3 small groups, each with a local tour guide & our own transportation. They even cleaned our shoes when coming back from our village visits. They also constantly reminded us to hydrate ourselves & provided water to do so.
Overall, we found all the on-board staff to be very caring, friendly & courteous and the food served & service received to be very good.
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