AmaWaterways to Launch New River Cruise Ship in Asia

May 28, 2014


River cruise line AmaWaterways will add a new ship to its fleet in 2015.

AmaDara will join sister ship AmaLotus, offering 15-night land and river combination tours in Vietnam and Cambodia, beginning with its inaugural cruise on August 17, 2015.

Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways, said: "The new AmaDara will be a welcome addition to our family, as we enhance our offerings of unforgettable journeys on the magnificent Mekong River."

AmaDara will have 62 cabins -- a mix of outside cabins and suites -- measuring between 226-452 square feet. Each cabin has both a traditional French balcony and a second full-sized balcony.

Two restaurants onboard serve Western-style cuisine as well as regionally inspired dishes. Other onboard amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and an in-room entertainment system that includes internet, music, new release movies and English-language television channels.

AmaWaterways' Mekong River itineraries start with sightseeing coach tours around Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, before travelling overland to Halong Bay for an overnight on a contemporary junk. Passengers then fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and spend three days touring before beginning their Mekong cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake. The cruise ends in Phnom Phen, the capital of Cambodia before passengers spend the final two nights of the trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

--by Jamey Bergman, UK Production Editor