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Sail Date: August 2019
Had always wanted to visit Vietnam / Cambodia but wanted to do it guided. had never been on a Scenic Cruise before but the “all inclusive” Scenic package really appealed. To be truthful I had no idea how all inclusive it would be ... Read More
Had always wanted to visit Vietnam / Cambodia but wanted to do it guided. had never been on a Scenic Cruise before but the “all inclusive” Scenic package really appealed. To be truthful I had no idea how all inclusive it would be but if you chose not to buy souvenirs or a drink in a bar when off ship then there was very little need to take cash. We budgeted for some spending but returned home spending very little at all. They say inclusive but I did not expect top shelf drinks including a gin menu, yes a menu there were that many to choose from. Food allergies were no problem either with a super attentive and highly skilled chef ensuring wonderful food. The level of service from all staff was exceptional, every cabin has its own butler, unpacking and room service drinks ....you don’t have to lift a finger. Great excursions and truly caring and memorable guides. In one word.....FAULTLESS......highly recommend Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Myanmar on the Scenic Aura 21st Mar 19 -8th Apr 19 We have been on 3 previous river cruises with Scenic. The trip to Cambodia and Vietnam (see my previous review) was so good that we thought it could not be beaten. But the 18 day to ... Read More
Myanmar on the Scenic Aura 21st Mar 19 -8th Apr 19 We have been on 3 previous river cruises with Scenic. The trip to Cambodia and Vietnam (see my previous review) was so good that we thought it could not be beaten. But the 18 day to Myanmar (including land addition) equalled, if not surpassed, that trip. It really was difficult to find any ‘niggles’ so I’ll concentrate on the ‘exceptionals’. 1 – Myanmar is a truly fascinating country. It is about the poorest in South East Asia. Most people may live without electricity, running water or mains sewerage, but we didn’t see one person or child who looked malnourished or badly cared for. Indeed quite the opposite. Everyone was extremely friendly welcoming you with broad smiles. Many wanted their photo taken with my wife who has blue eyes – uncommon in Myanmar. Apparently many people have been put off visiting due to the bad publicity. This trip doesn’t go anywhere near the areas affected We felt very safe walking around on our own. My advice would be COME TO MYANMAR whilst it is still relatively undiscovered by Western tourists. 2 – The Scenic Aura is a pretty new addition to the fleet. Very modern and functional. Only has 22 suites – so maximum 44 pax. There were only 39 on our trip which included a few ‘singles’. Many Australians – but 6 other Brits + Canadians. Even the WiFi worked reasonably well. We had a Grande Deluxe Suite which was very spacious. Even had an area for my laptop that my wife referred to as The Office. The Hotel Director – JOYCE – was particularly good. Food was to a high standard. ‘Egg man’ always there for fresh fried eggs at breakfast. 3 – The standard of the pre and post cruise hotels was exceptional, in particular the Sanctum on Inle Lake and the Melia in Yangon. Truly ‘Top of the Range’ hotels. 4 – Difficult to pick out which excursions we enjoyed the most. But special mention to: - Pindaya Caves and Cookery course at Inle Lake - Longtail boats around Inle Lake visiting the local markets and houses on stilts. - Visiting some of the 4000+ temples of Bagan by horse and cart - Visiting the monastic school in Sagaing where the children all sang to us before we had to sing ‘Old MacDonald’ to them! - BBQ dinner with kite flying and live music on a sandbank in the Irrawaddy. - Visiting the pure white Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun - Myanmar’s Taj Mahal - Visiting the U-Bein wooden bridge at sunset in a sampan. Scenic had champagne for us to enjoy as we watched the sunset. 5 – Our guide Sai San was exceptional – both knowledgeable and personable. Everything went like clockwork. We were particularly impressed with the baggage handling on the two internal flights. Put your bags outside your room and subsquently saw them inside your next hotel room. 6 – I see some other reviews complain about the 7 hour coach trip from Yangon to join Scenic Aura at Pyay. The journey itself was quite interesting – in particular the stop at the Allied War Cemetery. The hours seemed to pass quickly and the coach used was very comfortable and spacious. Be aware As I remarked above, Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia. So in many areas visited you won’t get ‘Western’ restrooms, the roads will be dusty and uneven, the markets are busy and smelly. You will witness many scenes of extreme poverty - like women washing clothes and their babies in the dirty river. Men unloading heavy bags of rice for 8 hours non stop in temperatures of 100F+ for a few dollars a day. There are lots of stray dogs in the streets. You will often have to clamber up a steep and dusty river bank to and from Scenic Aura. For us this just added to the experience. But clearly if you are going to get upset about this don’t go! Conclusion All-in-all an excellent holiday which I would thoroughly recommend. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
More tourists should experience the culture and delightful people in this Country which needs to improve its economy and it infrastructure. The Scenic experience is second to none and the cabins, dining and services on the tour were ... Read More
More tourists should experience the culture and delightful people in this Country which needs to improve its economy and it infrastructure. The Scenic experience is second to none and the cabins, dining and services on the tour were exceptional. Many of our friends don’t know much about Myanmar and are now very interested in visiting this Country and are looking at a Scenic cruise down the Irrawaddy River based on our recommendation. We enjoyed this trip as much as the the Scenic river cruise in the south of France and Spain. Very different experiences but amazing opportunities to enjoy wonderful interactions and to learn more about their rich history and religion. It was sobering to learn that only one third of the population have access to electricity however the infrastructure is slowly being installed across the Country. Our boat, the Scenic Aura was only launched in 2016 and was beautifully appointed and maximum guests of 44 on board meant that we had amazing service. We strongly recommend a visit to Myanmar to experience the Burmese culture and history. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I'd been to Burma 21 years ago on business. And got arrested. And met the General running the country. But that's another story. What I saw then made me want to return. So pleased I did, with my wife this time. We are ... Read More
I'd been to Burma 21 years ago on business. And got arrested. And met the General running the country. But that's another story. What I saw then made me want to return. So pleased I did, with my wife this time. We are Scenic regulars and appreciate the fact they make a holiday effortless. And so it was this time on our Road from Mandalay on Aura. Yes, the song is road TO Mandalay - but we sailed downstream. And that's my first fault. The song says "... see the flying fishes play". No flying fish! But then there aren't any on the Irrawaddy. By now you can probably guess I'm striving to find faults. Aura has spacious cabins and with only 36 guests (it can take 42) the dinning room was never crowded. In fact you got to know everybody on the boat. Great camaraderie. Good food selection, though I would have preferred more fruit choices at breakfast, but excellent omelettes. I'm picky about food but while the lunch and dinner choices were more limited than on the European river cruises I didn't starve. As for all the crew - best we've ever experienced on any vessel, sea or river, anywhere in the world - they have genuine smiles and never say No. Other people have commented about being helped ashore and having shoes cleaned on return. It's all true. We were very fortunate that when we visited the home for the young novice monks and nuns a kind sponsor had brought them gifts and provided lunch, and that later we were at festival time and experienced the collection of alms for the monks with processions noisily filling the streets. We travelled by pony and trap, horse-drawn carts, tri-cycles, boats to watch the sunset over the world's longest wooden bridge. All so different. And don't miss the balloon flight over Bagan. At the end of the cruise the seven hour coach ride to Yangon from Prome was something I would not want to do again, though the bus was Business Class. Other cruise lines go all the way to Yangon. We were told that was boring. But I'd have been happy to be bored on the boat for a day or two. Scenic need to rethink this. Now my second fault. We stayed the first night in Mandalay at the Mandalay Hills Hotel. Lovely room. Amazing grounds. Bibulous Welcome Dinner. The cruise (ok bus ride) ended in Yangon. A couple of nights at the one year old Pan Pacific Hotel. Very modern hotel with excellent rooms and food - and toilets where the seat cover rises as you enter the bathroom, has a quick pre-whatever flush, a fan to remove odours and water jets to wash various parts of the anatomy. I had to take a video (not actually in use). And that leads me to my second fault. Not at the Pan Pacific (where I would really have enjoyed the dinner buffet), but to the Farewell Dinner at an old colonial hotel called The Strand. Food choice limited. Drinks ... one glass of wine. You paid for a second or third. So the real Scenic had gone. Ridiculous. Finally, to our Cruise Director Tin Pa Pa Min - you were the best ever. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Scenic Aura should not be compared to the Space Ships operating on European waterways as some reviewers seem to do. Scenic have done really well creating this experience in Myanmar which is a difficult country to operate in. True, the ... Read More
The Scenic Aura should not be compared to the Space Ships operating on European waterways as some reviewers seem to do. Scenic have done really well creating this experience in Myanmar which is a difficult country to operate in. True, the build quality of the Aura is not the same as the European river boats, however you soon won’t notice because you’ll be under the charm of the excellent crew. Most of them are from Myanmar and are all very professional and friendly. The lounge, restaurant and food is all first class. They will soon get to know if you like a strong cappuccino at breakfast time or a cognac after dinner. Scenic have put together a number of itineraries involving the river cruise operating both up and downstream. We did the 18 day Mystical Myanmar downstream which includes Inle Lake and a 10 day river cruise. Inle Lake is well worth including if you have time and budget. There is also a cruise only option. The Aura has its two Royal Panorama Suites at the front and not the rear as on the European boats so you can watch the scenery unfold and if your budget allows then we thoroughly recommend at a generous 70 sqm including a large terrace with a Jacuzzi. In fact all of the 22 suites are very large. You need to be open minded with a sense of adventure to travel in Myanmar, however the visits to villages and towns along the Irrawaddy that have seen few tourists is very rewarding. The local people are curious, shy and very welcoming. The water level in the Irrawaddy varies significantly over the year and disembarking in the dry, hot months of March and April can be challenging if you don’t have good mobility, however the crew including the captain are always there to assist. The off-boat excursions are many and varied and you can choose to do them all or relax on board if you wish. It's a very active program and includes transport by walking, trishaw and horse & cart. The ship’s internet access along the river can be unreliable in places so one option is to buy a local SIM card when you arrive. We were told MPT is the operator with the best service coverage and it worked well for us. You will have a Myanmar number if you do this, however you can let the people back home know your temporary number. SIM cards are available at the airport or anywhere you see MPT, ooredoo or Teledor signs and they are very cheap. We bought a SIM card with 2.5G of data for about AUD$6.50. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Watched a travel programme hosted by Ray Martin(Australia) and it just switched on a light in our heads. It appealed to us and we just had to see Myanmar(Burma). We arrived in Yangon and immediately was greeted by our Tour Rep ( Sai San) ... Read More
Watched a travel programme hosted by Ray Martin(Australia) and it just switched on a light in our heads. It appealed to us and we just had to see Myanmar(Burma). We arrived in Yangon and immediately was greeted by our Tour Rep ( Sai San) who was very warm and friendly and very knowledgeable about the history of the city and country. The "boat" and our cabin was absolutely fantastic. The food was nothing short of EXCELLENT and was only surpassed by the excellent attentive guests & ships crew, ( Most notably the Captain) who participated in all/many of the antics we got up too! Alas the boats entertainment was lacking with very little input/motivation from those designated to arrange, The service over the entire "Boat was again exemplary but several individuals stand out, most notably "Tintun" (restaurant manager) Sai San (Sam) ,"Saw" & "Tu Tu" kept our cabin in tip top condition. The Irrawaddy river/ shore trips/ports were very interesting, however the relentless tours of the "Pagodas started to wear a bit thin after a while! In closing the trip was as stated absolutely FANTASTIC. We were most impressed by the pictures of our hotel ( Mandalay Hill Resort) but in reality although the reception area was very impressive the rooms looked "tired" and need to be re-furbished. The main dining room was full of biting Mosquito's and were unable to provide some wines & Tea as they were "Out of Stock" Although we appreciated that we were in a foreign country the staff didn't understand basic English and we found reception staff unhelpful! The pool bar was not stocked or rarely manned with the waiter having to go into the main building for drinks etc This is not a cruise for the "Faint Hearted" the people are poor and there is a great deal of rubbish, But that's what this type of holiday is all about! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This trip was a combination of land and river in Vietnam and Cambodia. The overall organization was done by Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. The hotels in Saigon and Siem Reap were outstanding (5 star). The included events were fantastic ... Read More
This trip was a combination of land and river in Vietnam and Cambodia. The overall organization was done by Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. The hotels in Saigon and Siem Reap were outstanding (5 star). The included events were fantastic in every location with Scenic only selecting the top seats, food, services. We were assigned to a tour group of 24 and had the most outstanding guide (Dara) we have ever had in 40 cruises. He made the entire trip from day 1 to day 13 a rating of 12 on a 10 rate scale. He was concerned about individuals and the group on a daily basis. His knowledge and language skills were phenomenal and amazing. He literally cared about each and every individual. The ship (Spirit) is new (Jan 2016) and is beautiful. Only two items were not rated 10: The food at dinner time could be improved in choice and taste; Second, the last night on board dinner was a miss (4 rating). The food was limited mostly to sea food and special dietary needs were ignored and the service especially on this night was very slow and disorganized. In contrast, the last night on the land portion in Siem Reap was so great, we will not ever be able to match it anywhere in the world. The dinner evening at the Kraven Temple was unbelievable and would take thousands of words to describe. Scenic went out of their way and hit home runs every minute of the night. Finally, Scenic's consummate concern and desire to support local organizations through sponsorship and funding is not only admirable, it speaks very highly of the company leadership and tour organizers. We would use this company in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos on any tour, cruise or event without exception or reservation. If only they could clone Dara, they would have the best overall company in the world! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Having done Scenic from Amsterdam to Budapest, this cruise caught our attention. Because it was an area of the world we had not been to before and we had already done one cruise in Europe with Scenic. The whole trip was wonderful ... Read More
Having done Scenic from Amsterdam to Budapest, this cruise caught our attention. Because it was an area of the world we had not been to before and we had already done one cruise in Europe with Scenic. The whole trip was wonderful from start to finish. As flights were included, we flew on Cathay Pacific and arrived in Saigon with no problems. The transportation to the hotel was quick and efficient. We arrived around noon and our room was ready. Which was great as we quickly freshened up and went exploring and found a quick bite to eat. We met our guide Ngoc and the group we would be spending time with for dinner that night. Dinner was a set menu and very tasty. The land tours/portions (Saigon and Siem Reap) were excellent. The local guides used in Cambodia were a wealth of knowledge. Ngoc our Vietnam guide and Tour Rep on the ship was also a wealth of knowledge and always made sure we were doing well. The food from start to finish was excellent. Never lacked for something to eat. The good on the ship was well varied and plentiful. The staff was excellent on the ship. Always eager to serve and made sure you had a good time. The tours were informative, enlightening and all around excellent. Riding around in a Tuk Tuk or the Ox cart was fun. Safety was always the main concern on any tour. Especially when crossing any of the busy streets or walking over uneven ground. Overall had a great trip and would highly recommend it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Having had a productive and challenging year, I wanted to reward myself with an amazing vacation and that is exactly what I had. I choose this cruise with Scenic Spirit because I had read rave reviews from past NPN attendees and Vietnam ... Read More
Having had a productive and challenging year, I wanted to reward myself with an amazing vacation and that is exactly what I had. I choose this cruise with Scenic Spirit because I had read rave reviews from past NPN attendees and Vietnam and Thailand was on my bucket list. I spent 3 days in Cambodia at the Park Hyatt, 8 days on the ship. We boarded in Siem Reap and made stops in: Kampong Cham-Kampong Chhnang and Tonie Sap, Phnom Penh, Sa Dec, Cai Be, Ho and disembarked in Chi Minh City. The 2 days in Vietnam were well spent. The visit to the war museum was quite moving. Thailand was such a treat. Wish there was more time there. The 3 days went by quickly. The Shangri-La hotel was such a beautiful hotel. The service was excellent. This vacation was a birthday dream come true. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our first trip with Scenic and we were very impressed with their service, staff, food and overall smooth running of their ship in a country where there are many challenges. We joined the holiday in Yangon, staying there for two ... Read More
This was our first trip with Scenic and we were very impressed with their service, staff, food and overall smooth running of their ship in a country where there are many challenges. We joined the holiday in Yangon, staying there for two nights with tours, and then a drive by coach to Pyay to board the ship. The coach trip is around 8 hours long, through villages, farmland and small towns, quite basic roads. There were three stops for refreshments and we had a packed lunch on the coach. Although it was a long day, we felt it was worth it to see the real countryside of Myanmar and not just the touristy places. The Scenic Aura is a new ship but has a few teething problems with the fitting out of the interiors, such as flooring and doors, but no doubt these will be rectified before long. The cabins were very large, we had a cabin on Jewel deck with a large bedroom area and separate lounge with settee and chairs. The shower rooms were the biggest we have seen on a ship. Walk in wardrobe, but hanging space badly designed so could have done with more drawers. Huge safe in top drawer. Storage space in under bed drawers. The food was all excellent. Buffet breakfast with choices of cereal, bread, fruit, yogurt etc and also about 5 cooked options plus eggs. Lunch again was a buffet with soups, salads, 4 or 5 cooked options and a choice of various desserts or fruit or fresh ice cream with a different flavour each day. Dinner was served by the laughing friendly waiters who were all very efficient. There were choices for starters, mains and dessert, or there was always steak, fish or chicken if nothing on the menu suited. All washed down with delicious wines. There was a gym on the lower deck ( which we just looked at through the glass ). also a self service launderette with two washing machines and dryers and an iron for those who did not want to use the ship's laundry service. The top deck is carpeted in artificial grass which is nice and soft under your feet, a jogging track runs round the perimeter. There are rattan style settles and armchairs to sit on but only a small area has any shade. It was very hot when we were there, so it was not possible to sit there for long, we understand however that this will be rectified. The swimming pool is small and very shallow, you cannot swim in it, but it is a nice spot to stand and cool off, maybe with a cool drink from the poolside bar. The lounge area is split in two and doesn't really work as a social area. When a group came on there was only a tiny area for dancing - maybe a dozen people at once, and that meant blocking the access to the bar. A couple of shows were put on round the pool, again with very limited vision, and not a good place to be after dark with all the insects. Just a bad design. Every day there were excursions. We joined everything travelling by mule and cart, trishaw, lorry, coach, boat, ferry and horse and cart. All amazing experiences which brought us closer to the local people. We ate in local restaurants and even cooked our own dinner on two occasions. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the country as it really is, the river flows through rural and town life and is a breath of fresh air in the 21st century. Although quite expensive, we felt it was extremely good value for the money. Read Less
36 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We are a late 40s/early 50s couple who are relatively new to the cruise game, having only done two ocean cruises prior to embarking on the Scenic Spirit. Well, this cruise line and ship simply blew us away ! The ship is truly ... Read More
We are a late 40s/early 50s couple who are relatively new to the cruise game, having only done two ocean cruises prior to embarking on the Scenic Spirit. Well, this cruise line and ship simply blew us away ! The ship is truly stunning from top to bottom, from the pool deck to the self-service laundry (boring but essential in the SE Asian humidity), EVERYTHING was first-class. Welcome and Embarkation - We joined the tour at the Park Hyatt in in Siem Reap Cambodia, having spent a few days exploring the city on our own. The welcome was friendly and organised, and our bags were whisked away while we relaxed in the Park Hyatt lounge for half an hour or so before boarding the bus. About half of our fellow passengers had done the extended cruise with hotel and tours pre-cruise, so had gotten to know each other a little before we joined them. This wasn't a problem, though the 64 passengers were split into 3 groups, so for the first few days we tended to mix with "our group" only. After that, most passengers mixed with other groups. The name tags helped a great deal. It was quite a long bus trip from Siem Reap to the ship dock, around 5 hours, with a couple of stops, one for lunch. Passengers were around 80% fellow Aussies, with the remainder made up of Kiwis, US and Canadians. Ages ranged from 30s to 70s, with average around 60 years. This is not a cruise for children, and there were non on board. The Cabin - we had Suite 104, the most economical cabin on the lowest passenger deck, but there was nothing economical about the comfort, facilities or view out of the floor to ceiling windows. THE most comfortable (and adjustable) bed I have ever slept in (where can I buy one?). Spacious en suite (for a ship) with a very large, modern shower, L'Occitane products, excellent turbo hairdryer (these things are important !). Mirrors and storage everywhere, easily enough hanging space and drawers to store a month's worth of bits and bobs. Secure pin-safe in the drawer, complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily, bottles of water for drinking and brushing teeth. (Not a good idea to drink the water in Cambodia or Vietnam). The cabin had both a bedroom and sitting area, which could be partitioned with a sliding glass door to make the little balcony. We didn't actually use this at all because it was so hot and humid outside it just didn't seem worth it. The Crew - Scenic recruiters, you have nailed it ! Our crew could not have been more friendly, helpful and professional. From our fabulous butler Vibol (6.30am coffee and pastries, yes!) to Joyce (or Joy or Joyous, she was all of the above) the Cruise Director, everyone went out of their way to anticipate our wants and needs before we had even thought of them. We got quite close to Phalley, Lakeena, Thida and Makara, and yes there were tears at the end. Just the right mix of friendliness and professionalism, with a little bit of cheeky thrown in :-) Mao and Huy our Tour Directors were also amazing, knowledgeable, and always on the lookout for something that may make the experience more memorable. Shore Excursions - with only 64 passengers on board, there was minimal waiting when tours were taking place. The once or twice daily 2-4 hour tours were taken in small groups of ~20, and there was a mixture of the usual walking and bus transport, plus some other unusual options such as ox-carts, sampans and cyclos, which all added to the experience. Take comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk in heat and humidity; this hit us like a ton of bricks. Sunscreen, hats and water were a must. There was the occasional shower, and Scenic supplied large umbrellas, but I found my mini umbrella more convenient. Another tip: keep a small packet of tissues or toilet tissue with you, because the bathroom facilities (aka the Happy House) on the tours were often basic in the extreme. It was always a relief to come back to the ship to smiling faces, cool face towels, and the delicious cold drink of the day. Dining and Food - OMG, there was some seriously good food on this cruise. Mainly Asian inspired, but also western if you preferred. Breakfast and lunch were buffet, dinner was 5 course a la carte. The first night I had to do a few laps around the top deck track after dinner, it was all so delicious I couldn't say no ! The chef slow-cooked THE best pork belly on the planet, and there were some over the top wonderful inspirations such as olive ice-cream. The dining room had a mix of small, medium and large tables, so you were free to sit as a couple or with a group, it never felt crowded. Most had a lovely view out over the Mekong. There was one "gala" night on our cruise, and passengers were encouraged to glam it up a little. I would say about half made an effort, so no pressure to bring the ballgown or dinner suit, but one really nice outfit wouldn't go astray. The rest of the time it was quite casual. The ship offers 24 hour room service, so if you crave a hamburger at 2am, well yes you can have it ! Other Facilities: Thank god for the self-service laundry; we must have done 4 loads of washing during the week long cruise, because our clothes were soaked each time we came back from an outing. 3 really efficient washers and dryers, which only took around 1.5hrs to wash and dry. You can also request your clothes be washed for you, but this came at a cost eg. $6 for a paid of jeans. We didn't use the Spa, though others raved about it. Treatments were reasonably priced at $28 - $40, and booked out quickly on rainy days, so book at least a day ahead if you're keen for something special. We used the pool every day, which was heaven after a hot tour, and were often the only ones using it. There was a bar next to the pool for your complimentary cocktails and other drinks of choice. Those complimentary alcoholic drinks were free-flowing and generously served, dangerous ! It really was all-inclusive, at the end of the week I think I spent around $50 on souvenirs and small contributions to the communities we visited, nothing else, everything was included. Disembarkation - again, well organised and efficient. The ship docked early, and by 9am we were in busses and heading to the Park Hyatt in Saigon. This trip took around 2 hours, with a comfort stop along the way. We fare-welled the rest of the group who were continuing on with the extended tour, and caught a taxi to our Saigon Hotel to continue the rest of our holiday. Following our cruise, the Spirit was heading into a 3 week dry-dock to fix some issues with the flooring and other minor "warranty" issues, so it should be brand spanking gorgeous towards the end of June, ready for the next round of lucky passengers. I would highly recommend Scenic and this cruise in particular - we are already researching our next one. Read Less
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