Viking Announces New Ship For The Mekong River

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A rendering of Viking Saigon - Photo by Viking

Viking has announced a new ship built for the Mekong River will be debuting next summer.

Currently under construction, the 80-guest Viking Saigon will be part of the company’s Magnificent Mekong cruisetour. It’s scheduled to debut for the August 30, 2021 departure of that cruisetour. The river cruise portion of the adventure sails between Kampong Cham, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

“For many of our guests, Vietnam and Cambodia remain top destinations because of their significance in world history,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We have led the river cruise industry with our fleet development and experiences that bring travelers closer to the cultures of the world for more than two decades. This will be the most modern vessel on the Mekong and will feel like ‘home’ to our loyal Viking guests who are familiar with the comfortable design of our ships.”

The Vessel

The new Viking Saigon will have the following features:

  • 40 outside staterooms, 26 of which have French Balconies, 12 that have Verandas, and 2 Explorer Suites. Regular veranda and French balcony cabins are both 305 square feet. The Explorer Suites are 735 square feet.
  • Explorer Suites have two full-size rooms with a large veranda and spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower
  • Upper Deck with Infinity Pool
  • Open-air Sky Bar with shaded seating area
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Viking Lounge
  • Library & onboard shop
  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • Laundry service
  • Free WiFi

Magnificent Mekong Cruisetour

During this 15-day journey, travelers explore the cultural treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia with 16 guided tours. Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City bracket an 8-day Mekong River cruise, during which passengers can shop in Old Hanoi’s markets, explore the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat, visit Ta Prohm where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins, and see the sights of Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw. On the river cruise portion of the adventure, passengers can discover silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries, and floating markets. 

Multiple departure dates will be available beginning in August 2021. Pricing starts at $5,299 per person, with discounted airfare from $1,199 per person. Learn more about the ship here.

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