Inside APT's New Asia River Ship – Mekong Serenity
The Mekong Delta’s riverine landscapes are central to everyday life, and tell a fascinating tale of contemporary South-East Asian culture and traditions. Aboard the custom-styled Mekong Serenity, APT’s Asia’s river cruising experience amps up the sophistication to ever more enviable levels. This stylish new river ship embodies spacious air-conditioned design, feature-filled accommodation, fine dining and French colonial touches.
Room to Indulge
Designed for no more than 88 guests, the Mekong Serenity’s intimate size ensures more room to relax. It offers more space to indulge in thoughtfully configured public areas, such as the Horizon Café & Poolside Bar, Serenity Spa & Wellness Centre and the cool refinement of the air-conditioned Harmony Lounge & Bar. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to river views and invite the outside in for you to bask in light-filled onboard spaces. Up on the ship’s Sun Deck, the warm embrace of Asia’s climate can be enjoyed at leisure, along with the views, as daily life gently passes by.
A Suite View
With just 44 suites on board the Mekong Serenity, the ship’s space-to-guest ratio is almost unrivalled along the Mekong. Boasting some of the largest entry-level suites on the river, at 28 square metres, they blend contemporary chic with every consideration and comfort. All suites are decked out with a discrete private balcony for your personal enjoyment, so you can sit back and soak up those views whenever you choose.
Onboard Butler Service
Dreaming of having that drink in hand while you drift past gold-topped pagodas? Here’s where the five-star service for which APT is known truly comes into its own. The Mekong Serenity offers a highly personalised experience enhanced by wonderfully welcoming and attentive staff. Impeccable service and turndowns are a given, but the onboard Gold or Silver butler service offers additional personalised attention and room service par excellence, from garment pressing to packing and a complimentary spa treatment.
Glorious fusion food, Asian specialties and European cuisine are all celebrated in a variety of onboard dining experiences. Start your day with a champagne breakfast. Immerse yourself in the fresh delta flavours of Asia’s most famous ‘rice bowl’ – the Mekong. Enjoy a familiar taste from home on a whim. Throughout the day and into the evening, head to the Indochine or Lemongrass restaurants where, thanks to our expert chefs, dining plays a delicious part on board the Mekong Serenity. Early riser and night owls are well catered for too.
When it comes to that sundowner or à la carte wine pairing, a range of beverages is served at your discretion. These include international house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drinks – all part of APT’s fully-inclusive ethos. It can be luxuriously liberating to toast another tropical sunset or enjoy a light snack at the Poolside Bar without a care in the world.
Cruising the Mekong means more than an effortless getaway. Along this arterial waterway opportunities to explore South-East Asia’s culture, cuisine and spirituality seem to cluster at every river bend. Market tours, cooking classes or a moving Buddhist blessing are a mere taste of the activities and encounters you can choose to explore in depth. The journey is made all the more meaningful and flexible with our Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice options.
Health and Wellbeing
Back aboard, the ship’s wellness spa, salon and fitness centre are at hand to soothe away your day, revitalise body and mind or work up an appetite for your next culinary foray. Just as rewarding is a dip in the resort-style pool or curling up on a Sun Deck lounger with a good book or chatting to fellow guests.
River Cruising with Reassurance
Owned and operated by APT, the Mekong Serenity has been designed with our guests’ safety at front and centre of every Asia river cruising consideration for 2021. From daily itineraries to operational and safety procedures, we have taken care of all the small details for your safety and wellbeing. Travel is on your terms with the freedom to change your plans to suit you.
Need to Know
Join us on our 13 Day Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery, with a seven-night cruise aboard the brand-new Mekong Serenity. Glide through Vietnam and Cambodia and explore the Angkor Archaeological Park, as well as the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh:
Experience – a traditional Buddhist Blessing Ceremony.
See – the sun rising above Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
Taste – authentic cuisine with a dash of modern Australian flair at Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City.
(All ship interiors and exteriors featured in this article are artists' impressions.)