Sail Date: March 2019
Treated myself on this cruise for a 70th birthday present. Ships was only half full and besides an English couple, Scandinavian couple & Canadian and 4 Australians the rest of the guests were from the USA. The group bonded well. The ... Read More
Treated myself on this cruise for a 70th birthday present. Ships was only half full and besides an English couple, Scandinavian couple & Canadian and 4 Australians the rest of the guests were from the USA. The group bonded well. The local guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and changed in Cambodia. We were divided into two groups for the entire trip with separate buses. Dining was buffet for breakfast and lunch and dinner was a choice of dishes. We would have liked to see more local food on the menu but did notice that many Americans preferred their style of food. Staff were amazing, efficient and friendly. Entertainment was just a pianist but we were lucky that one of our guest was a good singer and Bing the Uniworld rep also played the guitar. Some of the excursions such as the visit to a local school and joining their English class was so much fun! We were told that Uniworld will have a new ship next year January. Please note that March is very hot in Vietnam and Cambodia Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on Uniworld over and over in Europe, and opted for a change and booked the Vietnam and Cambodia cruise on the Mekong. Departed Saigon, staveled through Vietnam and then to Cambodia, ending up in Hanoi. We started at the Park ... Read More
We have been on Uniworld over and over in Europe, and opted for a change and booked the Vietnam and Cambodia cruise on the Mekong. Departed Saigon, staveled through Vietnam and then to Cambodia, ending up in Hanoi. We started at the Park Hyatt in Saigon and had 2 days in Ho Chi Minh City. We had been there before, so we took the opportunity to see things not on the schedule (like the War Remnants Museum). Embarkation was smooth and easy, with luggage in our cabin waiting for us. The Mekong Navigator ship is small, but perfect for the 50-60 Uniworld guests. The hotel and cruise staff was terrific and went out of their way to make you comfortable and attend to every need. Food was superb with plenty of great selections, well prepared. The stops on the Mekong were usually quite primitive, as is the country. But you see things you wouldn't see otherwise than on a river cruise. And they were always waiting for you with cook towels and refreshing drinks, and they collected and cleaned the dirt and grime from your shoes! The hotel manager (Roberto) and the cruise director (Hua) were among the best we have had in 9 Uniworld trips. Only issue was that the ship had no elevator -- but we all have to make sacrifices! Stops in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the Sofitel was wonderful, especially visiting the Indiana Jones temples! Pity those traveling in the future, because the trip now stops at Siem Reap and you'll have to see Hanoi as an extension -- but well worth it! Hanoi was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Our Uniworld tour, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, was flawless and fully met our expectations. Along with the land tour, we traveled on a 7-night cruise on the Mekong Navigator and, once again, this was flawlessly executed. As ... Read More
Our Uniworld tour, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, was flawless and fully met our expectations. Along with the land tour, we traveled on a 7-night cruise on the Mekong Navigator and, once again, this was flawlessly executed. As to the land tour, the sights visited were directly on point and as advertised, travel arrangements were well done and every element of the tour was meticulously organized. In particular, our tour director (Binh) performed in an exceptional manner. The hotels on the land portion of the tour (Hanoi, Siem Reap and Saigon) were also excellent. As to the cruise portion of the tour, the food was great, our "prestige suite" met our expectations (although the quarters were a bit smaller than a suite on a sea-going cruise ship) and the staff was truly remarkable. From the waiters, to the "butlers," to the people who cared for our cabin, genuine friendliness was the standard - at all times. I also note the Uniworld representative (Roberto) on the cruise was present almost "everywhere" and was very helpful. The only negative I can think of centers on the fact the tour guides (one in Hanoi, one in Cambodia and another in Saigon) were, at times, a little difficult to understand because (of course), English was not their native language. One other point, I became ill (vomiting and diarrhea) one night and the crew was helpful in addressing this situation. Fortunately, i recovered fairly quickly. In summary, I very much recommend Uniworld in general and the Vietnam/Cambodia tour in particular. Both my wife and I fully enjoyed the tour and offer our highest recommendation. As we frequently visited "rustic" sights or areas, those who may be mobility challenged may find portions difficult. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Our travel group,not affiliated with Uniworld, consisted of 3 universities and Smithsonian Travel boarded the Mekong Navigator after our 3 day stay in HCMC. Since we would be 7 days on board, I was hoping for the best. It turned out that ... Read More
Our travel group,not affiliated with Uniworld, consisted of 3 universities and Smithsonian Travel boarded the Mekong Navigator after our 3 day stay in HCMC. Since we would be 7 days on board, I was hoping for the best. It turned out that my expectations were greatly exceeded. The first good sign was the boat had very high end finishes. Immediately I found the Cambodian crew to be smiling and anxious to please, certainly a rarity today. Our precious butler, Samoun, was always looking after us like on the first tour day he delivered our forgotten tour radios before we disembarked. We were greeted every day from the dining room to the bar/loung with lovely attentive service. Our creature comforts were well taken care of by a comfortable cabin, spacious bath and inviting outdoor & indoor seating areas. But the real outstanding feature of the boat was the fabulous food service. I happened on the director and the chef one day at the lunch buffet and told them the food quality was as good as our favorite Crystal Serenity. The director understood the praise but said his young Cambodian chef would not get the comparison. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit this fascinating and authentic part of our world, I hope you have the privilege of being on this outstanding river cruise boat. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise went from Vietnam through Cambodia back into Vietnam. The accommodations in all 3 places were stellar and the ship itself was very lovely, comfortable and afforded privacy as well as good mingling places. The food was very ... Read More
This cruise went from Vietnam through Cambodia back into Vietnam. The accommodations in all 3 places were stellar and the ship itself was very lovely, comfortable and afforded privacy as well as good mingling places. The food was very good, the staff attentive and congenial. The tours themselves were interesting and appropriately timed, not too short but not rushed. We visited places I would not only not have gone, but could not have gone. There was a good mix of history, culture, fun and entertainment. The tour guides were knowledgeable and attentive to any issues. The staff was attentive to physical needs, comfort and individuals. The places we ate out at were very nice and the food was very good. The buses were comfortable and the guides filled the time with interesting information. I also did the Ha Long Bay add on which was the right amount of time. The bay is beautiful albeit busy with other boats, but did not feel crowded. The boat we had was brand new and gorgeous. The staff there was also kind and attentive. I had an excellent adventure and felt taken care of and considered at every step. I can't rate this cruise high enough. Read Less
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