Though the cruise industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic this year, it’s full steam ahead for new developments in 2021. The latest ship making its debut next summer is the Viking Saigon, a river cruise designed specifically for the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.
“For many of our guests, Vietnam and Cambodia remain top destinations because of their significance in world history,” Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said in a statement. “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.”
The luxe three-deck ship accommodates just 80 guests in 40 cabins—each of which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a veranda or a French balcony—allowing for a more intimate experience. Unlike many of the ships on the Mekong, which are fitted with more traditional decor, Viking Saigon’s cabins feature modern Scandinavian design peppered with Southeast Asian influences, offering light-filled spaces in soothing neutral tones. When not exploring ports of call, guests can enjoy onboard amenities like an infinity pool, a spa and gym, a library, and an open-air bar, in addition to the ship’s restaurant and lounge. “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,” said Hagen.
Viking Saigon will sail Viking’s popular Magnificent Mekong cruise tour itinerary, a 15-day journey through Vietnam and Cambodia that combines an eight-day cruise with hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat. The ship’s maiden voyage is scheduled for Aug. 30, 2021, with rates starting at $5,299 per person.