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While a European river cruise may be the most popular of all river cruises, the elegance and comfort found with companies such as AmaWaterways can take be found in the less traveled corners of the world as well. In today’s blog, we take a look at one of our favorite ships for Vietnam river cruises on the Mekong, and a top pic for an African river cruise on the Chobe on a waterborne safari.


There are a few different ways to explore Vietnam and Cambodia on a Mekong river cruise, but AmaWaterways has one of our favorite ships. The 124-passenger AmaDara made her debut in 2015 and is in a class unto herself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artifacts made by native craftsmen.

Elegantly appointed staterooms are 251 square feet and suites range from 366 to 502 square feet. Staterooms and suites feature twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include a cozy sitting area, climate-controlled air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. Spacious bathrooms have a shower, bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Suites have additional enhanced amenities with a large sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and separate tub.

AmaDara offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a spa, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. The stunning Saigon Lounge provides a wonderful place to meet fellow guests, and enjoy local entertainment. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the main restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks.


AmaWaterways’ intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in 2009 in one of the world’s most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. Unlike a typical Chobe river cruise that travels from one port to the next, the Zambezi Queen was designed for an entirely different purpose—to facilitate optimal game viewing along the Chobe.

As this floating hotel drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat and come to the water to drink and bathe, affording you with an amazingly up-close view and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Additionally, to ensure no harm to the environment, the eco-friendly Zambezi Queen uses a water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, and a solar heating system.

The Zambezi Queen provides guests with all the modern-day conveniences to ensure a perfect journey. The top deck features an enclosed air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with a plunge pool. Bountiful breakfasts and lunches prepare you for your invigorating daily adventures, and during the evening, enjoy multi-course dinners. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. On one of the nights, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.

The 14 suites, including four master suites, feature air-conditioning and a private balcony where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight—all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed.

Ready to travel to exotic lands with the comfort, convenience and luxury you expect at home? Select Waterways has just the ticket.



In the world of European river cruising, we’ve that there is as much variety among ships as there is among destinations. However, Viking River Cruises has come up with a tried-and-true design of their Viking Longships that they have well over 50 in service and another half dozen on other. You may not realize that during the Age of the Vikings from 800 to 1100 or so, these savage warriors roamed deep into the heart of Europe in their shallow draft, dragon-headed longships. Viking River Cruises, proud of its heritage, coined the name Viking Longships for its popular class of vessels and incorporated modern Scandinavian design as an homage to the owner’s home country, Norway. The simple, uncomplicated interior design makes the myriad destinations the true star when floating down the Rhine, Danube, Seine, Po or Douro rivers. Here, then, is a photo tour of these beautiful vessels.


Each Viking Longship features the inviting Aquavit Terrace, an open area at the very bow (front) of the ship that is the ideal spot to relax with a drink and watch the world pass by. This outdoor space is protected by large glass panels, so a hearty breeze is never an unwelcome guest.


The atrium is the hub of every ship and is a showcase of clean Scandinavian design from the sleek stairs to the simple furniture and the abundance of glass and light. Everything aboard radiates from this central gathering point.


Viking Longships’ top accommodations are the Explorer Suites, measuring a generous 445 square feet and boasting a private wraparound veranda off the spacious living room with 270-degree views, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors (known as a French balcony) in the bedroom. A large bathroom features a shower, heated mirror & floor, premium bath products. You’ll also find thoughtful touches such as two 40-inch Sony flat-panel TVs, 220V and 110V outlets, telephone, refrigerator, safe, and hair dryer. Bottled water is replenished daily, and bathrobes and slippers are available upon request. You’ll also enjoy special early check-in (no later than 12 PM), private airport transfers in Europe, a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, Viking Air Plus services, laundry service, welcome champagne, daily fruit basket, mini-bar with wine, beer and soft drinks (replenished daily). There are even in-suite binoculars, coffee brewer, cashmere blanket and complimentary shoe shine service.


By far the most popular staterooms onboard, the French Balcony categories measure a cozy 135 square and feature hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony, private bathroom with shower and premium bath products, space under the bed for storing suitcases and a roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers. Naturally there is a telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, a 40-inch Sony flat-panel TVs, and 220V and 110V outlets. Bottled water is replenished daily, and bathrobes and slippers are available upon request.