vietnam, cambodia & the riches of the mekong
2013 & 2014
From tranquil fishing villages to bustling urban streets, a Mekong river cruise provides a
unique opportunity to experience one of the most exotic regions of the world. There are
wondrous things to be seen along this fabled river – ancient temples, monks in brightly
colored robes, floating markets, lush landscapes, elegant French Colonial architecture…
and the warm smiles of the friendly people who call the Mekong Delta home.
At AmaWaterways, our quest is to provide travelers with itineraries that go beyond
the ordinary, with “hidden gems” and authentic experiences that would be challenging
to arrange on their own. Our Vietnam and Cambodia expedition is one of our most
tantalizing journeys – we’ve searched for memorable ways to explore time-honored
destinations and recruited expert guides who are well versed in religion, architecture,
and history. The end result is a carefully choreographed and truly unforgettable journey.
Today’s visitor to Vietnam and Cambodia follows in the footsteps of a long line of
distinguished explorers. Come immerse yourself in this fascinating region of the world!
We hope to welcome you aboard soon!
table of contents
2 PIONEERS OF RIVER CRUISING / AMAVOYAGES
3 THE MEKONG
9 AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
11 BEST SHIPS ON THE MEKONG
12 ONBOARD EXPERIENCE
13 PREMIER HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
14 LAND EXPERIENCES
15 THE VOYAGE
19 CANDID MEMORIES
20 AMAWATERWAYS SCHOOL PROJECT IN CAMBODIA
23 LA MARGUERITE
25 air & travel insurance
26 terms & conditions
To travel in Europe is to assume a foreseen inheritance….
But to travel in farther Asia is to discover a novelty previously
unsuspected and unimaginable.”
- LORD BYRON
FRONT COVER caption: Daybreak at the Angkor
UNESCO World Heritage Site in cambodia, the
world’s largest Hindu temple complex
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Natural beauty, rich history, the delicate interplay of East and
West…the distinct yet intertwined cultures of Vietnam and
Cambodia make for an unforgettable journey.
pioneers of RIVER CRUISing
AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, each of
whom brought decades of experience, knowledge and dedication to the venture. A native of Vienna,
Rudi is one of river cruising’s pioneers, having introduced the modern-day river cruise concept to
the travel industry back in the mid-1990s. Kristin hails from Germany and contributed extensive sales
and customer service experience, both in Europe and in North America. Irishman Jimmy Murphy is
founder of the tour operator Brendan Vacations. Together, their expertise and hands-on way of doing
business created the most distinctive river cruise line in the industry.
Our founders and staff share a passion for travel and seek to give other travelers genuinely life-
enhancing experiences. In an effort to take river cruising to a whole new level, we have focused
on providing distinctive ship designs, the highest quality amenities and services, and interesting,
well-crafted itineraries. AmaWaterways is now an award-winning river cruise line on Europe’s most
iconic rivers and has expanded to exciting new destinations around the world, such as Portugal,
Asia, Russia and Africa. We are building new ships, we are still family-owned and operated, and
we continue to lead the way in river cruising.
AmaWaterways strives to create extraordinary, one-of-a-kind river cruise experiences around the
globe. In response to growing demand for more remote and undiscovered destinations, we developed
our AmaVoyages division for river cruises in Portugal, Vietnam and Cambodia, Russia, and Africa.
While these ships and onboard amenities and services differ somewhat from our European fleet,
AmaVoyages consistently delivers the highest standards currently available in these regions.
Our newly built or redesigned AmaVoyages ships are staffed by impeccably-trained crews and our
meticulously planned and expertly guided land programs are considered the best in the industry.
We put a strong emphasis on fostering genuine in-depth cultural encounters such as visits to
local markets, demonstrations by local craftsmen, music and dance performances, and regionally-
inspired cuisine. AmaVoyages journeys are an ideal choice for intrepid travelers seeking memorable,
one-of-a-kind travel experiences.
The MekongThe Mekong has long evoked images of the exotic and
the mysterious…discover for yourself the countless
wonders to be found along her fabled shores.
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THE MIGHTY MEKONG
The Mekong River begins high on the Tibetan plateau and winds its way through
China and the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries
before meeting the sea. In terms of its historic, cultural and ecological riches, the
Mekong – “the Mother of Water” – has no equal. The sagas of ancient empires,
colonial powers and modern conflicts have unfolded along the Mekong for
centuries…even today, it is impossible to overstate the river’s importance for the
many millions of Vietnamese and Cambodians who live along its vast length.
The fortunes of the Mekong Delta and Tonle Sap Lake are inextricably linked and
serve as the primary source of life for the people of this incredibly fertile region.
The best way to experience the Mekong is by river cruise, which allows you to fully
appreciate the sights and sounds of this fabled and fascinating waterway. From
the vantage point of your ship, you can witness the compelling contrast of the
modern-day river and its ancient past. Sampans and motorboats yield to each
other, as cone-hatted fishermen check their nets while chatting on cellphones.
You will see serene monasteries and thatched stilt huts, dense cityscapes and
the towering skyscrapers of Saigon. It is an awe-inspiring spectacle that simply
must be seen to be believed.
Wherever the Mekong takes you, the sincere warmth and friendliness of the
Vietnamese and Cambodian people will leave a lasting impression. Your
AmaWaterways river cruise is a fantastic opportunity to experience the genuine
hospitality of this singular part of the world.
tonle sap lake
For most of the year, Tonle Sap Lake is relatively shallow and modest in size.
During the rainy monsoon season, however, the Tonle River that feeds into the lake
reverses its flow. Water is pushed up from the Mekong into the lake, increasing
it to many times its normal size, creating a massive floodplain and acting as a
safety valve to prevent flooding further downstream. As historically important as
the flooding of the Nile River in Egypt, the annual ebb and flow of the nutrient-rich
Tonle Sap Lake makes it one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world.
Indeed, just as the Nile played a crucial role in the development of the ancient
Egyptian culture, Tonle Sap Lake gave rise to the world’s largest pre-industrial
civilization – the Khmer Empire and its ancient capital of Angkor.
A treasure trove of natural and cultural wonders, the Mekong
rewards intrepid travelers in search of authenticity.
VietnamImmerse yourself in this enchanting culture…with its
thriving cities, tranquil lakes, faded colonial grandeur
and rich, resilient history.
a traditional junk on Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, considered
by many to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World
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One of the world’s great destinations, Vietnam lures us with its incredible beauty,
amiable people, and rich culture that has endured for centuries. It remains one of
the most intriguing and dynamic countries in all of Asia, with landscapes that are
as varied as its history.
Blessed with a survival instinct that has seen it through many generations of
conflict and upheaval, Vietnam is undergoing a significant transformation. The
country is racing towards the future, and a growing sense of optimism can be
felt throughout much of the country. Vietnam can be an assault on the senses;
it is at once dizzying, frenetic, fascinating, and lovable. The Vietnamese people
are friendly and generous, and traveling here can be a sheer delight.
Discover how East and West, ancient and modern co-exist in Vietnam in the most
harmonious ways. In urban Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll see makeshift food
stalls, mopeds zigzagging down clogged city streets, vendors hawking their wares
at lively markets…yet just beyond the city limits, water buffalo roam and women
in pastel-colored tunics slowly peddle their bicycles down dusty paths. Through-
out the country, there’s an ongoing duel between art and commerce, old and new,
progress and tradition, all making for a dynamic atmosphere that draws visitors
from across the globe.
A Night IN HA LONG BAY
A Junk is an ancient Chinese sailing vessel that is still in use in parts of Vietnam.
Junks were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and used
throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. Today, they can be found on
waterways throughout Southeast Asia, India, China and – perhaps most famously –
in the former British colony of Hong Kong. Junks vary greatly in size and in
the design of their rigging, but their most distinctive feature is their broad, fully
battened sails. AmaWaterways is proud to offer our guests an unforgettable night
aboard a traditional Junk on beautiful, ethereal Ha Long Bay… considered by many
to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will
surely be one of the highlights of your visit to Vietnam.
Whether it’s the sharp scent of a spice vendor’s wares, the
soothing sound of water outside a Ha Long Bay Junk, or the sweet
flesh of an exotic fruit, Vietnam is truly a feast for the senses.
CambodiaHistoric capitals, lush river valleys, and once-lost
empires half-submerged in dense jungle foliage…
yours to discover on this epic cruise-tour.
Ethereal waterways around Angkor WAT, Cambodia
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Nothing prepares you for seeing Angkor Wat for the very first time. Wandering
amongst its ancient ruins, entangled in dense jungle growth and embellished with
exquisite statues and bas-relief carvings, you will witness the steamy play of light
and shadow. It’s a scene that could be straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
Angkor’s architectural treasures have tantalized Western travelers for more than
a century, ever since a French naturalist literally stumbled upon it in the jungle
and it became famous as the “Lost Civilization of Asia.”
There are still countless wonders to discover and explore on an epic voyage
through Cambodia – tranquil fishing villages, modern-day cities, delicious cuisine,
sacred pagodas, terraced rice paddies…and the hospitality of the gracious and
resilient Cambodian people.
Sharing a border with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia has its own distinct
allure. The country is still primarily agrarian and recovering from the cruel misfortune
than befell it a generation ago. Today, Cambodia is a resurgent nation, attracting
visitors from around the world eager to explore its wealth of treasures as the seat
of a once-great empire.
SMILING FACES of CAMBODIA
Cambodians traditionally greet each other with the sompiah, pressing their hands
together and bowing, fingers pointed up. The higher the hands and the lower the
bow, the more respect is conveyed – an important thing to remember when
meeting officials or the elderly. This custom has been partially replaced in recent
times by handshake, especially among men, but women still tend to use the
traditional greeting with both men and women. The Cambodian people have a
delightful (and well-earned) reputation for being genuinely welcoming, friendly,
and gentle. In a country where nearly the entire population practices Buddhism,
most people do their best to avoid aggression and confrontation at all costs.
Raised voices and displays of anger are extremely unusual in Cambodia.
Experience first-hand the enduring legacies of this “kingdom
of wonder,” one of the world’s most beautiful regions.
VIETNAM has friendly people, stunning natural beauty, and a rich cultural
legacy. Your journey begins in Hanoi, which offers a compelling juxtaposition of
past and present, East and West. With its graceful French colonial architecture,
tranquil lakes and ancient temples, Hanoi offers a spectrum of historic and cultural
landmarks. Spend a night on a traditional Junk in Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World
Heritage Site – where it is said dragons once spouted streams of jade droplets
into the waters below, forming thousands of islands and islets. The bay’s centuries-
old floating villages are now home to families of boat dwellers, who still honor the
deities of these legendary emerald waters. Visit small rural villages, temples, and
traditional handicraft workshops. Conclude your voyage in Ho Chi Minh City, once
known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and more recently as Saigon, a place that has
witnessed an extraordinary rebirth over the past half century.
HA LONG BAY
Ha Long Bay, “where the dragon
descends into the sea,” is Vietnam’s
most revered natural treasure.
Dotted with islets, stalagmite-filled
caves and fantastic rock formations,
its mystical appearance has inspired
generations of artists and poets.
SA DEC LOCAL MARKET
Discover exotic fruits and local
delicacies at the country’s vibrant,
kaleidoscopic street markets. Here
you will meet friendly Vietnamese
people and their delightful children,
who always seem to have wide sunny
smiles on their faces.
Immerse yourself in the local culture
with an exhilarating xe-loi (trishaw)
ride down the streets of Tan Chau.
It doesn’t get any more authentic
Visit a Vietnamese rice paper work-
shop and try your hand at making
paper using the traditional method,
just as it’s been done for centuries.
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CAMBODIA is an incomparable treasure trove of architectural wonders
and verdant landscapes. Your journey begins in Siem Reap, at the spectacular
Angkor Archaeological Park. After three nights in this magical locale, embark
upon a week-long Mekong cruise that features bird watching at Tonle Sap Lake,
a visit to a Buddhist monastery, an oxcart ride down a scenic country road,
opportunities to sample exotic fruits and local delicacies, and an excursion to
Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields. In the country’s capital city, visit the Silver
Pagoda and its collection of artifacts, including jeweled masks and a Buddha
statue set with diamonds and emeralds. Once considered one of the loveliest
of Indochina’s cities, Phnom Penh retains much of its former glory with its wide
boulevards and elegant colonial-era buildings.
Taking an age-old mode of transpor-
tation for a test drive through a rural
Cambodian village…an experience
designed for travelers with a spirit of
adventure and a desire to be inspired
by new cultures, people, and ways
of doing things.
One of the world’s greatest architec-
tural achievements, Angkor Wat has
tantalized travelers since a 19th century
naturalist first discovered it. This “lost
civilization” is arguably the most
remarkable architectural treasure
found anywhere in Southeast Asia.
Cambodia is one of the most unspoiled
regions of the world, a place where
many of its people continue to
embrace a traditional way of life.
Visit the workshops of skilled artisans
who still create beautiful handicrafts
using time-honored methods.
The waterways along the Mekong
are packed with traders selling all
manner of fruits and vegetables.
It’s a lively and colorful scene as they
paddle from boat to boat, peddling
a variety of goods amidst a traffic
jam of sampans.
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Enjoy the best of both worlds…authentic travel experiences
amidst the comfort of elegant accommodations and impeccable
best ships on the mekong
AmaLotus and La Marguerite were designed with one purpose in mind: to provide an
ultra-comfortable and immersive experience on Southeast Asia’s legendary Mekong River.
With décor that combines French Colonial elegance with local artifacts and regional Mekong
accents, these AmaVoyages ships are an unforgettable setting for a cruise through Vietnam
Both vessels feature elegantly-appointed public areas that include a Mekong Restaurant,
Panoramic Lounge and library, spa, sauna, fitness center, and gift shop. Each ship also has
a Sun Deck perfect for relaxing in the pool, enjoying a drink, or gazing out at the ever-changing
scenery. And, unique to AmaWaterways, the AmaLotus and La Marguerite are completely
air-conditioned, with an interior corridor that conveniently links all decks.
Our guests often refer to our Mekong ships as a serene “haven.” In many ways, Vietnam and
Cambodia are still developing countries, and travel here sometimes calls for flexibility and a
sense of adventure. Docking facilities, for example, are generally much more rustic in this part
of the world than those in Europe. You may need to embark or disembark via a narrow gangway
or a local tender boat, or occasionally cross a dirt- or grass-covered surface to reach the
ship – but for our intrepid guests, that’s what makes for an authentic travel experience.
After a full day of sightseeing, there is no greater pleasure than to return to your peaceful,
comfortable ship and be welcomed aboard with a cool beverage and refreshing towel. Our
friendly AmaWaterways staff will always be on hand to assist you throughout your Mekong journey!
For more detailed information about our Mekong River ships, please refer to page 21 (for
AmaLotus) and page 23 (for La Marguerite), or visit www.AmaWaterways.com.
our award-winning ships
In 2011, La Marguerite was recognized with a
coveted Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly
magazine. Judged by a panel of travel industry
experts, the Magellan Awards honor the best in
travel in an array of industry categories. In 2012,
AmaLotus also received a Gold Magellan Award
in the “Best River Cruise Ship” category.
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Travel with a talented team of profes-
sionals selected for their knowledge,
expertise and 5-star hospitality.
Dine on exquisitely prepared cuisine,
with a choice of North American
favorites and delicious regionally-
Enjoy performances by costumed
Apsara dancers, local musicians,
and onboard piano performances
in the lounge.
After an active day of exploring, treat
yourself to a relaxing massage in the
ship’s serene onboard spa.
SUN DECK & POOL
Take a refreshing dip in the pool,
socialize with new friends, or relax
with a cool cocktail on our open-air
WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS
The Sun Deck bar is a perfect spot
to enjoy complimentary local beers
and spirits and meet well-traveled,
AmaWaterways has the only vessels
on the Mekong with inside access to
SPACIOUS STATEROOMS & SUITES
Our extra spacious staterooms and
suites – the largest of any ship on the
Mekong – are a peaceful retreat, with
quality amenities and elegant decor.
Travel the Mekong in comfort and style aboard a beautifully appointed ship, your
every need attended to by our friendly and resourceful onboard staff. Allow the
journey to be your destination….gaze out at an ever-changing scenic tableau as the
ship slowly glides down the river. There’s simply no better way to travel!
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Your hotels are carefully selected to provide modern amenities
and services in a refined, elegant atmosphere – the quintessential
premier hotel accommodationS
Be an adventurer by day – explore the ruins of ancient temples, be blessed by monks in remote
monasteries, delve into the unexplored, the untried, the unfamiliar – yet retreat to comfort and
serenity every night.
Your hotel accommodations in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City are a very important way for
you to fully experience your visit to Vietnam and Cambodia. Our regional experts at AmaWaterways
have carefully selected each property, based on its guest amenities, location, and services.
Sofitel Legend Metropole (Hanoi, Vietnam)
The Metropole is an award-winning French colonial-style hotel located in the heart of Hanoi.
The property offers 364 rooms and suites, complemented by a choice of three restaurants
(French, Vietnamese and Italian), three bars, seven function rooms, a heated swimming pool,
health club, the luxurious Le Spa du Metropole, Wi-Fi, and – exclusively for hotel guests – a daily
tour of the recently opened war-time bomb shelter and Path of History, guided by the hotel’s
Ambassador of History.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeenthra Golf & Spa Resort (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra offers top quality accommodations close to the magnificent temples
of Angkor Wat. The hotel elegantly combines Khmer and French architectural design, and features
landscaped gardens, five restaurants and bars, a spa and the largest free-form swimming pool in
Cambodia. The resort also boasts a world-class 18-hole golf course at the Phokeethra Country Club,
a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant business and entertainment district, Sheraton
Saigon Hotel & Towers is a haven of convenience, with 470 spacious rooms, personalized service,
state-of-the-art fitness center, day spa, and superb cuisine in eight stylish restaurants and bars.
Consistently voted as one of the city’s “Top 10 Places to See,” the hotel’s outdoor Level 23 Wine Bar
is an ideal place to watch the sun set over the city while enjoying a selection of world-class wine.
Note: Hotels listed are based on availability. Comparable quality hotels may be substituted if necessary.
ASIAN SPA TREATMENTS
A journey through Cambodia and Vietnam offers many opportunities to
experience regional specialties, such as traditional Asian spa treatments.
Our premier hotel partners all feature renowned spa facilities with a
wide variety of options to enjoy, such as Khmer massages, herbal body
scrubs, mud wraps, rice body polishes, and Ayurvedic oil treatments.
Many of these spa treatments have roots in ancient healing modalities,
such as traditional Chinese medicine. Go ahead, pamper yourself!
Sofitel angkor phoKeenthra
golf & spa resort – siem reap, cambodia
sheraton saigon hotel & towers –
ho chi minh city, vietnam
Sofitel angkor phoKeenthra
golf & spa resort
Sofitel Metropole – Hanoi, Vietnam
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AmaWaterways takes great pride in crafting enticing shore excursions and
pre- and post-cruise city tours with personable local guides. Our tours are designed
to delve into the heart of each destination, visiting must-see landmarks as well as
out of the way gems. Guests are allocated one of our state-of-the-art personal
audio devices, which make it easy to hear every word of their guide’s lively
commentary. Whether it’s part of a land program itinerary or a small group shore
excursion, your AmaWaterways vacation will include a multitude of experiences
that are entertaining, enriching, and available exclusively to our guests.
THE OLD QUARTER (HANOI)
Hanoi’s 36-street commercial district
is a colorful, bustling marketplace
where you can browse for silk, bowls,
bamboo products, sandals, lanterns
and other handicrafts.
WATER PUPPET SHOW
Dating back almost a thousand years,
water puppetry is one of the most
authentic expressions of Vietnamese
culture, with folktales performed by
puppeteers in waist-high water.
In Cambodia’s former capital of
Oudong, you will have an exclusive
opportunity to visit a monastery and
receive a special Buddhist blessing.
The Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh
has floors covered with silver tiles, an
Emerald Buddha made of crystal, and
another made of gold and decorated
with thousands of diamonds.
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TheVoyageExtraordinary experiences await you in Southeast Asia…
ancient traditions, natural wonders, vibrant diversity,
and a whole new way of seeing the world.
The temples of Angkor Wat…a time-honored
setting for quiet contemplation
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Your journey beings in Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi, followed by an excursion to Ha Long
Bay for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay aboard a traditional Junk. A short flight to Siem Reap,
Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring
the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before
embarking upon your Mekong cruise at Tonle Sap Lake. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas,
floating markets, craftsmen’s workshops and a Buddhist monastery along the way. After a night
in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, conclude your cruise in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (still
known as Saigon to locals), where you will enjoy a two-night stay.
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA &
THE RICHES OF THE MEKONg
Spend 2 nights in Hanoi, overnight in Ha Long Bay, then travel to Siem Reap for
3 nights before embarking on your Mekong River cruise, ending your journey
with a 2 night stay in Ho Chi Minh City
16 DAYS ∙ TRAVEL TO HANOI & RETURN FROM HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon)
DAILY PROGRAM FEATURES
DAY DESTINATION ACTIVITIES
1 Hanoi Hotel check-in
2 Hanoi City tour & rickshaw ride
Water Puppet Show
3 Hanoi Transfer to Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay Bay excursion
Overnight cruise aboard
traditional wooden Junk
4 Ha Long Bay Transfer to airport
Flight to Siem Reap
Siem Reap Hotel check-in
5 Siem Reap Angkor Thom & Banteay Srei
Visit English-language school
6 Siem Reap Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm Temple
7 Tonle Sap Lake Embarkation
8 Kampong Chhnang Local boat excursion to
Kampong Tralach Oxcart ride
Oudong Buddhist monastery visit
9 Koh Chen Walk to silk weaving village
Phnom Penh Guided walking tour
Onboard Khmer Folk
10 Phnom Penh City tour
Afternoon Killing Fields
11 Border Crossing Cruise from Cambodia
12 Tan Chau Visit to local
13 Sa Dec Local boat ride to Sa Dec
Visit to local market, museum
Xeo Quyt Xeo Quyt excursion
Cai Be Local boat ride to
Visit rice paper &
14 Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation
(My Tho Port)
Transfer to city
15 Ho Chi Minh City Free day
16 Ho Chi Minh City Prepare for your homeward
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and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon,
best known for its gigantic stone faces. This afternoon, travel
through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple
of Banteay Srei. Afterwards, you will visit an English-language
school sponsored by AmaWaterways in Ta Toum. (B,D)
Day 6, SIEM REAP – ANGKOR. This morning we will visit
the most iconic temple of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat.
This massive temple complex was built in the early 12th century
to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. You will also visit Ta Prohm,
known as the “Kingdom of Trees” for the way in which the
temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest
vegetation. A site that will be easily recognized by fans of
the film “Tomb Raider.” (B)
Day 7, SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – EMBARKATION –
KAMPONG CHHNANG. Today you will board your river cruise
ship at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that has dominated
Cambodia and its people for centuries. Meet your fellow
travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong
NOTE: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship
via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.
Day 8, KAMPONG CHHNANG – KAMPONG TRALACH –
OUDONG. After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the
lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River.
Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here, and be on the
lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area – some are
over a half-mile long! After returning to the ship and cruising to
Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable afternoon
excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding
a small village. Later, you will be transferred to Oudong, the
former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you
will receive a special Buddhist blessing. Back on board the ship,
relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise towards the village of
Koh Chen. (B,L,D)
»» 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the
Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including
daily buffet breakfast
»» Overnight stay on board a luxurious traditional
wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
»» 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at
the Sofitel Angkor Phokeenthra Golf & Spa Resort
(or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
»» 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in
an outside stateroom - most staterooms
»» Life-enriching tours and excursions
»» Fine dining with all meals included during
»» Free-flowing wine with every lunch and dinner
»» Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits
and soft drinks during cruise
»» Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
»» Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
»» 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh
City (Saigon) at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers (or similar), including buffet breakfast
»» Onboard special highlights including folklore
dances and music performances, culture
discussion forums, theme dinners and piano
»» Non-smoking environment (smoking
permitted only on the Sun Deck)
»» All transfers with the purchase of cruise
& air package
Day 1, ARRIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM. Welcome to Hanoi,
Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial
architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and temples.
After checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is
yours to explore on your own.
Day 2, HANOI. A morning sightseeing tour will take you to
some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites,
including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-
pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit
the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed
the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon,
experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the
Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)
Day 3, HANOI – HA LONG BAY. After breakfast, leave Hanoi
behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned
locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board
a traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night – an
incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an AmaWaterways
exclusive. Enjoy an onboard dinner set against the Bay’s
magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock
Day 4, HA LONG BAY – HANOI – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA.
This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic
cruising during your onboard breakfast. Late morning, disembark
the Junk and transfer to Hanoi Airport. A short flight will
take you to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor,
the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most
renowned archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. Tonight,
you will be treated to a special Apsara Dancing Show at your
hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,L,D)
Day 5, SIEM REAP – ANGKOR. After breakfast, you will have
a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom,
the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants,
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in her youth. Visit a local market and the house of Mr. Huynh
Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, now a small museum.
Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as
an army base during the Vietnam War and now an important
ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you
to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an
opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This
evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 14, HO CHI MINH CITY – DISEMBARKATION. Your cruise
comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed
by a transfer to nearby Ho Chi Minh City (still affectionately
referred to by locals as Saigon). This former capital of Indochina
was once known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s
largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but
still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Upon your arrival,
enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the
former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame
Cathedral, Cho Lon (China Town) and the Thien Hau pagoda.
You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s
most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of
artifacts from the Vietnam War. You will spend the night at
a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)
Day 15 HO CHI MINH CITY. Today is free to explore Ho Chi
Minh City on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and
markets for mementos of your Southeast Asia odyssey. (B)
Day 16, DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY. Bid farewell to
Southeast Asia as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 9, KOH CHEN – PHNOM PENH. This morning, take a
leisurely walk to the Koh Chen silk weaving village. You will also
visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and
coppersmithing. Later, your ship will depart for Phnom Penh,
the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour will
give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes
a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an
onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children.
The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Day 10, PHNOM PENH. A morning tour explores the highlights
of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés
and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver
Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding
collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch on board, you will take
an afternoon excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields,
and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention
center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. An overnight
on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own
in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)
Day 11, PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING – TAN CHAU,
VIETNAM. Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and
crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the
small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)
Day 12, TAN CHAU – SA DEC. Today, you will take a small
local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations.
Later, you will see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a
traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that will take you around to all
the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another
that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your
ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 13, SA DEC – XEO QUYT – CAI BE. In the morning,
board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the
town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years
DATES & PRICES
LAND START START EMBARK SHIP CRUISE CRUISE
DATE CITY DATE NAME ONLY & land
1 Jan HAN 7 Jan La Marguerite $2,599 $4,498
8 Jan HAN 14 Jan AmaLotus $2,599 $4,498
15 Jan HAN 21 Jan La Marguerite $2,599 $4,498
22 Jan HAN 28 Jan AmaLotus $2,599 $4,498
29 Jan HAN 4 Feb La Marguerite $2,599 $4,498
5 Feb HAN 11 Feb AmaLotus $2,599 $4,498
12 Feb HAN 18 Feb La Marguerite $2,599 $4,498
19 Feb HAN 25 Feb AmaLotus $2,599 $4,498
26 Feb HAN 4 Mar La Marguerite $2,599 $4,498
5 Mar HAN 11 Mar AmaLotus $2,599 $4,498
12 Mar HAN 18 Mar La Marguerite $2,499 $4,398
19 Mar HAN 25 Mar AmaLotus $2,399 $4,298
26 Mar HAN 1 Apr La Marguerite $2,199 $4,098
2 Apr HAN 8 Apr AmaLotus $1,999 $3,898
9 Apr HAN 15 Apr La Marguerite $1,799 $3,698
16 Apr HAN 22 Apr AmaLotus $1,699 $3,598
25 Jun HAN 1 Jul AmaLotus $1,699 $3,698
9 Jul HAN 15 Jul AmaLotus $1,699 $3,698
23 Jul HAN 29 Jul AmaLotus $1,699 $3,698
6 Aug HAN 12 Aug AmaLotus $1,699 $3,698
13 Aug HAN 19 Aug La Marguerite $1,799 $3,798
20 Aug HAN 26 Aug AmaLotus $1,899 $3,898
3 Sep HAN 9 Sep AmaLotus $2,099 $4,098
10 Sep HAN 16 Sep La Marguerite $2,199 $4,198
17 Sep HAN 23 Sep AmaLotus $2,299 $4,298
1 Oct HAN 7 Oct AmaLotus $2,499 $4,498
8 Oct HAN 14 Oct La Marguerite $2,599 $4,598
15 Oct HAN 21 Oct AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
22 Oct HAN 28 Oct La Marguerite $2,699 $4,698
29 Oct HAN 4 Nov AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
5 Nov HAN 11 Nov La Marguerite $2,699 $4,698
12 Nov HAN 18 Nov AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
19 Nov HAN 25 Nov La Marguerite $2,699 $4,698
26 Nov HAN 2 Dec AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
7 Dec** HCMC 9 Dec AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
10 Dec HAN 16 Dec AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
24 Dec HAN 30 Dec AmaLotus $2,699 $4,698
7 Jan HAN 13 Jan AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
18 Jan** HCMC 20 Jan AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
21 Jan HAN 27 Jan AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
28 Jan HAN 3 Feb La Marguerite $2,699 $4,798
4 Feb HAN 10 Feb AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
15 Feb** HCMC 17 Feb AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
18 Feb HAN 24 Feb AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
25 Feb HAN 3 Mar La Marguerite $2,699 $4,798
4 Mar HAN 10 Mar AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
11 Mar HAN 17 Mar La Marguerite $2,599 $4,698
18 Mar HAN 24 Mar AmaLotus $2,499 $4,598
25 Mar HAN 31 Mar La Margurite $2,299 $4,398
1 Apr HAN 7 Apr AmaLotus $2,099 $4,198
15 Apr HAN 21 Apr AmaLotus $1,899 $3,998
24 Jun HAN 30 Jun AmaLotus $1,899 $3,998
8 Jul HAN 14 Jul AmaLotus $1,899 $3,998
22 Jul HAN 28 Jul AmaLotus $1,899 $3,998
5 Aug HAN 11 Aug AmaLotus $1,899 $3,998
19 Aug HAN 25 Aug AmaLotus $2,099 $4,198
2 Sep HAN 8 Sep AmaLotus $2,299 $4,398
16 Sep HAN 22 Sep AmaLotus $2,499 $4,598
30 Sep HAN 6 Oct AmaLotus $2,699 $4,798
14 Oct HAN 20 Oct AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
28 Oct HAN 3 Nov AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
11 Nov HAN 17 Nov AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
25 Nov HAN 1 Dec AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
9 Dec HAN 15 Dec AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
23 Dec HAN 29 Dec AmaLotus $2,899 $4,998
** Land programs start from Ho Chi Minh City and end in Hanoi
Airfare: Please call for AmaWaterways’ special roundtrip airfares.
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi-Siem Reap): $300 per person (2013);
$330 per person (2014) including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Cruise prices are per person in a Cat. C, deluxe outside stateroom. To upgrade
to a higher category, add per person:
Port charges: Additional $119 per person (2013); $133 per person (2014)
Single Suppl. for Cruise: Category A, B & C 50% of twin price;
Suite 75% of twin price and Luxury Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Suppl. for pre/post land arrangements: $999 per person
Bedding: Please call for details.
Visa: Travel visas are required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please
consult with your Consulate for more information.
CAT. DECK STATEROOM 2013 ADD’L 2014 ADD’L
B Tonle Balcony $449 $499
A Saigon Balcony $749 $799
S Sadec Balcony $1,099 $1,199
L Sadec Balcony $1,699 $1,899
CAT. DECK STATEROOM 2013 ADD'L 2014 ADD'L
B Tonle Balcony $449 $499
A Saigon Balcony $749 $799
S Sadec Balcony $1,099 $1,199
L Sadec Balcony $2,199 $2,399
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A river voyage through Vietnam and Cambodia is a treasure trove of wonders…
there seems to be something exotic, colorful, unexpected, and magical every-
where you look. An image speaks a thousand words, as it’s been said, and we
couldn’t agree more. We hope this collection of candid photos will help give
you a better sense of some of the amazing sights that await you on a journey
through this remarkable region of the world.
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Students at the ODA Free Village English School near Siem Reap,
Cambodia, a thriving facility built and supported with funding
AMAWATERWAYS SCHOOL PROJECT
AmaWaterways is a proud sponsor of the ODA Free Village English School in the province of Siem
Reap, Cambodia, an educational facility operated in association with the Orphans and Disabled
Arts Association (ODA, a registered non-governmental organization). Our financial support helped
purchase the land and paid for the school’s construction, and we continue to provide funding for
teachers’ salaries, school supplies and other necessities. The school brings critical English-language
skills to local elementary school children that will help improve their future prospects. Surrounded by
the famous temples of Angkor, the local people rely heavily on tourism, and the ability to speak fluent
English is a key requirement for successful employment.
AmaWaterways guests touring the Angkor Archaeological Park as part of their Mekong River cruise-
and-land itinerary have an opportunity to visit this school and interact with the children. Before the
school was built, most of these children had never met a Westerner and were very shy. Now they
are much more confident speaking English and are eager to practice their new language skills with
Our guests derive much enjoyment from visiting this remarkable part of the world, and many are
very touched by the warmth of the Cambodian people. We have received numerous emails from
passengers saying how inspiring it was to be in such a poverty-stricken place, yet surrounded by
smiling children – children who seemed to think they had everything they could possibly want in
All of us at AmaWaterways are equally inspired by these delightful children, and are honored to be
involved with such a worthwhile and life-changing project as the ODA Free Village English School.
HELPING FROM HOME
Passengers often ask if there is something they can bring from home to
donate to the ODA Free Village English School during their visit. If you are
interested in making a contribution, we suggest basic personal hygiene
products or school supplies, such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, pencils,
erasers, pens, chalk, small notebooks, post-it notes, dry erase markers
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The 124-passenger AmaLotus offers an unparalleled travel experience
that raises the bar on river cruising in the Mekong Delta.
The 124-passenger AMALOTUS (2011) features ultra-spacious 624-sq. ft. Luxury Suites, Suites at
290 sq. ft. and Staterooms at 226 sq. ft., with 90 percent of her cabins boasting Outside Balconies.
With a décor that combines Colonial elegance with regional Khmer accents, Staterooms include
comfortable sitting areas, individually controlled air-conditioning, a mini-bar, safe, bathrobes and
slippers, and a luxurious bathtub (Suites/Luxury Suites). Public areas include a main restaurant
serving Asian and Western specialties, Saigon Lounge, gift shop, fitness center, spa, plus a
swimming pool and bar on the Sun Deck. The ship also features a fully English-speaking staff.
For a larger deck plan please visit www.AMAWATERWAYS.com
SADEC (SUN DECK)
SAIGON (UPPER DECK)
TONLE (MAIN DECK)
MEKONG (LOWER DECK)
Lux. Suite Sadec Deck / French & Outside Balcony - 624 sq. ft.
Suite Sadec Deck / French & Outside Balcony - 290 sq. ft.
Cat. A Saigon Deck / French & Outside Balcony - 226 sq. ft.
Cat. B Tonle Deck / French & Outside Balcony - 226 sq. ft.
Cat. C Mekong Deck / Porthole - 226 sq. ft.
Length: 302 ft.
Width: 42 ft.
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AMALOTUS features a vast array of in-room amenities specifically designed for your comfort and
convenience. All Staterooms and Suites are outside accommodations, with more than 90 percent
featuring Twin Balconies (a French Balcony plus a full size step-out balcony).
STATEROOMS: The ship’s exquisitely decorated 226 sq. ft. Staterooms feature all the amenities of
a fine hotel, with two twin-sized beds, a cozy sitting area, individually controlled air-conditioning,
a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, in-house telephone, bathroom with shower, bathrobes and slippers,
hairdryer and a 22” flat-screen monitor.
SUITES: AMALOTUS has ten Suites that are extra spacious, at 290 sq. ft. In addition to all the amenities
of the Staterooms, Suites feature a balcony and comfortable sitting area, plus a bathroom equipped
with both a shower and a separate tub.
LUXURY SUITES: The ship features two Luxury Suites measuring 624 sq. ft. These Luxury Suites feature
all the amenities of Staterooms and Suites, plus a king-sized bed, comfortable sitting area with a full size
sofa, whirlpool tub and separate shower, and an extra-spacious private balcony.
Suite – 290 sq. ft.
Luxury Suite – 624 sq. ft.
A & B – 226 sq. ft.
C – 226 sq. ft.
Cat. A & B Stateroom
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The 92-passenger La Marguerite is a French Colonial-style vessel
that recalls the elegance of the Art Nouveau era in Paris.
The 92-passsenger La Marguerite (2009) features spacious, air-conditioned staterooms, most
with balconies. Starting at 226 sq. ft., Staterooms come with all the amenities of a fine hotel,
including elegant decor, cozy sitting areas, individually controlled air-conditioning, writing
desks, mini-bars, safes, in-house telephones, showers, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryers and
a 22” flat-screen monitor. Suites are an extra spacious 290 sq. ft. and feature king-sized beds,
balconies, sitting areas, and roomy bathrooms with showers and separate tubs. Our 452 sq. ft.
Luxury Suites provide the ultimate in onboard pampering, with king-sized beds, sitting areas,
bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and separate showers, plus private balconies.
For a larger deck plan please visit www.AMAWATERWAYS.com
SADEC (SUN DECK)
SAIGON (UPPER DECK)
TONLE (MAIN DECK)
MEKONG (LOWER DECK)
Lux.Suite Sadec Deck / Outside Balcony - 452 sq. ft.
Suite Sadec Deck / Outside Balcony - 290 sq. ft.
Cat. A Saigon Deck / Outside Balcony - 226 sq. ft.
Cat. B Tonle Deck / Outside Balcony - 226 sq. ft.
Cat. C Mekong Deck / Porthole - 226 sq. ft.
Length: 235 ft.
Width: 41 ft.
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La Marguerite features a vast array of in-room amenities specifically designed for your
comfort and convenience. All staterooms and suites are outside accommodations, with
more than 82 percent featuring a balcony.
STATEROOMS: The ship’s exquisitely decorated 226 sq. ft. Staterooms feature all the amenities of
a fine hotel, with two twin-sized beds, a cozy sitting area, individually controlled air-conditioning,
a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, in-house telephone, bathroom with shower, bathrobes and slippers,
hairdryer and flat-screen monitor.
SUITES: La Marguerite has six extra spacious Suites that measure 290 sq. ft. In addition to all the
amenities of Staterooms, Suites feature a king-sized bed, balcony, and comfortable sitting area, plus
a bathroom equipped with both a shower and a separate tub.
LUXURY SUITES: The ship features two Luxury Suites, each measuring 452 sq. ft. The Luxury Suites
feature all the amenities of Staterooms, plus a king-sized bed, comfortable sitting area with a sofa,
whirlpool tub and separate shower, plus a private balcony.
Suite – 290 sq. ft.
Conservatory-style Sun Lounge
with Large Window
Large Balcony Terrace
with Table and Chairs
Luxury Suite – 452 sq. ft.
A & B – 226 sq. ft.
C – 226 sq. ft.
La Marguerite Suite
Cat. A & B Stateroom
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AmaWaterways offers special airfare rates from many gateways in conjunction with
cruise programs in Vietnam and Cambodia. Sample gateways and air carriers are
provided below. Please see your travel agent for complete details and availability.
Des Moines, IA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
St. Louis, MO
travel insurance plan - only $335 per person
FROM TRAVEL GUARD
Part A: Travel Arrangement Protection
Coverage Limits Per Person
All benefits are subject to certain terms and conditions.
Refer to your Description of Coverage for complete de-
tails on the coverages and exclusions of this plan. This
plan can be purchased up until your final trip payment.
The benefits below are provided through Travel Guard
and administered by National Union Fire Insurance
Company of Pittsburgh, PA.
100% Trip Cost Trip Cancellation – Reimburses for
forfeited, non-refundable, unused payments or deposits
if you must cancel due to a covered reason.
100% Trip Cost Trip Interruption – Reimburses expenses
or lost deposits if you must interrupt your trip due to
unexpected events such as an illness, injury, or death of
you, a family member, traveling companion or business
partner or other covered reasons.
$1,000 Missed Connection – Reimburses for additional
transportation costs to rejoin the AmaWaterways cruise
if you missed a scheduled flight due to a covered reason.
$1,500 Trip Delay – Reimburses for reasonable
additional expenses if delayed 12 or more hours due
to a covered reason.
$100,000 Medical Expense – Covers reasonable and
customary medical expenses incurred within 365 days
of the covered injury provided initial treatment was
received during the trip. Includes up to $1,000 for
emergency dental treatment during the trip.
$250,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
of Remains – Covers evacuation and transportation
as directed by a Physician to the nearest adequate
medical facility (home in the event of death or if
$3,000 Baggage and Personal Effects Loss -
Reimburses for loss, theft and damage of your baggage,
personal effects, passports and visas during your trip.
$1,000 ($150 per day) Baggage Delay - Provides up
to $1,000 for the purchase of necessary clothing and
essentials if your luggage is delayed 24 hours or more.
$25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment – Pays
for loss of life or limb if it occurs within 180 days of an
accident during your Trip.
$100,000 Air Common Carrier Accidental Death &
Dismemberment (Flight Guard) - Pays for loss of life
or limb if it occurs within 180 days of an accident while
flying during your Trip.
LiveTravel Emergency Assistance – Your 24-hour virtual
travel agency! A direct line to assist you with making
last-minute, emergency, and after-hours travel changes -
rebooking flights, hotel reservations, and more!
24-hour Medical and Worldwide Travel Assistance
Included – Assistance with any travel or medical
emergency or request for general travel information,
including lost, stolen or delayed baggage; emergency
cash transfers; pre-trip travel advice; inoculation
information; prescription replacement, medical
evacuation, physician referrals and more.
NOTE: The pre-existing medical conditions exclusion is
waived if you purchase the insurance within 24 hours
of making your initial trip payment. (Only applicable
to U.S. residents.)
This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) avail-
able. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations,
exclusions and termination provisions. Insurance is
underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company
of Pittsburgh, Pa., with its principal place of business
in New York, NY. Coverage may not be available in all
states. Travel assistance services provided by Travel
Guard Group, Inc. (“Travel Guard”).
WORRY-FREE TRAVEL INSURANCE PLUS - from AmaWaterways
ONLY $60 MORE PER PERSON
Our Worry-Free Plan allows you to cancel your vacation for any reason and you will receive a future
cruise credit, which is valid for 24 months from the day your cancellation was received. Ask your agent
for more details.
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance Plus offered by AmaWaterways can only be purchased at the time of
booking. Claims may be filed up to one year after the covered incident. Trip Cancellation & Interruption
coverage provided by AmaWaterways will only cover penalties charged by AmaWaterways. Coverage
does not include any additional fees charged by the travel agent or group organizer.
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Parties: In these terms and conditions, “you” or “passenger” or “participant” refers to
the person booking, purchasing or traveling on the cruise, and to individuals traveling as
part of that person’s reservation. “We” or “us” or “AMA” refers to AmaWaterways, Inc.,
a California corporation. We offer the travel and enter into these terms and conditions
with you pursuant to arrangements we have made with AmaWaterways, LLC, a California
Reservation and Final Payment: To confirm a standard reservation, we require a deposit of
$400 per person within 7 days of placing the reservation (3 days if departure is within
90 days). Final payment is due no later than 90 days before departure (due within one
business day of making a reservation that is accepted less than 90 days before departure).
Late or non-payment may result in reservation being cancelled. For a promotional cruise
and/or land vacation, special payment terms may be required, and will be stated when
Pricing: Brochure prices are in US dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy of a
cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. Single rates are available for the
cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% of the brochure rate for standard staterooms,
plus-100% of the brochure rate for Suites and Luxurious Suites. Single rates for land
accommodations, are also available at a supplement. Pricing accuracy is assured only at
time of printing. If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, transfers, tours, travel
insurance, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges, currency exchange or
Airfares: AmaWaterways offers special airfares; please call for details. Airfares from other
gateways may be available and we encourage you to inquire about their availability.
Prices Do Not Include: Published prices do not include vessel fuel surcharges; passport
and visa fees; baggage fees; port charges, port taxes and fees; travel, health, accident or
other insurance; vaccinations; laundry; additional food and beverages; optional excursions;
Passport and Visas: A valid passport is required for each participant. Passports must be valid
for at least six (6) months after the scheduled return date to the USA. For travel to Vietnam
and Cambodia, we require a copy of your valid passport prior to or at final payment. If not
received in this time, embarkation may be denied and cancellation penalties will apply.
At publication time, a visa is required for a US citizen to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia.
A non-US citizen must consult appropriate consulates regarding visa and other document
requirements. Obtaining required visas and any other required travel documentation, and
assuring these are complete and correct in all ways, is the sole responsibility of each participant.
We are not in a position to obtain or verify the accuracy or completeness of any participant’s
visa or other required documentation and shall not be responsible or liable for delay or
missed portion of any cruise or cruise tour or other problems resulting from the participant
Tickets: Only after receipt of full payment, travel documents, including air tickets, will be sent
by regular ground delivery within the continental U.S., about 3-4 weeks prior to departure.
(Delay in full payment will delay delivery of travel documents). Expedited delivery may be
possible for an additional charge of $25 or the full amount of expedited services, whichever
Air Tickets: Airline and flight schedules are determined based on flight and seat availability
of contracted carriers. Air tickets are economy class, unless otherwise requested and
additional charge for upgrade is paid, and are issued pursuant to the terms and conditions
of the relevant airline(s). Business class may be available for purchase at time of booking;
please ask your agent for details. Airlines require your name to appear on your airline ticket
exactly as it appears on your passport. We shall not be responsible or liable for consequences
of name on airline ticket and passport not matching exactly. An effort will be made to obtain
direct flights; but these may not always be available. Available direct flights could be
overlooked. Thus, air scheduling may involve connections and/or overnight travel. We shall
not be responsible or liable for costs resulting from lost air ticket, delay, disruption or
cancelled flight; lost baggage or a missed connection. A lost air ticket is solely the passenger’s
responsibility to remedy with the airline, including but not limited to filing a Lost Ticket
Custom Air: Special requests may be made through our Custom Air desk for choice of preferred
air carrier, flight schedule, and some deviations. Requests must be made at time of booking.
Changes: Air tickets that we issue have restrictions. For example, they cannot be reissued,
transferred, or exchanged unless approved by the carrier and a fee may be charged by
he carrier. A change or refund request must be made through us, but may not be possible.
For example, some air tickets are non-refundable. An administrative fee of $50 per ticket
may be charged by us, in addition to airline change and cancellation fees, charged according
Limitation on Special Requests of Airline: As a courtesy, we may try to relay a request for
particular airline seating or meal, frequent flyer miles, or other assistance to the particular
airline. We have no authority to grant a request, which is up to the airline. Whether or not
we relay a request to an airline, you or your travel agent must always confirm directly with
Baggage: Please check with the airline regarding their baggage allowance. Most airlines limit
checked bags to either one or two pieces per person, and limit carry on baggage to one piece
per person, in either case, with weight and size restrictions. Flights are limited to a maximum
20 kg or 44lbs, including hand luggage. Custom packages may also have luggage restrictions,
please consult your travel agent or AmaWaterways. We shall not be responsible or liable for
costs or consequences of participant exceeding the airline’s baggage restrictions, or for loss,
theft, damage or delay to participant’s baggage. We encourage you to purchase a travel
Transfers: A passenger purchasing transpacific air through us may qualify for a complimentary
group transfer on a scheduled arrival between the airport and the ship or hotel, and on a
scheduled departure between the hotel or the ship and airport. The transfer may involve some
waiting time. A passenger making his or her own air arrangements will be solely responsible for
Child Policy: All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a cabin with an adult, and must remain
supervised at all times, and their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s).
Children under the age of 11 may share a cabin with 2 adults provided that the child must be
able to share the bed with the adults – no additional bed will be provided. The cruise fare for
the child under 11 will be 25% of lowest cabin category price. Please be aware that cabins
with French Balconies/Full Balconies may be unsafe for small children if left unsupervised.
Children under the age of 4 are not allowed, and children 4-7 years old are not recommended.
Cancellation Charges: In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to us
must be via email, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing
stating clearly and correctly each passenger’s name, ship name, start and end date of the
cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not
sufficient. If already issued, unused air tickets must be physically returned to us before they
can be cancelled. Cancellation date is the date we receive the written cancellation notice and
unused tickets. A name change or substitution of participant is also treated as a cancellation
in that all cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges are per-person, based on the
cancellation date, as follows: (i) more than 120 days before departure: $200 loss of deposit;
(ii) 120-90 days before departure: $400 loss of deposit; (iii) 89-60 days before departure: 35%
of cruise or cruise tour price; (iv) 59-30 days before departure: 50% of cruise or cruise tour
price; (v) 29-07 days before departure: 80% of cruise or cruise tour price; (vi) 6 days or less
charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Protection plan premiums
are non-refundable. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLANS: TO REDUCE OR MANAGE YOUR RISKS OF FINANCIAL LOSS AND OTHER
LOSS ARISING FROM CANCELLATION OR DELAY OF TRAVEL, INJURY, DEATH, LOSS OF OR INJURY TO
PROPERTY, AND OTHER RISKS, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN YOUR OWN TRAVEL PROTECTION
PLAN , TRAVEL INSURANCE, ACCIDENT, LIFE, HEALTH, MEDICAL AND OTHER FORMS OF INSURANCE.
We offer a travel protection plan issued by Travel Guard, an independent provider of travel
protection plans. They are not affiliated with us, and we disclaim any responsibility for them or
Cruise and Cruise Tour Itineraries: We seek to provide services as published or stated in the
final documents. But deviations to planned cruise, cruise tour itinerary or any other aspects of
the travel may occur. If conditions make cruise routes unsafe for navigation or in other respects,
or raise sufficient doubt about safety, we reserve the right to modify or provide alternate
services. These may include, but are not limited to, providing accommodation on the docked
of the cruise and cruise tour similar to those originally planned. But the level of similarity may
vary. Such changes will not entitle you to any credit or a refund. Cruise, cruise tour routes, and
Accommodations: We will seek to use hotels listed (if any) in this brochure. Changes may be
necessary; therefore use of such hotels is not assured. An effort will be made to substitute
similar hotels. The level of similarity may vary. Standard policy for hotels in Vietnam and
Cambodia is to have rooms available for check-in no earlier than 3:00 p.m and check out
Personal Changes: Personal deviation from itinerary in the brochure for a packaged land
Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel, change or postpone any departure date and
itinerary. For complete cancellation of a cruise or cruise tour, we will refund monies paid for
Disabled Participants: Our land programs and shore excursions in Vietnam and Cambodia
require a moderate-to-challenging amount of walking. Streets, temple complexes, landing
stages, and other sites may have steps and/or uneven terrain. The embarkation/
disembarkation points between ship and shore may present a challenge to some passengers.
Notice: Handicapped facilities are not available on board or in many places visited on our
cruises and cruise tours. And the passenger cannot rely on such facilities being available
unless specifically confirmed in advance of departure. If you (participant) have a disability
and reasonable accommodation may enable you to use the services, please let us know how
you believe we can help. Participant must inform us in writing, at or immediately after
making the reservation, but in any event as early as possible, of any mobility impairment
or other condition, whether physical, emotional or mental, which may require accommodation
or use of an assistive device during the travel. If the impairment or condition first arises after
making the reservation, participant must inform us in writing as early as possible. We may
consider, and may confer with participant, the cruise operator, airlines, hotels and other
service providers regarding possible accommodations. A reasonable effort will be made to
accommodate special needs, but we are not responsible for denial of service by carriers,
hotels, or other independent suppliers. A participant, who, due to impairment, is not self-
sufficient, may be required to travel with a companion who shall take responsibility for
assistance needed during the travel and in case of emergency. An individual with a disability
that would result in a direct threat to the health and safety of others or to that individual
may be excluded, if it is determined there is a significant risk that cannot be eliminated or
reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodations, policies, practices, procedures
assistive devices or services. If participant fails to timely inform us of any impairment or
condition, and it is determined based on information that participant should have provided,
that participation poses a safety risk to participant or direct health or safety threat to others,
who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) may be subject to restrictions
or exclusion concerning their ability to travel and/or board a ship. Please inform us immediately,
Medical: Medical doctors are not available on any vessel. If other medical services are required,
efforts to contact local medical providers will be made. A participant requiring such assistance
is solely responsible for all related charges. We will not be responsible or liable for sufficiency
of effort to reach medical providers, unavailability, delay, quality or other aspect of any such
services. Participant is encouraged at time of booking and well before departure, to review
participant’s health and medical conditions and insurance and consult participant’s health
care and insurance providers regarding needs and scope of coverage for any incident or need
Inoculations and Medical Preparation: Please contact your personal physician or local health
department prior to travel for further detailed information and recommended precautionary
Diet: Special dietary requests must be provided to us at time of reservation. An effort will be
made to inquire about meeting the request. But we cannot assure the request can be
Disclaimer of Responsibility: Our arrangements are with AWL, and they arrange with others
for services described in this brochure. Transport on river cruise ships (“ships”) or other
forms of transport (“transport”) is provided by third party owners, operators and charterers
(“supplier(s)”). Suppliers are separate entities and are deemed not to be principals,
agents, employees or partners of us or AWL. We and AWL do not own or operate any ship or
transport service. Accordingly, FOR US AND AWL WE DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY
FOR, AND PARTICIPANT WAIVES, RELEASES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE
ANY CLAIM OR RECOURSE AGAINST US OR AWL FOR OR AS A CONSEQUENCE OF: BREACH OF DUTY,
BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENT OR WILLFUL OR INTENTIONAL ACT, FAILURE TO ACT OR OMISSION
BY ANY SUPPLIER. Supplier and participant obligations and liabilities are subject in each case
to terms and conditions of each supplier’s contract of carriage or other supplier terms and
conditions, and any and all applicable government laws and regulations and international
conventions that apply, including, but not limited to choice of law, jurisdiction of disputes and
limitations of liability and limitations on timing of claims. PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT WE AND
AWL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS (INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, AND
LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY) OR EXPENSE OCCASIONED BY ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY
SUPPLIER PROVIDING SERVICES, OR ANY PROVIDER OF A TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN, OR INSURER,
OR OF ANY OTHER PERSON. If the services of a supplier cannot be delivered or there are changes
in any planned service for any reason beyond our control, we will make an effort to arrange
Limitation of Liability: REGARDLESS OF ANY OTHER PROVISIONS IN THIS BROCHURE, OUR AND
AWL’S LIABILITY FOR BREACH, DAMAGE, LOSS, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, AND/OR LOSS OF OR
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR OTHER LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE, ALSO INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, ECONOMIC DAMAGES, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, MENTAL SUFFERING AND/OR PHYSICAL OR
PSYCHOLOGIC INJURY, WHETHER OCCURRING BEFORE THE START OF TRAVEL, AFTER TRAVEL HAS
BEGUN, AFTER COMPLETION OF THE TRAVEL, OR MULTIPLE TIME PERIODS, AND REGARDLESS OF
WHETHER DUE TO ACCIDENTAL OR WILLFUL OR INTENTIONAL ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY PERSON
Agreement: Forum and Jurisdiction for Legal Action: Payment of deposit and/or issuance of
final documents shall be deemed consent by participant to these terms and conditions.
These terms are deemed to be made, accepted and entered into in Los Angeles County,
California. These terms and the rights and obligations of the parties, and any legal or equitable
action concerning the interpretation, enforcement, or claimed breach of any term, obligation,
be interpreted, construed and governed by the internal laws of California with jurisdiction over
such claims to be exclusively in the United States District Court for the Central District of California
U.S.A. to the exclusion of the courts of any other country, state, city, county or locale. You agree
to consent to jurisdiction and waive any objection that may be available to any such action or
Time Limit for Notice of Claims and Filing Legal Action: The parties agree that any notice of
claim against us of any nature whatsoever which is connected to, related to or arising from
these terms and conditions must be received by us in writing within thirty (30) days after the
date of completion of the cruise or cruise tour. No lawsuit may be maintained against us unless
the lawsuit is commenced no later than six (6) months after the date of completion of the
cruise or cruise tour, and valid service of the lawsuit on us is made within thirty (30) days after
Acceptance of These Terms: You acknowledge and agree that we accept your booking subject
to the condition that you accept these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions remain
in effect until replaced in writing. Any new or reissued terms and conditions are deemed to
replace all prior versions. No person, other than an authorized representative of us is authorized
to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this brochure. To be effective, any variance,
Passenger Contract: All ship transport is provided according to terms and conditions of the
Passenger Ticket Contract included in the final documentation and available for review at
the following website: www.AmaWaterways.com. The Passenger Ticket Contract is between
passenger and AmaWaterways Gmbh, an entity organized under the laws of Switzerland,
which owns, operates and/or charters the ship, is governed by laws of Switzerland, and
establishes limits of liability, limits on claims, and time limits for making claims, as well as
other restrictions, limits and disclaimers. It incorporates provisions and limitations under the
Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974,
and the Protocol to the Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage
by Sea, 1976, the International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976,
and the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability of Owners of Inland Navigation
Vessels, 1988. Venue for litigation of any disputes under the Passenger Ticket Contract is
Interpretation: Headings in these terms are only for convenient reference and shall not be
used to interpret, construe, define or limit any provision. Whenever logical in the context,
references to the singular shall include the plural, and vice-versa. You acknowledge the
travel contemplated by these terms is voluntary; you are not obligated to purchase services
from us or any particular provider, or at all, and thus you are not obligated or forced to enter
into or accept these terms. These terms were developed to achieve a delicate balance and ex-
change of rights, remedies, limitations, exclusions, risks and risk management and economics
between you and us; and the balance provides substantial benefits to you, which we could
not offer at the attractive price(s) offered, but for that delicate balance. Absent that balance,
prices would be much higher and services would be reduced. Accordingly, the provisions of
these terms shall be interpreted and construed according to their fair meanings and not
strictly for or against any person or entity. If any provision of these terms is found by a court
having jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason(s), such provision shall be
deemed to be severed and of no force and effect and all remaining provisions shall remain
California Seller of Travel Law: We are registered with the California Attorney General, California
Seller of Travel Program as Amadeus Waterways, Inc., registration number CST 2065452-40.
Upon cancellation of the transportation or travel services, where you are not at fault and did
not cancel in violation of any terms and conditions previously clearly and conspicuously
disclosed and agreed to by you, all sums you paid us for services not provided will be promptly
paid to you, unless you advise us in writing, after cancellation. This provision does not apply
where we remitted the payment to another registered wholesale seller of travel or carrier,
without obtaining a refund, and where the wholesaler or provider defaults in providing the
agreed transportation or service. In this situation, we must provide you a written statement
accompanied by bank records establishing the disbursement of the payment, and if disbursed
This transaction is covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) if we
were registered and participating in TCRF at the time of sale and you are located in California
at the time of payment. Eligible passengers may file a claim with TCRF if the passenger is
owed a refund of more than $50 for transportation or travel services which we failed to
forward to a proper provider or such money was not refunded to you when required.
The maximum amount which may be paid by the TCRF to any one passenger is the total
amount paid on behalf of the passenger to the seller of travel, not to exceed $15,000. You must
file a TCRF claim within one year after the scheduled completion date of travel. A claim must
include sufficient documentation to prove your claim and a $35 processing fee. A claimant
must agree to waive (and by filing a claim with TCRF you do waive) any right to other civil
remedies against us for matters arising out of a sale for which you file a TCRF claim. You may
request a claim form by writing to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation; PO Box 6001
For those who purchase travel from outside of California, this transaction is not covered by the
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