When Travel Expert Courtney from Flight Centre Galleria had the chance to explore Vietnam and Cambodia with APT, she made the most of every moment.
Courtney had only ever done one cruise before, an ocean cruise, which she loved, but the intimate setting on the RV AmaLotus offered a truly unique and one-off experience.
“I’m quite used to more ‘backpacker-style’ style holidays, so my colleague Mel and I were definitely excited to see how ‘the other half’ travel,” Courtney says of her first APT experience.
“Our ship, the RV AmaLotus, was visually stunning and the cities, towns and villages along the Mekong River made for a spectacular backdrop.”
The RV AmaLotus is already one of the most luxurious ships cruising the Mekong, with elegant spaces to unwind, exquisite dining options and beautifully appointed suites. Having undergone a recent refurbishment, RV AmaLotus’ soon-to-be-revealed makeover will catapult the onboard experience to greater heights of luxury, complete with new dining venues and a fresh look for the Sun Deck and swimming pool.
Gliding through Vietnam and Cambodia, each day on the eight-day Luxury Mekong River Cruise offered new experiences for Courtney and her colleague Mel, from meeting different people to exploring destinations and trying regional food.
“The mornings would start with breakfast and a daily run down from the tour director. We would then venture ashore in designated groups to explore and be back on board for lunch. The afternoon was either free time on board (cold showers and nanna naps for us!) or another shore excursion if we weren’t cruising,” she says.
Courtney loved all the shore excursions, but particularly the included experiences in Cai Be, Sa Dac and Phnom Penh. APT shore excursions go beyond the tourist trail. In Cai Be, it’s all about the art of making rice paper, while in Sa Dac, you can learn the real story behind the best-selling novel, The Lover, by Marguerite Duras. Over in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Freedom of Choice activities include everything from dazzling temple visits to a moving immersion into Cambodia’s turbulent past.
Shore excursions aside, mingling with the other guests was Courtney’s favourite part of the experience.
“We spent every night upstairs on the deck having great conversations, enjoying lots of laughs and many dances with amazing people – both passengers and crew!
“The entire APT experience was exceptional. There’s certainly a reason APT have the great reputation that they do.
“The food on board was outstanding; think 5-star a la carte menus and buffets with every dish you could ever crave. It was exciting to see what the cocktail of the night would be too!
“From the moment we boarded to the moment we left, the cabin, the tours, the guides and particularly, the crew, were incredible.”
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