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MS Avalon Siem Reap cruise ship deck plan has a total of 18 staterooms for 36 passengers served by 24 crew/staff, with 2 passenger decks, 2 lounges, 1 bar, 1 restaurant, no elevator(s). Sailing in Vietnam and Cambodia, Avalon Siem Reap cabins that measure a generous 245 square feet -- somewhat larger than Avalon's European river ships.
 
ms Avalon Siem Reap (built 2015) is one of the two new Avalon Waterways Asia ships. Operating on Mekong river cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Avalon Siem Reap boat has a sister (very similar as design) which sails on Irrawaddy river in Burma under the name Avalon Myanmar. Both vessels are owned by the Myanmar cruise line and tour operator “Pandaw River Expeditions”, and were built as a partnership venture between Pandaw and Avalon. The Avalon Waterways line operates the vessels under charter. Avalon Siem Reap will sail the Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam, while Avalon Myanmar will sail through its namesake homeland along the Irrawaddy.
 
Avalon Siem Reap will start providing 8 Nights river cruises in 2015: Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River - Cruise Only Southboun--  Avalon Siem Reap. River boat destination ports include  Siem Reap, Prek Bang Kong, Angkor Ban, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Cai Be, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
The new Avalon ship cruising on the Mekong is specifically designed to offer an intimate experience with a maximum of 36 guests, so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture, people, and sights along the Mekong River. Built by traditional craftsmen, the ship mixes modern comforts with the colonial charm associated with Vietnam and Cambodia. Time on board delivers a refreshing experience, as all cabins open to the outside and the large indoor lounge and open-air observation lounge offer great panoramic views. The design also allows her to be the only ship sailing all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa). This eliminates over 7 hours* of motorcoach travel time to and from your ship, which means you get to enjoy more cruising! *Depending on water levels
 
Atmosphere on board 
Avalon started sailing the Mekong back in 2012 in conjunction with Pandaw River Expedtions, using the 32-guest Angkor Pandaw. Avalon Siem Reap will replace the Angkor Pandaw, but fans of the ship’s colonial-style and traditional accents won’t be disappointed with Avalon Siem Reap, which will continue that trend.
 
Avalon Siem Reap Deck 1 Plan – Mekong
Mekong Deck layout starts with the Navigation Bridge (called “Wheelhouse” on river ships).
Follows the corridor with Mekong cabins from 101 to 112, all of which are Panorama Suites category A.
The Gift Shop is located by the stairs leading to Tonle Deck 2 and to Lower Deck 0. The Shop sells Cambodia and Vietnam hand-made souvenirs, traditional clothing, some fashion/accessories, special occasion gifts, jewelry.
After passenger rooms are the ship’s Fitness Center (small Gym room) and the staff and crew cabins.
Service and storage spaces on the Siem Reap boat are located on the Lower Deck. There are also the ship’s ballast tanks and fresh water, emergency generator, propulsion/engine room, fuel tanks, sewage treatment equipment.
 
Avalon Siem Reap Deck 2 Plan – Tonle
Tonle Deck layout starts with an outdoor observation lounge, furnitured with small tables with chairs and also padded premium lounge chairs.
Next is the “Panorama Lounge & Bar” – the Siem Reap boat’s entertainment venue with stylish furniture, full-service bar and self-serve beverage station. The Main Lounge offers live evening show program by local performers (dancers, musicians, school kids). Depending on the visited ports along the Avalon Siem Reap itinerary on Mekong river, the Panorama Lounge also hosts Cambodia and Vietnam culture and history related lectures and multimedia presentations by local speakers. Another entertainment options at the Lounge are the Afternoon Tea service, cocktail hours, movie nights.
Complimentary specialty coffees/teas and soft drinks, along with local beers and spirits are offered throughout the day at the Panorama Bar.
In the Lobby area are located the Reception Desk (24-hour assistance, information) and the Cruise Director Office (tours/excursions booking, daily activities information).
Next are Tonle Deck cabins from 201 to 206, all of which French Balcony category A Panorama Suites.
After passenger rooms is the Spa Room (massages and Spa treatments by a certified massuese available by appointment only).
Located aft are the Dining Room and the Galley / Kitchen. The Siem Reap boat’s Dining Room operates with an open-seating arrangement. The menu features a selection of Southeast Asia cuisine and local specialties (based on season, made with fresh local ingredients) and also popular Western dishes. Breakfast and lunch here are buffet-style, the 4-course dinner is served (with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks).
 
Food & Dining 
Guests can dine on chef-inspired regional cuisine as well as Western favorites at this open seating restaurant. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and buffet style lunch daily, with dinner served at your table.
Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual. Dinner attire is "evening casual" which consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, and dresses. Coats and ties may be worn. The Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners are dressy but not formal.
Costs: Food included in the cost of your cruise. Specialty drinks, alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, soft drinks are at current menu pricing, however complimentary local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea available at lunch, complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea available at dinner, and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day available at the bar. No reservations required.
 
Family with Kids/Teens
Children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, Avalon Waterways do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on their ships
 
Past Passenger Programs
Avalon Waterways Past Passenger Program is called the Journeys Club. Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, Avalon will reward their frequent travelers with attractive perks. Cruisers must enroll in the club to receive benefits including exclusive promotions, special perks, and customized service.
 
Fitness And Spa 
Each ship is equipped with a small fitness center including a few workout machines, dumbbells, a television and a small area to stretch. Should more than three guests decide to use the facility at the same time, crowd control is required.  On the ‘Suite Ships’ the gym is slightly larger.  There is a whirlpool onboard each ship.  No spa or masseuse services are available however a hairstylist is available with a small salon for services by appointment only.
 
Entertainment
Touring the galley and bridge, watching a movie or listening to a lecture are some of the entertainment options after dinner.  Art demonstrations and beer and wine tastings are popular too. Many riverboats are reduced to offering folklore-ish, over-supplied, costumed, local talent for evening entertainment as the audience will have left town the following morning however Avalon does try to make a palpable effort in this arena.
 
Nightly entertainment was provided by a keyboard player. Lots of dancing music! Local entertainers came on board twice during the trip and provided quality entertainment. One night, the crew performed a not-to-be-missed variety show.
 
Staterooms
Each stateroom features a 14-foot wide, wall-to-wall, panoramic window, which opens to create an indoor-outdoor living space. All cabins have large bathrooms, spacious storage space and the line's "Comfort Collection" beds.The Avalon Waterways Siem Reap project brings the line’s “Suite Ship” concept to Mekong river cruising market of Southeast Asia. Featuring large size staterooms will the line’s signature open-air balcony design, all passenger cabins offer the unique wall-to-wall windows view for guests to enjoy the exotic scenery along the Avalon Siem Reap itinerary route on Mekong river. Public spaces on the boat are spacious, and also with floor-ceiling windows. High quality service is provided by English-speaking staff and crew.

 
Tipping
Gratuities are included in cruise fares for services during meals and land stays (including porter tips for one piece of luggage per person). Gratuities for the Cruise Director, local hosts, local guides, driver and ship's crew are not included and are discretionary. Avalon recommends $5 to $7 per person, per day, for the Cruise Director; $3 to $5 per person, per day, for the local guide; and $5 to $7 per person, per day, for the crew. All transactions aboard the riverboat are in U.S. dollars.
 
Fellow Passengers
Avalon primarily targets upscale passengers consist mostly of older couples (55-plus) who are well-traveled. Many have come to Avalon through prior experience with Globus, so the land-touring aspect of the cruise may hold a higher priority for them. Mostly English-speaking travelers from USA/Canada/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. An Avalon passenger is typically near retirement age or retired.  Avalon's experience is not designed to be compatible with families (especially those with younger children).
 
Our recommendation
Built by local craftsmen, the ship has been designed so it can cruise to places not accessible on larger ships. Onboard amenities include an open-seating dining room, open-air observation lounge with shade and premium lounge chairs, air-conditioned indoor lounge, bar, spa treatment room, fitness area, library and games. Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and local beers and spirits are included in the price of the cruise. Avalon Siem Reap will replace the line's current Mekong vessel Avalon Angkor. Most notably, the new ship's design will enable it to sail the entire route from Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in Cambodia without the need for a seven-hour coach transfer at the end of the itinerary.