ASIAN CRUISE BRIEFS

Luxury Silversea cruise ship passing traditional junk in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay which is  UNESCO World Heritage site.
Luxury Silversea cruise ship and  traditional  junk sailing in Vietnam’s scenic Ha Long Bay which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

Silver Wind, the latest luxury cruise ship with a taste for Asia, will be based in Singapore – now a major home port for cruise ships – until March. She sailed into port from Dubai last month and will cruise to Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia, silversea.com

Celebrity Millennium, also Singapore based, is currently on a 14-day cruise from Singapore, but has cancelled port calls to Bali and Komodo Island after a dispute with Indonesian authorities. Instead of 2 nights in Indonesia, passengers will spend 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) which was not on the original schedule. australiancruisingnews.com expects Celebrity will be anxious to settle the dispute as quickly as possible as Celebrity Millennium – she carries just over 2000 passengers – has two 14-day Gems of Indonesia cruises scheduled through January, celebritycruises.com

Pacific Jewel whose year-round base is Sydney (Australia), is cruising in Asia waters from late March to June, with itineraries to Brunei, Borneo, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia, pocruises.com.au

Scenic Spirit is the “new kid” on the South East Asia cruise scene as Scenic Tours expands from its traditional European base to the Mekong River. The company’s new five-star Scenic Spirit, carrying 68 guests, will run 7-night itineraries between Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Siem Reap (Cambodia) from January, 2016, scenictours.com.au

RV Samatha will be APT’s new cruise ship in Myanmar/Burma, which has become one of the hottest new river destinations. With 30 suites and Asian influenced decor, Samatha will have a swimming pool and spa on board. when she sets sail in 2016.  Her signature 18-day cruise will sail the Irrawaddy river from Mandalay to Yangon followed by three nights on remote Inle Lake, aptouring.com.au

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