Lotus Cruises will launch a boutique 14-cabin ship, Mekong Muse, in the Upper Mekong River in Laos come October 2021.
The new ship will offer 10-night itineraries, both upstream and downstream, between Vientiane and Chiang Saen in Laos as well as shorter, five-night itineraries between Vientiane and Luang Prabang or between Chiang Saen and Luang Prabang, and vice versa.
Ports of call will include the Laos capital of Vientiane, Wat Chanthaboury, the villages of Xanamkhan and Ban Mouang, the market town of Pak Lay, the Kuang Si Waterfall, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves, as well as Huay Xai and Chiang Saen.
The Mekong Muse will offer three suite types, including two Grande Suites, each spanning 30m², with a separate seating area, marble bathroom and private terrace; Six Signature Suites, each offering 20m² of space, with French balcony and floor-to-ceiling French doors located in the upper deck; and six Vista Suites which come with a French balcony.
All guests in these suites will enjoy a complimentary one-hour spa treatment and a private dining experience in the room or on the balcony.
Ship facilities include a library, a gift shop, a restaurant, a lounge-bar with an observation area, a spa, a seating area with canopies, sunbeds, a herb garden and a jogging track.
Prices start from US$3,880 per pax, based on twin sharing, for the 10-night itinerary. Prices for the shorter, five-night itineraries start from US$2,520 per pax.
Mekong Muse will join Lotus Cruises’ existing vessels – Mekong Navigator, which launched in 2014; and Mekong Jewel, which launches in January 2020. Both ships sail itineraries on the Lower Mekong, between Vietnam and Cambodia.