Viking will launch a new vessel next summer for its 'Magnificent Mekong' cruise-tour. Currently under construction, the 80-passenger Viking Saigon is scheduled to debut for the Aug. 30 departure.

The river cruise portion of this cruise-tour sails between Kampong Cham, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

‘For many of our guests, Vietnam and Cambodia remain top destinations because of their significance in world history,’ Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said. He added that Viking Saigon will be the most modern vessel on the Mekong and will feel like ‘home’ to Viking loyalists.

Viking Saigon’s Scandinavian design

Viking Saigon will offer 40 outside staterooms featuring the clean Scandinavian design for which Viking is known. The rooms will have hotel-style beds and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a veranda or French balcony.

The three-deck vessel will offer a Spa & Fitness Center, infinity pool and open-air Sky Bar on the Upper Deck.

‘Magnificent Mekong’

This 15-day journey explores the cultural treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia with 16 guided tours. Hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City bracket an eight-day Mekong cruise.

During the land portion, travelers can shop in Old Hanoi’s markets, explore the Khmer temple complex of Angkor Wat; visit Ta Prohm, where jungle vines embrace ancient ruins; and see the sights of Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw. The cruise portion affords visits to silk towns, fishing villages, monasteries and floating markets. Multiple departure dates beginning in August 2021.

Pricing starts at $5,299 per person, with discounted airfare from $1,199 per person.