Q – My wife and I have done eleven river cruises throughout Europe. We are now looking to expand our horizons a bit but we’ve learned the hard way that nothing is more miserable than a poorly managed/staffed river program. We’ve had a few of those. We appreciate your ratings, although from personal experience, we think that Grand Circle ought to be rated higher and, perhaps, some of the newer Avalon boats. It might also be a good idea to expand your reviews to include Scenic and Amadeus. Our question has to do with future plans to cruise Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. What is the riverboat you rate number one in that area?
A – The best boat on the Mekong in 2014 will be Aqua Expeditions 40-Guest Aqua Mekong. The product is actually more creative than the name they picked for this vessel. Aqua will offer a one week cruise from Siem Reap in Cambodia to My Tho, which is less than a two-hour drive from Ho Chic Minh City. If you arrive ion Siem Reap one or two days early, which you would be foolish not to do, there are opportunities to visit the incredible temple complex of Angkor Wat.
Your comments are appreciated and we are currently hard at work on expanded reviews.