Monday, March 8, 2010

Luxury cruising

In dock in Phnom Penh, The Jayavarman cruise ship
The Jayavarman luxury cruise ship was in port today so I decided on a visit to give it the once over in comparison to the other cruise ships on offer between Saigon and Phnom Penh and beyond. It compares very favourably with the larger RV La Marguerite, which plies the same route and which has 46 cabins compared to the Jayavarman's 26, which includes two state rooms. Named after the great Khmer king of the 12th century, each of its cabin has a balcony, good cabin space, nice sized bathrooms, air-con and all mod cons, except tv's. The public areas are equally spacious and breezy, with restaurants and bars and a spa. I've seen both boats up close and had a good feeling about the Jayavarman, I liked the decor though maybe its the name that resonates with me (yes, I'm easily pleased). Most of the staff are Khmer and the boat has been operational since the back end of last year. They plan to add a jacuzzi pool next season, the Marguerite already has a substantial whirlpool, which will be a welcome addition. Most of the clientele to-date have been Americans, Aussies or German/Swiss. Cruises are not a cheap way to see a country but for some, they are the only way to go.
The Bao Dai suite stateroom, one of two suites on-board
A view of the deluxe stateroom aboard the Jayavarman
Each room has its own balcony to enjoy the view and eat breakfast
The Henry Mouhot Lounge on-board The Jayavarman



Blogger Sunny Phlong said...

Looks awesome with a touch of colonial architecture!

March 8, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous James said...

That boat looks a bit top heavy or are the photos just taking from a funny angle?

March 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are the details regarding cost and schedule?

March 9, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

James, probably just my photo, I'm not a professional at this picture-taking lark :-)
Re the schedule & cost, best to look at the Jayavarman website itself. It ain't cheap but cruises like this never are. They've been running since the end of last year and the boss tells me that future bookings for the rest of the high season are very high.
They also hope to build a 2nd ship in the not to distant future.

March 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger thomas said...

Hi Andy, here's the "boss" and you were really quick to post this..
Thanks for the visit and take care

March 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Joe Bren said...

Looks like a great boat, but the price is way over the top. The Ritz Carlton in Maui costs less.

March 13, 2010 at 3:04 AM  

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