Avril Collins from the UK.
Vietnam Red River Cruise.
# OF NIGHTS
DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS
May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.
4 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)
-Food Rating: 5
-Cabin Rating: 4
-Service/Crew Rating: 5
-Itinerary Rating: 4
HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?
I’ve been on 2 small ship cruises.
The ship was great — very comfortable and a fantastic crew who were attentive, professional and friendly. The scenery was more industrial than I had expected, apart from Ha Long Bay which is mind-blowingly beautiful! I might have chosen to travel a bit earlier as I found the heat (between 32-39 Celsius with serious humidity) a bit too much.
🐧 QuirkyCruise.com’s Pandaw Review
Pandaw has been offering high-quality expedition-style river cruises in Asia aboard traditional-style boats for more than 20 years. The growing fleet comprises 16 nearly identical-looking teakwood riverboats built in Myanmar and Vietnam in the spirit of the 19th-century Scottish-crafted paddle steamers that plied Burma’s rivers at the height of the British Empire. Each boat carries 10 to 60 passengers and has an ultra-shallow draft, two or three decks, and flat tops so they can slip under bridges and easily navigate small rivers, even when water levels are low. Wood-paneled nautical-style cabins are roomy and very comfortable and meals are tasty enough. In every way, the Pandaw experience is solid, authentic and eminently comfortable just like the boats, with the focus on the destination, not fussy décor or cloying service. Step on board and breathe in the refreshing scent of teak wood before wiping your sweaty brow with a chilled face towel handed out by crew at the gangway. Read more.
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