Emerald Waterways’ brand-new Star-Ship Emerald Harmony welcomed her first guests aboard this past weekend, departing Aug. 31 on a Mekong River cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam.
With a modern design allowing the Harmony to cruise all the way into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Emerald will also become the first Star-Ship to remove all single use plastics. Guests will be provided a complementary metal water bottle to refill from water stations on the ship, and reusable glass water bottles will be provided in the cabins.
In addition, recyclable bamboo and paper straws will be used in the Reflections Restaurant and Horizon Bar & Lounge and cabin toiletry miniatures will be replaced with refillable dispensers. Emerald Waterways has announced they are planning to make all their Star-Ships single-use plastic free by the end of 2020.
A range of itineraries
A selection of 13-, 17- and 21-day cruise and land tours combine an eight-day sailing between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with overnights in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam at beginning or end of the cruise. Daily excursions for all itineraries are aimed at revealing the local culture and history.
The Harmony is the second ship from parent company Scenic Group to launch this August. The world’s first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse, made her maiden voyage earlier last month.
Check out the first photos of the new ship below! (all photos courtesy of GilliesZaiser/Emerald Waterways)
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