May 13, 2016

Spirit Away

paula-harrigan.jpgCruise Director - Paula Harrigan

We’d like to introduce you to the team who have been taking good care of our Mekong River Cruise guests on our latest cruise ship, Scenic Spirit. Since the inaugural cruise in late January, the team have been settling into their roles under the guidance of Cruise Director, Paula Harrigan.

Originally from Australia, Paula is now based in Cambodia and has lived in South East Asia for several years. She is extremely excited to be leading the team on Scenic’s inaugural year of river cruising throughout South East Asia.

‘I am immensely proud and excited to be part of the launch of Scenic's newest ship, the Scenic Spirit, on the Mekong River. It’s such a beautiful and innovative design and I can't wait to see the guest’s reactions when they come on board,’ says Paula.

‘We have such a lovely shore program for guests to enjoy off the ship and an amazing luxury ship for them to return to each day - the perfect combination.’ Also on board will be Ario Prananda, our Executive Chef, as well as Baptiste Cabarry our Hotel Director. We have also employed a team of friendly local guides who will lead activities and excursions both on board and onshore. 

Here are some of Paula’s Mekong highlights:


Featuring classic Khmer architecture and ornate decorations, the Royal Palace is one of the most evocative landmarks in Cambodia’s capital city. The official residence of the King, you can explore the throne hall as well as the Silver Pagoda complex.


A visit to this extraordinary World Heritage-listed Site is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once hidden in dense forest, this magnificent 12thcentury temple complex is simply breath-taking. Take in the harmony and splendour of the architecture and marvel at the astonishing carvings found everywhere.


The true impact of the Vietnam War is on display everywhere as you tour the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its peak the tunnel system stretched from the South Vietnamese capital to the Cambodian border; in the district of Cu Chi alone there are more than 250 kilometres of tunnels.