Truly All-Inclusive South East Asia River Cruising

Luxurious holidays should be about exploring, unwinding and indulging. With Scenic, truly all-inclusive luxury means you can place your wallet somewhere safe and relax, leaving it all to us.

Before you choose a river cruise company, we recommend doing some research on the ships, features and inclusions. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about cruising through South East Asia with Scenic.

South East Asia River Cruising Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the ship built and designed to European safety standards?
A. Scenic has invested heavily in the Asia region to support our ship operations. As such, Scenic is the only cruise company in the region to 100% build, own and operate its ships as well as design them to European safety standards. We also operate them with a Scenic crew overseen by our Western and local Scenic management teams based in the region. This ensures our ability to deliver a consistent level of unmatched 5-star service to our guests.
Q. Does the ship have a choice of dining venues?
A. Choose from up to four dining venues on board Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura. Crystal/Bamar Dining is the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy casual and flexible dining options at River Café which offers full service and mouth-watering food along with light snacks, healthy options and tasty treats. On board Scenic Aura, our Teppanyaki Bar provides fiery and theatrical dining experiences for a maximum of six guests per evening, whilst Diamond Deck guests on board Scenic Spirit can enjoy a 10-course dégustation dinner with paired wines at Chefs Table Dining. Alternatively, dine in the comfort of your suite whilst enjoying the views with our In-Suite Dining menu.
Q. Are all meals included on board and during cruise shore excursions?
A. During the duration of the actual cruise, all meals are included. Choose from up to four dining venues, from casual to fine dining. Try a new local dish or stay with the universal favourites. During your extended land touring before and after your cruise, refer to the meal inclusions of the applicable tour.
Q. Are all drinks included on board all day, every day or just during lunch and dinner?
A. Guests can enjoy an extensive international selection of complimentary beverages all day, every day^.
Q. Do I have an extensive choice of which international wine, beer, cocktails or spirits I drink or is it house wine only?
A. Yes, you can choose from an impressive and extensive international range of wines, beers and spirits on board. With over 50 varieties of fine wines from around the world and over 70 local and international liquor and spirits on offer, you can try something new every day of your cruise. You can enjoy your choice of premium beverages from around the world, including wine paired at every meal and cocktails when you wish.
Q. Do all suite types have included butler service?
A. Yes, all guests can enjoy butler service. Ring your butler at any time to have your shoes shined, laundry done, a snack delivered to your room, or any of the many other services that your butler is professionally trained to offer.
Q. Are all shore excursions or activities included with no additional charges?
A. Scenic not only includes must see places and attractions in each location, it also supplements these with the ability for you to experience your South East Asia holiday your way with our wide range of truly all-inclusive Scenic Freechoice activities at a pace that suits you.
Q. How spacious is the lead in suite and does it have a separate living area, walk-in-wardrobe, bedroom and balcony?
A. Luxuriously appointed, our multi-room suites all feature balconies and the lead-in category, are the most spacious on the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers. Every suite features our exclusive Scenic Slumber Beds, a separate lounge, walk-in wardrobe and oversized bathroom stocked with luxurious eco-friendly toiletries. 
Q. Are there a range of touring options to choose from?
A. We provide a wide range of touring options to choose from. Scenic Enrich offers signature unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences to immerse you into the heart of the local culture. These handcrafted activities are only available to Scenic Guests. Scenic Freechoice provides an exclusive choice of activities and cuisines, whilst Scenic Sundowners are exclusive host evening drinks in memorable locations.
Q. Is the staff ratio almost 1:1?
A. Scenic guests can enjoy personal service with an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio. There are also only up to 68 guests on the Mekong or 44 guests on the Irrawaddy with a maximum groups size of 24 for touring ashore, each with a Scenic Tour Director who is with you from the start to the finish of your holiday, including the cruise portion.
Q. Does the company I am travelling with have its own offices in the region I am travelling?
A. When it’s about delivering 5-star service to our guests, we like to take things into our own hands. Only Scenic has established local management teams in Yangon, Mandalay, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City to ensure every detail of your cruise is extraordinary and delivered to the highest standards - something that only Scenic can deliver through this investment. We personally handpick our staff members from the finest in the industry, employ them directly, and rigorously train them to anticipate your every need.
Q. Who are the staff and crew trained and employed by, the cruise provider or through a third party?
A. All of our staff and crew are trained and employed by Scenic, not a third party. Our Executive chefs are professionally trained in Europe and adept at crafting dishes inspired around the world.
Q. Is there a self-service laundry on board to do your washing and ironing for free?
A. Both Scenic Aura and Scenic Spirit have a self-service laundry and ironing facility at no cost to our guests to enable you to wash your used clothing. This is particularly useful after touring through Vietnam and Myanmar prior to your cruise.
Q. Is there an elevator on your Mekong cruise ship?
A. Scenic Spirit includes an elevator servicing all decks except the sun deck. Scenic Aura does not have an elevator because of weight and draft constraints of sailing along the Irrawaddy River.
Q. Do I need to pay extra for my internal fights, on to of my cruise fare?
A. All internal flights are included as part of your Scenic Cruise Fare where applicable.
Q. Are my transfers included or do I need to arrange these separately?
A. All your return airport to hotel transfers are included at your convenience.

^All beverages are included except for a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits. #Not available on all ships and features may vary. Conditions apply.

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