Tauck has unveiled its 2016 collection of small ship ocean cruises, and next year the high-end tour operator will offer 15 cruises aboard nine ships in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, Alaska, Antarctica and Latin America.
Tauck is now taking bookings on all 2016 cruises, departure dates and prices are posted on the company’s website (tauck.co.uk).
Added to Tauck’s portfolio for 2016 is the 13-day “Treasures of Southeast Asia” itinerary, which begins with an included two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing in Hong Kong. A nine-night cruise along the South China Sea aboard the small ship L’Austral follows, with ports of call including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
Along the way, guests will tour the 11th-century Temple of Literature and enjoy lunch at the Press Club in Hanoi, cruise Ha Long Bay and tour Hoi An and Hue and sail up the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City.
There guests will enjoy an overnight stay at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, tour the city, and have a choice of included excursions to visit either the Mekong Delta or the extensive tunnel complex at Cu Chi, used during the Vietnam War to shelter and support Viet Cong forces.
Tauck will offer three departures of “Treasures of Southeast Asia” in October and November, 2016, and the itinerary is priced from £5,795 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare.
The announcement of Tauck’s 2016 plans comes as the company is enjoying double-digit growth in its small ship cruises this year, and that success reflects Tauck’s unique approach to cruising, said company CEO Dan Mahar.
“Our focus is always on revealing each destination and each port of call in an enriching, authentic way, highlighted by access to people, places and experiences our guests can only enjoy with Tauck,” said Mahar. “We’ve been destination experts for 90 years, and we match our signature land experiences with the ease and convenience of sailing aboard the most intimate and stylish small ships available.”