RV TONLE Ship Review
Designed to sail the most remote areas of the Mekong River for Viking River Cruises, the RV Tonle doesn’t look like your typical river cruise ship. Built in 2002 and capable of carrying just 66 guests, the Tonle truly boasts more than first meets the eye. She was designed to offer views of the breathtaking Mekong from every window of her traditionally designed interior and staterooms. All told, she offers a type of river cruise as distinct and diverse as the regions she sails, traveling on voyages between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.
RV TONLE Staterooms
RV Tonle boasts 38 staterooms, all of which have outside river views. Deluxe staterooms on Upper and Middle decks have large windows capable of opening.
There are just three different categories of stateroom aboard Tonle:
- Category CS staterooms are designed to accommodate the solo traveler. Located on Main Deck, these 98-square foot staterooms boast a porthole window and a raised, yacht-style bunk. Rooms are tastefully decorated with wood-style paneling and furniture, and resemble a modern take on a classic sailing vessel. A bathroom with shower is included, as is ample storage space and a small desk. Rooms are air conditioned and brass accents are featured throughout to give these rooms a truly nautical feel.
- Category A & B staterooms are 168 square feet and are located on Upper Deck and Middle Deck. They also feature raised, yacht-style bunks and can sleep up to two guests. Features remain the same as Category CS staterooms but with additional living space and more central, promenade deck locations. The only difference between Category A & B staterooms is their relative location on the ship; all Category A staterooms are located on Upper Deck just aft of the Observation Lounge.
RV Tonle Public Areas
Inside, the Tonle resembles a modern take on a classic river vessel. Teak-like paneling and brass accents are prominent throughout, and succeed in giving the ship a feel that is both nautical and colonial. She boasts a forward-facing Observation Lounge high atop Upper Deck where passengers can relax with a drink and take in the beautiful scenery. On Middle Deck, the Restaurant serves up buffet-style breakfast and lunch, while dinner is served to passengers at their table.
Tonle also boasts two open-air promenades on Upper and Middle decks, as well as a Sun deck on the very top of the ship.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- There is no passenger elevator aboard the RV Tonle.