Orient Express Adds New River Cruiser In Myanmar

Luxury hospitality operator Orient-Express this week inaugurated a new river cruiser in Myanmar. Built in Yangon by local craftsmen in the style of a traditional Irrawaddy flotilla ship and named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Irrawaddy River, the 25-cabin Orcaella entered service with a traditional Buddhist blessing in Mandalay.


Featuring stylish, contemporary interiors by Francois Greck, a French architect based in Southeast Asia, the decor reflects the Burmese surroundings with traditional furniture and local artwork. The cabins and suites onboard feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with juliet balconies opening onto the river to reveal stunning panoramas.


Dining onboard is provided by the elegant restaurant, while a top-deck bar and lounge make for the ideal space to share travel stories and experiences over a drink. Recreation options include a swimming pool and observation deck.


Orcaella is currently sailing on an inaugural 11-night cruise along the foothills of the Himalayas on the Chindwin River. Her regular itineraries (operating between January to April and July to December) take guests on 7- and 11-night cruises departing from Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan, where the vessel’s combination of draft and length means she can reach lesser visited destinations.


Orcaella’s addition boosts the presence of Orient-Express in Myanmar, where the company has been operating river cruises on board the award-winning Road To Mandalay for the past 18 years and offering hotel accommodation at The Governor’s Residence, a 48-key colonial-style hotel in Yangon.


For more information, visit www.orient-express.com.

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