ORIENT-EXPRESS will launch a new river cruiser, Orcaella, which is set to begin sailing in Myanmar from July 2013.
Currently under construction in Yangon, the 50-guest ship will complement Orient-Express’ existing Road To Mandalay vessel, which has been sailing the Irrawaddy River for 17 years.
Named after the Irrawaddy dolphins, the ship will sail along the Irrawaddy River between Yangon and Bhamo, as well as the Chindwin River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy, to as far north as Homalin near the Indian border.
With 40 staff onboard, the four-deck vessel features 25 air-conditioned cabins – of which four cabins will be interconnecting – each outfitted with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and balconies.
Facilities include an observation deck, an all-day lounge and bar, a restaurant, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a spa treatment room and two boutiques, in addition to a medical room and resident doctor.
Operating between January to April and July to December, Orcaella offers a collection of cruise itineraries varying between seven and 11 nights, with a variety of offshore excursions such as a traditional monks’ noviation ceremony and a train journey into the Kachin jungle.
Prices start from US$5,040 per person for a seven-night cruise, including all meals onboard, excursions, transfers and domestic flights. Road To Mandalay and Orcaella are both available for private charters and can be chartered in tandem, offering a total occupancy of 132 guests.