ORCAELLA LAUNCHES WITH CRUISES INTO HIDDEN MYANMAR
23 July 2013 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd’s. new river cruiser, Orcaella, sets sail on the maiden voyage this week. Following a traditional Buddhist blessing in Myanmar’s cultural capital, Mandalay, Orcaella sets sail on its inaugural 11 night cruise along the foothills of the Himalayas on the Chindwin River. As Myanmar emerges as one the hottest new travel destinations, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. leads the way in expertly guiding guests through hidden Myanmar.
“Orient-Express Hotels Ltd, was one of the early tourism pioneers in Myanmar. We have been operating river cruises on board 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. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in demand for river cruises in Myanmar and so now feel this is the right time to increase the diversity of experiences we can offer our guests. Orcaella launches this week and will complement the river cruising itineraries offered on board Road To Mandalay as well as introduce new journeys. ” Comments Gary Franklin, Managing Director, Orient-Express Trains & Cruises.
Operating between January to April and July to December, Orcaella will offer seven and 11 night cruise itineraries in 2013 with journeys departing from Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan. Orcaella’s combination of draft and length means she can reach lesser visited destinations, such as the Chindwin River, providing guests with the opportunity to engage with the fascinating and remote communities Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has spent many years getting to know. All itineraries can be combined with stays in Yangon, Inle Lake or Ngapali on the Indian Ocean.
The experienced, local staff offer guests the warmest of Burmese welcomes and provide travellers, with a spirit of adventure and cultural curiosity, the opportunity to experience Myanmar’s most remote and enchanting waterways.
Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Ayeyarwady River, Orcaella is a traditional Irrawaddy Flotilla ship built by local craftsman in Yangon. The stylish, contemporary interiors by Francois Greck, a French architect based in South East-Asia, reflect the local surroundings with traditional furniture and works of art by Burmese artists. There are 25 cabins and suites on board Orcaella, all featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with Juliet balconies opening onto the river.
Prices start from £3270 per person for a seven night cruise and includes all meals onboard, excursions, transfers and domestic flights. Road To Mandalay and Orcaella are both available for private charter and can be chartered in tandem, making a total occupancy of 132 guests.
Orcaella is a further testament to Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. as curators of authentic travel experiences and demonstrates its further commitment to Myanmar.
For reservations, please call Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. on 0845 077 2222 or visit www.orcaella.net. A full selection of images of Orcaella is available to download from www.orient-expressimages.com.
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About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand embraces 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river cruise operations and one of New York’s most iconic restaurants. www.orient-express.com
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