Cruising in Myanmar: Introducing The Strand on water

First opened in 1901, The Strand Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, is a tourist attraction in its own right. Now over 100 years later, the colonial five-star hotel is taking to the water in the form of a 61-metre cruise ship on the Ayeyarwaddy River.

Perfect for those who’d like to explore Myanmar by cruise, The Strand Cruise’s maiden voyages will take place on the 22nd and 29th of December, just in time for the festive season — so pack accordingly for the ‘Golden Age of The Strand’ Christmas Day gala dinner and New Year’s Eve party.

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The Strand Cruise retains its colonial look and feel on water.

From 4 January 2016, The Strand Cruise will start a regular schedule of three- and four-night sailings between Mandalay and Bagan, with departures on Mondays and Fridays.

“The new cruiser re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience,” said Jerome Seban, general manager of The Strand Cruise.

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The colonial-styled bar lounge onboard.

“What makes a journey along the Ayeyarwady River so special is the fascinating landscape through which you glide, from ancient temples to daily life of the communities living at the water’s edge.”

With just 27 cabin suites on board — all with outdoor balconies — The Strand Cruise also offers 24-hour butler service, a gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, spa, lounge library and swimming pool on board.

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Other activities for guests include guided tours, afternoon tea, cultural encounters ashore, outdoor BBQs, cocktail parties and wine-paired dinners.

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Expect unreal sunsets from your cabin suite.

Ready to cruise? The festive season departures are priced at US$3,592 for double occupancy (a two-for-one deal), with the first 10 bookings receiving a complimentary hot air balloon ride over the ancient temples of Bagan.

Sailings from January to March 2016 are now offered at 20 percent off: US$2,592 for three-night voyages from Mandalay to Bagan and US$2,874 for four-night trips from Bagan to Mandalay (prices are per person based on double occupancy).

For more information, visit www.thestrandcruise.com.

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