Orient-Express has announced the launch of Orcaella, which will offer visitors opportunities to experience the sights and culture of Myanmar starting this July 22. Orcaella (promounced as “Or-kay-la”) will embark on both an Ayeyarwady River schedule, as well as a Chindwin River schedule, allowing tourists to explore the popular cultural sites along the way. The craft’s size (at 200 feet) is expected to allow the tourists to sail along untouched waters and through remote destinations.
Among Orcaella’s 25 river-facing cabins, 17 are suites. These suites will feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and ensuite bathrooms. There is also a lounge area, bar, and swimming pool. Orcaella will offer seven- and 11-night itineraries between Yangon and Bhamo and will operate from January
Tony: to April and July to December.
Meanwhile, Road To Mandalay, Orcaella’s sister ship, has been cruising the Ayeyarwady for 17 years. The company also operates The Governor’s Residence, a colonial-style hotel in Yangon. Highlights of the Ayeyarwady River schedule will include: “Gorges of the far North”, an 11-night cruise departing from Mandalay and ending in Bagan, with visits near the Chinese border, at the foothills of Yunnan, and the temples in Bagan; “Jewels of the Ayeyarwady”, a seven-night cruise departing from Yangon and ending in Bagan, with guided excursions to Bagan and a visit to the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda; and the “Ayeyarwady Experience”, a seven-night cruise departing from Bagan and ending in Yangon, with a visit to a 20-foot Buddha made of straw lacquer.