When you hear the name Orient-Express, chances are fair that you might picture the famous Venice-Simplon train that bears the same name, or one of the company’s luxury hotel properties. But Orient-Express is growing as an operator of river cruises, launching a new river cruise ship named Orcaella for service along the Ayeyarwady River next July.
Capable of carrying 50 guests, the Orcaella is under construction in Yangon and will operate seven to 11-night cruises throughout the year, stopping only for the months of May and June.
Orient-Express is no stranger to the Ayeyarwady. The company has operated the 82-guest Road to Mandalay in the region for the past 17 years. But recent stability in the region has spurned growth in the region, and Orient-Express is keen to capitalize on that.
Orcaella’s itinerary will differ from that sailed by Road to Mandalay. Thanks to her shallow draft, Orcaella will be able to sail down the Chindwin River as far as Homalin, which lies just mere miles from the border with India. It’s a spectacular offering from a company that already prides itself in its diverse and rewarding experiences around the world.
Numerous excursions will be included in the base cruise fare, and will include offerings as diverse as a journey by train into the Kachin jungle; overland treks, tea-themed experiences, and even a chance to plan nine holes of golf at an old Colonial golf course. Excursions will be conducted in small groups, ensuring an intimate experience for everyone onboard.
Other thoughtful touches abound with Orient-Express, including local entertainment onboard, informative lectures, cocktail parties, and even yoga and meditation conducted on the open Observation Deck.
We’ll have more information forthcoming on both Orient-Express and its brand-new Orcaella.