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Next July, Orient-Express will launch Orcaella, a four-deck, 50-person ship, which will cruise the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. Orcaella, named after the dolphins that call the Ayeyarwady home, will cruise alongside its sister ship Road to Mandalay. Orcaella will also venture off on its own, cruising the Chindwin, and delve into the center of Myanmar for seven and 11-night trips.
Guests will be able to enjoy river views through the floor-to-ceiling windows of their cabin and will stop at key cultural sites between Yangon and Bhamo, including Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda and the 2,000 temples of Bagan, as well as various remote villages. The boat will also venture north to Homalin, just 36 miles from the Indian border. During downtime on the ship, guests can feast on local cuisine at the restaurant, relax poolside, enjoy a massage, work out in the fitness facility, or shop at one of the boutiques.
After Orcaella’s launch in July, cruises will run from January to April and from July through December. For more information, go to http://www.orient-express.com/web/orc/orcaella.jsp
(If you are interested in reading more about the Bagan, you may want to read our Travel Guide to Bagan, Myanmar here on this site.)