Pool on the Belmond Orcaella - ©Matt Hind

The Orcaella, a New Burma River Cruiser from Orient-Express

By Andrew Harper Staff

The Harper Way | September 9, 2012

IrawaddySunset on the Irrawaddy

Orient-Express has announced a new river cruiser in Burma, the Orcaella. A smaller vessel than the 82-passenger The Road To Mandalay, the four-deck, 50-passenger Orcaella is set to launch on July 11, 2013. The cruiser will be able to navigate the Irrawaddy and its tributary the Chindwin as far north as Homalin, just 36 miles from the Indian border. It is named after the dolphins that are unique to the Irawaddy River. The Orcaella will cruise between Rangoon and Bhamo on on leisurely seven and 11-night cruises. Its schedule will run from January to April and from July to December.

Details at a glance:

LOCATION: Seven and 11-night cruises: Rangoon-Bagan and Mandalay-Bhamo-Bagan on the Irrawady and Chindwin Rivers.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Two Balcony Suites, 15 State Cabins and eight Deluxe Cabins across two decks (total 50 guests); all river-facing, air-conditioned and with private bathrooms.
DINING: Stylish restaurant serving cuisine based on local ingredients that blends the best of East and West. Bar. Deck lounge.
FEATURES: Four decks. Swimming pool. Massage. Fitness. Beauty Salon. Boutiques. Tours at ports of call. On board cultural entertainment. Extensions to other parts of Burma available. For more details, please visit the official website.

For Mr. Harper's full review of the Road to Mandalay, please visit here.

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