After an absence of more than twelve months,
Orient-Express’ Road to Mandalay river cruiser will once again
take to Burma’s Ayeyarwady River on the 26th August 2009, plying
the scenic waters between Bagan and Mandalay.
relaunch follows a complete remodelling and refurbishment, led by
French-born and Laos-based architect Francois Greck and carried
out by teams of local craftsman, after damage suffered in the
aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The new-look ship now features larger
cabins and a capacity of just 82 passengers, down from 108, making
an even more indulgent onboard experience.
before, the Road to Mandalay will offer a range of itineraries
along Burma’s main artery giving passengers access to the very
heart of the country. Three, four and seven night cruise
itineraries between Bagan and Mandalay will be a regular feature
of the schedule as well as three special voyages each year to Bhamo, in the remote northern area of the country. All itineraries
can be combined with stays in Yangon, Inle Lake or Ngapali on the
On board, passengers can enjoy
stylish new surroundings, courtesy of lead interior designer Ali
Kennedy in collaboration with Ateliers de la Péninsule, that
complement the colour and atmosphere of the riverbanks seen
through its picture windows, whilst maintaining the ship’s relaxed
and comfortable feeling.
A new spacious Governor’s
Suite and 34 new State and Deluxe Cabins have been created with
maximum comfort and attractive en-suite bathrooms featuring
Burmese Jade wall tiles and large walk-in showers.
The restaurant, too, has received a complete makeover with a fresh
new colour scheme of soft yellows, greens and reds, which
complements the traditional Burmese natural matting on the walls
and ceiling, hand woven by local village craftsmen. There is also
craftsmanship in the detailed teak wall carvings, which are
handmade by Burmese artisans in Amanpura near Mandalay. New chrome
wall and standing lights designed by Greck give the restaurant a
more intimate feel, which is decked out with furnishings covered
in luxurious Jim Thompson fabrics from Bangkok.
Outside, the Top Deck and Bar boast a
newly laid teak floor with comfortable large cane sofas
and chairs that have been made in Yangon. The sun deck
area will feature 15 new ‘steamer’ style deck chairs,
also made in Yangon.
The indoor Piano Bar and
Observation Lounge have also been restyled with new wall fabrics
and banquette seats. The forward part of the Observation Lounge
has new comfortable rattan lounge chairs and ottomans adjacent to
a small library stocked with an array of interesting books about
Burmese history and culture.
The new Road To
Mandalay Wellbeing Centre boasts exercise machines, floor workout
area and changing facilities. Next door to this is the hair and
beauty treatment area, which offers a range of relaxing treatments
using Decleor products.
New menus have been
developed for the relaunch of the restaurant by Executive Chef
Christian Markert-Bourdon. A buffet-style lunch is served on the
Observation Deck or in the Restaurant in seven different themes -
Burmese, Shan, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and European. For
dinner, guests will be able to enjoy courses from the Asian and
European style menus that change daily.
a traditional Rhine river cruiser, this deluxe ship can now
accommodate 82 guests, is air-conditioned throughout and has
accommodation across four decks including a gourmet Restaurant,
Piano Bar, Observation Lounge, Alfresco Café, Sundeck with Pool,
Signature Boutique and Wellbeing Centre.
majestic pagodas and saffron cloaked monks of ancient Burma can
once again be viewed from the serenity of The Road to Mandalay.
Cruise only prices start from £1,400 per person.
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