If you are seeking adventure and mysticism, the path to Burma (Myanmar) in southeast Asia may prove to be the experience you are looking for. Orient Express’s Road to Mandalay luxury cruise traverses gently along the Irrawaddy River to allow guests to discover this fascinating land’s unique sights, scents, and sounds in style and luxury. The Irrawaddy River provides one of the more intimate looks into this undiscovered country. Lined with ancient palaces and pagodas, this winding waterway allows one to experience Burma’s pulse, live its legends, and discover more about its history.
Accommodations aboard the Road to Mandalay are graciously appointed, with many recent renovations apparent throughout. On your journey you will indulge in luxury quarters, enjoy unparalleled personalized service, and dine on gourmet regional cuisine while discovering the true nature of an unspoiled land. Traditional comfort melds with elegant luxury: spacious en-suite cabins are fully air-conditioned and furnished with delicate, exquisite fabrics, fine linens, and lush, soft towels.
The ship features five different cabin sizes and categories, all of which include such amenities as a telephone, satellite television, en-suite bathroom, shower amenities, and an in-room safe. The Governor’s Suite was recently created for guests who are accustomed to the utmost in luxury, and is ideal for passengers who embark on Orient Express’s eleven- and seven-night journeys with its magnanimous space and enchanting views.
As the State Cabins are the most popular cabin type aboard the Road to Mandalay, the company recently expanded their available number to eighteen. These quarters are all elegantly appointed and comfortable, and include twin/double beds, dressing table, armchair, and ample wardrobe space. Recently the Road to Mandelay added sixteen Deluxe Cabins, a new concept fully designed to optimize space and views through three windows. Superior Cabins offer plenty of comfort and luxury from which one can view the river, and – as with all the ship’s cabins – are external and offer stunning views from a large picture window. Finally, Single Cabins are ideal for guests cruising alone. Their size is comparable to that of a Superior Cabin, yet they offer more space with a single bed.
Part of visiting a new culture involves sampling its culinary fare, and aboard the Road to Mandelay you will fine savory, exquisite regional cuisine – as well as a dazzling array of Eastern and Western delicacies, all served with Burmese courtesy and charm. Lunch is served buffet-style on the Observation Deck or in the Restaurant with seven different themes: Burmese, Shan, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and European. Dinners in the Restaurant are served at a time best suited to you, and offer a choice of succulent dishes to suit any palate – from the exotic flavors of Asia to varied a la carte menus. No meal aboard the Road to Mandelay would be complete without sampling from the wide array of carefully selected European and Australian wines available to complement the fare.
For an evening’s diversion or perhaps a cocktail, guests often enjoy retiring to the Piano Bar for an evening of music in the company of fellow travelers. The Piano Bar is artfully decorated in a cozy mixture of lightwood and Burmese lacquer ware, and features a wide range of local and international cocktails while you enjoy the musical selections.
Or maybe you will want to try the Observation Lounge, with its colonial ambiance, woven-cane furniture, and wooden Venetian blinds. The Observation Lounge features large windows that provide an excellent view of the Ayeyarwady River, and offer a perfect viewpoint onto the surrounding natural landscape. The Observation Lounge offers a variety of local entertainers each evening, from traditional Burmese marionettes to amazing acrobatic feats and traditional dances. On sailing days guests can hear expert guides lecture on a variety of Burmese topics and culture.
A variety of entertainment awaits you. In addition to the live performers and lecturers, you can learn such skills as tying a longyi and applying thanka. The ship houses a small library of topical books in several languages in the reception area, along with an assortment of games. Cabins are well equipped electronically, with remote-control TV offering satellite channels and two channels showing in-house movies. These channels are only available when the ship is moored at Bagan or Mandalay.
For passengers who like to stay active the Road to Mandalay Wellbeing, located on the Deluxe Deck, features a 33 square-meter fitness room with three exercise machines (stepper, bicycle, and treadmill), a stretch/crunch area, and a shower with changing room. The area also offers an assortment of fresh, healthy drinks. Guests may indulge in a range of beauty treatments, from aromatherapy massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures to salon treatments including a hair wash/blow dry service. All treatments and appointments can be booked onboard.
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