Heralding the return to a bygone era of sailing. The Strand Cruise embodies the very essence of luxury travel, embracing the wonders of Myanmar and the understated comfort and luxury so enjoyed by those who have experienced The Strand. The itinerary allows guests the opportunity to explore the passing landscapes as you sail between Bagan and Mandalay, a journey combined with optional excursions, temples and places of interest, or enjoy the on-board facilities such as a swimming pool, lounges and Spa. Enjoy exemplary cuisine on every occasion, select wine from the extensive cellar or simply relax before a cocktail at sunset on the bank of the majestic Ayeyarwady River.
From dawn to dusk, the Sundeck is the heart of the cruise, where the ever-changing landscape can be enjoyed while indulging in relaxing activities. To the front of the ship, there is a horizon-edged pool, with sun loungers each side and a cabana section. The pool has a central swimming depth of 1.2m.
Towards the rear of the ship is the spacious sundeck, with plenty of sofas and armchairs for reading books, relaxing or mingling with fellow passengers while sipping a cocktail of your choice. For more enquiring minds, a schedule of activities, lectures and historical demonstrations on the country’s many traditions and culture is on offer, as well as the chance to mix and mingle with other passengers.
Your total relaxation and rejuvenation are the goals of the beautiful spa. Partnered with renowned international spa brands to treat and spoil you. Ease tired muscles with a massage in either an individual room or share the experience in our double room. The foot massages station will leave you light on your feet and ready to take on a new day of exploration and discovery.
The boutique on the Upper Deck is open throughout the day for you to browse at the leisure. It is well stocked with travel essentials you might have forgotten to pack, as well as typical handicrafts, jewellery and gifts sourced by the crew from throughout Myanmar.
The fitness room can be found below the main deck, provided with weights and other gym equipment. Everything needed for an invigorating workout.
Start your first day in Yangon by heading over to the downtown and the ancient octagonal-shaped Sule Paya located in the very centre of Yangon. It is surrounded by the busy streets and colonial buildings such as the Supreme Court and Yangon City Hall.
Continue to the Botahtaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Jetty. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics.
Stop by a street café to take a taste of the delicious local Shan noodle dish accompanied with some spring rolls and Shan tofu for filling lunch.
Afternoon visit is the vibrant Bogyoke (Scott) Market which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts.
In the evening, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhists in Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and it is always crowded with many people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon especially on Full Moon days and religious days.
Start your first day in Bagan by visiting Shwezigon Pagoda, famous for its gold leaf décor, and the Ananda temple, one of most exquisite temples in Myanmar. After enjoying lunch on board, continue exploration of the Bagan Heritage Trail, including the beautiful Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi temples.
The ship casts off on Day two for a relaxing cruise upstream towards Mandalay to enjoy the passing landscapes and village along the river bank, with scenes reminiscent of the days of Rudyard Kipling and the other intrepid explorers who have visited this rugged landscape over the centuries.
After a leisurely breakfast, Day three brings a visit to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese Kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse-drawn carriage await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks.
Day four sees The Strand Cruise arrive in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city and the last royal capital. Our passengers’ first stop is the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, before visiting the Mahamuni Buddha temple and the Shwe In Bin capitals. Guests will visit the unfinished pagoda, as well as the Hsinbyume pagoda and Mingun bell. Our finial night is spent at an exclusive morning overnight close to a temple in Ava, while guests say farewell to their fellow passengers with a gastronomic dinner.
After breakfast on-board disembark in Mandalay where guests will then be accompanied to the airport or assisted with their onward journey to Yangon.
Say goodbye to your guide to depart Yangon. Take sweet memories of family bonding and travelling together in Myanmar back home. En Route will always make the unforgettable travel experience that lasts a life time.
Named and styled after its sister property, the luxury heritage hotel, The Strand Yangon, The Strand Cruise offers all the features passengers would expect from a Strand product, from flawless service and gourmet a la carte cuisine, to signature elements celebrating the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs. The Strand Cruise was custom built in 2015 in a shipyard in Yangon with a shallow 1.4m draft, designed to successfully navigate the shallow rivers of Myanmar. The Strand Cruise’s interior design takes as its inspiration the fascinating and changing landscape of the Ayeyarwady River, from ancient temples and civilisations, to the daily life of the communities living at the water’s edge. Every aspect of The Strand Cruise was designed to echo this, with floor to ceiling windows in every cabin suite offering views of the riverbanks. The natural beauty of the waterways is reflected in the colour palette of leafy greens, warm teak wood and traditional gold leaf, creating a cultural link to Myanmar as South East Asia’s Golden Land.
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