Luxury Strand Hotel launches new cruise company

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A new ship will soon be sailing on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River – the Strand Hotel will be launching its first river cruise vessel.

The 54-passenger ship is a step towards the hotel group translating its luxury brand into different avenues.

“Having operated the Strand Hotel in Yangon for the past decade, we know that there has been a steady growth in demand from luxury travellers to explore the ancient monuments of Myanmar by using the Ayeyarwady’s waterways,” said Jerome Seban, the general manager of the Strand Cruise.

“This demand present us with an opportunity to reinvent the legendary style and unique personality of the Strand Hotel within a contemporary river cruise experience.”

The Strand’s ship is currently under construction in Yangon and the vessel will feature a pool deck, a sun deck for al fresco dining, a library, wine bar and a wellness center that will offer services such as massages, a mani-pedi salon, a gym and a reflexology station.

It will have 23 staterooms and four suites, including two Strand Suites located at the bow of the ship with their own terrace areas.

Passengers who book the Strand Suites will get a one-hour spa treatment of their choice, a pre-or-post-cruise night at the Strand Hotel and private airport transfers.

The Strand Cruise will start its regular schedule of three and four day itineraries between Bagan and Mandalay on January 4 2016.

The price for a three-day journey between Mandalay and Bagan starts from US$1,782 per person, twin share.

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