The newly-launched luxurious Strand Cruise re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience and offers 20 percent off aboard Myanmar’s newest and most luxurious river vessel with a special Chinese New Year voyage exploring the fabled AyeyarwaddyRiver. The package also includes celebrations welcoming the Chinese ‘Year of the Monkey’ on a 4-night voyage aboard the 5-star colonial-style cruiser departing on February 8, 2016.
The cruise rekindles the ‘Golden Age’ of travel voyaging from the awe-inspiring plain of temples of Bagan to legendary Mandalay. With 24-hour butler service in 25 cabin suites with French balconies and two signature Strand Suites with private balcony, The Strand Cruise is an exceptional luxury experience, complete with gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, spa pampering, lounge library, gym and swimming pool. Exclusive guided tours, afternoon tea, informative lectures, cultural encounters ashore, outdoor BBQs, amusing party games including a Mandarin speaking close-up Magician, elegant cocktail parties and wine-paired gourmet dining are all part of the convivial ‘Golden Age’ adventure.
On the Chinese New Year cruise, on-board live entertainment includes traditional New Year games, mahjong, treasure hunts and competitions. The celebration cruise culminates in a symphony of firecrackers and exchange of hong bao [traditional red packets], before a banquet featuring traditional Jiaozi to welcome the Year of the Monkey. The Strand Cruise is embarking on a series of celebratory maiden voyages on its Festive Season launch by The Strand Hotel in Yangon, a distinguished colonial icon once acclaimed “the finest hostelry east of Suez”.
With a guest list from royalty and nobility to eminent authors Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, the hotel now promises an “unrivalled experience” of one of Asia’s most captivating waterways aboard the new 61-metre colonial-style cruiser. The Chinese New Year package starts from US$2,888 (usually US$3,592).