The Strand Cruise brings Myanmar’s culture and landscape to life with expert led experiences

by Expat Life
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A reinvention of the legendary style of its sister property, the luxury heritage hotel, The Strand Yangon, The Strand Cruise operates three and four night voyages between the ancient capitals of Bagan and Mandalay. The 28 cabin ship has already welcomed many luxury travellers from around the globe eager to experience the vibrant and fascinating culture of Myanmar.

In addition to its regular sailings, The Strand Cruise has recently added a series of four night themed cruises between Bagan and Mandalay where an intimate group of just 42 passengers will be joined by professional experts presenting additional activities on board and during shore excursions designed to enrich their experience of Myanmar and its culture.

Professional photographer, Lucas Gurdjian, will host the Strand’s first photography cruise on 16th October 2017. Then in November 2017 and February 2018, classical musicians from the Orchestre de Paris will present scores from some of history’s most famous composers.

Myanmar is a photographer’s delight, with glowing sunrises, expansive landscapes and characterful people. Lucas will share his knowledge on how to capture this once in a lifetime experience and coach passengers on different styles of photography, including landscapes, food photography and portraits; tips on framing, lighting, aperture and depth of field; as well as post production techniques.

Classical music aficionados are in for a treat as artists from the Orchestre de Paris will join The Strand Cruise on 13th November 2017 and 12th February 2018 to present a programme of scores from some of history’s most famous composers, played against a backdrop of romantic sunsets, starlit night skies and a vista of thousands of pagodas. The musicians will perform intimate concerts throughout the cruise in different locations, such as on a private sandbank or on the ship’s sundeck. Further themed cruises, including a culinary cruise lead by the Strand’s executive chef, Christian Martena, previously of Sensi in Bangkok, will be announced as they are confirmed.

The Strand’s four night themed cruises travel from Bagan to Mandalay are priced from USD 2,026 per person sharing a Deluxe Cabin. Rates include all excursions and activities as described in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks and local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, airport/ hotel shuttle transportation to point of embarkation and from point of disembarkation, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability) and satellite Wifi.

Passengers can enhance their cruise experience with a stay pre or post cruise at The Strand Yangon. One of the most architecturally beautiful landmarks in the region, the luxury heritage hotel recently completed a restoration project that saw it ushered elegantly into the 21st century. The renovation preserved the heritage at the heart of the hotel and honoured The Strand’s part in Myanmar’s history, whilst creating a more relaxed, refined and glamorous setting for 21st century travellers and explorers.

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