The Strand Cruise in Myanmar mirrors the legendary style of its sister property, The Strand Hotel, Yangon, founded in 1901. The 28-cabin luxury ship was completed in 2015 and sails the Irrawaddy between the ancient capitals of Bagan and Mandalay. The heritage of The Strand is reflected in key moments throughout the cruise experience on your Myanmar tour, from photographs and tales of the golden age, to signature cocktails in the bar, and traditional afternoon tea.
The design and layout of the ship encourages the social interaction that originally made the Strand Hotel so famous, with comfortable and spacious public areas, frequent cocktails and social events, and even long tables in the restaurant to allow for optional communal dining. The layout of the sun deck and upper deck allow for a variety of different dining options depending on weather conditions – alfresco on the Sun Deck or within the fine dining Strand restaurant – as well as private dining options.
On-board facilities include a swimming pool, fitness room, and spa. Cabin suites on The Strand are enhanced with the latest technology, such as individually-controlled air conditioning, and each of the suites have the services of a round-the-clock butler while on board.
The Strand Cruise enjoys access to private moorings in prime locations along the Irrawaddy. The ship moves regularly in order to position as close to landmarks as possible, allowing more time for tours and cruising on the river, and reducing the need for travel by road. Aside from a private, air-conditioned minibus for a long tour, all other means of transportation are local and diversified, characterizing traditional Myanmar life, from tuk tuks in Mingun to horse-drawn carts in Ava.