On July 22, Orient-Express will launch the Orcaella, its second river cruise ship on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

The 50-passenger Orcaella will sail Irrawaddy River and Chindwin River itineraries through the Southeast Asian country.

The ship will be 200 feet long (the shorter length will enable it to navigate some less traveled waters, according to Orient-Express), with four decks and 25 outside-facing cabins, 17 of which will be suites. The staterooms will feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and en suite bathrooms. There will also be a restaurant, lounge area, bar, boutique, swimming pool, fitness center and massage services, as well as yoga classes and a doctor on board.

The Orcaella will operate seven- and 11-night itineraries between Yangon and Bhamo in northern Myanmar and will operate from January through April and July through December.  

The Orcaella joins Orient-Express’ existing ship in Myanmar, the 82-passenger Road to Mandalay, which has been cruising the Irrawaddy for 17 years.

Orient-Express also operates The Governor’s Residence, a colonial-style hotel in Yangon. The London-based Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and tour operator founded in 1976. The company owns 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries as well as six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and the 21 Club restaurant in New York.

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