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The Strand Cruise has announced the details of its extended schedule through April 2016 on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River, including special rates for departures over the country’s New Year Water Festival celebrations.
The Strand Cruise will operate a ship with a custom-designed shallow draft that allows it to continue to operate between Bagan and Mandalay throughout April, when water levels are typically too low for most ships. April is also the time of Thingyan, the New Year Water Festival. The Strand Cruise is operating three departures that coincide with Thingyan, departing on April 8, 11 and 15, and priced at a special rate of $2,800 for two passengers sharing a cabin (from £1,960).
Onboard guests can enjoy individually controlled air conditioning and Wi-Fi via satellite. Ashore, The Strand has been able to secure moorings at private jetties close to landmarks along the river. A highlight of the cruise’s itinerary is an exclusive overnight mooring at Ava on the journey from Bagan to Mandalay, allowing passengers access to the temple of Maha Aungmye Bonzan after the crowds have departed in the evening until the following morning, when monks join passengers for a special farewell.
The Strand Cruise is offering a schedule of three- and four-night sailings between Mandalay and Bagan throughout April 2016. During this time, the three-night journey between Mandalay and Bagan is priced from $1,426 per person (from £1,000) based on double occupancy, and the four-night journey between Bagan and Mandalay is priced from $1,581 per person (from £1,107) based on double occupancy. The rate includes a Strand Cruise launch offer of 20 percent off published rates, which is valid until April 30.
Rates quoted 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, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability), satellite Wi-Fi in all cabins and public areas and complimentary international daily newspapers available on guest’s digital tablets. Passengers booking one of the two Strand Suites will have added extras included in their rate, including a one-hour spa treatment of their choice, a night at The Strand Hotel pre- or post- cruise and private airport transfers between The Strand Cruise and the airport.