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ORCAELLA LAUNCHES ON 22 JULY 2013 IN MYANMAR

3 June 2013 - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. reveals the first images of the brand new luxury river cruiser, Orcaella, ahead of the inaugural cruise on in Myanmar on 22 July 2013. Departing from Mandalay, the 11 night maiden voyage sets sail up The Chindwin River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Orcaella’s combination of draft and length means she can reach lesser visited destinations providing guests with the opportunity to engage with fascinating and remote communities.

Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Ayeyarwady River, Orcaella is a traditional Irrawaddy Flotilla ship built by local craftsman in Yangon. The stylish, contemporary interiors by Francois Greck, a French architect based in South East-Asia, reflect the local surroundings with traditional furniture and works of art by Burmese artists.  There are 25 cabins (some interconnecting) and suites on board Orcaella, all featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with Juliet balconies opening onto the river. 

The two largest suites onboard Orcaella have been named in honour of Burmese traditions and symbols of Buddhism. ‘The Eugenia Suite’ - named after the special branches that are traditionally attached to the bow of a boat to ensure a safe passage, and ‘The Chinthe Suite’ - the Buddhist symbol of the lion, a protector of places of worship. 

Orcaella joins sister ship, Road To Mandalay that has been cruising the Ayeyarwady River for the past 17 years. The experienced, local staff offer guests the warmest of Burmese welcomes and provide travellers, with a spirit of adventure and cultural curiosity, the opportunity to experience Myanmar’s most remote and enchanting waterways. 

The 11 night maiden voyage departs Mandalay on 22 July setting sail up The Chindwin River along the foothills of the Himalayas. Highlights include a visit to the mid-12th century temple, Thanbodday Pagoda covered in images of tiny Bhuddas, a visit to the site of 1,000 Buddhas at Bodhi Tataung, a journey into Kalay, known as the trade gateway to India and a tour of the candlelit street market.

Prices start from £3,660 per person on the 11 night ‘Discovering The Chindwin River’ cruise including all meals onboard, excursions, transfers and domestic flights.

For reservations, please call Orient-Express on 0845 077 2222 or visit www.orcaella.net

A full selection of images of Orcaella is available to download from www.orient-expressimages.com. 

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Notes to editors:
About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. 
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture.   The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities.   Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand embraces 46 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river cruise operations and one of New York’s most iconic restaurants.  www.orient-express.com

For further media information, please contact Samantha Strawford or Emma Wylde at Orient-Express on 0203 117 1377 or samantha.strawford@orient-express.com or emma.wylde@orient-express.com 

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