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23 July 2013 – Belmond’s new river cruiser, Belmond Orcaella, sets sail on the maiden voyage this week. Following a traditional Buddhist blessing in Myanmar’s cultural capital, Mandalay, Belmond Orcaella sets sail on its inaugural 11 night cruise along the foothills of the Himalayas on the Chindwin River. As Myanmar emerges as one the hottest new travel destinations, Belmond leads the way in expertly guiding guests through hidden Myanmar. 

“Belmond was one of the early tourism pioneers in Myanmar. We have been operating river cruises on board Belmond Road To Mandalay for the past 18 years and offering hotel accommodation at Belmond Governor’s Residence, a 48-key colonial-style hotel in Yangon. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in demand for river cruises in Myanmar and so now feel this is the right time to increase the diversity of experiences we can offer our guests. Belmond Orcaella launches this week and will complement the river cruising itineraries offered on board Belmond Road To Mandalay as well as introduce new journeys,” comments Gary Franklin, Managing Director, Belmond Trains & Cruises. 
Operating between January to April and July to December, Belmond Orcaella will offer seven and 11 night cruise itineraries in 2013 with journeys departing from Mandalay, Yangon and Bagan. Belmond Orcaella’s combination of draft and length means she can reach lesser visited destinations, such as the Chindwin River, providing guests with the opportunity to engage with the fascinating and remote communities Belmond has spent many years getting to know. All itineraries can be combined with stays in Yangon, Inle Lake or Ngapali on the Indian Ocean.
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. 

Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Ayeyarwady River, Belmond 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 and suites on board Belmond Orcaella, all featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with Juliet balconies opening onto the river. 

Prices start from £3,270 per person for a seven-night cruise and include all meals on board, excursions, transfers and domestic flights. Belmond Road To Mandalay and Belmond Orcaella are both available for private charter and can be chartered in tandem, making a total occupancy of 132 guests. 

Belmond Orcaella is a further testament to Belmond as curators of authentic travel experiences and demonstrates its further commitment to Myanmar. 

For reservations, please call Belmond on 0845 077 2222 or visit www.orcaella.net. A full selection of images of Belmond Orcaella is available to download from www.belmondimages.com. 
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About Belmond
Owned and operated by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., Belmond is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations.  Established over 30 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, its unique and distinctive portfolio now embraces 45 hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and three river cruises. Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. also operates ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants. BELMOND.COM

For further media information, please contact Samantha Strawford or Emma Wylde at Belmond on 0203 117 1377 or samantha.strawford@belmond.com or emma.wylde@belmond.com.

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