· From now until end April – 25% off all sailings, together with complimentary round trip domestic flights and complimentary two night stay at the Strand Yangon
· From September until December 31 – 15% off all sailings, together with complimentary round trip domestic flights and complimentary two night stay at the Strand Yangon
Following the success of its first classical music voyage along Myanmar’s majestic Ayeyarwady River earlier this month, The Strand Cruise has announced details of new dates for its series of expert-led themed cruises for 2017 and 2018. Each departure will follow The Strand Cruise’s scheduled four-night Bagan-Mandalay itinerary, which will be enhanced by the presence of professional experts hosting each voyage and presenting additional activities on board and during shore excursions designed to enrich passengers’ experience of Myanmar and its culture.
Following a culinary themed cruise departing 13th March 2017, lead by the Strand’s executive chef, Christian Martena and guest chef, Sylvain Royer, The Strand Cruise will host it’s first photography cruise with professional photographer, Lucas Guardjian, on 16th October 2017. Then in November 2017 and February 2018, classical musicians from the Opéra de Paris and Orchestre de Paris will return to present new programmes to an intimate audience of just 42 passengers on board.
Culinary Cruise – departing 13th March 2017
Chef Christian Martena, who is responsible for the culinary offerings of both The Strand Cruise and The Strand Yangon, will be joined by fellow chef, Sylvain Royer, Michelin starred Chef de Cuisine of the R&B Lab Company and a Bangkok-based farm to table fanatic who is responsible for several highly acclaimed restaurants in the region, including the Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant in Bangkok. As well as visiting ancient capitals and fascinating temples along the river, passengers can accompany Chefs Christian & Sylvain on visits to markets to discover local ingredients such as the tealeaf, which is used to make Laphet, a traditional Myanmar salad of fermented green tea, and infuse fish recipes such as Mohinga, a fish and noodle broth from the Shan region. They will present some of their signature dishes pared with wines each evening, teach passengers how to shank oysters and lead a blind food tasting contest to discover or re-discover ingredients found in Myanmar.
Photography Cruise – departing 16th October 2017
Myanmar is a photographer’s delight, with glowing sunrises, expansive landscapes and characterful people. Professional photographer, Lucas Guardjian, joins passengers on The Strand Cruise in October to share his knowledge on how to capture this once in a lifetime experience and improve their skills as a photographer. Lucas, who has over 15 years experience as a photographer, spent three years travelling the world, including a two year journey cross-country from Paris to Bangkok, the reportage for which won him the ‘Best online multimedia travel diary’ award at the Clermont Ferrand Biennale. He will coach passengers on different styles of photography, including landscapes, food photography and portraits; tips on framing, lighting, aperture and depth of field; as well as post-production techniques. Lucas has already travelled the route of the cruise from Bagan to Mandalay and identified the best times to be in each location to capture the best light, for example, for sunrise over Bagan.
Classical Music Cruise – departing 13th November 2017 & 12th February 2018
Classical music aficionados are in for a treat as artists from the Opéra de Paris and Orchestre de Paris will return to The Strand Cruise in November 2017 and February 2018 to present a new programmes of scores from some of history’s most famous composers, played against a backdrop of romantic sunsets, starlit night skies and a vista of thousands of pagodas. The musicians will perform intimate concerts throughout the cruise in different locations, such as a private sandbank or on the ship’s sundeck, and be present throughout the cruise, offering passengers the unique experience of interacting with, and spending time with, these top international musicians.
The Strand’s four-night themed cruises travel from Bagan to Mandalay and are priced from USD 2,026 per person (from £1,638) sharing a Deluxe Cabin based on double occupancy. Rates include all excursions and activities on board The Strand Cruise as described in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks & local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, airport/hotel shuttle transportation to point of embarkation and from point of disembarkation, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability) and satellite WI-FI in all cabins and public areas.