82Ship Type: River Cruise Ship
Cruising gently along the Irrawaddy River, The Road To Mandalay accesses the unique sights, scents, and sounds of Burma (Myanmar) in style and luxury.
From the royal city of Mandalay and the sacred Sagaing Hills, this beautiful craft voyages south to the ancient capital of Bagan, with its 2,500 pagodas spread across a dusty plain; it also heads north through forested gorges to Bhamo near the Chinese border.
There is no more pleasurable way to experience Burma—to feel its pulse, meet its people, live its legends, and understand its history.
Accommodations aboard the Road to Mandalay
Newly refurbished cabins on the Road To Mandalay offer guests space and comfort in luxury and style. Inside this graceful river cruiser the emphasis rests on traditional comfort combined with delightful luxury. The spacious en suite cabins are fully air-conditioned and furnished with the most beautiful fabrics, finest linens, luxury bathrobes and slippers, and softest towels.
Five cabin sizes and categories are available on the Road To Mandalay, all of which feature outward-facing windows, a writing desk, generous closet space, a small personal safe, telephone, satellite television, en-suite bathroom with shower amenities, and an iPod docking station. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. Upon arrival, each cabin is stocked with a welcome flower arrangement and fresh fruit basket. Additional amenities include nightly turndown service and turndown gifts, complimentary shoe cleaning after excursions, and complimentary early morning tea and coffee in cabin, plus continental breakfast (on request). In room dining is available.
Governor's Suite amenities include butler service, unpacking service on arrival and packing for departure, complimentary laundry service, complimentary mini bar including soft drinks, beer, local wine and spirits, complimentary one-hour spa treatment per person per cruise, Nespresso machine, tailor-made dining menus, and a farewell gift .
No journey to Asia would be complete without sampling the regional cuisine, and on board you can enjoy an acclaimed gourmet menu of Eastern and Western delicacies, all served with Burmese courtesy and charm.
Buffet-style lunch is served on the Observation Deck or in the Restaurant in seven different themes: Burmese, Shan, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and European.
Dinners are served in the Restaurant, at a time to suit you, and offer a choice of dishes to suit all tastes from the flavors of Asia to a la carte menus. A collection of carefully selected European and Australian wines are also available to compliment your meal. The outdoor Grill Restaurant opens for one night per trip, and offers local grilled specialities, live music, and fine wines.
A Gala Dinner is served on the last night of each cruise with a specially designed menu.
At the end of a day of discovery, guests may also retire to the Piano Bar for an evening in the company of fellow travelers. Decorated with a mixture of light wood and Burmese lacquerware, the Piano Bar offers guests a range of delicious local and international cocktails while enjoying the musical talents of the local pianist. Complimentary pre-dinner aperitifs are served in the Piano Bar every evening.
The Observation Lounge
The Observation Lounge has a colonial ambiance with its woven-cane furniture and wooden-slated Venetian blinds. Its large windows provide an excellent view of the Ayeyarwady River. A variety of local entertainment takes place here in the evenings, and during sailing days lectures on a variety of Burmese topics are given by guides. Two iPads connected to satellite Wi-FI are available for guests to use.
A variety of local entertainers perform in the evenings, ranging from the traditional Burmese marionettes to amazing acrobatic feats and traditional dances. Extend your knowledge of Burmese culture with a lecture given on sailing days by our expert guides. Learn how to tie a longyi and apply thanka, a beauty treatment used by local women.
The small Library of topical books in several languages is available in the Reception, along with a selection of games. Your remote-control cabin TV offers satellite channels and there are two video channels showing in-house movies. Please note that TV channels are only available when the ship is moored at Bagan or Mandalay.
Located on the Deluxe Deck, Road To Mandalay Wellbeing offers passengers a 33sq meter fitness room consisting of three exercise machines (stepper, bicycle, treadmill), stretch/crunch area and a shower with a changing room. Fresh, healthy drinks are also available.
A range of beauty treatments from aromatherapy massages, facials, manicures and pedicures are available for guests to enjoy alongside a hair wash/blow dry service. Treatments and appointments can be booked onboard the Road To Mandalay.
On selected special cruises, guest speakers will be present to enhance your journey with in-depth knowledge, personal insights, and enriching experiences in areas such as photography, history, and well-being.