Heritage Line’s 46-passenger Anawrahta, the latest addition to the line’s fleet, has arrived in Myanmar. // © 2015 iStock
Feature Image (above): Clients have the option to stay in Heritage Line’s Junior Suites while sailing the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers. // © 2015 Heritage Line
The latest addition to Heritage Line’s luxury fleet, the 46-passenger Anawrahta, has arrived in Myanmar. The all-balcony paddlewheeler, built entirely in Vietnam in 14 months, was floated to Yangon, where it is undergoing final detailing.
Starting in October, bookings will open on four-, seven- or 11-night itineraries sailing the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers, with accommodations in four categories: Deluxe (16 rooms), Junior Suites (three), Executive Suites (two) and Royal Suites (two).
Anawrahta joins Heritage’s three traditional luxury vessels in Ha Long Bay — Ginger, Jasmine and Violet — and its two classic river cruisers on the Mekong River, Jayavarman and The Jahan. The company is known for its spacious staterooms and suites with window walls and private balconies, as well as its elegant decor, which mixes historical styles with Indochine furnishings.
Heritage is polishing up its existing vessels as it expands, most recently rebuilding the Jacuzzi on the 54-passenger art-nouveau-style Jayavarman, converting it into a 25-foot Jacuzzi plunge pool similar to the one onboard the 52-guest, British-colonial-style Jahan.
According to Jim Selkin, business development manager for Heritage, the two shore excursions included per day on scheduled Anawrahta itineraries explore art, culture, philanthropic interests, soft adventure, health and wellness — a taste of everything on the rivers. If a group wants to charter the excursions with a focused interest, Heritage will make every effort to accommodate their wishes, as well as the desires of smaller groups.
“Small groups’ or even couples’ interests can be accommodated for a surcharge,” Selkin noted. “We had a family group of 15 on the Mekong who wanted to go biking in the Cambodian countryside one day. They went off-ship at the first stop that day, had 15 bikes, packed lunches and a guide, and they met the ship later that day at the end of the regular scheduled excursion.”
Selkin can be contacted directly for questions regarding groups, charters, the ships and culturally immersive opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.