Washington-based cruise ship line Windstar Cruises said it has launched its first-ever series of Cruisetours, premiering in Asia and Arabia, and featuring Myanmar.
Windstar, which is noted for its modern computer-controlled sailing ships, said it will travel to a “world long closed to western eyes to enjoy the mystical beauty of Myanmar” on a 4-day journey.
The “Singapore, the Malay Peninsula, & Myanmar Cruisetour” is in total a 10-day round trip voyage from Singapore. Hotels in Myanmar will include Sule Shangri-La and Bagan Lodge, the company said.
Guests will get to visit Yangon and Bagan, while highlights include a trip to Phwar Saw Village where locals welcome participants into their homes and share cooking secrets, using the market’s fresh ingredients.
“We’ve applied our philosophy of exploring hidden harbours and secluded coves to our land experiences, handpicking the best excursions to taste the local culture,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer.
“Our Cruisetours take care of all the logistics, so our guests can truly relax and enjoy the destination at hand in exclusive Windstar style, both on land and at sea.”
Starting at $5,299 Cruisetours include: the cost of the cruise, flights to the Cruisetour city, accommodations in a luxury hotel, excursions with an expert guide in each new city, select meals, and transfers.
Guests who book by August 29 will receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit per person, free hotel and transfers on arrival, a complimentary exclusive private event on the voyage crafted solely for Windstar guests, and savings of up to 50 percent of the cruise fare, the firm said.
Another of Windstar’s cruises, “Southeast Asia Unveiled & Angkor Wat Cruisetour”, includes trips to Cambodia and Vietnam.