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Sanctuary Retreats takes delivery of new river vessel in Myanmar

42 passenger Sanctuary Ananda, built in Myanmar
Sanctuary Retreats has taken delivery of 42 passenger Sanctuary Ananda, its new boutique river cruise vessel in Myanmar, following an 18-month construction period by local shipbuilders.

Due to an earlier than expected delivery the company is hosting over 100 travel agents and tour operators on a series of inaugural cruises before its scheduled maiden voyage from Mandalay to Bagan on November 15.

Sanctuary Ananda’s 21 suites have floor-to-ceiling windows plus full balconies. Built by two Burmese brothers the vessel has been constructed by craftsmen using local techniques, indigenous woods, handmade fabrics and traditional lacquer ware.

Marco Rosa, Sanctuary Retreats svp for worldwide sales & marketing commented: ‘The Sanctuary Ananda brings a new level of luxury to Myanmar’s rivers, and we are delighted with the high standards of craftsmanship and beautiful décor delivered by the Burmese shipbuilders.’

The ship is sailing 3, 4 and 7 night cruises on the Ayeyarwady River plus longer 10 and 11 night itineraries on the Chindwin River to Homalin, the Upper Ayeyarwaddy to Bhamo, and sailings between Yangon and Mandalay have also been unveiled.

Inclusive excursions feature must-see sights like Shwezigon Pagoda, the temples of Bagan, and the Sale monasteries, as well as off-the-beaten track villages where guests can buy ingredients for their lunch on board with the ship’s executive chef.

Due to strong demand, Sanctuary Ananda’s 2016 programme will go on sale earlier than originally planned, and will now be available from October 15, 2014.