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Belmond Cruises

Belmond is the new brand name of the Orient Express hotels, trains and cruises. Belmond operates 2 cruise ships in Burma which navigate the Irrawaddy and its tributary the Chindwin and Afloat in France which offer luxury barge cruising or péniche-hôtels in France on the Rhone River. Guests glide through France’s hidden canals and rivers enjoying rural pleasure, fine cuisine and service. The Burma River Cruises – the Road to Mandalay and the new Orcaella - operate between July and April visiting ancient palaces and religious landmarks.  All Belmond’s cruises are for the connoisseur, on exceptionally luxurious small cruise vessels. 

Belmond Cruises - Destinations

  • Myanmar Discover the culture of Myanmar on a luxury cruise along the Chindwin and Ayeyarwady Rivers. Visit gilded pagodas and bustling markets, ancient palaces and religious landmarks; Ava, Mandalay's ancient capital;Bagan, with its more than 2,000 Buddhist temples; Mount Popa, the sacred home of spirits;Shwe Kyet Yet and Sagaing, and the colonial hill station of Maymyo, with its botanical gardens.
  • France Experience the beauty of the French countryside while meandering through quiet canals and rivers. Visit historic cheateaus and medieaval villages. Taste wine in world famous vineyards as you navigate through centuries-old waterways through the French countryside.

Our Ships

Belmond’s Orcaella accommodated just 50 guests across 25 cabins and offers  itineraries between Yangon and Bhamo, close to the border with China, and cruising on the Chindwin River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy, passing mountain ranges through western Myanmar, and close to the Indian border. The ship has 2 Balcony Suites, 1 Junior Suite, 13 State and 9 Deluxe Cabins (all ensuite) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that provide the perfect frame to the river and its banks.


The Road to Mandalay has 43 cabins, all ensuite, fully air conditioned and luxuriously decorated in bright and airy fabrics. The ship has 8 superior, 16 Deluxe, 18 state cabins and 1 Governors’ suite. Features include a personal safe, telephone, satellite television, en-suite bathroom and shower amenities. It operates 3 to 11 night cruises on the Irrawaddy River.


12-passenger Napoleon sails the Rhone River. Cruises include all meals with wine, all shore excursions, an open bar and bikes for passenger use. Public spaces include a saloon with piano keyboard, Bose iPod docking station and a small DVD Player, dining area and a sun deck with sun loungers and hot tub.