APT already has AmaPura launching in Asia later this year. Image: APT
APT and Travelmarvel are going after the business in one of the fastest growing river cruise markets, with two new ships sailing in Myanmar from January 2016.
Each brand will receive one vessel to sail on 15-day itineraries between Yangon and Mandalay.
APT’s new ship, RV Samatha, will feature 30 suites ranging from 27 square metres to 48.7 square metres.
Onboard there will be a swimming pool, an observation deck, two restaurants including the main dining room and a private fine dining venue plus a spa and massage facility.
The ship also has an air-conditioned lounge area on the sundeck.
RV Samatha is named as a tribute to the Buddhist practice of calming the mind.
Travelmarvel’s new ship, RV Princess Panhwar, will have 36-suites, many of which will have outside balconies.
Suites will range from 26 square metres to 42.5 square metres.
Onboard there will also be a restaurant, spa and massage facility and an air-conditioned lounges area on the sun deck.
RV Princess Panhwar is named after the Queen of Hindu deity, Vishnu.
APT general manager for sales and marketing Debra Fox said APT has only been sailing in Myanmar for one year and sales have already exceeded expectations.
“Burma is clearly a place that our guests from Australia, New Zealand and the UK are keen to explore and so to build and introduce our very own river cruise ships for both of our respective APT and Travelmarvel brands in this emerging destination is incredibly exciting.”
Cruisers can pre-register for a cruise on the new vessels through a travel agent with a $250 per person fully refundable deposit.