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Belmond Cruises

Belmond Hirondelle

About Belmond Cruises

Belmond is a high-end travel company, which, in addition to owning and operating a number of luxury hotels (and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and other luxury trains), also owns and operates seven luxury boats in France and Myanmar.

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  • Do I have to dress up on a Belmond cruise?

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Who goes on Belmond cruise ships?

Belmond attracts a sophisticated, well-heeled and well-traveled clientele used to the very finest in travel experiences. They are culturally savvy and interested in seeking out new experiences. It's not unusual to see families on the French barges, as well.

Do I have to dress up on a Belmond cruise?

Despite the upscale nature of the cruises, the onboard vibe is relaxed and akin to a floating house party. Passengers in France dress primarily for comfort and weather conditions, and although it's not obligatory to change in the evening, some will don a smarter pair of slacks or similar attire. On Myanmar cruises, the evening dress code is smart-casual.

Is everything free on Belmond cruises?

Belmond's France barge cruises include all meals, wine and onboard beverages, daily excursions with the resident onboard guide and return transfers from Paris. The only extras are gratuities and Belmond-branded clothing.

The company's Road to Mandalay Myanmar sailings include local beer and house wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi, excursions and onboard activities including lectures and presentations, sunrise yoga classes, meditation sessions and cookery classes. Extras include gratuities, spa treatments and boutique purchases.

What are Belmond’s most popular activities?

In France passengers have a lot of options to personalize their journey, with some of the most popular choices being out-of-hours tours of grand chateau, sipping wines with winemakers and exploring towns and villages with a private guide. The exclusive nature of the cruises enables the crew to create bespoke tours or arrange activities such as ballooning. As the barges move at a walking pace, passengers often get off to stroll along the bank or explore on the onboard bicycles.

In Myanmar, shore excursions are the no. 1 activity; cruisers enjoy engaging with local people, exploring rural villages and participating in an early morning almsgiving ceremony with monks.

Why go with Belmond?

  • Luxurious accommodation on small river barges.
  • Locally-sourced food and drink.
  • Private charter available.

Best for: Luxury-loving couples, families and groups of friends seeking exclusive travel in relaxed, unstuffy surroundings

Not for: Anyone who wants to mix with scores of different passengers or wants a lively vacation with onboard entertainment

Belmond Cruises Cruiser Reviews

The ultimate in luxury

The barge is always rented as a charter, meaning that you have both cabins and a great ability to tailor the meals and tours to your timing and tastes.This was our first experience on a hotel barge, and we could not have been more pleased.Read More
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UltimateHedonist

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Trip of a Lifetime!

We saw other ships on the way and Road to Mandalay seemed to have the biggest top Deck and a swimming-pool not like the other ships.The food was always delicious and we had a great first night on the top deck at Bagan eating BBQ from the Thai Chef.Read More
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Ellira

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Wonderful experience

The 4 days cruise on the Irrawaddy River was a truly memorable experience.We had 2 nights in the Governors Residence in Yangon prior to the Cruise and the only thing I wish we had done different is to have had an extra night or two there, as we didn't really have enough time in Yangon.Read More
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AHAJT

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Delightful short cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

This experience is more of a floating hotel than a cruise, as only one day is spent cruising--the rest are spent moored in Mandalay and Bagan and taking guided tours (included) of these fascinating areas.The Road to Mandalay is an extremely comfortable and attractive small river cruise boat.Read More
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FK123

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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