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Clearly a lot of thoughts & efforts have been put into all aspects of the cruise which add up to an amazing experience. The boat : Spacious common areas is the first thing one might notice with state of the art dining room and comfy deck seatings while the pool is slightly on the small side. Special mention about the Bar / colonial style game and reading salon. The room : Branded amenities, simple yet beautiful wooden furnitures, extra comfy bedding, spot on bedside reading lights and usb plug, branded amenities and more. The F&B : Less is definitely more through the 2 to 4 options already set in the menus that change for every meal. A variety of cuisines displayed with a special care about selecting best and often locally sourced products. No compromises done on the house wine selections even though virtually on free flow over each meals. French diner might simply be bringing the best occurence of this cuisine in the bagan / mandalay region. We wined on that white Bordeaux throughout the evening ! The excursions : a careful attention to timing to beat the heat of the hottest hours, back up transportation and alternative itin. for those less keen on long walk / horse carriage, sight-seeing to focus only on the most meaningful places, knowledgeable guides that take you through all the narrative often with a fun/personal twist. The special attentions: 1 gift a day ( keeps the devil away...) , fresh drink after each sightseeing, fresh wet towels to welcome you back on board, local music and dance show, life event celebration setup and even full crew song !! The people : Making sure your glass and plate is refilled before you even thought of it, reminding you of the upcoming schedule, handwriting a daily note, cleaning up your shoes after a muddy outing, taking time to share their stories and hear yours few times a day, spa staff waiting for you to finish a meal even though taking them beyond off hours. Thank you Neville, Helene, Mr Barthélémy, Olivier and the whole crew for pampering us. Hope many more can enjoy The Strand as we did ! Ewen / Charlotte

Thoughtful Luxury , Simply Amazing !

Strand Cruise Cruise Review by ThrillAdvisor

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Asia River
Clearly a lot of thoughts & efforts have been put into all aspects of the cruise which add up to an amazing experience.

The boat : Spacious common areas is the first thing one might notice with state of the art dining room and comfy deck seatings while the pool is slightly on the small side. Special mention about the Bar / colonial style game and reading salon.

The room : Branded amenities, simple yet beautiful wooden furnitures, extra comfy bedding, spot on bedside reading lights and usb plug, branded amenities and more.

The F&B : Less is definitely more through the 2 to 4 options already set in the menus that change for every meal. A variety of cuisines displayed with a special care about selecting best and often locally sourced products. No compromises done on the house wine selections even though virtually on free flow over each meals. French diner might simply be bringing the best occurence of this cuisine in the bagan / mandalay region. We wined on that white Bordeaux throughout the evening !

The excursions : a careful attention to timing to beat the heat of the hottest hours, back up transportation and alternative itin. for those less keen on long walk / horse carriage, sight-seeing to focus only on the most meaningful places, knowledgeable guides that take you through all the narrative often with a fun/personal twist.

The special attentions: 1 gift a day ( keeps the devil away...) , fresh drink after each sightseeing, fresh wet towels to welcome you back on board, local music and dance show, life event celebration setup and even full crew song !!

The people : Making sure your glass and plate is refilled before you even thought of it, reminding you of the upcoming schedule, handwriting a daily note, cleaning up your shoes after a muddy outing, taking time to share their stories and hear yours few times a day, spa staff waiting for you to finish a meal even though taking them beyond off hours.

Thank you Neville, Helene, Mr Barthélémy, Olivier and the whole crew for pampering us. Hope many more can enjoy The Strand as we did !

Ewen / Charlotte
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