Fred. Olsen makes inaugural Burma call

Fred. Olsen makes inaugural Burma call

Family owned Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has made its inaugural call into Burma’s capital city of Rangoon – staying overnight before making its way to Singapore on a Valentine’s cruise.

The voyage, which is onboard the 1,350-passenger Balmoral, stayed two nights in the city which is currently topping many people’s ‘must see’ list.

The ship’s captain, Robert Bamberg, Master of Balmoral, said: “We are proud to be able to offer our guests such a wide range of worldwide itineraries, with so many exciting new ports of call on this ‘World Cruise’ – our longest ever, at 114 nights.

Fred. Olsen in Burma
Fred. Olsen’s senior staff exchange plaques with Burma officials

“We would like to thank the people of Myanmar too for their warm welcome and our guests are very excited to be able to see and experience this beautiful country.”

Burma has seen its popularity rapidly rise in recent years following the country’s move to embrace its tourism industry. The likes P&O, Oceania, Azamara and Silversea all now have Burma on its itineraries while the country’s river industry is also undergoing huge growth.

The voyages available range from cruise calls on ocean ships to 20-night expedition river cruises up the Chindwin River and Upper Irrawaddy.

Kalay Pandaw
Kalay Pandaw

The latter takes place in monsoon season, which is the only time of the year the water levels are high enough for access to some of the more remote regions.

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