Cruise Control

ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS, TRAINS & CRUISES

STATELY: The "Road to Mandalay" at rest on Burma's Irrawaddy river

Asia-Pacific cruise holidays have become one of travel's hottest tickets in recent years, with eager operators offering packed itineraries and massive liners to entertain and accommodate ever growing legions of eastbound vacationers. Good organization, hassle-free immigration, no language problems and a huge choice of dining and recreational facilities are prime selling points. But what if you want your Asian sea voyage to come with more privacy? What if you don't like enforced craft classes before lunch or sharing the pool with raucous children? Enter the world of small cruise liners and private charters. They may not offer half a dozen all-day-dining...

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