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  1. Heritage Line is pleased to announce to our valued partners, that it now has its own Operations Team on the ground in Myanmar under the overall guidance of Terry Gordon, the line’s Director of Operations. According to Managing Director, Maarten Perdok, “What this team has allowed us to do is evaluate each of the rivers [the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin] and the physical stops along the way in order to maximise the experiences for our guests. It is also incumbent upon us to offer as many enriching programs as possible in keeping with the credo of our Brand.” Perdok further states, “Myanmar is seeing significant growth as a destination and we have to do our best to separate ourselves from the ever increasing competition.” According to Nelson Balilo, Director of Sales & Marketing, “The re-evaluation of our operations in Myanmar has resulted in Heritage Line now offering seven standard itineraries, instead of five, and two specialty cruises – 5D/4N Christmas and a 5D/4N New Year’s 2016.” “As a result, we have developed a new e-brochure titled, The Ayeyarwady Collection which we are sharing in pdf form. Balilo continues, “The new itineraries have resulted in revised rate structures and new contracts which will soon be forwarded to you. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that it may cause in pre-selling our ship and itineraries, but our new offerings will deliver even more memorable experiences for your customers.” In addition to receiving the revised contracts, a combined printed version of the brochure with all three of our destinations will be forthcoming. The Anawrahta joins Heritage Line’s fleet of luxury cruise vessels in Ha Long Bay [Ginger, Jasmine and Violet] and on the Mekong [Jayavarman and Jahan.] For any related clarifications or questions, kindly contact Mr. Balilo at DOSM@heritage-line.com .
  2. Enjoy 20% OFF on all departures, applicable for Deluxe and Junior Suites Program: Exotic Chinwind, 11 nights cruise (Mandalay-Homalin-Bagan) from $6,333 per person on Deluxe Double Impressive Gorges, 11 nights cruise (Mandalay-Bhamo-Bagan) from $7,451 per person on Deluxe Double Amazing Irrawaddy, 7 nights cruise (Yangon-Bagan) from $5,771 per person on Deluxe Double Golden Land Voyage, 4 nights cruise (Mandalay-Bagan) from 3,304 per person on Deluxe Double Inclusions: Port tax (US$ 129 per person) Coffee/Tea, local beer and water at all times during cruise House wine by the glass, local beer, soft drink, coffee/tea and juices during lunch and dinner Terms & Conditions: Applicable for all new bookings and confirmed from July 7, 2015 to December 15, 2015 Domestic tickets and gratuities are not included Limited cabins are available for this promotion Confirmation is subject to availability Not to be combined with other promotions Contact sales@heritage-line.com for more information or click here to book now.
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    HALONG EARLY BIRD

    HALONG EARLY BIRD – 45 days. Valid until 31 Dec 2016 Ginger 20% off – Non amendable/ Non-refundable 15% off – Amendable but non-refundable. (*) Jasmine 15% off – Non amendable/ Non-refundable 10% off – Amendable but non-refundable. (*) Term & Condition • Applicable for GINGER and JASMINE • Applicable for all new bookings from 01st October 2015 • Bookings must be made and confirmed at least 45 days before cruising • Any amendment must be latest 10 days before cruising date (*) • Cannot be combined with other promotions • Credit card detail will be required upon confirmation to secure booking • Bookings should be sent to: anh.n@heritage-line.com with promo code: EBHL2016. Or else internet rate will be applied
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    MEKONG EARLY BIRD

    Booking period: NOW – 31 December 2015 Travel period: January – December 2016 JAYAVARMAN: 15% off JAHAN: 10% off Term and Conditions • Applicable for all departures from January – December 2016 • Applicable for Superior and Deluxe only • Bookings must be made and confirmed within 15 October 2015 – 31 December 2015 • Applicable for new bookings minimum 4 nights • Cannot be combined with other promotions • 30% non refundable/non transferable deposit within 7 days after confirmation • Full payment 60 days before departure • Credit card detail will be required upon confirmation • No amendment , no cancellation after confirmation • Rates are not inclusive of port tax US$ 65/ per person, gratuities, beverage, Visa fee and personal expenses • Limited cabins for promotion. Confirmation is subjected to availability • Bookings should be sent to: anh.n@heritage-line.com with promo code: EBMK2016. Or else internet rate will be applied
  5. A journey on Jayavarman will not only gratify your senses for adventure and new experiences it will also be an ongoing delight for your taste buds. Chef Sam Ang and his talented team will prepare a myriad of dishes during your journey, three sumptuous meals a day featuring Vietnamese, Cambodian and Western cuisines and fusion dishes incorporating all. From the elegant Indochine Dining Room, as you savor the visual delights passing by, you will enjoy flavours and ingredients that you will wish you could enjoy at home and know you will miss upon ending your journey. Feel free to ask Chef Sam Ang how he and his team have created your favourite dishes - and try it at home!
  6. When visiting Cambodia, especially while visiting the immense and intriguing religious complex of Angkor Wat, Cambodia you will inevitably be struck by the beautiful dancing girls depicted on the temple walls and reliefs. An Apsara (also spelled as Apsarasa) is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. In Indian religions, Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas to entertain and sometimes seduce both gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels. In the temple complexes around Siem Reap, these goddesses are particularly prominent at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm appearing in many different reliefs, but always dancing. In the Angkor Wat temple alone there are around 1,800 dancing goddess carvings. Studies of the dancing girls have shown there are many varied depictions with different hair, jewellery, clothing, stance, floral decorations and headdresses. Therefore it has been concluded that they were modelled on real Apsaras in the Khmer court of the 12th century. Cambodian Dance is an important form of art and culture to mark the national identity and the soul of the nation. Khmer classical dances, also known as the Robam Preah Reach Trop (Royal Dance), are a form of the Cambodia dance originally performed only for the king, but now also for dignitaries and the public during official ceremonies and other festivals. There are many important classical dances that play a pivotal role in Khmer literature. Amongst these, Apsara Dance is the most important for Khmer culture and national heritage, which has been inherited from Khmer ancestors. Even though male and female dancers have been changed from one generation to another, the techniques of the dancing remain the same. The Apsara Dance is a Classical dance inspired by the Apsara carvings and sculptures of Angkor and developed in the late 1940s by Queen Sisowath Kossamak. Her granddaughter and protégé, Princess Bopha Devi, was the first star of the Apsara Dance. The central character of the dance, the Apsara Mera, leads her coterie of Apsaras through a flower garden where they partake of its beauty. The movements of the dance are distinctly Classical yet, as the dance was developed for theatrical presentation, it is shorter and a bit more relaxed and flowing. The dance portrays excellent examples of the movements, manner and spirit of Khmer Classical dance. This shorter version makes it particularly accessible to a modern audience unaccustomed to the style and stories of Khmer dance-drama. Classical dance, including the famous 'Apsara dance,' has a grounded, subtle, restrained, yet feather-light, ethereal appearance. Distinct in its ornate costuming, taut posture, arched back and feet, flexed fingers, codified facial expressions, slow, close, deliberate but flowing movements, it is uniquely Khmer. The performance present themes and stories inspired primarily by the Reamker (the Cambodian version of the Indian classic, the Ramayana) and the glories of the Angkorian Age. Cambodian scholars, such as Pech Tum Kravel, and French archaeologist George Grosiler mentioned that Khmer classical dance as proof that shows the cultural solidarity and unity within the Angkorian period. In 2003, UNESCO named the Apsara dance a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity". “It’s as if the sculptures at Angkor come to life before your very eyes”. Heritage Line invites our guests, on the Jahan or Jayavarman, to an exclusive evening performance, aboard ship, of the Apsara Dance whilst moored in Phnom Penh. Don’t miss this unique performance as well as our culturally immersive experiences on the Mekong. Our ships sail a 7-night itinerary between Siem Reap, Cambodia and My Tho, Vietnam. For more information on this cruise, kindly visit: www.heritage-line.com or www.facebook.com/HeritageLine.
  7. REVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE OF TRAVEL In an era of supersonic planes, pullet trains and even space tourism, discerning travelers are opting to return to the golden Age of Travel, going low and slow. Cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, with an estimated 21 million passengers testing out their sea legs last year. While the vast majority are traveling on ocean-going cruise ships, river cruising, with its smaller ships and ability to dock right at the cities instead of distant seaports, is increasing at an even faster rate. “River cruising is one of the best ways to discover a country and its culture”, said Maarten Perdok, Managing Director of the Vietnam-based, luxury river cruise company, Heritage Line Co.,Ltd. “You get to see the country from a different angle and to go places other tourists don’t because there are simply no roads going to those places”. In addition to enjoying the convenience and intimacy of river cruising, Heritage Line guests can also expert onboard levels of luxury more commonly associated with bygone eras. “You’re very close to life on the river which is quite unique”, explains Maarten. “But then you have your floating hotel, luxury that’s always on standby. During the day guests go off on excursions but in no time are back to their cabin, their comfort zone, with a chilled glass of wine waiting for them and an attendant to shine their shoes.” Established in 2009, Heritage Line is a consummate collector of ships and vessels combining Old World elegance with modern inspired by French colonial cruise liners and travel the Mekong River between Saigon-Tan Chau-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap. In Halong Bay, Heritage Line operates three traditional wooden junks on one-and two-night itineraries. The newest river cruiser in the collection is the 23-cabin Anawrshts, named after King Anawrahta, the 11th century founder of the Burmese nation. Built entirely in Vietnam, it will ply the Ayeyawady and Chindwin Rivers in Myanmar beginning mid-September 2015. Named “Destination of the Year” by Travel + Leisure magazine, Marteen adds that “Myanmar has a lot of potential because it’s practically untouched by the commercial world. But because infrastructure is lacking, river cruising is one of the best, if not the best way to travel the country.” The Anawrahta features Kipling’s Bar with high ceilings and large windows, the Mandalay Lounge with polished wood floor and the relaxed feel of a colonial club as well as the Hintha Hall Restaurant where guests dine on white tablecloths with gleaming glassware while watching the scenery roll by through large picture windows. Staterooms range from 32-86 sqm and boast private balconies, fine works of Burmese art and even a private Jacuzzi in ratio (46 crew serving 46 passengers) on the Ayeyarwady, world class cuisine and unique excursions as well as daily onboard lectures and entertainment. While the gorgeous interior mixes Burmese motifs and British colonial-style décor, the ship itself can rightly be called a work of art, comprised of an aluminum superstructure on top of steel hull. “Because of the low water levels in Myanmar, we used a lot of lightweight materials for this cruiser which are typically not used,” said Technical Director Stefan Malin. “We took advantage of the experience we had from building two other ships, bringing together the right contractors and the right materials to build a very high-quality vessel.” “We wanted to reach a low draft of just one meter, so that we could stay ahead of the competition and cruise further out, and stay longer in areas with very low water levels,” added Marteen. “We can go to remote places on the Ayeyarwady where no one else can go, offering guests a very unique experience all year round.” The Anawrahta will sail on four different itineraries ranging from 4 to 11 nights, visiting ports including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Bhamo. The longest itinerary is the 901-mile, 12 days / 11 nights journey from Mandalay to Homalin on the Chidwin River and ending in Bagan on the Ayeyarwady River, with excursions to textile and silversmithing workshops, temples and convents and teak forests with working elephants, amongst others. For more on Heritage Line’s exciting itineraries and to see the ship in more detail, visit www.heritage-line.com and www.facebook.com/HeritageLine.
  8. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― The luxury river cruiser “Anawrahta”, owned by Heritage Line, left Ho Chi Minh City on July 8th aboard the heavy lift vessel, Rolldock Storm, bound for a 5-day journey to Myanmar where it will ply the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers beginning late-September 2015. “Myanmar is a very hot destination with a lot of potential because it’s practically untouched by the commercial world,” said Maarten Perdok, Managing Director of Heritage Line Co., Ltd., of the country that has been named “Destination of the Year” by Travel + Leisure magazine. “The Ayeyarwady is a stunning river to cruise and explore. In fact, river cruising is one of the best ways to discover a country and its culture. You get to see the country from a different angle and go to places other tourists don’t because there are simply no roads going to those places. This is especially true in Myanmar where infrastructure is lacking, making cruising one of the best, if not the best way to travel the country.” Built entirely in Vietnam over 14 months, the 23-cabin luxury vessel has an aluminum superstructure on top of a steel hull. “Because of the low water levels in Myanmar, we used a lot of lightweight materials for this cruiser which are typically not used,” said Technical Director Stefan Malin. “We took advantage of the experience we had from building two other ships, bringing together the right contractors and the right materials to build a very high-quality vessel.” “We wanted to reach a low draft of just one meter, so that we could stay ahead of the competition and cruise further out, and stay longer in areas with very low water levels,” added Perdok. “We can go to remote places on the Ayeyarwady where no one else can go, offering guests a very unique experience all year round. I’m happy to say that we succeeded in reaching this very low draft.” The Anawrahta will sail on four different itineraries ranging from 4 to 11 nights, visiting ports including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Bhamo. The longest itinerary is the 901-mile, 12 days / 11 nights journey from Mandalay to Homalin on the Chidwin River and ending in Bagan on the Ayeyarwady River, with excursions to textile and silversmithing workshops, temples and convents and teak forests with working elephants, amongst others. Guests on the four-deck Anawrahta can expect a five-star experience, including the highest crew-to-passenger ratio (46 crew serving 46 passengers) and the largest cabins on the Ayeyarwady River all with private balcony, luxury amenities, world class cuisine and unique excursions as well as daily onboard lectures and entertainment. “You’re very close to life on the river which is quite unique,” said Perdok. “But then you have your floating hotel, luxury that’s always on standby. During the day guests go off on excursions but in no time are back to their cabin, their comfort zone, with a chilled glass of wine waiting for them.” Named after King Anawrahta, the 11th century founder of the Burmese nation, Anawrahta is modeled after a turn of the century vintage steamer and mixes Burmese motifs and British colonial-style décor. In addition to 23 spacious cabins, it features a bar, lounge, restaurant, spa, gym and Jacuzzi pool. It joins the five other unique Heritage Line ships in Halong Bay, Vietnam and on the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Cambodia.
  9. Summer Promotion 2015 I/ HALONG SUMMER PROMOTION 2015: 01 May- 30 September 2015 FREE Shuttle Bus Round trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi (saving minimum US$ 50/ per pax) Additional benefits: Free usage of kayak (subject to availability) Entrance and overnight surcharge Welcome drink on board Terms and conditions: Applicable for all NEW bookings from 23 March 2015 and stay within promotional period Full non-refundable/ non transferable payment upon confirmation Not combine with other promotion I/ MEKONG SUMMER PROMOTION 2015: All departures from June – 16 October 2015 8 Days 7 nights: 20% off 5 Days 4 nights and 4 days 3 nights: 10% off Terms & Conditions: Applicable for all new FIT bookings from 23 March 2015 for those above departures 50% non-refundable/ non transferable deposit upon confirmation. Balance should be settled 45 days before cruising Limited cabins set for this promotion. Confirmation is subjected to availability Not to combined with other promotion III/ COMBINATION MEKONG AND HALONG: May – 15 October 2015 Receive 15% discount for combination of Heritage Line Halong and Heritage Line Mekong in one single booking Terms & Conditions: Applicable for all new FIT bookings from 23 March 2015 50% non-refundable/ non transferable deposit upon confirmation. Balance should be settled 45 days before cruising Limited cabins set for this promotion. Confirmation is subjected to availability Not to combined with other promotion
  10. Discover the wonders of Halong Bay this summer. Vietnam’s Halong Bay should be on everyone’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’, ‘must-see’ or ‘bucket-list’ as a unique destination. It is truly one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on the planet. Local people will tell you a very colorful story about the creation of the Bay. It is said that once upon a time, when ancestors fought with the Chinese, the Gods sent dragons to help the Vietnamese warriors. Trying to make a barrier, these fearsome creatures spit precious stones that turned into islands. These islands created a wall that protected the Vietnamese people from their aggressors. The dragons liked the rocky islands and decided to leave them behind after the war. The Vietnamese named this place, where Mother Dragon landed – Halong, which means “a place where dragon descended into the sea.” Located in the northeast of Vietnam, Halong Bay is place where people come to enjoy many things - from sailing, kayaking or swimming in waters surrounded by incredibly shaped mountains, to fishing, climbing or biking on these karst jewels. One would think that with such popularity, the Bay would be very crowded and noisy. But with 1,600 islands and islets, there really is a lot of private space. There are also a countless number of caves and grottos of all shapes and sizes filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the caves have become tourist sites or places to hold private functions which when lit with colorful lights, resemble fairy-tale underground castles. Traveling to Halong in any season of the year, visitors always discover its seductive, enchanting beauty. If you’re wondering where to go this summer, follow the advice of Heritage Line and make a trip to discover the wonders of Halong Bay. Spend at least two nights on the Bay. If you just take a day tour, you will just skim the surface of the Bay. With just one 24-hour sailing period, your range is limited and you will only glimpse a small portion of this natural wonder. But if you spend a second day and night, you will broaden your range and have more worthwhile trip. You’ve come a long way to visit, why not take advantage of the full 3 day / 2 night experience on the Bay. We have the honor of offering you our journey “The Jewels of Halong Bay” to discover the hidden jewels-glittering and untouched –that lies deep in the Bay and on Cat Ba Island. For more information, please visit our website: Heritage-line.com.
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    Explore Indochina in style

    Heritage Line, a consummate collector of ships and vessels and a dynamic cruise company offers guests an experience at once intimate, authentic and adventurous. Heritage Line designs ships to re-create the past of an era gone-by. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remake history. Always in search of the exceptional, and this naturally draws guests from distant corners of the planet to partake in their splendors. Heritage Line is artisans. It is more than a mere provider of tours on water. They craft the most memorable on- and off-shore experience and bring to life untold stories with the right mix of comfort, adventure, culture, history, luxury and tradition, and passion. Heritage Line travelers are inspired by the people they meet, by the closeness to nature during their journeys and of course by bringing home those everlasting glimpses of Asian beauty. There is a reason Heritage Line is called a boutique spark on water. They are personal. They are exclusive. They are veritable hosts who embrace you with unbridled warmth and never let you forget your stay. Where intimate bonds are created and friendships are nourished. And they remember your names. Website: Heritage-Line.com Heritage Line Co. Ltd. 68 Street No. 10 - Nam Long Residence Tan Thuan Dong Ward (District 7) Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam T: +84 (0) 8 377 385 55 F: +84 (0) 8 377 384 44
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