RV Irrawaddy Explorer

Why cruise on this ship?

RV Irrawaddy Explorer is a new, all-suite, luxurious river vessel . Launched in September 2014 with 28 spacious suites she is the perfect vessel for our exploration. The friendly onboard staff of 30 will provide you with excellent service and do much to contribute to your enjoyment throughout your journey and the atmosphere onboard will be relaxed and informal.

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Meals in the old-world charm of the dining room with its lazily-turning ceiling fans are not in the old colonial traditions of broiled beef and rice pudding, but of modern western haute cuisine, the best of Asian food with the freshest ingredients it demands, as well as the most delicious of popular standards. The menu is created by a talented foreign who has years of experience on the best cruise liners of the world and prepared by local Chefs. Best of all, the Kitchen often takes passengers for a stroll through local bazaars selling fresh and luscious fruits and vegetables.



Other events presented for your amusement, such as a lesson on how to cook some local dishes, how to securely tie the longyi waist garment, how to grind the traditional Thanakha bark paste, and how to ‘play’ the cane ball game of grace and balance. On longer cruises there are lectures on culture and traditions and performances of classical dance and marionette shows.

Health and fitness

On board, there is a Fitness Center with State-of-the-art equipment and also a spa for messages with creams made from healing and fragrant barks.

Kids and teens


With just 28 suites, your cruise on-board the boutique Irrawaddy Explorer will be one of intimate luxury. From watching stunning sunsets on the sun deck to enjoying a tipple on your private balcony, explore the Irrawaddy river in luxurious comfort with Emerald Waterways.

Along with each suite having its own individual artwork, you will find a flat-screen TV with on-demand movies, bottled water restocked daily, a safe, air conditioning and stunning floor to ceiling windows with either French or full balconies. Choose a Mandalay or Kipling Suite and you will also enjoy a one-hour spa treatment^ and daily laundry service.

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Mandalay Suite

Large panoramic floor to ceiling French doors with balcony and French balcony.

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Kipling Suite

Large panoramic floor to ceiling French doors with balcony and French Balcony

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Orwell Suite

Private balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors

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Maugham Suite (Forward)

French balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors

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Maugham Suite

French balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors.

Deck plans

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Sun Deck

  • Sun Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Wheel-House
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Upper Deck

  • Mandalay Suite
  • Kipling Suite
  • Orwell Suite
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Main Deck

  • Maugham Suite (Forward)
  • Maugham Suite
  • Dining Room
  • Buffet
  • Galley
  • Cellar
  • Office
Ship facts
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Wheelchair cabins