Scenic flew its flag on the maiden voyage of its new Irrawaddy vessel Scenic Aura.

Luxury tour and cruise brand Scenic has completed its maiden voyage onboard its brand new Asian river cruise vessel, with the 44-passenger Scenic Aura completing the 10-day journey from Pyay to Mandalay along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Scenic Aura is the first purpose designed and built river craft commissioned by Scenic to sail along the Irrawaddy. The brand’s fleet now encompasses 16 vessels, with this latest addition being the second this year following the debut of the 68-passenger Scenic Spirit in January.

Guests on Scenic Aura celebrate the ship setting off from Pyay on its maiden voyage.
Guests on Scenic Aura celebrate the ship setting off from Pyay on its maiden voyage.

The 22 balcony suites on Scenic Aura each accommodate two travellers in a separate bedroom adjoining a living area and balcony. Each ranges in size from a 24 square metre Balcony Suite including a Scenic Sun Lounge, through to the 70 square metre Royal Panorama Suite, which itself features four separate areas from a bathroom with rainfall shower, walk-in dressing room, bedroom, living room and front-facing deck with daybed.

Elsewhere in the ship, guests find a vitality swimming pool, steam sauna, bar and open-air cinema. All guests enjoy butler service, included mini-bar, laundry facilities and wi-fi internet onboard. Tips and gratuities are also factored into cruise fares, as are all Scenic Freechoice activities, Scenic Enrich events and Scenic Sundowners cocktail functions onboard.

Unlike European river cruise vessels, ships sailing in Asia must adhere to tighter limitations on their size and capacity in order to ensure local communities living near the riverbank and their fishing operations are not affected by a ship’s wake. Some parts of the river can be quite narrow, which also sets its own guidelines on how large an Irrawaddy ship can be.

Take a look inside Scenic Aura at the standard of luxury guests on this ship can now enjoy.