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The Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners. Though now some live-a-board dive boats and yachts venture with special permission into the southern islands from their bases in Thailand, the bulk of the archipelago has remained unvisited since colonial times. During that period when the archipelago was first charted most of the islands were named after colonial civil servants, a number retain these quaint names to this day.

The local population IS Mokkein, often called sea gypsies and sometimes called pirates. During the Burmese socialist period the Mokkein controlled the smuggling routes and would prey on shipping. Nowadays they have reverted to fishing and fish curing. They are a people with their own language and culture who entirely live on the sea and have evolved a remarkable way of life. We will visit Mokkein islands such as Lampi in the Sullivan Islands.

The ship carries kayaks and snorkelling equipment for free use.

Please note: There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility.
14 October, 2018 to 21 October, 2018 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 14 October, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Observation Deck Twin Single Use £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Promenade Deck Twin Single Use £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Promenade Deck Twin Sharing £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Main Deck £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Observation Deck Twin Sharing £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Main Deck Single Use £ 2835 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
28 October, 2018 to 04 November, 2018 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 28 October, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Main Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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Observation Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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Promenade Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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23 December, 2018 to 30 December, 2018 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 23 December, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Observation Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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Promenade Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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Main Deck Twin. From £ 3219 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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01 February, 2019 to 08 February, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 01 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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10 February, 2019 to 17 February, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 10 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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24 February, 2019 to 03 March, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 24 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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14 April, 2019 to 21 April, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 14 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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13 October, 2019 to 20 October, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 13 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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27 October, 2019 to 03 November, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 27 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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22 December, 2019 to 29 December, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 22 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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29 December, 2019 to 05 January, 2020 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 29 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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05 April, 2020 to 12 April, 2020 Make a booking request for The Mergui Archipelago, departing on 05 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Cabin. From £ 3785 GBP pp (+ Port Charges 195 USD pp)
Generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, electric mini safe, imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, premium mattresses, convertible bed configuration, welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift, mirror, multi-configuration plugs, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, daily nightly turndown service, 24hr laundry service, yoga mats in all cabins.
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The Mergui Archipelago itinerary:

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DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG
Passengers embark at the border port of Kawthaung. After lunch explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding area. Sail on evening or morning tide.
DAY 2 NAUNG WEE ISLAND
Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village and learn about their extraordinary water bourn life. Sail all night.
DAY 3 SAILING THE ARCHIPELAGO
Sail all day north through the archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel and explore ashore on an island of interest.
DAY 4 MERGUI
All day ashore to explore this fascinating colonial port city. Afternoon voluntary trip by car to the rarely visited town of Tanintharyi (Tenasserim), once capital of this region.
DAY 5 LUN LE ISLANDS
Morning sail to Port Maria to visit the Karen communities there. Swimming and snorkeling off a desert island in the afternoon. Sail all night.
DAY 6 LAMPI MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. We go up river by kayak deep into the mangroves with excellent bird watching and return to the beach to swim or snorkel. Afternoon visit to Mokkein sea gypsy villages.
DAY 7 COCKSCOMB ISLAND
Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders. In the afternoon we will move round to the South Bay where we can kayak and swim off pristine white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down as cocktails are served on the beach.
DAY 8 KAWTHAUNG
Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark for your onward journey.
Please Note:
The voyage plan shown here is very much a rough sketch and subject to daily changes depending on weather, pilot's instructions and local permissions. We can assure that it will be varied and interesting. The ship carries two Zodiac tenders so we can make various unscheduled expeditions to the islands, beaches and into the coastal ports.

The Mergui Archipelago reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
The voyage plan shown here is very much a rough sketch and subject to daily changes depending on weather, pilot's instructions and local permissions. We can assure that it will be varied and interesting. The ship carries two Zodiac tenders so we can make various unscheduled expeditions to the islands, beaches and into the coastal ports.
DAY 8 KAWTHAUNG *
Arrive at Kawthaung in the morning and disembark for your onward journey.
DAY 7 COCKSCOMB ISLAND *
Sail to Cockscomb Island with its limestone caves and hidden lagoon accessible only on the ship’s tenders. In the afternoon we will move round to the South Bay where we can kayak and swim off pristine white sandy beaches and watch the sun go down as cocktails are served on the beach.
DAY 6 LAMPI MARINE NATIONAL PARK *
Visit the Lampi Marine National Park with its mangrove forests and diverse bird life including the hornbill. We go up river by kayak deep into the mangroves with excellent bird watching and return to the beach to swim or snorkel. Afternoon visit to Mokkein sea gypsy villages.
DAY 5 LUN LE ISLANDS *
Morning sail to Port Maria to visit the Karen communities there. Swimming and snorkeling off a desert island in the afternoon. Sail all night.
DAY 4 MERGUI *
All day ashore to explore this fascinating colonial port city. Afternoon voluntary trip by car to the rarely visited town of Tanintharyi (Tenasserim), once capital of this region.
DAY 3 SAILING THE ARCHIPELAGO *
Sail all day north through the archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel and explore ashore on an island of interest.
DAY 2 NAUNG WEE ISLAND *
Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village and learn about their extraordinary water bourn life. Sail all night.
DAY 1 KAWTHAUNG *
Passengers embark at the border port of Kawthaung. After lunch explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding area. Sail on evening or morning tide.
* = Indicative
Map for The Mergui Archipelago
Andaman Explorer, the ship servicing The Mergui Archipelago

Andaman Explorer

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her original Rolls Royce engines. The hull is built to 'ice class' with extra thick plates and she has the power to withstand north Atlantic storms or chases out to sea. Very handy when cruising in tropical waters!

She retired from coast guard duties in 1998 and was acquired by one Doctor Bogazzi, an Italian oligarch whose family owns the Carrara marble quarries. Dr Bogazzi lavished many a million on the ship, now renamed the MY Marina, completely refitting her with eleven very generous suites. Much of the ship is floored with Carrara marble, pleasantly cool under foot for those who go unshod.

In recent times she has belonged to a powerful shipping family based in Dubai who maintained the ship to a very high standard.

The Andaman Explorer really is a sixties classic. The sort of plaything associated with Onassis, Jackie Kennedy and more glamorous times. There could be no vessel more appropriate for the exploration of South-East Asia's unknown coasts.

Cabin layout for Andaman Explorer
• Explore the town of Kawthaung and surrounding areas

• Sail on to Naung Wee island to visit a Moken (sea gipsy) village

• Visit the Lampi Marine National Park
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