Celebrity chef and APT Asia Ambassador Luke Nguyen recently visited Yangon in Burma to check on the progress of his latest culinary project – the food aboard the award winning luxury cruise operator’s latest river ship.
Joining APT Global Head of Operations, Innovation, and Procurement, David Courage and APT Asia Product Manager Goldie Chong, Luke met with ship builders to discuss plans for the kitchen layout and catering requirements aboard the luxury RV Samatha.
APT’s new ship – the RV Samatha (named to reflect the Buddhist practice of calming the mind to achieve peace and tranquility) – is a high end luxury vessel featuring 30 suites ranging from 27 sqm to 48.7 sqm, many of which will feature twin balconies. It will offer a swimming pool, air conditioned lounge area on the sundeck, an observation deck, two restaurants – a main restaurant and a private fine dining restaurant, and a spa and massage facility.
Guests who set sail aboard the RV Samatha on the Irrawaddy with APT will enjoy exclusive dinners every evening that have been personally designed by Luke.
Also exclusive for APT guests is the chance to sample Luke’s specially designed degustation menu in the ship’s private dining room, an intimate eight-seat venue.
Commenting on the visit, Luke Nguyen said, “Myanmar, or Burma as it is also known, is rich in culture and in cuisine. As well as planning how we will be setting up the dining experience onboard, I also spent time travelling by land through the country so that I could immerse myself in the culture and gain a deeper understanding of the dishes that reflect the true Burmese local lifestyle. This journey will serve as the inspiration for the special menus and dishes I am designing for APT’s guests.”
To find out more about APT’s Burma River Cruising for 2016/17, please call APT on 1300 196 420, visit aptouring.com.auor see your business development manager.