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Increased number of large ships heading to Myanmar. Image: Julie Flavin Photography/Shutterstock

Myanmar will more than double the number of round-the-world cruises it receives this year from eight to 19.

According to Myanmar Ports Authority, the country is proving popular amongst large cruise ships with the first half of this year welcoming 11 round-the-world cruises during the first three months of this year – that’s three more than the eight the country received throughout 2013.

“Starting in February, 2014, there were six cruises and in March, five. The number of cruises is more than 2013 which is the recorded year of most cruise-entrance,” a Myanmar Port Authority official said.

Among the ships to visit the growing South East Asia destination include Dawn Princess during her 24-day World Cruise from Sydney to Dubai and Azamara Quest on her 13-night Spice Route II voyage from Chennai to Singapore.

Passengers who disembark for the day often sightsee in Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Market and Htauk Kyant War Memorial Cemetery in Yangon.

River cruising has also been a growing sector, with cruise passenger arrivals growing from 12,437 in 2011 to 14,635 in 2012.