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January 14, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

 

We are proceeding with our plans unchanged for a full launch on the Ganges of the Orient Pandawfor September 2019. However, the smaller Katha Pandaw ship planned for January this year has had to be postponed due to issues with exporting the vessel from Myanmar. These issues are now fully resolved and the Katha sails from Yangon next week.

Passengers booked on the Katha January and February departures have been offered a full refund or rebooked. Most chose alternative Pandaw river expeditions in other destinations or on land tours arranged for them within India.  Meanwhile the March and April departures are still going ahead.

Pandaw, who pioneered river expeditions in India back in 2009, remain committed to re-engaging with the this most appealing of destinations and in the words of Pandaw Founder, Paul Strachan: “The Ganges is the ‘mother’ of all rivers, there is no other river on the planet with so much cultural interest along her banks combined with very varied scenic beauty”.

Sailings on both the Lower Ganges, out of Kolkotta, and the Upper Ganges, as far as Varanasi, are now nearly fully booked and Pandaw remain very excited about future prospects in India, which will be the seventh country they navigate through.

In fact, Pandaw are now sending a third vessel from Myanmar to cope with the demand. This would be the Kalaw Pandaw, which with only two decks, can pass under obstructive bridges in high water and go year round as far as Varanasi on account of its ultra shallow draft.

Last October Pandaw launched a third vessel in Laos, the Sabaidee Pandaw, which sails up river to China. With near full occupancy of its Mekong ships, the company plans to launch a fourth vessel in Vietnam and Cambodia for the 2019-20 season.

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