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The RV Charaidew was built in Guwahati in 1973, as a passenger ship for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India. In 2003 she was completely rebuilt and refurbished to her current form, retaining original features such as her polished brass engine room telegraph. With 12 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed.  Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling, while most fabrics are hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.

  • Charaidew
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Charaidew - Sun Deck
  • Charaidew - On deck
  • Twin cabin
    Twin cabin
  • Double cabin
    Double cabin
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    The 12 upper deck cabins measure 4.5m x 3.425m and are all en suite. Cabins are divided into ten twin-bedded cabins and two double-bedded cabins, all with under-bed storage for clothes and suitcases. All cabins have built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, and also contain individual programmable electronic safes.  Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hair drier, and a selection of Boutique toiletries. All cabins have large windows with sliding glass panes and fly-screens, and have two comfortable rattan armchairs which are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery. Mineral water is provided in your cabin and is replenished daily. All cabins have individual air conditioners.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The single seating dining room provides a choice of both western and Indian dishes at lunch and dinner including always a vegetarian option. Assamese food is generally prepared without chillis, to Western taste, but hotter versions are available on request. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated given previous notice. A good choice of the best varieties of Indian beer, wines and spirits are available.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The RV Charaidew is a 38m long, twin-engined, steel hulled passenger ship ideal for navigating the Brahmaputra. Built along traditional lines the ship is comfortable, airy and light throughout. There is a spacious saloon looking out over the bows, with its own outside space reached through sliding glass doors. In the saloon is a bar, while in another corner there is a well-stocked library. DVDs are available for playing on the large TV set. The top deck is a spacious Sun deck with generous amounts of seating both shaded and outside, as well as an honesty bar for beer and soft drinks, while tea and coffee are always available.  A laundry service is available on board. 

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    Each evening in the saloon before dinner you will have a chance to get together with the ship’s manager and with the on-board guide, who will talk about the next day’s programme, and what is entailed, whether a rickshaw ride, a walk through a rural village, an elephant safari or an excursion using our minibus.  While sailing you can relax on the sundeck and watch the passing scene, while the on-board naturalist is usually on hand to identify birds or other wildlife.  In the evenings  drinks time in the saloon is always a sociable affair, while sometimes a film might be shown, or guests might prefer to play cards, Scrabble or browse the ship’s well-stocked library.

  • For Your Comfort

    For Your Comfort

    Your ship meets all statutory safety requirements, and a full safety briefing is given on boarding. You are welcome to visit the bridge and observe the master and pilot at work picking their way through the shallows and sandbanks of the great Indian rivers. Often embarkation and disembarkation will be by means of the country boat which acts as our tender. Moving from ship to country boat to shore is secure and easy with plenty of handholds, while ever-willing crew members are always on hand to assist.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory


    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the RV Charaidew for your upcoming voyage along the Brahmaputra.

    The RV Charaidew was built in Guwahati in 1973, as a passenger ship for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India. In 2003 she was completely rebuilt and refurbished to her current form, retaining original features such as her polished brass engine room telegraph.

    With 12 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed. Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling, while most fabrics are hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.


    All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning. All cabin windows are fitted with gauze screens so it is feasible to switch off the air-conditioning at night and open the windows.


    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.


    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.


    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Tour Manager. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.


    An honesty bar is available on the ship’s Sun Deck. Your bill for drinks consumed throughout your cruise should be settled at the end of your journey. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a filtration plant. This water is suitable for washing but should not be drunk. Purified water is used for cooking and food preparation on board. Bottled water is available within your cabin and replenished daily.


    No salon is available on board.


    All cabins, located on the ship’s Upper Deck, measure 4.5 metres x 3.4 metres. This includes a large window with sliding glass panes and fly-screens.


    Your bathroom includes boutique toiletries, shaver sockets and a hairdryer. Cabins include individually controlled air conditioning, built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space and under bed storage for clothes and suitcases. There is also an electronic safe and two comfortable rattan armchairs.


    A local Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage, along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.


    All bills on board the ship will be in Indian rupees, but payment may also be made in US dollars, Euros or Pound Sterling. Payment may be made on board by Visa or MasterCard. Debit cards are not accepted. An itemised bill will be presented to each passenger prior to their disembarkation for any items purchased during the cruise.


    Each evening the next day’s programme will be delivered to your cabin.


    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions. Dress on board is casual or smart-casual for the evenings. Jackets are not required. Your travel wardrobe should be informal and comfortable. Lightweight clothing which can be layered is the most suitable to cover a range of conditions; take light rainwear e.g. disposable rain poncho to be prepared for showers. Warmer items may be required for the mornings and some evenings.

    Whilst at hotels, dress should be respectful to cultural differences and both males and females should not reveal too much “skin”. As we will be travelling through the Indian countryside, where many people are not used to tourists and are often curious about visitors please be prepared to be stared at. Women should dress modestly; a headscarf is useful. Long baggy shorts for men and women, or medium length skirts for women are acceptable.

    During the later months, October to February, warm clothes (in subdued colours) are required for dawn and dusk jeep safaris in wildlife sanctuaries. When going ashore, guests should use easily removable footwear for visiting holy sites. Trousers are a must if the opportunity to travel by elephant presents itself – elephant stubble can be uncomfortable, and elephant grass can be sharp. The Sun Deck is ideal for sunbathing in hot weather, but please make sure you are not visible from the shore if you are not covered up.


    Voltage on board is 220V/50~, cabin sockets are for plugs with three round pins; adaptors marketed for use in South Africa will work. Bathrooms have 220V UK-style razor sockets (two round pins).


    There is no elevator (or chair lift) on board.


    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8:30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.


    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.


    The RV Charaidew meets with all fire and safety guidelines as outlined by the relevant governing bodies. Further information regarding fire safety shall be provided to you on board the vessel.


    Please note there is no doctor on board the vessel. A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.


    There is no fitness room on board the vessel.


    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.


    There is no gift shop aboard the vessel, however postcards and stamps can be purchased from the ship’s bar during the cruise.


    There is no hairdresser on board the vessel.


    Your cabin will be cleaned daily with a ‘turn down’ service at night.


    The ship’s lounge has a CD and DVD player with a limited selection of CD’s and DVD’s to choose from. Please note that there is no internet aboard the vessel, nor any mobile signal coverage throughout Assam.


    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass to reception in exchange for your cabin key.


    A laundry service is provided on board at additional cost.


    A small selection of books and games are available for your enjoyment.


    Lost property can be handed to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.


    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served buffet-style in the dining room. Cuisine is a combination of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Special dietary requests such as vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol should be made with Noble Caledonia in advance, however, we recommend that you contact the Hotel Manager once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific/special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you.


    External doors and the gauze windows should be kept closed at all times – day and night. At night, if on deck or going ashore, make sure to rub ankles and other exposed parts with repellent. Switch off lights when leaving your cabin so as not to lure the mosquitoes in. Mosquitoes love damp spots so it helps to keep the shower room door bolted shut with the light off when not in use. Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.


    Newspapers are not available on board.


    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew along with Noble Caledonia’s staff will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.


    The vessel operates a signed-chit system whereby no payment is immediately required (the vessel only requiring a signature for your purchase) and, only at the end of the cruise will you be presented with your final itemised bill to settle.


    Postcards and stamps are available for you to purchase at the ship’s bar (subject to availability) and, items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so at every port of call, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.


    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.


    Reception is staffed throughout the day and a member of crew can be contacted in the evenings in the event of emergency.


    Room service is not available, although should you feel unwell and unable to make it to the ship’s restaurant, special arrangements can be made.


    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your cabin. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.


    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel.


    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.


    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. There may be times, for example at periods of inclement weather or low bridges, whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.


    There is no phone on board for passenger use although arrangements can be made in the event of emergency.


    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s senior staff. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.


    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottled water is also available in your cabin and replenished daily.


    Wi-Fi is not available on board.


    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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    • Deck Plan