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For our Indian river cruises we are working with our associates Assam Bengal Navigation with whom we have worked for many years. Each of the vessels are specially designed for the navigational conditions on the Ganges and Brahmaputra and the owner and operator of the vessels, the Assam Bengal Navigation company, is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India. With 22 cabins, she sails with a maximum passenger number of 36.
The Rajmahal is 51 metres in length and has 22 en-suite cabins, four of them singles, and all air-conditioned. All have full-length windows with French balconies, and are of generous size; 18 square metres for the twins/doubles, and 13.5 square metres for the singles. There is an on-board spa as well as a dining room and a saloon with outside deck space, while a vast sundeck stretches for almost the full length of the top deck.
All cabins are en-suite with air-conditioning. The twin/double cabins measure 18 square metres and the single cabins measure 15.5 square metres. Cabins feature built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, and also contain individual programmable electronic safes. Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hair dryer, 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.
Twin/double cabins measure 18 square metres and the single cabins measure 15.5 square metres and are all en suite with air-conditioning. 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.
The single seating dining room is located on the Main deck and provides a varied cuisine of both Western and Assamese dishes for lunch and dinner. Assamese food is generally prepared without chillies to accommodate for Western taste, but hotter versions are available on request. There will always be a vegetarian option available, and most dietary requirements can be catered for given previous notice to Noble Caledonia in writing. A good selection of local Indian beer, wines and spirits is available.
Every evening before dinner there is an informal briefing in the Saloon by the ship’s manager and the onboard guide. The following day’s programme will be covered, whether it is a rickshaw ride, a meeting with a rural village community, an elephant safari or an excursion reached by mini-bus, all details will be covered in these relaxed meetings. While sailing you can relax on the Sun deck and take in your surroundings while the onboard naturalist will be available to identify birds or wildlife. In the evenings enjoy a drink in the Saloon, always sociable this is an opportunity to relax after an active day, perhaps enjoy a film, or partake in a game of cards, scrabble or browse the ship’s well-stocked library.
For your comfort
The vessel 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 navigating 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 railing, while ever-willing crew members are always on hand to assist.
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