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Built in Calcutta in 2006, the 22 passenger RV Sukapha is a 40 metre long, twin-engined, steel hulled passenger ship, and a near replica of her sister vessel the RV Charaidew. Named after the Ahom Dynasty established by Sukaphaa, a Shan prince who came to Assam from Burma in 1246, she is well suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra where she first plied, and is equally at home on the waters of the Ganges.
Your Cabin / Suite
The vessel has 12 generous-sized twin-bedded cabins located on the Upper deck. All cabins measure 4.5metres by 3.4metres and are en suite with shower and WC. Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hair drier, and a selection of boutique toiletries. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning facilities and under-bed storage for clothes and suitcases. Built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space also contain individually programmable electronic safes. Each cabin has a large window with sliding glass panes as well as fly screens, while two comfortable rattan armchairs are well-placed for looking out and enjoying the passing landscape.
The single seating dining room is located on the Lower deck and provides a varied cuisine of both Western and Assamese dishes for lunch and dinner. Assamese is 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.
All cabin accommodation is located on the Upper deck, as is the bar and saloon area. The spacious saloon overlooks the bows, and has outside space accessible through sliding glass doors. The saloon is well equipped with relaxing furniture crafted from natural materials and local fabrics and has a bar area and well-stocked library, with DVDs which can be watched on the TV facilities available.
The spacious Sun deck has generous amounts of seating in both shaded and outside areas, as well as an honesty bar for beer and soft drinks, as well as a 24hr complimentary tea and coffee station. There is a small salon located on the Main deck offering selected treatments for both men and women.
Wifi is not available on the ship, but a dongle can be rented for use on your own laptop.
Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling to furnish the vessel, and most fabrics onboard have been hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.
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 RV Sukapha 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. The owner and operator of the vessel, 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.
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