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Pandaw Cruise Reviews

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56 reviews


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Appalling Pandaw Experience

Review for a Asia Cruise on Kindat Pandaw

2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

A 14-day river cruise on the Ganges from Varanasi to Kolkata aboard a luxury shallow-bottomed river boat with fascinating daily excursions - if only! We had signed up for an "adventurous expedition" and were to be prepared for the unexpected. So I guess we should not have been shocked when we arrived at the hotel in Varanasi with bags packed ready to go on board to be told there's been a ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Fascinating, if at times fraught, cruise through over 2000 years of history.

Review for a Asia Cruise on RV Kalaw Pandaw

2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Pandaw is an excellent company and the Ganges has more to offer in the way of palaces, temples and ancient ruins than any other river in Asia. We knew that the ship would actually be run by an Indian management company but the standards were as good as other Pandaw cruises: a lovely boat, replica of the 19th century river boats of Asia, excellent Indian food, friendly and highly competent staff. ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

PANDAW Kolkata to Varanasi

Review for a Asia River Cruise on RV Kalaw Pandaw

Mick Storrs
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Third Pandaw cruise after Irrawaddy & Mekong & very disappointing but we were forewarned after many bad reviews. All 19 pax were return custom & we departed in KATHA PANDAW on one engine which precluded us transitting the Farraka lock 11 Dec so we transferred to the KALAW PANDAW 10 Dec to continue. The ship went aground on the afternoon of 14 Dec & remained stranded for 42 1/4 hrs until freed by a ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

A big disappointment . .

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Katha Pandaw

6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

As previous very happy Pandaw clients, when the opportunity arose to cruise the Ganges we jumped at it. Did not comparison shop or explore other options such was our faith in Pandaw. First mistake on our part. After paying the balance of our not insignificant account, alarm bells started ringing when on 28/10 a message appeared advising that due to problems they were experiencing they would ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Discovering remote areas of Vietnam

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Angkor Pandaw

10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We have been on eight Pandaw cruises so far and are trying to do a river cruise alternately with ocean cruises. Pandaw is pioneering cruises to places where no one else goes and that’s my kind of stuff: I‘m sick and tired of the run-of-the mill touristic „offerings“ that are the same with all operators on the same routes. This is where Pandaw delivers, also in Vietnam. The cruise starts at ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Disastrous 14 day inaugural river cruise on Upper Ganges, Kolkata to Varanasi

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Katha Pandaw

6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed 3 prior river cruises with Pandaw, Mekong, Irra waddy and Red river/Halong bay, plus optional Pandaw land tours. On 12th October all that credibility crumbled to dust and blew away. Whilst in transit from Delhi to Kolkata afternoon of the 11th we received an email from Brett Lemish, Indian area manager of Pandaw, advising due to flooding our 14 day river ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Pandaw Problems in India

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Katha Pandaw

10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We have travelled extensively on ocean and river over the last 20 years and have, with the exception of our October Pandaw India trip, always enjoyed our adventures. On two occasions plans went astray but we were adequately compensated. This is the first time I have voiced my dissatisfaction in a public forum and I have endeavoured to report the issues as accurately as possible. We arrived in ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

“ Appalling “ and dishonest treatment by Pandaw

Review for a Asia Cruise on Katha Pandaw

Mark JC
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We travelled to Kolkata on 10 October , looking forward to Pandaw’s inaugural 14 day cruise up the Ganges to Varanasi. Late in the afternoon of 11 October ( the day before departure ) we were told that the cruise was not going to take place . We later found out that the stated reason , namely a closed lock at Farraka , had been known to Pandaw since 4 October ( at the latest ) . Pandaw ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Very disappointing

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Kindat Pandaw

the quiet American
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

This was a new cruise for this boat which was apparently brought from another country and it showed. The crew had little knowledge or interest in their jobs. Their command of English was little to poor. The decks were dirty yet never cleaned. The bar and coffee area was always a shambles. The barman, when at the bar, could not understand the wine labels. Self-service was the often required ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

What a wonderful experience

Review for a Asia River Cruise on Mekong Pandaw

First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

This cruise was chosen as way to see the more rural side of Vietnam and Cambodia and did not disappoint. In fact it went way beyond our expectations. The itinerary is new with many small villages visited, often being transported by local tuk tuk, ox cart or horse cart.The excursions are varied and well run, with a lot of local content , including making pots, basket weaving, cooking pancakes and ...
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Sail Date: September 2018

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