Andaman Explorer

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Andaman Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Andaman Explorer

Year built 1963  /  Age : 54
Flag state Panama
Builder Mjellem & Karlsen Verft (Bergen, Norway)
Class yacht cruise ship
Owner Pandaw Expeditions
Operator Pandaw Expeditions
Speed 13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA) 61 m / 200 ft
Beam (width) 10 m / 33 ft
Gross Tonnage 1090 gt
Passengers 11 - 22
Crew 17
Decks 5
Cabins 11
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2017
Former names Atlantic Guard, MS Marina

Review of Andaman Explorer

Andaman Explorer cruise ship was purchased by Pandaw River Cruises in the end of 2015. This 22-passenger luxury yacht started operations for Pandaw in June 2016. The ship offers Southeast Asia coastal cruises in Indonesia and Burma (Myanmar).

The ship was launched in 1963 as "Atlantic Guard". It was designed as Norwegian Coast Guard vessel with ice-strengthened hull and ice-class capabilities. It was most recently owned by a Dubai shipping company and operated under the name MS Marina. Before that, in 1998 the ship was acquired by an Italian oligarch family Malaspina that owns marble quarries in Carrara. This is the reason why 11-suite cruise ship is floored with Carrara marble and fitted with many other premium amenities.

After being bought by Pandaw Expeditions, the ship was repositioned from Dubai to Rangoon / Yangon, where was redecorated and refurnished. The full refit was completed in 2017.

Pandaw Andaman Explorer cruise ship

Cabins

The yacht Andaman Explorer has a total of 11 staterooms, all of which are categorized as suites. Each cabin has sitting room, separate bedroom, marble bathroom. Amenities include individual air-conditioning, luxury slippers, premium kimonos, unlimited mineral water, hairdryer, multi-configuration power outlets, electronic safe (in the closet), generous wardrobe, plenty of storage space (including underbed and chest of drawers). Upon boarding all passengers receive a welcome gift and fresh flowers. The voyage ends with classy farewell party. The ship provides 24-hour laundry and nightly turndown service.

Itineraries

Andaman Explorer cruise itineraries are in Southeast Asia and Mergui Archipelago, with Indonesian cruises from Bali and visits to Lombok, Pulau Sumbawa Island, Pulau Komodo Island and Pulau Flores Island. Another itinerary set offer voyages between Ranong (Thailand) and Rangoon (Burma), stopping at Mergui Archipelago and the seaport Moulmein (Mawlamyine). Signature destinations are e Lampi Marine National Park (mangrove forests, birds), Naung Wee Island (Moken / gipsy village visit), Nga Man Islands (beaches, trekking, snorkeling), Kyun Pila Island (South Bay / kayaking, swimming, beaches)

Entertainment

Shipboard amenities include 2 teaked observation decks, bar, library, small shop, Jacuzzi. Wi-Fi is free of charge. Meals are served in an air-conditioned dining room restaurant, as well as on the outdoor open-air lounge. A local chef prepares a variety of gourmet meals with lighter options. Water, tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks, local beers and spirits are complimentary. Passengers can also order from Pandaw's list of premium wines. The ship also features Fitness (Gym Room), aft Sun Deck and forward Observation Deck.

Andaman Explorer cruise ship decks

Shore excursions are also cruise price inclusive. Pandaw's shore program offers tours of villages and museums led by private guides. On all tours, bottled water and transportation are provided. After each excursion, passengers are welcomed back onboard with a cocktail drink, shoeshine and cold towel service.

The ship's clientele consists mainly of 50+ year old travelers from the UK, Germany, Australia and USA.

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