RV Kalaw Pandaw Review and Specifications
Specifications of RV Kalaw Pandaw
|Year built||2014 / Age : 5|
|Owner||Pandaw River Expeditions|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||57 m / 187 ft|
|Beam (width)||9 m / 30 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||640 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
Review of RV Kalaw Pandaw
RV Kalaw Pandaw ship was built in Yangon (Rangoon) and launched in 2014. This is a shallow-draft design riverboat able to access from Mandalay the northernmost navigable sections of Irrawaddy River, Bhamo, near the China-Burma border. The itinerary included Katha. In 2019, the ship was relocated to India for Lower Ganges cruises leaving from Kolkata. Kalaw Pandaw became the 3rd Pandaw ship (together with Katha and Orient) relocated from Myanmar to India in 2019.
RV Kalaw Pandaw has 2 walk-around passenger decks and identical cabins of 16 m2 (170 ft2). All accommodations feature twin beds (some converting), French windows and air-conditioning. The staterooms also provide safes and desks, as well as hair dryers, slippers and bathrobes in the bathrooms. An onboard laundry is available, too.
Like on similar Pandaw river cruise ships, Kalaw Pandaw passengers are able to spend leisure time on the aft part of the covered upper deck. Meals are served bistro-style indoor and outdoor on the upper deck. Breakfast is buffet style, but preceded by light bites, tea and coffee for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or sit-down, while dinners are 4-course affairs. Pandaw's food ingredients are locally sourced and always fresh.
Domestic beers, spirits, soft drinks, coffee and tea are complimentary and served on the upper deck at the bar/library lounge. An open-bridge policy is in place. Wi-Fi is slow because of the remote regions traveled. However, some riverside ports along the cruise itinerary feature Internet shops.
Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.