RV Varuna Review and Specifications
Specifications of RV Varuna
|Year built||2006 / Age : 13|
|Length (LOA)||40 m / 131 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||631 gt|
|Passengers||12 - 24|
|Decks with cabins||1|
Review of RV Varuna
RV Varuna cruise ship was launched in 2006. The riverboat was specifically designed to operate cruises on Ganges River in India. The ship is owned by the travel company G Adventures and operated via the local river cruise tour operator ABN (Assam Bengal Navigation). Varuna offers 7- to 13-night (8- to 14-day) itineraries leaving round-trip from Kolkata, India.
The Toronto (Canada)-based G Adventures was formerly branded "Gap Adventures". This is one of the world's biggest "small group adventure" cruise companies and offers environmentally and culturally sensitive travel vacations.
"Varuna" is the name of the Hindu god of water and celestial ocean, as well as god of the underwater world's law. The ship accommodates up to 24 passengers in all 12 staterooms, all of which are located on the upper deck. Of those, 10 cabins are with twin beds (cabin size 17 m2 / 185 ft2) and 2 with double beds (cabin size 21 m2 / 225 ft2). Each stateroom features a large window (opening, fitted with a screen), plenty of under-bed storage and generous closet space, in-room controlled air conditioning in-cabin windows (with mosquito screens), en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, slippers, safe.
Onboard facilities include a cozy dining room, a bar (with French door-windows opening onto a front balcony deck), a spacious lounge (with small library and pre-recorded entertainment), spacious covered sun deck with loungers. Also available for passengers onboard are laundry service, turndown service, cold towel service, shoe cleaning (after shore excursions). Free Wi-Fi is available between 6 am and midnight, when the boat's power generators are shut off. However, the Wi-Fi signal is not always available or even strong enough to connect.