Pandaw River Expeditions said it has canceled Ganges River
sailings in January and February because of delays in getting the newly
refurbished Katha Pandaw from Myanmar.
March and April departures are expected to sail as planned.
The company said passengers booked on the Katha's January
and February departures were rebooked or given full refunds.
Meantime, the company says plans remain on schedule for a
full launch on the Ganges this September on the Orient Pandaw.
Pandaw was among the pioneers of river cruising in India.
And founder Paul Strachan says he remains committed to the destination.
"The Ganges is the 'mother' of all rivers," he
said. "There is no other river on the planet with so much cultural
interest along her banks combined with very varied scenic beauty."
The company says sailings on both the Lower Ganges, out of Kolkata,
and the Upper Ganges, as far as Varanasi, are now nearly fully booked. Pandaw
remains confident about future prospects in India, one of seven countries where
its vessels sail.
To accommodate demand, the company is sending a third
vessel, the Kalaw Pandaw, from Myanmar. With only two decks and an
ultra-shallow draft, the Kalaw Pandaw can sail as far as Varanasi year round.