Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has inked a deal to launch a 56-passenger vessel on India’s Ganges River in January 2016.
Exotic river cruise specialist Haimark is building the vessel, the Ganges Voyager II, for Uniworld. It will be an all-suite ship, featuring a 400-square foot Maharaja Suite, two Viceroy Suites at 360 square feet, two Heritage Suites at 280 square feet and 20 Standard Suites at 261 square feet.
Each stateroom will have a French balcony, sitting area and flat-screen TV. The bathroom will feature a rain shower, robes, slippers, and Molton Brown bath products.
Guests staying in Viceroy Suites will have daily butler service, laundry service, and one complimentary spa treatment per person. Guests staying in the Maharaja Suite will be offered in-suite dining and scented baths in their deep-soaker tubs.
The Governor’s Lounge will host onboard entertainment and cultural events, and the East India restaurant will serve Indian and Western fare. The ship also will have an observation deck, a spa and a fitness center.
The seven-night Ganges cruise is part of a 12-night itinerary, “India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges,” that travels from Delhi to Kolkata.
During the land portion, guests will stay at Oberoi hotels in New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Highlights of the journey include Delhi, the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Taj Mahal, Rajasthan’s Pink City of Jaipur, Agra Fort, Kolkata, and the Vedic temple in Mayapur.
While sailing the Ganges, passengers will visit remote villages.
Uniworld will offer an optional extension to Varanasi, often referred to as the "holy city of India." The two-night extension will include a city tour, a scenic boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti fire ceremony at sunset, and a private boat ride along the river at sunrise.
Uniworld’s new India program will be open for bookings starting Oct. 15.