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The RV Charaidew was built in Guwahati in 1973, as a passenger ship for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India.

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It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, the ship's catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers.

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Dining Room

The single seating dining room provides a choice of both western and Indian dishes at lunch and dinner including always a vegetarian option. Assamese food is generally prepared without chillis, to Western taste, but hotter versions are available on request. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated given previous notice. A good choice of the best varieties of Indian beer, wines and spirits is available.


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The RV Mekong Princess is elegantly furnished, intimate and spacious throughout the public areas.

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There is a spacious saloon looking out over the bows, with its own outside space reached through sliding glass doors. In the saloon is a bar, while in another corner there is a well-stocked library. DVDs are available for playing on the large TV set.


Sun Deck

The top deck is a spacious Sun deck with generous amounts of seating both shaded and outside, as well as an honesty bar for beer and soft drinks, while tea and coffee are always available. A laundry service is available on board.



The staff onboard offer friendly and efficient service and ensure a warm welcome and enjoyable cruise. During your cruise there will be the opportunity to tour the ship’s Bridge, attend Russian language classes and lectures on Russian history and tradition. There is also nightly entertainment.

Health and fitness

Health/Fitness facilities include the Princess Spa and a fitness centre

Kids and teens

Please note: There are no children's facilities onboard.


On board there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht.

The suites on each deck have their own colour theme. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

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Category 1 & 2 Cabins

The 12 upper deck cabins measure 4.5m x 3.425m and are all en suite. Cabins are divided into ten twin-bedded cabins and two double-bedded cabins, all with under-bed storage for clothes and suitcases. All cabins have built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, and also contain individual programmable electronic safes. Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hair drier, and a selection of Boutique toiletries. All cabins have large windows with sliding glass panes and fly-screens, and have two comfortable rattan armchairs which are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery. Mineral water is provided in your cabin and is replenished daily. All cabins have individual air conditioners.

Deck plans

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Upper Deck

  • Category 2 Twin Cabins
  • Category 1 Double Cabins
  • Saloon
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Main Deck

  • Crew Area
  • Pantry
  • Dining Room
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