Pandaw updates on new river ships

New ship boom for river cruise line in South-East Asia.

Pandaw River Cruises, which operates in South-East Asia, has released some exciting details of its new ships in its annual founder’s letter from Paul Strachan.

Currently, Pandaw River Cruises has two ships under construction in Saigon and plans for a third, which is always good for Australian cruise passengers due to the region’s close proximity to Australia.

Strachan announced plans for a new Kyan-class vessel (a hull design perfect for shallow water cruising) to be built for cruising in Laos and, although he gave no specific dates, he did say, “the cruise will be from Vientiane to Huei Xai via Luang Prabang with a minimum of eight nights, maybe longer.”

Meanwhile, two ship currently being built are Saigon Pandaw and Katha, another Kyan-class vessel.

Saigon Pandaw is classically styled, similar to the line’s popular Indochina Pandaw but with some practical enhancements. Saigon Pandaw will feature 30 upper and main deck staterooms with French sliding windows opening on to promenades to afford a better view of the scenery. There will also be a lecture theater/cinema on the lower deck and the saloon bar will be moved aft of the bridge to create an observation area.

Meanwhile, Katha is a smaller vessel that is scheduled to enter service along the Upper Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in January 2012. She’ll have only 16 staterooms and will be perfect for shallow water cruising.

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