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May 28, 2018

QuirkyCruise Reader Review: KALAW PANDAW on the Irrawaddy River (Pandaw Cruises) by Judi C.

REVIEWER

Judi Cohen from Canada.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw Expeditions.

SHIP

Kalaw Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar.

# OF NIGHTS

7.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

December 2017, from Mandalay, Myanmar.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 5

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 7 small ship cruises.

REVIEW

This was my third Pandaw Expeditions cruise and I am planning another to India later this year! Needless to say, I am a fan of the authentic, unassuming experience aboard their ships. The food is largely local (aka very fresh and tasty), the menus are varied and provided an excellent sampling of Burmese cooking, and the staff and service could not have been better or more accommodating.

I loved this ship and itinerary so much that I did the same Irrawaddy cruise twice in three years! Having all of the excursions included with knowledgeable guides allowed me to relax fully and not think about any logistics or bookings. Each stop provided a unique exposure to Burmese life. Being taken to schools, clinics, orphanages and other local institutions provided an opportunity to see how Pandaw “gives back” within the local villages.

While it typically does not rain in Burma in December, we had a few days of rain, but that did not interfere with our daily activities. Every day was an amazing and memorable adventure!

Being on the Kalaw over New Years Eve was a definite highlight. The crew, staff and all of the guests (18 guests total) ate, drank, sang, danced and partied together till the wee hours of the morning. It was magical!

Our group of six made wonderful memories aboard Pandaw, and we are looking forward to sailing over Christmas/New Years again along the lower Ganges River in India

 

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