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Pandaw River Cruises
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Luxury Small Ship River Cruises In Asia
Oceania Cruises
Oceania has medium sized ships, which give a wide range of facilities whilst retaining the feeling of luxury and personal service.
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Sailing on a Pandaw ship is an outdoor, fresh air experience. However comfortable and roomy the staterooms, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike most other cruise ships, every window on board (except for the portholes on the lower deck) can be opened and closed to suit your comfort.

As we sail, we find that our passengers like to sit on deck, absorbed by the awe-inspiring riverside panoramas that unfold before them. From the comfortable vantage point of a teak-floored Pandaw deck, it's hard not to become hypnotised by the unceasing human and wildlife activity that characterises the great rivers of Asia.

Your Stateroom

Pandaw stateroom
Pandaw stateroom
Pandaw stateroom

The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships, combining splendid colonial-era character with exquisite contemporary comfort.

Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are a spacious 168 square feet (15.6 sqm), with the exception of the Zawgyi Pandaw which is 150 square feet (14 sqm). As the space is much loved by all our passengers, we have ensured that with each ship we build, the stateroom remains essentially the same. Be advised: our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV's, internet access or telephones. Passengers tend to choose Pandaw in order to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.

New for 2021 are the exclusive Pandaw suites, available on Mekong Pandaw, Tonle Pandaw, Orient Pandaw and Pandaw II. These suites, the size of two regular Pandaw Staterooms, offer guests even more space and comfort with private balcony and lounge area in every suite from which to enjoy the serene surroundings. In addition to the original 'Owners Suite' aboard the RV Kalay Pandaw, guests now have more opportunities to experience true colonial luxury with Pandaw.

Pandaw stateroom
Pandaw stateroom
Pandaw stateroom

Many passengers have described life on board a Pandaw as more like being a guest on a private motor yacht, than a passenger on a conventional cruise ship. For a start, our itineraries and our quest for the most spectacular sights and experiences is far more intrepid than conventional cruises. And when passengers return to the ship after experiencing the wonders of life onshore, they are coming back to a floating oasis of low-key luxury, caring service and all the good things of life.

  • Fruit and flowers on arrival
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)

Dining

Pandaw dining
Pandaw chef
Pandaw dining

The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides to allow cool breezes to waft through. Only at night we do close them up and turn on the air-conditioning. We know our passengers prefer fresh air to chilled air. The new Katha Pandaw, designed in response to feedback from our passengers, has no formal dining room but rather an open air dining space on deck.

At Pandaw we pride ourselves on offering a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods. We source supplies and ingredients as locally as possible, always in accordance with strictly-monitored environmental health standards.

Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch features a buffet, plus soup, salad and a desert table, with the main course served at the table. Dinner is by waiter-service at the table.

We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Spa & Gym

Pandaw spa
Pandaw lounge library
Pandaw exercise equipment in gym

Currently only available on our Mekong Pandaw ship, the Pandaw Spa offers head massage, foot massage and body massages in dedicated spa areas.

Our onboard spa is compact in size and staffed by a single highly-trained individual. As demand can be high, please be sure to book in advance.

Lecture & Cultures

Pandaw on board entertainment


From its earliest days, the Pandaw concept has been deeply rooted in cultural and historical expertise, worn lightly. On any Pandaw river expedition, daily briefings are hosted by your purser and guide, which provide a forum to discuss the day's events and plans.

Most sailings will feature at least one cultural performance: in Burma it is the marionette theatre; in Cambodia the Royal Khmer Ballet; in Laos villagers perform a dance on deck.

We also offer a range of onboard activities including: cooking demonstrations, fruit carving, napkin tying and a tour of the working ship.

Themed movie nights are also popular - the film Indochine in Vietnam, The Killing Fields in Cambodia and The Lady in Burma are some of the favourites.

Activities

Pandaw cooking demo
Pandaw lounge library
Pandaw massage

Whilst the peace and tranquillity of our passengers is our priority and many passengers prefer to read, write or engage in painting or photography, we do offer a number of social activities that have become a traditional part of any Pandaw river expedition.

There are a number of social events during an expedition which will include a welcome dinner, cocktail parties on deck, a farewell gala dinner and dinners themed with local menus and costume. In the Burma dry season we often tie up on a sandbank and have a barbeque beach party on the sands, usually around a bonfire in winter.

Excursions

Pandaw excursion
Pandaw excursion
Pandaw excursions

Excursions ashore are a key part of any Pandaw river expedition. These may take the form of a good walk through the countryside and villages; further explorations by speedboat going deeper into jungle or up river; horse cart rides in Burma or cyclos in Cambodia.

We try not to use cars or coaches wherever possible and in some places only the most basic local transportation is available, like at Katha in Burma where you may find yourself in the back of a truck looking for a working elephant camp.

We stop at least once a day, and usually twice. On the Mekong we will spend a day and a night in exciting Phnom Penh; in Burma we need at least a day and a half in both Pagan and Mandalay. Our expert guides will accompany you on these explorations ashore or you are welcome to make individual excursions as there are no issues of safety or security in any of the ports we visit.

  • All scheduled excursions are accompanied by members of the crew with first aid kits, water and cold towels
  • Entrance fees for sights included in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive fact sheets or 'trip books' provided
  • Passengers can visit Pandaw Charity projects along the way and interact with the local communities who welcome us
  • There is an opportunity to travel to local markets with the Pandaw Head Chef at least once during the cruise programme
  • We provide crew assists for those who require them in areas where river banks are steep and slippery
  • While individual excursions are encouraged, passengers are asked to rejoin the ship at the appointed time to avoid delays in our schedule
Pandaw cyclist at Temple

Cycling

Imagine making your own discoveries by bike though the pagodas and temples of Pagan or exploring the scenic Burmese countryside and friendly villages at your own pace.

Pandaw offers high quality Giant brand mountain bikes on all Pandaw ships, for departures from December 2015. At each river stop, the Pandaw crew will advise travellers on the best routes to follow for independent exploration and if required, a member of the crew will accompany travellers on their cycle adventures.

Family-Friendly Cruises

Pandaw young people dining on board
Pandaw beach volleyball
Meeting elephants on excursion

Contrary to some perceptions, Pandaw river expeditions are not just for the more mature. They offer brilliant educational experiences for younger people. Given that all our sailing areas are very safe and secure and the local people are friendly, these sailings provide a great way for your kids to interact with locals and learn about different cultures.

We carry fishing rods and badminton nets, and often when we tether for the night on a sand bank, the crew will set up the badminton net or arrange a game of football with the locals all joining in. We carry also board games like chess, Monopoly and Scrabble to while away those long afternoons cruising. Kids also enjoy the cookery demonstrations and other onboard activities. Certain school holiday departures are designated as especially 'family friendly'.

As one of the leading luxury cruise lines in the world, Oceania Cruises focuses on the things that matter. That goes to say that their ships are relaxed, elegant, comfortable and take guests to some truly remarkable destinations; enriching their travelling minds and immersing them in their excellent surroundings.

Something else that Oceania has definitely got right is the way that food should be at sea. Fine dining is usually something that you would find in extravagant, Michelin starred restaurants, but these floating luxury hotels offer an abundance of sumptuous dishes over a wide range of dining areas; all overseen by Master Chef Jacques Pépin.

Guests can look forward to inviting plates that come bearing gifts such as ‘Duck à l’Orange with Braised Red Cabbage and Almond Potato Croquettes’ and ‘Steamed Maine Lobster on Castilla–La Mancha Saffron Rice’, whilst irresistible desserts like ‘Nine Minute Baked Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Raspberries and Vanilla Ice Cream’ won’t hang around for too long before disappearing and being replaced by an empty plate.

If sailing the world in style and delighting your taste buds along the way is what cruising is all about for you, then Oceania will definitely not disappoint.

Your World Your Way with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is first choice for the discerning, sophisticated traveller in search of an enriching, destination-oriented experience aboard a luxurious home from home.

Oceania Cruises - Points of distinction:

  • Finest cuisine served at sea in open-seating restaurants at no additional charge.
  • Gourmet culinary program created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin.
  • Acclaimed Canyon Ranch SpaClub® treatments and cuisine.
  • Best value in luxury cruising.
  • Elegant mid-size ships featuring large-ship amenities.
  • The world’s most alluring and desirable ports.
  • Country club-casual ambiance; tuxedos and gowns are never required.
  • Butler Service offered in all suites.

Oceania Cruises will provide the highest quality cruise product for mature and discerning travellers by offering the finest culinary experience at sea, meticulous attention to detail, and a warm and inviting country club-casual ambience on every voyage. Combining extraordinary comfort, exceptional value and the world’s most alluring destinations, we provide our guests with an enriching, rewarding travel experience.

Oceania has medium-sized ships, which give a wider range of facilities than small ships whilst retaining the feeling of luxury and personal service which is lacking in many large ships. Marina and Riviera cater to 1,250 passengers whilst the Sirena, Regatta, Nautica and Insignia carry 684 passengers each. Each Oceania stateroom is fantastically appointed and contain the highest quality linens and amenities. Suites have the added addition of butler service waiting to attend to your every need.

With an excellent staff-to-passenger ratio on board, you are guaranteed high quality personalised service during an Oceania Cruise. The feeling on board an Oceania vessel is casual elegance and relaxed luxury, rather like a country club. Every dish onboard is handcrafted into a mini masterpiece and with first-class entertainment and facilities onboard you will be fully entertained will you travel.

Find Your Dream Pandaw Cruise

Small Cruise Ships

American Cruise Lines cutting-edge vessels that exemplify top-tier maritime engineering, opulent relaxation, and the utmost in river cruising convenience. Our lineup of American riverboats, paddlewheelers, and compact cruise ships features the latest in amenities, advanced navigation systems, and top-notch safety equipment.

Embarking on a voyage aboard our world-class ships means indulging in plush lounges and expansive observation decks, offering the perfect setting for travelers to unwind and engage with like-minded enthusiasts of American heritage. Encased in glass, the dining salons afford sweeping, unobstructed vistas of the breathtaking scenery that graces every journey with American Cruise Lines.

Our roomy staterooms stand as the most spacious within the realm of small cruise ships. These hotel-style accommodations boast generous picture windows that bathe the rooms in natural light, capacious bathrooms, and many even include private, furnished balconies. Whether your travels lead to charming small towns or gracious southern ports, the American Cruise Lines fleet ensures you reach your desired destination in opulence and ease. For solo travelers, single occupancy options are available across all our vessels, and we also have rooms designed to accommodate three passengers comfortably.

Gracious Amenities

Our contemporary array of small cruise ships and riverboats are meticulously crafted to ensure guest comfort. These state-of-the-art vessels offer guests a private sanctuary while granting unobstructed views of the picturesque surroundings. Each stateroom category boasts some of the most generous space in the industry, serving as an ideal retreat following a fulfilling day of activities.

Daily Entertainment

Musicians, historians, and naturalists join every cruise, creating an entertaining onboard experience.

Spacious Amenities

The largest staterooms of any cruise ship. And with interior entrances, every view is entirely private.

Exquisite Cuisine

Locally sourced and regionally inspired cuisine, prepared by our master chefs.

All-American Experience

American built, flagged, and crewed ships. 35 cruise itineraries to 25 states in America.

Gracious Hospitality

Attentive and personalized service is the hallmark of American Cruise Lines.

Private Balconies

Sliding glass doors lead to spacious private balconies offering panoramic river views from every angle.

Cuisine

American Cruise Line adept culinary experts curate an authentic American menu infused with regional influences, highlighting the freshest local ingredients. Every day, they source fresh produce, directly from the farms and vineyards we explore during your journey. Through American Cruise Lines gastronomic initiative, they seamlessly intertwine your onboard adventure with the essence of the places you traverse.

Appetizer

Pacific Northwest Scampi – Jumbo Shrimp served in a savory Herbed Butter Sauce over Lemon Arugula Risotto

Pacific Coast Shrimp Bisque

Entree

Widmer Cascadian Ale braised Snake River Farms Pork Shank served with Herbed Polenta, Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, and Apple Gremolata

Delectable Dungeness Crab Cake served with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade, Rice Pilaf, and Sautéed Green Beans

Delectable Dungeness Crab Cake served with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade, Rice Pilaf, and Sautéed Green Beans

Dessert

Moist Marionberry Cheesecake

Almond Cake served with flavorful Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone

Almond Cake served with flavorful Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone

Appetizer

Traditional Chicken & Andouille Gumbo

Cajun Spiced Jumbo Sea Scallops served with an exquisite Creole Beurre Blanc sauce

Garden Fresh Feta House Salad with Walnuts, Red Onion, Sun-Dried Cherries with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entree

Dixie Lager Braised Chicken served with crisp Andouille Sausage, Red Beans, Rice, and Stewed Squash

Pan-seared Beef Tenderloin & Stuffed Lobster Tail served with a Potato Puree and Vegetable Medley

Pasta St. Charles with a delectable Creole Mustard Cream Sauce served over Penne with Louisiana Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

Dessert

Signature Bourbon Pecan Pie

Creole Bread Pudding with a warm Whiskey Caramel

Homemade Peach and Blackberry Cobbler

Appetizer

Crab & Roasted Corn Bisque

Old Bay Poached Shrimp Cocktail

Washington Salad

Entree

Pan Seared Pacific Halibut

Pacific Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Honey Kissed Risotto, Huckleberry Balsamic Glaze

Dungeness Crab Cake - Roasted red pepper Tartar, wild rice pilaf and sauteed spinach

Dessert

Mount Lebanon Spiced Apple Pudding with Maple Whipped Cream

Gourmet Chocolate Fudge Cake

Vanilla Crème Brule

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Accommodation

Oceania suites and staterooms are spacious and beautifully appointed. Each room is home to the finest quality linens, exclusive Prestige Tranquillity beds and luxury toiletries so you can enjoy your own personal solitude and relaxation on your voyage. Complimentary mini-bar and 24-hour room service, en-suite bathtub or shower, LCD televisions and safe are standard in all staterooms.

Oceania suites feature private verandas, spacious living and dining areas and marble bathrooms with bathtubs. Oceania suite passengers receive priority check in, access to the executive lounge, bottle of champagne, priority restaurant and shore excursion reservations, use of in suite iPad and laptop, whirlpool bath, 3D movies and double walk in wardrobe. Oceania's butlers are waiting to draw you a bath, plan a private cocktail party or assisting you to dress for your evening out.

Dining

Famed master chef Jacques Pépin is the Executive Culinary Director for Oceania and coordinates a team of exquisite chefs who create culinary masterpieces for your enjoyment. The restaurants on-board Oceania ships operate an open seating policy, enabling you to eat when, where and with whoever you like, whether it be as a group, or intimate table for two.

Each Oceania ship has its own sparkling array of speciality restaurants which are the feature of every Oceania ship; The Grand Dining Room is the flagship restaurant and serves breakfast lunch and dinner with a daily-changing menu.

Toscana is distinctively Tuscan inspired cuisine served with classic

Jacques is the home of Jacques Pepin, featuring his signature dishes such as King’s Cut Bone-In Prime Rib and soufflés in this classic French bistro style restaurant.

Artisan breads are created every day with strong French influences to create delicious brioche, croissants and baguettes.

Afternoon Tea is served everyday from at 4pm to the sounds of the accompanying string quartet. Enjoy elegant finger sandwiches, delicate petit fours, rich scones and delicious pastries.

Facilities

Elsewhere on board an Oceania ship you can take a stroll around the walking track, have a dip in the pool or soak up the warmth on the sun deck from a private cabana. There is also a state of the art fitness suite with personal trainers and fitness classes on hand to get you in shape.

There is a full programme of guest lecturers on all Oceania ships waiting to share their vast knowledge with you. These include famous historians, politicians and nature experts who can vastly enrich your experience of the destinations you will visit along your voyage. You can add to this knowledge by browsing a full range of books in the ships elegant library. Workshops are available in the ‘Bon Appetit Culinary Center’ and the ‘Artist Loft’ for perfecting those arts and crafts skills.

The evening entertainment ranges from hilarious comedians, classical string quartets, engaging pianists, stunning singers and fabulous soloists. Alternatively you can while away the evening with a few games in the casino. With a variety of bars and lounges at your disposal you can sip on anything from cocktails to coffee.

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub® can be found on every Oceania vessel. These chic, modern facilities provide the height of relaxation and will leave you feeling balanced and rejuvenated. Facilities include whirlpool spas, steam room hair salon and makeup room. Treatments available include; a wide range of massage techniques, acupuncture, body wraps, scrubs, manicures, pedicures and tanning.

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Excursions

On land, there are a wide range of Oceania shore excursions, led by English speaking guides and overseen by ships staff. These excursions are all fully insured and led by highly trained professionals. There are a full range of Oceania excursions available with varying ranges of physical activity.

Oceania Choice and Oceania Exclusive excursions offer one of a kind opportunities and are limited to no more than 16 passengers in a group. This means you won’t have to be worried about being stuck at the back and not being able to hear. You will be picked up in high quality transportation with full climate control so you can travel in comfort. There are also private tours available for a more personal experience.

Book your Oceania excursions before you sail to avoid disappointment and ensure you get the best experiences.

You can choose from such options as; Whale watching in Alaska, exploring Bangkok in a tuk-tuk, Safari rides in Africa, see the jumping crocodiles in Darwin, snorkelling in the South Pacific or take fascinating city tours in Europe.

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