Avalon Waterways is offering special cruises for incentive groups on the River Ganges, which flows from the north of India to the Bay of Bengal in the east, enabling more than a 1000-mile river journey. For 2019, Avalon Waterways has packaged Ganges River cruises in several itineraries. For one of the specially crafted itineraries, guests board the 56-passenger Ganges Voyager for a six-day, round trip cruise from Kolkata.
The cruise heads north from Kolkata to visit Kalna, where guests will take a rickshaw ride to the historic terracotta temple complex and smaller villages where they will observe brass-making, saree-weaving and idol-making. Avalon will also offer a visit to a farmer’s home and to a rescue shelter for cows, in addition to the region’s stately sites, such as the Hare Krishna Centre in Mayapur and finally returns to Kolkata. Involvement in all the offshore activities will include team-building and CSR.
The Ganges Voyager is an all-suite vessel with accommodations ranging from the 260 square foot deluxe suite to the 400-square-foot Maharaja suite. There is air conditioning throughout, a lounge and bar, a restaurant, gym, two spa treatment rooms and a partially shaded observation deck.
Since there are hardly any larger cruise ships on any coastal run in the eastern coastline, river cruises are gaining popularity with corporate incentive groups as they offer quick connectivity and short duration sailings which package F&B, entertainment and meeting facility on board. It also allows event planners to fill a day with uninterrupted activity, both meetings and team-building activity as well as entertainment.
Avalon joins a few other river cruise companies and tour operators that have begun offering Ganges River cruises in recent years including Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and G Adventures.