LUCKNOW: MV Ganga Vilas, a 62-metre-long and 12-metre-wide luxury river cruise, is all decked up for its 51- day voyage to cover a distance of 3,200 km, passing through five states in India and Bangladesh, covering 27 rivers, and visiting 50 tourist spots.
To be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13, the cruise has 18 luxury suites with multi-star facilities on its three decks and can carry 36 passengers.

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The cruise has a gymnasium, a spa, restaurant, sunbath deck and other amenities on board to entertain the tourists and also to provide them a comfortable experience. Managing director of its operator, Heritage Journey, Raj Singh said: “This fully India-made cruise fulfils European standards not only in luxury, but also in avoiding river pollution.
It has its own sewage treatment plant besides a water treatment plant that lifts water from the river for daily use. It has a fuel tank of 40,000 litres and a water tank of 60,000 litres on board.” “A crew of 40, including marine and housekeeping, remains present on the cruise,” said Singh, adding that all the crew members are Indians.

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“For the inaugural world’s longest river voyage, the booking of a group of 31 Swiss tourists has been done by my friend who runs a tour and travel company in Switzerland.
The group arrived on Tuesday and boarded the cruise at Ramnagar,” he said. “The per night fare of the cruise varies from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 per person,” said Singh, adding that the central government is extending all support for the launch of the service

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