From 11/01/2018 to 11/13/2018Quote or Reservation
We invite you to join Brand g Vacations from November 5 – 17, 2018 for an inclusive, all lgbt, 13-day journey, exploring the splendors of India and cruising the Lower Ganges River.
Stay in a luxurious New Delhi hotel as you explore the capital territory. Fly to exotic West Bengal for an unforgettable cruise along the lower Ganges River with powerful visits to Bandel, Kalna, Murshidabad, Chandernagore, and the stunning new temple complex at Mayapur.
Back in Kolkata, the journey continues to Rajasthan and India’s Golden Triangle, with astounding visits to the fabled pink city of Jaipur, the 11th century Agra Fort, and the legendary Taj Mahal.
During the river cruise, you’ll return home each night to a soothing atmosphere of relaxation aboard the elegant, all-suite Ganges Voyager. Breathe in the scenery from the comfort of a top deck lounge. Explore the healing sensations of Ayurvedic or traditional European spa treatments. Gather with your new friends and discuss the meaning of enlightenment as you watch the world go by. No matter where you are on board, you’ll feel a renewing energy and comforting sense of peace.
With just 28 custom-designed suites, space is limited, so contact your travel professional or Brand g Vacations directly.
Fantastic rates starting at just $6,599!
- Welcome reception in New Delhi
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Imperial Room at Imperial Hotel New Delhi including breakfast
- One lunch and one dinner in New Delhi
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation.
- Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise.
- Free flowing house wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during cruise.
- One hour pre dinner cocktails of domestic spirits throughout the cruise.
- Two nights accommodation in Palace Room at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur including breakfast.
- One lunch and one dinner in Jaipur.
- One night accommodation in Mughal Chambers room at ITC Mughal, Agra including breakfast.
- One lunch and one dinner in Agra.
- One night accommodation in Superior room at Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar.
- Go inside the walls of the ancient Mughal capital of Old Delhi to see the Jama Mashid
- Mosque and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
- Board an excursion boat for a tour of the Hooghly Imambara in the port of Bandel.
- Mosque of Nawab Ali-Wardi- Khan in Khushbagh and the Rani Bhabani temples in Baranagar.
- Tour the Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad and visit the Katra Mosque.
- Visit the Sacred heart Church.
- See Rajasthan’s fabled pink city of Jaipur, Agra Fort, and the legendary Taj Mahal.
Day 1 – November 5, 2018
Arrive at the Delhi airport where you will be met by a Brand g representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights in an Imperial room, at the deluxe Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. Meet your fellow travelers at an evening welcome reception at the hotel.
Day 2 – November 6, 2018
After the welcome briefing, the comprehensive tour introduces you to the bustling city’s landmarks, passing the imposing Red Fort, President’s Palace and City Gate, and discovering the narrow lanes of Old Delhi via a rickshaw ride. Visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th century landmark of Mughal architecture inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and Qutab Minar, also a UNESCO site. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 3 – November 7, 2018
New Dehli/Kolkata (Embarkation)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your short flight to Kolkata where upon arrival we transfer to the ship. After settling into your suite aboard the Ganges Voyager, we’ll gather for a welcome reception and dinner, followed by a musical performance featuring songs of the Bengal region. (B/D)
Day 4 – November 8, 2018
This morning, we’ll go ashore to explore the legacy of Kolkata’s British colonial era. We’ll see the Writers’ Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India, as well as Dalhousie Square.
We’ll enjoy a tour of St. John’s Church, which was built in 1756 by Lt. Colonel James Agg and houses India’s oldest functioning pipe organ as well as a painting of the Last Supper by German artist Johann Zoffany. As we stroll the grounds, we’ll see several tombs of British Generals who lost their lives during the Siege of Kolkata in 1756 by Nawab Shriaj Ud Daula. Finally, we’ll visit the impressive Victoria Memorial Museum before returning to the Ganges Voyager for lunch and the start of our journey upstream.
This afternoon, we’ll board our excursion boats and go ashore at Bandel, a port founded by Portuguese settlers in the 1800s. Our visit includes a tour of the Hooghly Imambara (completed in 1861), an important Shia pilgrimage center with a clock- tower lookout that boasts views of the Ganges. The structure contains a working clock with a winding key weighing approximately 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Inside the main building, large Persian chandeliers and smaller lamps light the main prayer hall where text from the Quran is engraved in the walls. After our visit, we’ll return to the ship for dinner in the East India Dining Room. (B/L/D)
Day 5 – November 9, 2018
This morning we enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city center of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, with the highest concentration of temples in the region. Bengal’s mixture of temple architecture includes the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 eight slope-‐roofed temples – 74 in the outer circle here and another 34 making an inner circle. Another complex features diverse architecture, including the Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849. Terra cotta plaques depict themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga, and various aspects of day-‐to-‐day life in the region. Other temples on the site include Lalji Temple, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra Temple (1751). (B/L/D)
Day 6 – November 10, 2018
This morning you may enjoy a shore side bazaar. Matiari is known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations. These master craftsmen utilize recycled copper to create exquisite pots, platters and more from their workshops in the village.
We then continue our journey upstream. We sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of South Asia for the next 190 years. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – November 11, 2018
This morning we visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive to the well-‐preserved mosque complex built by Nawab Ali-‐Wardi-‐Khan, housing his family’s private mosque. His grandson Siraj-‐ud-‐Daula was defeated by the British East India Company at the Battle of Plassey in 1757.
After an on-‐board breakfast and morning sail, we visit the village of Baranagar. A lovely example of life in rural India, this village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century (1714 – 1793). Built by Rani (Queen) Bhabani, the landlady of Natore. The brick temples are considered to be among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art. We then return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream.
This afternoon we pass by charming countryside villages filled where locals greet us from the banks. We approach Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem along the Ganges with dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 –1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan, in the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. Opposite to the Palace is a vast Imambara – built by the Nawab for worship.
We then take a scenic ride by local buggy to the Katra mosque. Built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad –Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25, this mosque has distinctive minarets from which the muezzin calls the faithful to Friday prayers. This evening we return for dinner and local cultural performance on-‐board. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – November 12, 2018
After a restful morning, observing the local life along the riverbanks, we stop in the village of Mayapur. Known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna, this is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement also called ISKON. Guests can experience the fascinating culture of these followers and their ornate, colorful decorated statues of Krishna. Additionally, we will learn from Krishna followers leading the construction of the new temple located on the complex, due to be completed in 2016 during their Jubilee year. The new temple can be compared to the Vatican, and contains a 700,000 square-‐foot temple, measuring 340 feet high with a 75-‐ foot domed planetarium. American Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford, has funded more than 50% of the project. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – November 13, 2018
We begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. The French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal to establish a trading post on the riverbanks of this city, which became a permanent French settlement in 1688. We will explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor’s residence (now converted to a museum that features an exhibition of items that depict life during this period). We then will visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore. We then return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata. (B/L/Farewell Dinner)
Day 10 – November 14, 2018
Following breakfast we disembark the vessel with packed lunch and transfer to the Kolkata Airport en route visiting Mother Teresa’s House and Orphanage. Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. The permanent exhibition includes a visit to her personal room, we learn her life story, and see her charity that is still active. We continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children’s Home), where one of the sisters will lead us on a tour.
Thereafter we transfer to the airport for our short flight to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Upon arrival we transfer to the magnificent Rambagh Palace Hotel where you’ll check into your Palace Room for an evening of relaxation, including dinner in the hotel’s opulent ballroom. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – November 15, 2018
Enjoy the opulent breakfast at the hotel this morning and join today’s tour of the “Pink City” featuring an optional elephant back ride up the hill to the Amber Fort, the former seat of the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Visit the UNESCO-designated site of the Jantar Mantar Observatory and the residence of the former royal family City Palace, a complex of lovely courtyards and gardens. Dinner is on your own tonight to explore northern India cuisine. (B/L)
Day 12 – November 16, 2018
Today’s scenic ride takes you to the city of Agra, located on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Check in to your Mughal Chambers room at the ITC Mughal for one night. This afternoon, we visit the massive and impressive Agra Fort, a red sandstone stone walled complex of palatial buildings. Afterwards we transfer to Mehtab Bagh park for an unforgettable sunset view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. (B/L/D)
Day 13 – November 17, 2018
Early risers may join the captivating sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal for an inside visit of the UNESCO site. Enjoy breakfast and some time at leisure at your beautiful hotel this morning, or take the opportunity to shop for keepsakes. After lunch, a scenic ride takes you to New Delhi for the rest of the day at leisure. Day room use in a Superior room at the deluxe Radisson Blu Plaza (until 10pm), refresh and relax before your transfer to the airport for your late evening or early morning international flight. Or, spend the night and join the post trip add on to Varanasi the next morning. (B/L)
Brand g Vacations has chartered the 28 suite RV Ganges Voyager. Whether you are an experienced river cruiser, or this is your maiden voyage, Brand g invites you to explore India and the lower Ganges River — a magical destination full of mystery, enchantment, and beauty in every direction. Explore the historic cities and villages of the Ganges delta along the holy river known as the Mother Ganga.
Built in 2015, the Ganges Voyager embodies the grace and style of the British colonial era, incorporating modern conveniences and luxuries that rival the finest hotels of Asia. Spacious, well-appointed suites include daily housekeeping and turndown service, fine bed linens, premium mattresses and duvets, your choice of pillows, flat-screen televisions with on-demand movies, international newspapers, individual climate control, as well as spa quality robes, slippers, and bath amenities.
- All-Natural Spa-Quality Bath Products
- High Quality Linens with Duvet
- Bottled Water Replenished Daily
- Complimentary Wireless Internet (where available)
- Multi-Configuration Plugs
- Flat Screen LCD Television with Movie System
- Shore excursion programs including all admissions
- Shoe cleaning after excursions
- Complimentary coffee, water, tea soft drinks, select free-flow house wines for dinner, and locally produced spirits and beer.
Imperial New Delhi – New Delhi
(Imperial Room) Chosen as India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, The Imperial is an iconic property in Delhi’s 5 star hotel category and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital. The Hotel is steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district and is very close to the city’s major attractions.
Rambagh Palace – Jaipur
(Palace Room) The Rambagh Palace, is a royal resort set in a breathtaking oasis of beautiful landscaped gardens. Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favorite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja.
ITC Mughal – Agra
(Mughal Chambers Room) Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new Royal Mughal Suites. This luxury hotel in Agra comprises of 233 opulent rooms and suites, recreating a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.
Radisson Blu New Delhi – New Delhi
(Superior Room) As one of the closest luxury hotels to the Delhi airport, the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi provides a convenient location without compromising comfort. Enjoy the many amenities, Western and Asian dining options and spacious guest rooms during your overnight stay in New Delhi.
Radisson Hotel – Varanasi (Optional Extension)
(Business Class Room) Situated in what is considered the spiritual capital of India, the Radisson Hotel Varanasi is ideally located for visiting nearby shrines and temples. Our hotel is less than four miles from the River Ganges and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the “Golden Temple.” At the hotel, you can enjoy a restful sleep in comfortable business class rooms.
2 Night Post Program Extension – November 18–19
• Double occupancy pricing: $1099 per person
• Single occupancy pricing: $1,399
Complete your exciting journey with a visit to captivating Varanasi. Overnight in Delhi on November 17th and on November 18th transfer to the New Delhi airport for your flight to the holy city of Varanasi and one night in a Business Class room at the Radisson Hotel Varanasi. Witness the mesmerizing Aarti Ceremony attended by hundreds of worshipers, from your private boat on the Ganges River. The next morning, discover the early, daily rituals performed along the Ganges during an unforgettable private sunrise cruise. Later, fly to Delhi for some time at leisure and day room use until 10pm in a Superior room at the deluxe Radisson Blu hotel before your late evening or early morning international flight. Price and hotel properties are subject to change.
On land, attire is club casual. Aboard the Ganges Voyager, attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with resort-style clothing, and comfortable, but sturdy, footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, trousers, skirt, or similar attire. Footwear is always required in all public areas, and when navigating stairs on board.
Onboard Account & Currency
The official currency on board the Ganges Voyager is the Indian rupee. During the cruise, we operate on a cashless system, with all purchases billed to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, bills may be settled in cash with Indian rupees or by credit card with Visa or MasterCard. The Ganges Voyager does not provide a currency exchange service, nor is there an ATM on board. In Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Agra, you will find options for obtaining rupees at both Indian and international banks, ATMs, and wire services.
Our culinary team will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage in India is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. The Ganges Voyager has multi-configuration outlets, which accommodate most Western plugs. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
While you can expect to encounter insects during your trip, most are relatively harmless. Switching off lights when exiting your room or suite, and ensuring that glass or screen doors or windows are closed at all times will minimize the number of insects allowed into your room. On the fast-moving river, mosquitoes are rarely seen while sailing. If planning to be outside in the early morning or evening hours, applying an insect repellent to exposed skin is recommended.
All shore excursions during your 15-day travel program. Excursions are led by expert guides, and guests are divided into three groups, guaranteeing there are never more than 12 passengers touring together. Electronic listening devices are complimentary to all guests in order to ensure that guests are able to hear their guides, without disturbing nearby wildlife.
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites or enclosed, public areas on board. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck.
Visitors on Board/Security
Only guests who possess tickets for passage are allowed on board. Security services are provided on board to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the journey.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
Please do not drink the tap water while on board or on shore, or use it for brushing your teeth. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a sterilization process. This water is suitable for showers and baths, but should not be consumed. Complimentary bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth is provided on board, as well as during excursions. To save water and reduce detergent use, we will only change towels if they are placed on the floor.
Passports & Visas
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.
Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter India.
o Brand g’s program only requires a single entry visa, which may be obtained through an online application process: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
o If you have made other independent arrangements which require multiple entries into India, check with your nearest Indian consulate for the appropriate visa application process. Use care to be sure you are accessing information from the official consulate and not an intermediary.
o If you prefer you may also use a visa service to assist you with obtaining your visa. One such service that we’d recommend for US citizens is G3 Visa Services: http://www.g3visas.com/
Vaccination Requirements and Health Recommendations
US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india or your health care provider for vaccination requirements and recommendations. Citizens of all other countries should consult their government’s national disease center or their physician.
Terms & Conditions
Important Notice – Brand g Vacations Terms & Conditions – Splendors of India & the Ganges River
Thank you for choosing Brand g for your vacation. To ensure that you understand the conditions of your vacation, please read the following policies and procedures completely. All policies and procedures are subject to change at any time at Brand g’s sole discretion without notice. Any and all information contained herein is in effect at the time of printing and is subject to change at any time.
Information contained herein does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on Ganges Voyager vessels is provided solely by Ganges Voyager and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passenger Ticket Contract provided below. The Passenger Ticket Contract will also be included with your travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding itineraries, Ganges Voyager’s liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passenger Ticket Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in sales brochures or at www.brandgvacations.com conflicts with the terms of the Passenger Ticket Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passenger Ticket Contract shall control.
Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Brand g Vacations reserves the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s). Additionally, Brand g Vacations reserves the right to cancel reservations and bookings in the event of a full-ship charter, whether or not a deposit or full payment has been received, and in such event Brand g’s only liability will be to refund to the guest the amount it has received.
Brand g makes arrangements for transportation, only as a booking agent. In arranging for the transportation, Brand g does so with independent contractors. Brand g is not responsible for incidents such as airline cancellations, re-routings or any disruption of scheduled services or accommodation, or lost luggage.
All schedules, fares, and terms and conditions listed on Brand g Vacations’ website are effective as of January 1, 2017 and supersede any schedules, prices, and terms and conditions previously published.
All fares including land and hotel are capacity controlled, subject to change at any time without notice and do not guarantee availability. All are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.
Travel documents will not be dispatched until full and final payment and passenger Contact Information has been received by Brand g Vacations and cleared. For purposes of this Agreement, Contact Information shall mean a passenger’s full name, passport number, address, telephone number (land and mobile), electronic mail address and emergency contact information and any other information as requested. Brand g must be able to reach each passenger’s emergency contact at any time of day. Brand g must, therefore, be provided with all information to allow them to do so (such information should include the name, address, electronic mail address (if available) and phone number (including a cell phone number if available) of a parent, guardian, spouse, domestic partner, or other person to contact in the event of an emergency. No passenger will be allowed to participate in this vacation unless all information has been received.
2018 fares cover certain land and shipboard services including: hotel accommodations, ship suite accommodations, shore excursions, advertised meals on land, onboard meals and entertainment, complimentary beverages aboard ship (as advertised). All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your program tariff are: beverages other than those advertised, optional shore excursions, meals taken ashore during the cruise, fuel surcharges, laundry, purchases from the ship boutique or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages and spa treatments.
Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Carrier. Carrier is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Carrier receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Carrier’s receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Carrier for the price of passage. Carrier reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.
To reserve your vacation, an $850 per person deposit for the main program and $250 for the Varanasi extension is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. Guests will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received by Brand g Vacations. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to the trip start date. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 120 days prior to sailing. Reservations made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Brand g. Payments may be made by AMEX/ VISA®/ MasterCard® or DISCOVER®.
Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you or your travel professional are required to contact Brand g Vacations directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing. Refunds are subject to the schedule below regardless of suite/cabin resale and cancellation charges may not be converted to future cruise credits:
Days Before Departure –> Per Person Charge
Greater than 120 days –> $500
120 – 91 days –> 50% of the total per person fare
90 – 0 days –>100% of the total per person fare
Any tickets issued must be returned to Brand g Vacations before refunds (if owed) can be processed.
Health and Medical Requirements
All guests are required to report in writing to Brand g Vacations at the time their reservation is made:
- Any physical or mental condition that may require medical or professional treatment or attention during the voyage
- Any condition that may render the guest unfit for travel, or that may require special care or assistance
- Any condition that may pose a risk or danger to the guest or anyone else on board the ship
- Any condition that may require oxygen for medical reasons
- Any intention or need to use a wheelchair cart, other mobility device
By booking passage on this program and by boarding the ship, the guest represents and warrants that he/she is physically and otherwise fit to travel, and that the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers.
Brand g Vacations reserves the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of Brand g, Ganges Voyager or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which Brand g, or Ganges Voyager is reasonably able to provide.
Brand g Vacations and Ganges Voyager strongly recommend that guests are able to navigate the stairs on-board without assistance. Should guests require assistance, they must travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at Onboard. Neither Brand g or Ganges Voyager is able to offer special assistance. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not available at ports-of-call.
You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage must be handled in accordance with regulations of our ground operators and ship operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Guests are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations.
All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Neither Brand g, nor Ganges Voyager is responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs.
Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored onboard without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Ganges Voyager is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.
Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Neither Brand g Vacations, not Ganges Voyager shall be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.
Ganges Voyager may levy a charge for the return of personal items left on board or lost and subsequently found.
All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by Ganges Voyager or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Brand g Vacations will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.
In the event that Brand g and Ganges Voyager as a courtesy provides information or advice as to necessary travel documents, visas and medical inoculations, guests are still obligated to verify such information with the appropriate government authorities and Brand g and Ganges Voyager does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information. Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.
Taxes, Government Fees/Quasigovernment Fees and Fuel Supplements
Brand g Vacations reserves the right to pass through to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and government fees/quasi-government fees that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and Government fees/quasi-government fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.
Brand g reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement in the event that the price of increases up to and including the day of embarkation. Brand g may collect any taxes, government fees/ quasigovernment fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.
All fares, and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Brand g and Ganges Voyager reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions.
This document may contain inadvertent technical or factual inaccuracies and typographical errors. Brand g Vacations reserves the right to correct errors and omissions at any time without prior notice, and to cancel any offered product, service, amenity, etc. in the event of any error or omission in the description, including pricing and availability.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PASSENGERS: THIS CONTRACT IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN PASSENGER AND THE COMPANY. THIS CONTRACT CONTAINS CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING LIMITATIONS WITH RESPECT TO INJURY OR DEATH OF PASSENGER AND DAMAGE CLAIMS RELATING TO BAGGAGE. CERTAIN OTHER PERSONS AND ENTITIES, ARE ALSO GRANTED RIGHTS UNDER THIS TICKET CONTRACT. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. BY ACCEPTING THIS CONTRACT AND ACCEPTING TO TRAVEL, THE PASSENGER AGREES TO ACCEPT AND TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREOF, INCLUDING SPECIFICALLY THOSE REGARDING PASSENGER’S RIGHT TO SUE, GOVERNING LAW, FORUM AND JURISDICTION.
SECTIONS 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 CONTAIN IMPORTANT LIMITATIONS ON PASSENGER’S RIGHT TO ASSERT CLAIMS AGAINST THE COMPANY AND CERTAIN THIRD PARTIES. THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPANY ANDTHE PASSENGER AND THIS IS A BINDING CONTRACT.
THE COMPANY ENTERS INTO CONTRACTS OF CARRIAGE AND ACCEPTS AND CARRIES PASSENGERS AND BAGGAGE ONLY ON AND SUBJECT TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS CONTRACT IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PASSENGER AND THE COMPANY AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, EMPLOYEES AND PROVISIONS REGARDING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY HEREIN ARE APPLICABLE TO CLAIMS AGAINST ALL PARTIES LISTED IN THE DEFINITION OF ‘COMPANY’.
1. DEFINITIONS: “Baggage” means all such Passenger baggage allowed on the Vessel pursuant to the terms of this Contract which is placed in Passenger’s cabin, or which has been stored in the Vessel’s baggage room, hold or safe against receipt therefor at the request of the Passenger. Baggage also includes all such passenger baggage handed over to the officers of the Company at the beginning of the tour at any destination. “Company” means Heritage River Journeys Pvt Ltd, and its owners, operators, hoteliers and charterers, all affiliated companies including but not limited to, parent and or subsidiary entities and sales representatives and all employees and directors of such individuals and companies.
“Conventions” means the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974, the International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, and, where applicable, the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability in Inland Navigation, 1988.
“Passenger” means every person named on the face of this Contract and/or traveling under this Contract or occupying the cabin designated on this Contract, including their heirs, successors in interest and personal representatives.
“Contract” means this entire Passenger Ticket Contract document including all its terms and conditions. ‘Terms and Conditions – Cruise Services” means the standard Terms and Conditions of the Company with regard to Cruise and associated excursions offered by the Company, as amended from time to time.
“Vessel” means any ship chartered or operated or provided by the Company, whether owned, chartered, or operated by the Company or by third parties; on which the Passenger may be traveling, or any ship substituted therefor, and its tenders or any other similar means of conveyance and also includes any modes of transport on land.
2. NON-TRANSFERABILITY/ BINDING EFFECT: This Contract is valid only for the Passenger or Passengers named herein for the dates indicated. It may not be sold or transferred. The Passenger represents and warrants that s/he is duly authorized by and on behalf of all Passengers (including minor children) named on this Contract to agree to and to bind all such Passengers to such terms and conditions.
3. EMBARKATION: The Passenger is required to be on board the Vessel at least 30 minutes before the initial scheduled departure time and any departure time subsequently announced during the cruise. At the time of embarkation the Passenger is responsible for having received all medical inoculations necessary for the voyage. The Company shall have no liability to the Passenger whatsoever if the Passenger is not on board prior to the Vessel’s departure. If the Passenger has chosen a tour from a place other than that of departure of the Vessel, that place from where the tour begins shall be the place of embarkation.
4. BAGGAGE, VALUABLES AND OTHER POSSESSIONS: All Baggage must be securely packed and distinctly labeled with Passenger’s full name, the name of the Vessel, and the cabin number of the Passenger and the sailing date of the Vessel. Under no circumstances, may dangerous articles such as firearms, explosives, oxygen or combustible substances, alcohol, drugs, illegal substances, or dangerous goods be taken by the Passenger pre-cruise and/or aboard the Vessel.
Any such item shall be surrendered to an official of the Company or to the Captain of the Vessel at embarkation, and may be disposed of in the sole discretion of the official of the Company or the Captain. Hand or unlocked luggage, breakables and valuables, including but not limited to jewelry, money, precious stones, securities, financial instruments and / or tickets, must be hand-carried by Passengers on and off the Vessel. The Company shall not be responsible for loss or damage to such items.
5. LIABILITY LIMITATIONS FOR LOSS OF AND / OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY: The total value of the Baggage, valuables and other personal belongings of a Passenger who does not deposit valuables for safekeeping, as described in this Contract, shall be deemed not to exceed the amount of US$ 200 per Passenger and the Company’s liability, if any, for loss of or damage to such belongings is limited to a maximum of US$ 200 per Passenger. The Company provides safekeeping for valuables and encourages Passengers to deposit any jewelry or other valuables brought aboard the Vessel with the designated officer who will issue a receipt for such valuables. The Company shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to money, jewelry, precious stones, securities, financial instruments, tickets or other valuables unless they have been delivered to the designated officer and a receipt issued. The value of articles delivered for safekeeping shall be deemed not to exceed US$ 200 unless the Company agrees in writing to a higher value for the articles at the time of delivery to the designated officer. Unless specifically provided elsewhere in this Contract, the Company shall have no liability for loss or damage to Baggage or personal effects. Personal belongings lost while unattended in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board the Vessel or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, perils of the river, and other acts-of-God are not reimbursable. Settlements of reimbursable claims for lost belongings will be made on the basis of actual cash value (replacement cost less depreciation). Settlements of reimbursable claims for damaged items will be on the basis of cost of repair or actual cash value, whichever is less. No amount shall be paid in settlement of any claim without proof of the actual cash value or repair cost as appropriate arising from the loss or damage. Such proof must be sent to the Company and the Company liability must be proven before any settlement will be paid.
6. ITINERARY / RIGHT TO CHANGE / DETENTION: The Company will make every reasonable effort to undertake the advertised and any other agreed and offered travel destination but no travel destinations are guaranteed and the destinations may be altered, delayed, amended, or cancelled subject to circumstances. If the performance of the proposed journey/voyage is hindered or prevented (or in the opinion of the Company is likely to be hindered or prevented) by high or low water levels, docking difficulties, weather condition, breakdown of the Vessel, congestion, lock operational malfunction, or any other cause whatsoever or if the Company considers that for any reason whatsoever, proceeding to, attempting to enter, or entering or remaining at the place of disembarkation may expose the Vessel to risk of loss or damage or to be likely to delay her, the Passenger and his property may be landed at any place which the Company or the Captain of the Vessel in his or her discretion may reasonably decide upon, at which place the responsibility of the Company shall cease and this contract shall be deemed to have been fully performed, or if the Passenger has not embarked, the Company may cancel the proposed voyage and shall refund the Passenger money or fares paid in advance. The Company reserves the right at its sole option and discretion, without any liability for damages or refund, of any kind to deviate from the charter companies’ advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, to delay, advance or lengthen any travel, to omit or change ports of call, to arrange for substantially equivalent transportation by another vessel and / or by other means of transportation, including without limitation by coach or other land transportation alternatives, whether belonging to the Company or not, and to cause the Passenger to disembark from any destination and/or the Vessel temporarily or permanently. The Company may for any reason whatsoever cancel any journey/voyage or terminate the Contract at any time before departure for the contracted travel plan, and in such event, the Company’s only liability will be to refund to the Passenger the amount it has received for the Contract. For purposes of assisting other vessels or protecting life or property, the Captain of the Vessel has the right, at his or her sole discretion, to deviate from the Vessel’s advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, to delay, advance or cancel any sailing, to omit or change any ports of call, to tow or to be towed, to transfer Passenger and Passenger’s baggage to any other vessel and or other means of transportation whether belonging to the Company or not, cause the Passenger to disembark the Vessel temporarily or permanently, and the Passenger shall have no claims against Company in such circumstances.
7. HEALTH AND SECURITY / INDEMNIFICATION BY PASSENGER: Access to the Vessel at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks. The Passenger represents and warrants that she/he is physically and otherwise fit to travel; that she / he will at all times comply with the contract regarding travel and the Vessel’s rules and regulations and orders and directions of the officials of the Company and the Vessel’s officers and staff; that his/her conduct will not impair the safety of the Vessel or inconvenience other passengers. The Company and the Captain of the Vessel, without liability, at any time, may refuse to transport or may land any Passenger at any port or place, or transfer the Passenger to other means of transportation, because of health or physical condition, mental disorder, failure to abide by Vessel regulations or other causes rendering the Passenger unfit to travel on the Vessel. If the Passenger is refused passage or leaves between the travel period in any destination or the Vessel prior to the end of the cruise for any of the reasons described in this section or for other reasons including, but not limited to, personal, medical, or business reasons, the Company will not be required to refund any portion of the Contract price, or be responsible for any of Passenger’s cost. The
Passenger hereby consents to a reasonable search being made of Passenger’s person, baggage or other property, and to the removal and confiscation or destruction of any object which may, in the opinion of the Company, impair the safety of the Vessel or inconvenience other Passengers. The Passenger shall indemnify the Company for all penalties, fines, charges, losses or expenses incurred or imposed upon the Company or the Vessel by virtue of any act or violation of law by the Passenger.
8. PASSENGER RESTRICTIONS: The Company does not discriminate against persons on the basis of disability. The Company is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy and children less than six months of age. It may limit the number of Passengers less than three years of age for the land excursions and the cruise. Any child under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult over the age of twenty-one. If the accompanying adult is not a parent, a “Parental Consent Guardianship Form” must be signed by a parent or legal guardian of the child and received by the Company prior to sailing. The Passenger is required to advise the Company in writing, at or prior to the time a cruise is booked, of any physical, emotional or mental condition which may require professional attention during the cruise. The Company is not able to accommodate wheelchairs. Passengers with mobility impairments must be accompanied by someone who is able to assist the Passenger at all times during the journey/voyage, and is responsible for providing the Passenger all necessary aid and facilities. If any such condition arises after the journey/voyage is booked, the Passenger is required to advise the Company in writing immediately. The Company and all personnel of the Company and other passengers shall have no liability to the Passenger relating to such condition or its treatment.
9. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR / SHORE TOURS / LIMIT OF LIABILITY: The Company undertakes and has responsibility for tours, including, shore excursions, hotels, restaurants and transportation, whether by vessel, air, rail, land or other means, organized by the Company except those specified in clause 10 of this contract. The Company shall be liable to the Passenger for acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements made with the company including but not limited to the following: (1) airline and surface transportation; (2) services or products available for Passenger’s convenience during the journey/voyage; (3) services, products or transportation provided during the course of the journey and aboard the Vessel furnished by others, including without limitation, sightseeing tours, pre-cruise and post-cruise tours, excursions, shore trips and tender service. The Passenger agrees that all rights, liability, defenses and immunities of whatsoever nature referred to in this Contract applicable to the Company or the Vessel, shall in all respects inure also for the benefit of any employee, agent or independent contractor of the Company acting in the course of or in connection with their employment/engagement with the Company so that in no circumstances shall any such employee, agent or independent contractor, as the result of so acting, be under any liability to any such Passenger different from that of the Company.
10. NO LIABILITY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT: No staff doctors or nurses are employed by the Company on the Vessel or at any time during the journey. If a Passenger requires medical attention during the trip, medical services will be provided at local facilities. The Passenger shall be responsible for all costs and expenses of such medical services, treatment and medications. The Company shall have no liability whatsoever for any costs incurred in connection with such medical services, or for the quality of care the Passenger receives. The Passenger consents to treatment by medical professionals designated by the Company, if the Passenger is unable to request or authorize medical treatment and, in the opinion of the Ship Manager, medical attention is necessary, solely at the expense of the Passenger and without liability to the Company.
11. PAYMENT BY PASSENGER AND EXTRA EXPENSES: Any and all payments by the Passenger to the Company shall be made in currency of the United States of America, Euro or such other currency acceptable to the Company. All charges for services and products provided during the course of the journey on board the Vessel and during land excursions must be settled in cash or charged (via credit card acceptable to the Company) before Passenger’s final disembarkation from the Vessel. Any other expenses incurred by the Passenger or by the Company on behalf of Passenger shall be payable by the Passenger on demand.
12. LIABILITY LIMITATION FOR LOSS OF LIFE OR BODILY INJURY: If a Passenger is injured, becomes ill, or dies, or a Passenger’s property is lost or damaged, or a Passenger and / or his / her property is delayed, the Company will not be liable to the Passenger for any damages unless the occurrence was due to the negligence of the Company. The Company disclaims liability to the Passenger under any circumstances for infliction of emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury which was not: (i) the result of physical injury to the Passenger caused by the negligence or fault of a crew member or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel and/or the independent contractors;
(ii) the result of a Passenger having been at actual risk of physical injury, and such risk was caused by the negligence or fault of a crew member or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel and/or the independent contractors; or (iii) intentionally inflicted by a crew member or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel and/or the independent contractors. In no event, will the Company be liable to the Passenger for consequential, incidental, exemplary or punitive damages. In addition to all of the restrictions and exemptions from liability provided in this Contract, the liability of the Company for the death of or personal injury (including emotional distress or injury) to a Passenger shall in no event exceed the monetary limitations set forth in Article 7 of the Athens Convention. Nothing in this Contract is intended nor shall operate to limit or deprive the Company of any such statutory limitation of or exoneration from liability, or of the benefits of any statute or law of any country which might be applicable providing for exoneration from or limitation of liability including but not limited to the 1976 Convention.
13. PROTECTION AND INDEMNITY LIABILITY: The Company bears no contractual liability of a P&I nature flowing through to it from any charter contract with any charter agents, clients and any of their sub-agents/sub-contractors.
14. FORCE MAJEURE: The Company shall not be liable in any way to the Passenger for death, bodily injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to person or property or for the Company’s failure to commence, perform and/or complete any duty owed to the Passenger if such death, delay, bodily injury (including emotional distress or injury), illness, damage or other loss or detriment to person or property is caused by Act-of-God, war or war-like operations, terrorist activities, civil commotions, labor difficulties, whether or not the Company is a party thereto, interference by authorities, requisitioning of the Vessel, political disturbance, inability to secure or failure of supplies, perils of the river, collision, foundering of the Vessel, explosion, breakdown or failure of or damage to the Vessel or its hull, machineries or fittings, weather conditions, high or low water levels, lock malfunction, that may arise or be caused by, riots, insurrection and government restraint, fire, or any other cause whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of the Company.
15. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM: This Contract applies to claims, suits and litigation of any kind whether against the Company in person or the Vessel. This Contract is issued at New Delhi, India, subject always to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, the International Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, the Strasbourg Agreement on Liability Limitations for Inland Shipping of 4 November 1998 and such other international agreements and conventions as may apply, all questions arising on this Contract shall be decided according to the laws of India, excluding the rules of conflicts of laws. Where the Athens Convention or any law applies mandatorily, venue shall be any court sanctioned by that Convention or law. In all other cases, the Company and the Passenger agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Civil Courts in New Delhi, India in any dispute arising out of, or in connection with, this Contract or these Terms and Conditions, the ownership and/or operation of the Vessel, to the exclusion of the jurisdiction of the courts of any other country. The Passenger hereby waives any venue or other objection that may be available to any such action or proceeding being brought in said court.
16. INTERPRETATION: Should any provisions of this Contract be contrary to or invalid by virtue of the law of any jurisdiction or be so held by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed to be severed from this Contract and of no force and effect and all remaining provisions herein shall continue to be in full force and effect. The headings of this Contract are for convenience of reference only and shall not define or limit any of the terms or provisions hereof. Whenever the context so requires, references to the male gender shall include references to the female, and references to the singular shall include the plural and vice-versa.
17. WARRANTIES / CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES EXCLUDED: ALL WARRANTIES INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR USE AND MERCHANTABILITY ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED FROM THIS CONTRACT. THE COMPANY SHALL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
18. WRITTEN NOTICES: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Contract, all written notice required by this Contract must be mailed to Heritage River Journeys Pvt. Ltd. at Office No. 7, 2nd Floor, LSC, Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070, India.
19. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: The provisions of this ticket / Contract read with the Terms and Conditions
– Cruise Services, represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between the Passengers and the Company. Any provisions in the Terms and Conditions
– Cruse Services not at variance with the terms herein will apply to this Contract and in case of a conflict in the provisions of the two, the provisions herein will apply. The Passenger’s acceptance of this Contract constitutes Passenger’s consent to these provisions. These provisions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing and signed by a Vice President /Director of the Company.