The world's longest luxury river cruise MV Ganga Vilas which was flagged off on Friday for its 3,200 km maiden journey, was reportedly stuck on the third day in Bihar's Chhapra. According to the officials, the giant vessel stuck due to shallow water in the Ganga. However, hours after the news broke out, the Inland Waterways Authority of India denied the reports and added the cruise reached Patna at its scheduled time.
Earlier today, citing officials, ANI reported that the cruise was scheduled to dock at the shore for the tourists to visit Chirand, but got stuck because of water deficiency in the Ganges near the Doriganj area of the district.
Features of MV Ganga
MV Ganga Vilas is the first-ever cruise vessel made in India. The luxury cruise has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the luxury amenities. The tourists will be served local food and seasonal vegetables, Mathur said. Antara Luxury River Cruises founder and CEO Raj Singh added there will be no non-veg food or liquor on board.
The ship has 39 crew members and its captain is Mahadev Naik who has more than 35 years of experience. Speaking to PTI, Knegar Krieger, a Swiss national who is on board for the maiden journey, said "travelling on the Ganges is a very special experience, it is once in a lifetime experience, not to be missed."
(With inputs from agencies)