4. There’s snacks and drinks for order on the boat
You may find that you’re a little peckish when you’re on the cruise, just fancy a little tipple to celebrate landing in the North East or want to drown your sorrows that you’re leaving!
I was so amazed when I was handed a varied menu full of snacks and drinks to order and how reasonable the costs were.
They were out of Momos, so I ordered some super cultural French fries (lol) and a beer as I hadn’t had any lunch! It was quick service and the snacks were actually tasty.
A beer and fries came to around 400 rupees total including taxes. Bargain.
5. They will entertain you
Personally, I’m not a fan of overly loud music which can be a problem in India. India thrives on everything that’s noisy, especially when it’s a celebration.
Unfortunately, the rooftop seats were already sold out and I was placed downstairs right by the speaker – not ideal! So, as I wanted to sit outside to take photos. The Alfresco team were on it and placed me on the front of the ship. Perfect!
That way I could just listen to the tunes in the background and it didn’t make my ears bleed.
But, if you’re into your music blasting, then this is the cruise for you! They had a lively band showcasing music from the North East and some classic Bollywood hits.
6. It’s well organised
Usually in India, cruise ships at sunset are like a cattle market. You’ll be fighting for tickets, herded into a queue, then shoved on the boat with a hundreds of people fighting for space.
Here, you can book online and in advance and there is only a set number of places available! That way it’s quality over quantity, not just an uncomfortable experience to squeeze every last rupee cent out of it.
Everyone has space and it’s more of a relaxing experience than a stressful one!
7. The views are astounding
I wasn’t sure what to expect or how much we’d cover of the Brahmaputra river with one hour. Half of me expected it to be everything I could already see from the harbour.
We passed islands with temples, saw different parts of the city and watched the local ferries cross the river with motorbikes and all sorts on top! All with the most amazing colourful backdrop. It was gorgeous! I’ll let the pictures paint it for you;
8. You’ll receive 5 star service
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left the ship, I couldn’t get over the service.
I was welcomed at the door, they knew me by name, they knew what table I was sitting at and they even had a printed list of passengers with a friendly representative. (Remember, I only paid 350 rupees!)
They made sure I was catered for especially due to my preference of not sitting by the speaker (haha) and were on hand to help.
The food and drink service was speedy and as a special request, they let me stand at the front of the boat for a picture! You just can’t get better service than that.
I believe that long after your money has been spent, it’s the service that will be remembered. It just takes a little personal touch to make the difference and Alfresco Grand excelled here.
And of course, a kind member of staff became my resident photographer 😉
9. You will leave with awesome memories and a camera roll full of captures!
Guwahati is usually a city where a trip to the North East of India begins or ends. What better than a river cruise to kick off your adventure or end it on a high?
After 3 weeks of public transport in North East India, I fancied something special. 3 weeks of dusty sumo Jeeps will do that to a person!
Alfresco Grand really was the perfect end to my North East Indian adventures, thanks so much to the team for welcoming me on board!
With thanks to the Alfresco Grand team for welcoming me aboard! All views, opinions and pictures are my own.
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