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#1
philadelphia, pa
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Joined Feb 2011
I am looking for recommendationn. I want to take a one week trip in January along the Amazon icluding rain forrest and wildlife experiences. Trying to decide whether to take a trip in either the Peruvian or the Brazilian portions of Amazon. Recommendations? suggestions? Thanks
#2
Virginia, USA
2 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
Check out the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Access from Peru. Lima to Cusco and then by bus or small plane.
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#3
Michigan
374 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
Originally posted by amazontraveler
I am looking for recommendationn. I want to take a one week trip in January along the Amazon icluding rain forrest and wildlife experiences. Trying to decide whether to take a trip in either the Peruvian or the Brazilian portions of Amazon. Recommendations? suggestions? Thanks
J get travel info emails from the Smithsonian occasionally. About a month ago one opf their features was Amazon River cruisrs they sponser. It looked interesting, nice boat,cabins,food, all with travel guides. Try looking them up, one comment is fairly p[ricey.
#4
3 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Departing from Manaus, your expedition vessel stops at several points along the amazing Amazon jungle, and offers excursions on small boats or zodiacs to explore the dense, virgin vegetation. You and other adventure seekers will come into contact with the most exhuberant species of trees, plants, exotic animals and the local river communities, friendly and hospitable people. A paradise for those who like adventure with all the comfort of an all inclusive cruise.
#6
USA
2,944 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by CleoV
Try Aqua Expeditions. Exquisite.
WOW!! And, crap! Another trip I seriously need to save for! We are in the plans of booking Galapagos with Machu Picchu, and that is quite the cost. Thanks for the info. This will be on our radar in the near future.
#7
Los Angeles Ca.
5,064 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
I just did the Amazon on International Expeditions. Lousy lousy lousy boat!! No indoor area except the dining room so we got eaten alive by the mosquitos. No screens on doors or windows and even the cabins were full of bugs, ants, roaches, mosquitoes. If i could redo the trip I'd look at Lindblad whose boat the delfin 2 looks wonderful. We saw the Aqua and she looked grand, I wouldn't hesitate to book on that either.
#9
1 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Just back from Amazon cruise in Peru on m/v Aria, a fantastic trip. The boat and crew, particularly the naturalists, are highly recommended.
#11
Coastal GA USA
21,506 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Why not try a research expedition?

http://www.earthwatch.org/exped/bodmer.html

I did one through Earthwatch years ago, and you get a much deeper understanding of the Amazon than on a luxury cruise. And if you are from the US, you can deduct it on your taxes as a tax exempt organization. EM
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#13
Illinois,United States
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Joined Jan 2013
We,too, did Iberostar Grand Amazon. Excellent guides, very nice ship, OK food. Very casual. We were the only Americans on our sailing (3 and 4 night combined) but guides included us in English always.
#14
Charlotte, NC
87 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
what were the food and accomodations like? Worth the extra money? Thinking about Galapagos and ending trip on the Amazon 4 to 5 nights. Just wanted to hear from someone that's been o this ship. When did you go? What month? jo ann
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REGENT-PAUL GAUGIN-FIJI, COOK & SOCIETY
ISLANDS - NOV 2009/DEC 2009
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REGENT - NAVIGATOR-NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA
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CELEBRITY-ECLIPSE-EASTERN CARIBBEAN
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REGENT-VOYAGER-TURKEY & GREECE-OCTOBER 2011
REGENT- MARINER-LIMA,PERU- BUENOS AIRES
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CELEBRITY-SOLSTICE-WESTERN CARIBBEAN
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SEABOURN - QUEST-BARCELONA, SPAIN TO ATHENS,
GREECE - SEPT 2012
A&K - LONDON/PARIS - MAY 2013
TAUCK- SAFARI- SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA &
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#15
Illinois,United States
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Joined Jan 2013
We went in September 2011 and booked the least expensive cabin on the lowest deck. I believe that the cabins are identical except for deck. It was fine with a tiny balcony, big wall closet, big bed, big bathroom. We're not too picky except for cleanliness and it was. Food was just OK. It was buffet but at dinner you could also order ala carte. The menu was in Portuguese and the head waiter would come to our table talk to me for 5 minutes in Portuguese and then I would nod and say "fish". I don't speak anything but English. We always got good fish. The ship was empty so I don't know how service would be if it were full. We really enjoyed the trip but I don't believe that the ship comes anywhere close to a Silverseas ship.
We took Celebrity Expedition to the Galapagos the previous year. It was wonderful.
#17
Charlotte, NC
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Joined Nov 2011
These seem to be the 2 luxury boats for Amazon. Any thoughts on what's your favorite?
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ISLANDS - NOV 2009/DEC 2009
RCCL-OASIS-JAN 2010/FEB 2010
REGENT - NAVIGATOR-NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA
NOV 2010
CELEBRITY-ECLIPSE-EASTERN CARIBBEAN
JAN/FEB/ 2011
REGENT-VOYAGER-TURKEY & GREECE-OCTOBER 2011
REGENT- MARINER-LIMA,PERU- BUENOS AIRES
JAN/FEB 2012
CELEBRITY-SOLSTICE-WESTERN CARIBBEAN
APRIL- 2012
SEABOURN - QUEST-BARCELONA, SPAIN TO ATHENS,
GREECE - SEPT 2012
A&K - LONDON/PARIS - MAY 2013
TAUCK- SAFARI- SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA &
BOTSWANA- AUG 2013
TAUCK - ISABELLA 2 - GALAPAGOS- MAY 2015
TAUCK-
GRAND ALASKA- JUNE 2016
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#18
United States
536 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Just an FYI--For a mass market cruise line Princess offers an Amazon cruise from Manaus to Ft. Lauderdale.
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#19
88,501 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
We took a Crystal Cruises cruise of the Amazon earlier this year. We saw large and small ports and we were 1,000 miles from the Ocean.

It was great.

Keith
#20
Charlotte, NC
87 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Anyone out there with any comparsions they would like to share?
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SILVER SEA - SILVER SHADOW-CARIBBEAN-DEC 2007 /JAN 2008
TAUCK - BEST OF HAWAII-JULY 2008
REGENT-MARINER PANAMA CANAL - DEC 2008/JAN 09
REGENT-PAUL GAUGIN-FIJI, COOK & SOCIETY
ISLANDS - NOV 2009/DEC 2009
RCCL-OASIS-JAN 2010/FEB 2010
REGENT - NAVIGATOR-NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA
NOV 2010
CELEBRITY-ECLIPSE-EASTERN CARIBBEAN
JAN/FEB/ 2011
REGENT-VOYAGER-TURKEY & GREECE-OCTOBER 2011
REGENT- MARINER-LIMA,PERU- BUENOS AIRES
JAN/FEB 2012
CELEBRITY-SOLSTICE-WESTERN CARIBBEAN
APRIL- 2012
SEABOURN - QUEST-BARCELONA, SPAIN TO ATHENS,
GREECE - SEPT 2012
A&K - LONDON/PARIS - MAY 2013
TAUCK- SAFARI- SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA &
BOTSWANA- AUG 2013
TAUCK - ISABELLA 2 - GALAPAGOS- MAY 2015
TAUCK-
GRAND ALASKA- JUNE 2016
PRINCESS-ISLAND PRINCESS - WHITTIER - VANCOUVER