Aria Amazon Review

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Why Choose Aria Amazon?

  • Attracts well-heeled travelers looking for unique trip
  • Designed with green technology, sustainable materials

Aria Amazon Overview

By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor
In 2007, Aqua Expeditions launched Aqua Amazon and pioneered the first cruises on the Peruvian stretch of the world's longest river.

Four years later, sister ship Aria Amazon set sail. Offering passengers similar high levels of comfort, the striking matte-black-hulled vessel operates three, four and seven-night itineraries year-round.

The interior was designed by leading Peruvian architect Jordi Puig and has a sophisticated boutique hotel-style ambience that incorporates natural wood flooring, a neutral color scheme and soft lighting.

The 16 suites, divided equally between the first and second decks, measure 250 square feet each. They all have polished timber flooring, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, sitting areas and air-conditioning. Bathrooms have rain showers and are stocked with organic products. There are four interconnecting suites for families.

Meals are served in the dining room, aft on the second deck, and passengers can choose to sit at a table for two or dine at larger tables. The relaxing observation deck has an indoor lounge with large, comfortable sofas; a bar; a library; and a sun deck with a whirlpool. Other amenities include a small exercise room and shop that sells local handicrafts. The vessel also has an onboard paramedic.

There is no Wi-Fi, although cruisers can sometimes connect to the Internet via the roaming functions on mobile phones. There's no phone signal in remote areas, but the ship's satellite phone is available for emergency calls.

Fares include all meals and drinks -- soft beverages, house wine and beer -- excursions and transfers to and from the ship when arriving or departing on recommended flights. International air travel is not included.

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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  24
Launched:  2011
Decks:  3
Tonnage:  147 feet
Passengers:  32
Registry:  Peru
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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4 Aria Amazon Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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aerodog
Member Since 2008
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The first question is, "take a 3, 4 or 7 day excursion"? If my count is correct, the 4 day trip has one more outing on the skiff than the 3 day excursion. The 3 day trip explores one of the two rivers that officially form the ... Read more
cccarter
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were on the Aria Amazon with a university alumni travel program, so everyone on the boat was with our group. I mention this mostly because the excursions and day-to-day activities were enhanced by knowing everyone. People without an ... Read more
kiwismith
Member Since 2011
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
If the Queen of England booked a cruise on the Amazon, it would be on this boat. Not that our trip was without glitches - the transfer from Iquitos Airport to the boat was tiring (while waiting for the boat to be prepared, we had a ... Read more

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