We sailed from Manaus down the Amazon for several days before stopping at several Brazilian coastal ports, then Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We happened to book the same hotel the ship used, Caesar Business, in Manaus, and it was a 3 star hotel with a nice breakfast. We took a taxi to the port, a few miles away.
The ship was familiar to the others in the fleet. Very well decorated and meticulously kept.
Our first stop when checking in was friendly and painless; we felt immediately at home. We met the Cruise Director, Jan, and her assistant, Ashley, who turned out to be the hardest working cruise staff we've seen. They were everywhere; and they were former singers who were also very entertaining.
Excellent cabin with verandah and marbled bathroom with tub and shower.
Nice bus tour with a tour of the Alchemist house and Tango show.
We saw the city on our own. Stayed at Mine hotel in Palermo, which was very helpful in seeing the sights.