The Amazon experience was fantastic. You have to be adventurous to enjoy this cruise and we booked almost all private tours not ship tours to get the most out of it. The ports are quirky and varied - HEY it's the Amazon! If you are looking for pristine, picture perfect ports with everything prettied up, with lots of shopping this is not it. It's for people who want to get out there and do things a bit differently even if sometimes a bit uncomfortable like stumbling through the rainforest. We found it fascinating.
The Caribbean ports were good too tho we had several port changes after hurricanes destroyed some destinations. St Thomas was still awful with debris everywhere. Our favorites were St Kitts and Tobago. Beautiful islands.
In Manaus we took the Meeting of the Waters tour with Do Brazil Right and it was a excellent tour, a bit of everything. We saw the rain forest, swam with the pink dolphins, fishes, visited an indigenous village, had a good lunch and more. Our guide was very good. Belem is a bit of a pit and our Do Brazil Right guide there was not very good. Santarem requires you to be adventurous, we liked walking around the town and next to the river and had lunch of amazon fish.
Boca de Valeria very special and Alter do Chao gorgeous - hire a boatman in both places to take you around.
Dining and service were tops on this ship, the best we've had on HAL. Ketut S was our waiter and he was fantastic. The singers and dancers were very good too. The rest if the entertainment varied. The Americas Test Kitchen is a new thing that I hope they keep. The library needs updating but be thankful they have one, I hear HAL is getting rid of the libraires whichis a bad more!
There is a special intimate atmosphere on this ship which is very special.
Very well located midship on the 9th floor. Cabin furniture is worn but the whole ship needs a refurbishment. I found the mattress uncomfortable and asked for a new one and got it immediately so should be fine, I loved! the walk in closet! I recommend bringing magnetic hooks to expand handing space and magnetic clamps for the daily schedule. Actually there is plenty of storage. Note this is one of the rooms with no bathtub only a shower and only one bedside table in the room which was an inconvenience.
Bathroom has no medicine chest only shelves. Note: only one electrical outlet. Two if you have a European to US plug converter so bring an extension cord with several sockets. Ship has a laundry but every time went it was full.
Excellent off the beaten track tour include rainforest walk, lunch, snorkeling, visit to his village and old cotton mill, his monkey Peaches comes alone. Delightful and he is a delightful guide.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We grabbed is taxi at the port. He only spoke French. Pretty island, he was a poor guide.
Walked into town. Not our favorite place. Got to the beach or get away from Bridgetown.
We took a taxi to the #1 trip advisor restaurant for a fascinating lunch at Restaurant Piracema. Very attractive clean restaurant, nicely decorated, excellent service..
They only spoke Portuguese so be prepared or bring a dictionary but it was a memorable experience. We ate amazonian fish and other delicacies. We walked back the the ship - a long walk by the river which was also fascinating.
If you are a birdwatcher it is paradise. We are. If not, you'll be bored as its birds, birds, birds. Not so much a nature enter. Its a birding center. You must bring binoculars.View All 5 Asa Wright Nature Center Reviews
Beautiful island very mountainous many winding roads. We visited a run factory and saw island locales.
Jungle survival walk. Great guide, learned a lot about survival in the jungle. The ship let people go who couldn't really walk well - only drawback.View All 9 Amazon Rainforest Reviews
Just do it. Amazing beautiful buildingView All 11 Teatro Amazonas Opera House Reviews
Meeting of the Waters is a must do traveling by speedboat up and down the river. We swam with dolphins, walked in the rain forest briefly, had an amazonian lunch, fished (not for piranha), and saw the meting of the waters. A long day.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Island pretty dull but Eagle Beach is amazing. After the tour we had the driver drop us at Eagle Beach for a couple of hours and he came back and picked us up and drove is back to the ship. He didn't ask but we gave him an extra tip.View All undefined undefined Reviews