We chose this cruise as a means to pursue something different. Having boated on rivers for many years we thought cruising the Amazon would be a good extension of the activity. We looked forward to seeing the cities, wildlife and the notion of seeing piranha fish.
Embarkation was very smooth and they lived up to expectations. Our room was clean and well stocked with fruit and beverages. Out butler arrived and per our wishes supplied us with our favorites. As a matter of course he was always there for us and since we were traveling with a third person in another cabin, he hooked us up with canapes or dinner for three whenever we wished. It would be difficult to come up with a complaint and we tipped him accordingly.
The cruise started off well enough with a stop at Devil's Island. This turned out to be quite good if not the best stop along the itinerary. The remnants of the penal colony are still standing and testify to the harsh conditions. There is a hotel on the island but we would have been hard pressed to stay there having seen it. Other stops yielded a perspective that Brazil has quite a bit of cleanup and pollution work in front of itself. At one stop, no activity was offered and the shore concierge couldn't suggest a reason to leave the boat so we didn't. We were lucky enough to spot pink dolphins from the Panorama Lounge that day, but if there's nothing to do, why stop there.
Very spacious with more closet space than we could ever use. WiFi worked very well. Two sets of sliding glass doors let in plenty of light and a good view as the shores of the Amazon went by at the end of the dry season. We spent a lot of time in our suite on this cruise, and enjoyed it.
Barbados is a great place to start and/or end a cruise. We've done it before, and usually add a day before and/or after depending on our flights. The beaches are beautiful, the water an amazing shade of blue, and there are plenty of places to go for nature, history and rum.
We stopped here from 8 to 2:30 which only allowed for 1 excursion. There were serveral excursion of interest, and we enjoyed the tour of Maica by boat. No piranhas were caught, but a number of different catfish were, and we saw quite a few species of birds. We wish we had more time in this port.