The Delfin III had good sized cabins and bathrooms that had all the amenities one could expect of a river cruise. There are only 20 cabins on board and the crew to guest ratio is almost 1:1. Staff on board was exceptional and extremely attentive.
On our sailing we had only 4 English speaking guests and the rest were from Lima. In particular we had one large family celebrating the life of a lost loved one. I loved watching the family of play in the pool or playing chess in the lounge. The patriarch had loved the jungle and thus was the perfect place to celebrate his life.
The lounge area is where we would meet at night to discuss the next days activities. During the day we had a little pool and sun deck. There were also various classes or activates offered in the afternoon, The lounge was also where we were treated to unlimited pisco sours.
While I speak no Spanish our fellow guests wanted to learn more about us, so she invited us for a drink at the bar. The bartender translated back and forth for us over pisco sours questions of what does your family eat at home, to how many children do you have. The same questions we had as we were just beginning to learn about Peru. The one thing about river cruises, regardless if they are in Europe, South East Asia, Africa or South America is that those on board crave making connections with other like minded travelers.
The food on board the Delfin was wonderful and represented foods readily available in the Amazon. We had fish, beef tenderloin, chicken and even pork. Food was exceptional as the Delfin is affiliated with Relais and Chateaux. Each time we sat down for lunch or dinner there was another delicious dish. Our maitre d eager explained each of the dishes we ate at meals. He was also an excellent singer and guitar player as we learned on our last full day on board.
Visiting the Amazon in Peru is a bit like an African safari, except much of the wildlife you will see will be in the form of birds. I am not a birder, but by day two I was actively searching for the Macaws, hawks and king fishers. You hear the Macaws before you see them, so you have to use your ears as well as your eyes. Ah but to see those beautiful birds in the wild is a sight most won’t see. By day 2 we had also started to spot monkeys (there are over 13 different varieties in the Peruvian Amazon) sloths, bats, rats and Caiman (medium size crocodiles). We went fishing for piranha and had breakfast in the jungle.
Well appointed, towels were changed daily and room was kept clean. Great amenities in the bathroom (cotton balls, q-tips).