We sailed from San Juan , 1000 miles up the amazon river, hit cities in Brazil including Rio; visited Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Great itinerary.
The crew were all great, without exception. We say the hotel GM every day. The Captain made a point of visiting several times during the cruise - before this, I only say the captains on formal nights or as a special exception.
The stewards were, likewise, very friendly and efficient. Filtered water every day, plus we asked and received two bottles of water every day. The refrigerator had snacks and soft drinks replenished daily.
Guest lecturers included historians, anthropologists, geologists, biologists and even an photographer giving daily insights. These were all available later in-cabin so there is no need to miss anything you'd like to hear. This made the trip and ports far more interesting and provided a lot of interesting insight about the area in general.
Other daily activities included bridge lessons, games, singles meetings and other get-togethers for people with similar interests of all types.
I'm not a smoker, but my SO is, and they had a nice area outside furnished with tables, couches, a fan, and coffee/bar service thought the day and night.
Excursions were very well done, overall, with some minor exceptions that Viking immediately responded to, usually with a refund. One excursion in each port is "included" at no extra cost. Some of these were very well attended, but it appeared that Viking would expand the available spaces to be sure everyone could be accommodated.
The excursion operators were pretty much all above average with some excellent Viking seems to take passenger safety and enjoyment a high priority.
Food was excellent. Even the buffet had a wide range of changing options with sushi, crab legs, and prawns available every single day. Lobster was featured several days in a variety of ways. The main dining room was the best dining experience by far. Great service, excellent food. The two specialty restaurants were very good with menus that varied every few days.
Overall, the Amazon river was fascinating and a huge contrast with the other cities we visited in Brazil. The stops and excursions gave us a great view of culture, social, and historical issues especially when combined with the variety of guest lecturer talks.
The way the two rivers form the huge Amazon river -- keeping colors well delineated for miles -- never gets old. Piranha fishing was great fun (I caught one) that also provided some touring of smaller tributaries and locals living off the river. I heard the over night Cayman viewing was an experience as well.
The cabins are fine, all Verandahs. The ship had a bit of an issue keeping constant temperatures -- but we were on the equator, after all. It was nothing intolerable, just a challenge to get everything the right temp. Bathrooms are just as advertised -- spacious and clean/bright.
Embarkation was almost too easy. Luggage was available almost immediately.
This was the only non-air-conditioned bus on the trip. We were still comfortable. This was a great way to learn a lot about the island in a short period of time, capped with adult beverages.View All 149 Island Tour Reviews
Our first stop on the Amazon. We went Piranha fishing with a tour through smaller tributaries to see wildlife and local people living off the river. Outside the city is very sparsely populated with primarily individual houses alone.
Before Manaus we stopped in Parintins, which isn't even on the list of ports here. We saw a great performance, second in size only to the Rio marti gras. The Boi Bomba Folkloric performance was staged only for this Viking ship and was not to be missed (again, with adult beverages served).
Manaus is where the rivers meet. We not only toured the meeting of the waters but we also stopped into a floating bar down one of the tributaries. To do so, we had to board those long but thin canoes.View All 17 City Tour Reviews
Loved it. Included a stop at a floating bar.View All 14 Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Aguas) Reviews
Run by the military, this is a rehab facility where all animals eventually are returned to the wild. So, the variety is always changing but we had some great specimens.View All 2 Military Zoo Reviews
Great tour, long day, and wonderful lunch. The views from the redeemer are just unbelievable.View All 40 Corcovado Mountain & Christ Redeemer statue Reviews
Highly recommend visiting Montevideo. Uruguay has a distinctly different background, history, and population form the rest of Brazil. It's the only country in Brazil where 100% of the people have access to clean drinking water.
The excursion was, as always, well done. The restaurant for lunch was a little over crowded for our size of party -- though it may not have been the restaurant's fault entirely. Two different groups of this tour ended up there at the same time. Clearly, that wasn't the plan, but they did their best to accommodate everyone.View All 62 City Tour Reviews
This was one of those Viking extras. No flights departed until evening, but we debarked in the morning. So, Viking set up a lounge where we could sit and leave our luggage for the day. In addition, they offered a cruise of the Tigre Delta that was interesting and informative. The boats were very comfortable and the scenery was great.View All 24 Tigre Delta Reviews