(12 p.m. EDT) -- Delfin Amazon Cruises has introduced a new ship, Delfin III, the third and largest in its fleet, for luxury river cruises on the Peruvian Amazon.
The new 42-passenger ship, which is already sailing, has 22 cabins in four categories: suites, upper suites, corner suites and an owner's suite. The ship's top deck features an open-air sun deck, with a plunge pool, gym and spa with treatments inspired by local traditions. The deck also has a lounge that will be used for cultural performances, Peruvian cooking classes, presentations and conversations with onboard naturalists. The ship's dining will incorporate local flavors into meals and drinks (including pisco sours).
Delfin III cruises embark in Iquitos, Peru, and sail the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Itineraries range from three, four and seven nights with excursions held two to three times a day. These can include kayaking in the creeks and lakes, swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas, birdwatching, trail walks and visits with local communities.
Delfin's boats are chartered by a number of travel companies, such as Lindblad-National Geographic and Rainforest Cruises, who run tours under their own names. However, travel agents and individuals also can book directly with Delfin Amazon Cruises.
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor