Queen Violeta Review
Queen Violeta Overview
Editors Note: Queen Violeta is no longer being used by G Adventures.
The Canadian-owned small group operator G Adventures launched Queen Violeta to sail on the Peruvian stretch of the Amazon River.
Specializing, as the line's name implies, in adventurous expedition-style trips, the 32-passenger vessel also has an open skiff so passengers can explore smaller tributaries and remote arteries of the river and disembark to trek in the rainforest.
The company currently offers an eight-night itinerary: an overnight in Lima, a flight to join a six-night cruise, and a final night on land post-cruise. All the compact cabins measure around 35 square feet, with 10 on the main deck with twin beds and six Superior Cabins on the upper deck with twin or queen beds. All cabins are simply furnished, offering wooden floors and showers -- or a bath and shower combination in the Superior Cabins -- and air-conditioning. They have neither TVs nor telephones.
Meals are served at one sitting, at tables of four or six, in the dining room that also doubles as a lounge. Dishes are a mix of international cuisine and Peruvian fare prepared from fresh, local ingredients. Complimentary tea and coffee are served all day, and alcoholic drinks, water and fruit juice are available to purchase.
The open-air upper deck, which has a bar, deck chairs and hammocks, is used for daily briefings and presentations. There's an additional observation deck/sun deck, which is divided into two sections.
Fares include daily breakfast and all meals on the cruise section of the itinerary, as well as transfers and excursions led by the onboard naturalists.
By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor