Cruise the Amazon in upscale comfort aboard an elegantly appointed riverboat to visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Excursions to view wildlife, hike in the rainforest and visit riverside villages.
The Aria has 16 large guest suites, all with outside-facing, large panoramic windows and all are air conditioned with en suite sitting areas providing luxurious comfort. There is a spacious Dining Room, an indoor Bar-Lounge, as well as an outside Lounge, Observation Deck and a Boutique. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the 16-cabin Aria Amazon incorporates extremely generous dining and lounging areas including an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Amazon’s river views. The striking matte black hulled ship can accommodate a maximum of 32 guests. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced cruise ship captain and crew and the Aqua Expedition’s rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Amazon.
All 16 Design Suites on the Aria Amazon on the first and second deck measure 23 square meters (250 square feet), with individual air conditioning, polished timber flooring and a wall of floor to ceiling glass facing the Amazon River. En suite bathrooms with rain shower and organic bath amenities incorporate the latest eco-sensitive technology.
Soft lighting, natural fibers and neutral hues create a relaxing and luxuriously comfortable enclave where one’s only challenge may be to decide whether to gaze upon the Amazon from atop the California king size bed (which can be separated into two twin beds) made with 100% Peruvian cotton high thread count sheets or while lounging on the cozy window-side day bed, binoculars in hand.
Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine offers up plenty of reasons to take one’s eyes off the captivating landscapes showcased by the floor-to-ceiling windows which define this elegant space.
Designed to balance the stunning scenery, the refined interior of the Aria Amazon dining room has been stylishly finished with contemporary Peruvian art, fine china and crystal glassware. These aesthetic elements are matched by attentive, personalized service from long serving staff that quickly learn guest names and tastes, from Peruvian coffee in the morning to the evening’s fine South American and European wines.
Choose to dine à deux, or family style among new friends. Whatever dishes you choose among Schiaffino’s fresh, ever-changing modern Amazon jungle influenced menus, perhaps the hearts of palm soufflé followed by an Amazon bass tiradito, do save room for dessert, be it a warm banana tart or classic chocolate fondant.
Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on both sides confer a seamless connection to the ever-changing scenery of Amazonia from this spacious living room finished with wood flooring and soft lighting. Relax over homemade plantain chips and cocktails, or South America’s finest wines in this air-conditioned comfort among the plethora of plump couches.
Coffee table books about Peru and the Amazon are available for perusing and most days will include an educational discussion held here. These entertaining forums are open to all and led by our English speaking naturalist guides on relevant topics to the day’s adventures, from endangered Taricaya turtle repopulation to the secrets of mixing a perfect Pisco Sour.
Nature takes care of the lighting on our generous outdoor deck on the Aria Amazon, with plenty of sunshine for those who wish to soak it up on cushioned loungers during the day to cooler evenings under the star filled sky. Guests seeking fresh Amazon air without being exposed to the sun will find plenty of space and comfortable seating under the expansive awning of the outdoor lounge. While all our Amazon luxury cruises offer a full day of activities and excursions, we also invite our guests to opt out as they wish. Relax in our outdoor lounge while examining all yesterday’s photos of Amazon wildlife living in their natural habitats, deep in the rainforest.
Many guests on the Amazon Aria arrive thinking that most of their days will be spent alternating between Amazon River shore excursions and lounging in relaxation in the privacy of their spacious suites. In fact, most of our guests enjoy experiencing the social life of the Aria Amazon’s Observation Deck, observing Amazon River locals and wildlife firsthand, as we glide by the Amazon rainforest and clusters of simple wooden houses on stilts with children playing soccer at the river’s edge.
The Observation Deck on the Aria’s top level is complemented by the Indoor Lounge, with its fully stocked bar at one end and library at the other, fresh Amazon flowers and unique artifacts in between, beckons lounging on its well stuffed cream sofas on polished timber floors under high ceilings. Outside, cushioned loungers under a soaring canopy encourage the relaxing indulgence of river gazing without concern for the sun’s glare. Or ease into the Aria’s outdoor Jacuzzi to cool off after a shore excursion in the sultry rainforest.
The Aria Amazon’s signature walls of glass come in especially helpful here in the ship’s dedicated workout space, offering engrossing distraction for guests on the treadmill and stationery bicycle
The Aria Amazon’s onboard boutique offers guests the convenience of shopping at their leisure for high quality, thoughtfully selected Peruvian handicrafts, and jewelry and Aqua Expedition souvenirs. Artisanal items featured here include original pieces we source directly from the artisans of Amazonia, who live and work in the communities we visit and actively support.
This is also the place to see the “Amazon proof” Enigma timepiece designed by Gianni Bulgari exclusively for the launch of the Aria Amazon. Waterproof to a depth of 300 feet, the steel case with sapphire Aqua C42 Amazon watch and a limited selection of Gianni Bulgari designed diamond and 14K gold Aqua Expedition jewelry are on display among our Peruvian treasures. Proceeds from the sale of these limited edition items go directly to social projects in the communities that the Aria Amazon visits throughout the year.
Radio communication with separate battery pack.
Flares and signals.
Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin
Three auxiliary aluminum launch boats equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers.
24 people, including a cruise director, paramedic and 4 English-speaking naturalist guides.
Built in: 2011
Type of vessel: river vessel
Vessel´s Registry: Peru
Port of embarkation: Iquitos
Length: 147 feet (45 mt)
Beam: 29.5 feet (9 mt)
Draft: 5 feet (1.50 mt)
Capacity: 32 passengers
Cruise ship cabins: 16 Design Suites
Generator: 2 x 135 KVA Cummins (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Engine: 2 Cummins 400 HP Marine Engines
Cruising Speed: Average 12 knots.
Water: Water treatment plant with 9000 liter capacity
Radio Communications: VHF, UHF and satellite phone onboard
Excursion boats: Three auxiliary aluminum launch boats equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers.
|Cruise Length||4 DAY||5 Day||8 Day|
|Day of Departure||Friday||Monday||Friday|
|January||4, 11, 18, 25||7, 14, 21, 28||4, 11, 18, 25|
|February||1, 8, 15, 22||4, 11, 18, 25||1, 8, 15, 22|
|March||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||4, 11, 18, 25||1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|April||5, 12, 19, 26||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||5, 12, 19, 26|
|May||3, 10, 17, 24||6, 13, 20, 27||3, 10, 17, 24|
|July||5, 12, 19, 26||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||5, 12, 19, 26|
|August||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||5, 12, 19, 26||2, 9, 16, 23, 30|
|September||6, 13, 20, 27||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||6, 13, 20, 27|
|October||4, 11, 18, 25||7, 14, 21 ,28||4, 11, 18, 25|
|November||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||4, 11, 18, 25||1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|December||6, 13, 20, 27||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||6, 13, 20, 27|
|Cruise Length||4 DAY||5 Day||8 Day|
|Day of Departure||Friday||Monday||Friday|
|January||6, 13, 24, 31||9, 16, 20, 27||6, 13, 24, 31|
|February||7, 14, 21, 28||3, 10, 17, 24||7, 14, 21, 28|
|March||6, 13, 20, 27||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||6, 13, 20, 27|
|April||3, 10, 17, 24||6, 13, 20, 27||3, 10, 17, 24|
|May||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||4, 11, 18, 25||1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|June||5, 12, 19, 26||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||5, 12, 19, 26|
|July||3, 10, 17, 24, 31||6, 13, 20, 27||3, 10, 17, 24, 31|
|August||7, 14, 21, 28||3, 10, 17, 24, 31||7, 14, 21, 28|
|September||4, 11, 18, 25||7, 14, 21, 28||4, 11, 18, 25|
|October||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||5, 12, 19, 26||2, 9, 16, 23, 30|
|November||6, 13, 20, 27||2, 9, 16, 23, 30||6, 13, 20, 27|
|December||4, 11, 18, 25||7, 14, 21, 28||4, 11, 18, 25|
|Rate per person||First Deck||Second Deck|
|4 Day program||$4,050||$4,200|
|5 Day program||$5,400||$5,600|
|8 Day program||$9,450||$9,800|
Included: All meals while onboard. All excursions. Beverages (non-alcoholic, selected wines and beer). Transfers to/from vessel. Pacaya Samiria entrance fee.
Not Included: Air tickets to and from Iquitos. Guide and crew gratuities. Boutique purchases.