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Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon

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Passengers: 32   |   Crew: 24
Passengers to crew: 1.33:1
Launched: 2010   

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Anela67 wrote a review Feb 2020
Waimea, Hawaii15 contributions7 helpful votes
The Aria is a small 16-suite ship, all with large picture windows for viewing the river and surroundings. We had a suite on the second floor which I believe provided a better view. The cabins were spacious and well appointed and provided ample room to store our belongings. The bathrooms were large for a ship. Everything worked and the room was spotless. There was a very nice lounge on the top floor of the ship which included a bar. This was where various talks were given by the crew--and a little special entertainment by them as well. Since the suites were air-conditioned and the outside was much warmer, an area that was not air-conditioned was provided to keep cameras and binoculars so they wouldn't fog up when we went out on excursions. I thought this was a very thoughtful touch! There were many wonderful things about our trip down the Amazon and the ship itself but I'll focus on a couple. First of all, the guides (and other crew members) were outstanding! Our 4 guides were knowledgeable, professional, and fun to be with. Most if not all grew up in the small villages along the Amazon and had a deep love of and respect for the river, the flora and fauna, and the local people. We had an opportunity to go out in the skiffs with each of them and this made the excursions all the more interesting. Typically we went out on the river after breakfast, returned to the ship for lunch, and went out again in the late afternoon and returned in time for dinner. Sometimes there were optional early morning excursions as well and one time we went out before breakfast and had a special breakfast delivered to our skiffs. Quite a remarkable feat actually. Passengers were loaded into 4 comfortable skiffs so everyone had a view seat and guides made a real effort to make sure everyone could see whatever we discovered before moving on. By the end of the first or second day, the guides had learned our names. I think there's something particularly nice about being addressed by name! In addition to the guides, other crew members were equally professional and helpful. All crew members seemed to work together to assure that their guests had an amazing trip. The food was very good—varied and creative. I was pleased that we had an opportunity to enjoy a variety of local foods as well as some things that were perhaps more familiar to us. Part of travel is experiencing the local culture and food is certainly an important element. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style and there was always a variety of choices. Dinner was served "family style" and while there was only one main course there were a number of side dishes to choose from. Since tables were small--generally for 4--this family style approach worked well. As guests seated themselves for dinner, one of the dining room staff brought printed menus with the evening's fare and asked if anyone needed a substitution. House wine and local beer were complimentary and were served at both lunch and dinner (and at the bar at other times). I thought the food was excellent and I definitely enjoyed the variety that was provided. As a bonus, during the week our chef led two cooking demonstrations as did the bartender with special drinks. I really enjoyed this interaction with the other crew members. Of course the Amazon and its tributaries was a main attraction! It was high-water season so we were able to navigate by boat pretty much everywhere. We saw many birds and some other critters--lots of beautiful scenery--and interesting villages. We were lucky with the weather and experienced little rain but each skiff was equipped with some serious ponchos just in case. We did have one sudden but brief downpour and were glad for a poncho! I was expecting mosquitos but we really had very few. All and all, it was a wonderful, memorable trip. If you're contemplating an Amazon River cruise, I'd highly recommend booking on the Aria Amazon!
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avrammiller wrote a review Nov 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel151 contributions142 helpful votes
We had been wanting to take the trip on the Aria for a long time. The boat did not dispoint. Our suite was comfortable, as was the public space. The crew was very nice and the food was wonderful. The problem is that four days was too long. The Amazon is like going on Safari without the animals. It is mostly birds and reptiles and everything pretty much looks that same. It is not the fault of the Aria and for those that like to carry very large cameras, maybe it is perfect. Just not perfect for us. I am sure lots of people would disagree with us. Frankly, I don't know what we should have expected. The same company has a boat in Cambodia and now a new one in Indonisia. We might consider the one in Indonisa (we have been to Cambodia many times).
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sealcoater wrote a review Nov 2019
Coral Gables, Florida287 contributions146 helpful votes
My wife and myself luckly choose to go on the 7 day cruise down the amazon on the Aria. When looked at the offereings we saw that their were shorter trips available but how many times does one get the chance to go down the Amazon. The boat is perfect. The bedroom and bathroom were quite large for a river cruiser. The ambiance of the dinning room was warm and inviting. The top lounge was quite large with a nice bar located on one side. But the best part of the ship was the expansive windows everywhere. The staff was the best staff that we have ever encountered in our journey to 168 countries. The food was excellent. The skiffs that were used to take us on our journey off of the boat were very well designed with saftey of on and off considered. The guides who were indeed naturalists were exceptional. What more need be said this was a perfect trip!
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Londoncubana wrote a review Aug 2019
Miami, Florida52 contributions65 helpful votes
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This is a true visit to the Amazon where you will travel 500 miles down this amazing river and explore all dimensions - with very little opportunity to connect to WiFi and cells so you really relax and immerse yourself. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was well beyond my expectations. The light is soft and the river is utterly mesmerizing. The benefit of Peru is you aren’t on a 20 mile wide stretch of the river - you can see the banks easily and the skiffs get you deep down the tributaries. Animals and sights: The sunset in the evening when the whole river turns pink is quite something. You see all the animals - anacondas, monkeys, crocodiles, grey dolphins everywhere, pink dolphins, and all the birds you can imagine, plus piranhas and various fish. You will see villages, enormous water lilly pads, giant trees, Tarzan vines. The jungle is not the rainforest so it is much more manageable to walk through. Rooms: The rooms far exceeded expectations. First of all there was plenty of space so luggage and hiking boots, binoculars etc all fit easily with plenty of room left for sitting on the sofa to read and walk around. The beds are huge and the linen good quality so you sleep very well. AC worked fantastically. But the big plus is the bathrooms - after a day exploring the amazon you need a blasting shower and you got that, with plenty of room, glass door, normal toilet (not a marine one) and again space. And there is nothing like waking up in the morning to an Amazon sunrise with a floor to ceiling wall to wall window. Food: The variety of food served was excellent and delicious. We had just spent 3 days in Lima so the bar was high and they met it. Excellent house wine selection. Staff: The guides are all highly knowledgeable and the four rotate on the skiffs so you get different insights from each. Alex in particular was phenomenal. All had grown up in villages in the Amazon so not only are they knowledgeable but they bring the place to life. The staff on the boat are also warm, friendly, and they delivered great service. Robinson in the bar is a delight, and a pisco sour master! And the dining staff were excellent. Schedule: We took the four day cruise starting in Nauta and ending in Iquitos. I am really glad we had the longer version. The days are full but you have down time. You start with breakfast and the first tour is at 8.30am typically so it is not too brutal a start to the day. One magical day was all day on the skiff and in the jungle, otherwise it is a morning and then an afternoon trip. In between, there are talks you can go to up in the lovely lounge. They have plenty of games and things to do in downtime, as well as nap, massages, enjoying the outdoor space and the mesmerizing views. Fellow guests: everyone gets to know each other and there is a great atmosphere on board. I don't think we asked each other what we did until day 3 - conversation is much more about what we have seen, where they have been in Peru etc. We had a great group of interesting and interested passengers from around Europe, the US and South America. Tips: All the rooms are the same. Upper level is best for the views. Go in the dry season if you do not like mosquitos. Clothing: long sleeves, long pants if you do not want to get bitten - by the various bugs around not just mosquitos. I got bitten once so it is not a detractor from the trip in the dry season. If you are American get clothing that has insect repellent already sprayed on (Bugoff clothing). A good hat helps as well. We brought a bag full of pencils, crayons, and personal care etc for the visit to the village. Take advantage of the guides - if you want more than just sightseeing, they can really give you insights and are happy to sit down and talk about their life and experiences. If you want a hard core jungle trip, this is not it. This is a holiday.
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Trig wrote a review Jul 2019
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The three days I spent on the Aria Amazon have to be up there with some of the most amazing I have ever experienced. I am a pilot on a private aircraft, and we were luck enough to be invited by the passengers to join them on the cruise. We spent 3 days cruising from Iquitos down the Amazon river. Each day starts with a truly great breakfast on board the Aria, followed by the first outing of the day. Twice a day the ribs are used to venture in to the Amazon rainforest to discover the incredible secrets it has to offer. The crew are all very knowledgable, and know the terrain like the back of their hands. They also provide a great show on the last evening!! The rooms look out the side of the ship, so I woke up every morning to the view of us Amazon river as we cruised along. The crew/staff on any trip is always the most important thing for me. On the Aria they are so helpful and kind. Also full of interesting things to tell about the Peruvian Amazon. Nothing else I can say other than truly amazing. Thanks so much!
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